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Christian States of America?

Posted by Alan on March 15, 2008 with 9 Comments
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One Nation Under God

There are those who write about America’s problems and bemoan things that we see going on around us. They like to tell us that we must do something, but they seldom have a specific answer. Many of those that want us to do something have in mind the support of a cause that seeks to restore or protect things that Americans once took for granted. These causes are usually narrow in scope and won’t fix the whole problem. In this document, I am not going to rehash all that is wrong. I will outline it only as necessary to make my point in a call to specific action.

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Christian, Are You Living in Sin?

Posted by Alan on March 7, 2008 with 4 Comments
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The usual thought that comes to mind when the phrase “living in sin” is used is that of a couple living together without being married.  For most people who subscribe to the idea, being legally married is enough to avoid this judgment call, although is some churches, being married in and/or with the blessing of that church is necessary.  I’d like to propose that a Christian can be married legally and in the church and still be living in sin.

First, let us define “sin”.  In this context, sin is to fall short of God’s expectations of us.  We have all done this.  Hence, we are all sinners.  To be “living in sin”, therefore, is to continue, over a period of time that includes the present, in a manner of life that God does not want us to live in.  This condition is not a “slip up”, but rather a decision to live a certain way.

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Ancient Israel and the U.S.A.

Posted by Alan on March 5, 2008 with 3 Comments
in Things Finnish

Once upon a time, there was a country, ancient Israel, that had been singularly founded by and blessed by God —

just like America.

Israel sinned against God repeatedly —

just like America.

God had been merciful and forgiving to Israel, over and over again —

just like America.

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Religion in Investing

Posted by Alan on March 3, 2008 with 1 Comment
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A German man whom I recently got to know sent me a copy of Warren Buffett’s letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway in 2007. In this letter he made reference to Adam and Eve. I had already made a religious remark to him, so he asked whether Warren Buffett is also religious. Here is […]