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I am the executive editor of the webzine "Eklektikos: A Contemporary Christian Digest", a tireless researcher seeking a deeper and clearer knowledge regarding the past, present and future plight of Christians in our fallen world.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

A Quirky and Vibrant Mosaic

A friend who runs an inner-city shelter for drug addicts and homeless people made this observation: "I love evangelicals. You can get them to do anything. The challenge is, you've also got to soften their judgmental attitudes before they can be effective."

I have seen the truth of both statements.

This is how one of my favorite authors, Philip Yancy, starts his article, A Quirky and Vibrant Mosaic. In it, Yancy explains that evangelicals are admired, mocked, praised, scorned—and all for good reason.

Discouragement... It Can Be a Good Thing

I understand that it may be difficult to believe that God has a plan even in the discouragement you may be facing. But regardless, He is believable. And He knows our breaking point (see Psalm 103:14). The struggles and all the difficulties you and I face are designed to reshape us, not to destroy us.
In his article, Discouragement Can Be a Divine Instrument, Dr. K.P. Yohannan helps us to see truly that, with God, what was meant for evil can surely be used for good.

Don't Be Afraid to Step Out

For the followers of Jesus the final risk is gone. "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). "Neither death nor life . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 3:38-39). "Some of you they will put to death. . . . But not a hair of your head will perish" (Luke 21:16, 18). "Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).
In his article, A Call for Christian Risk, John Piper tell us that,
by removing eternal risk, Christ calls his people to continual temporal risk.

The Strength of Solitude

For all of our piety and activity, we Christians are not always known for our kindness. Sometimes we are downright mean and judgmental. But most, if not all, of our meanness comes out of the places within us that have been unattended and untouched by God's love. Every broken place that has not been healed and transformed in God's presence is a hard edge of our personality that slices and dices other people when they bump up against it.
This article by Ruth Haley Barton, The Strength of Solitude, will help us see that learning to be with God in solitude allows us to be Godly in community.

Church Offers Forgiveness to Thief

The title link in this post will take you to an article about a Georgia church congregation who've found a great use for the sign in front of their meeting place. I just hope the thief can read...

The ACLU's At It Again!

Well, it seems our friends over at the 'Anti-Christian Lawyers Union' have been extra busy this week! Check out these two jewels from their latest escapades...

ACLU Fights Abstinence Program Here, our heroes are claiming that federal funding of an abstinence program is an endorsement of religion. I wonder what they think unwed pregnancy and/or aborted children is? Never mind... I know that answer. Then there's this one...

ACLU Defends Polygamy In this one, the brainiacs over at the ACLU have concluded that polygamy = freedom of choice. I wonder how many of the anti-Christian lawyers have more than one spouse? That may be worth looking into, considering their position!

Are You a Friend of the Globalists?

The Bible teaches us that we will be under a one-world government, as well as a one-world religion, before the end of days. Does America support such a movement? In this article by Steven Yates, I think you may be surprised where we stand...

The Globalists' Best Friend? America's Ignorance

It's time to wake up and smell the movement...

"Excuse me... We're taking your home now..."

So, tell me... what is the future of private property ownership in the United States of America? It seems that the Supreme Court, in its infinite 'wisdom', doesn't hold the concept in such high regard as the majority of the populace does.

Justices 'Erase' Key Clause From Constitution

Kyle Williams has a good commentary on the travesty, which you can read at Government Tyrants Get Stamp of Approval.
And, last but certainly not least, check out Henry Lamb's article, Property Control a Dream of the U.N.

It's just getting started folks... better buckle up for the ride!