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Meridian Magazine – LDS Group Creates Mormon Defense League – Meridian Magazine – LDS, Mormon and Latter-day Saint News and Views

Meridian Magazine – LDS Group Creates Mormon Defense League – Meridian Magazine – LDS, Mormon and Latter-day Saint News and Views.

August 5, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

True Freedom equals Freedom from Sin

Many people live under the false belief that God’s commandments are restrictive and that real freedom comes from doing whatever we want. But this is a lie. Only obedience leads to true freedom. Sin is real and it leads to bondage and destruction.

“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away”
(2 Nephi 2:13).

The devil is real and is doing all he can to make us miserable like he is. To achieve this he deceives us and binds us with sin.
“Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.

“And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God–he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God….

“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well–and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

“And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none–and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

“Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works” (2 Nephi 28:7-9;21-23).

To be free of Satan’s bondage we must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized, and change our lives to live in obedience to God’s commandments and truths. Only then can we be truly free.

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Battle for Freedom

June 25, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Constitutional Issues, Mormon Christianity, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Comparing Broadway’s ‘Mormon’ Hit to LDS Missionary Reality | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

Comparing Broadway’s ‘Mormon’ Hit to LDS Missionary Reality | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California.

June 6, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chicago area Mormons, Presbyterians visit Nauvoo together

Chicago area Mormons, Presbyterians visit Nauvoo together
Author: Jill Brim
Source: For Mormon Times
24 September 2010 5:30am

WHEATON, Ill. — This summer, the Wheaton Ward of the Naperville Illinois Stake hosted the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton on a tour of the historic sites in Nauvoo and Carthage, Ill. Departing from the Naperville Stake Center, Bishop Reed Nuttall and the Rev. Dr. Jay Moses greeted 91 participants from both congregations as they travelled 250 miles from the Chicago suburbs to Nauvoo.

To become better acquainted before the trip, members of the Wheaton Ward invited the First Presbyterian Church members to the LDS chapel for a fireside and social on May 6. Presentations on life in 1840s Nauvoo were given, followed by a 19th-century stick-pulling demonstration and refreshments typical of the pioneer era. Conversations that evening revealed that one guest had attended dances in Nauvoo as a young girl. Presbyterians Bob and Marge Stevens had lived in Ogden, Utah, and met LDS neighbors who shared bread-making techniques. Former schoolteacher, Pam Ballard, had taught a Wheaton Ward family’s autistic son, developing a close bond with the family.

The joint group was welcomed to Nauvoo upon arrival by public affairs missionaries Elder Dean Hughes and Sister Kathleen Hughes as all strolled together through the Nauvoo Visitor’s Center and Monuments to Women Garden. Elder Hughes began by placing the story of the Latter-day Saints in the context of the 1840s midwest history.

In the evening, the group walked down the Trail of Hope along Parley Street, retracing the steps of the Mormon pioneers as they left their beloved city of Nauvoo, in the bitter cold of February 1846. The Rev. Moses was particularly moved by the plaques along the trail with journal quotes of several Nauvoo residents who were forced to leave their homes and temple in order to avoid further persecution.

At the Mississippi River’s edge, Taylor Phillips, a Laurel in the Wheaton Ward’s Young Women, told the moving story of her pioneer family’s attempt to secure provisions for the destitute Saints while risking personal safety.

The next morning, the bus arrived at the Nauvoo Temple grounds where Sister Hughes explained the significance of temple worship to families worldwide. She explained President Hinckley’s vision of the Nauvoo Temple and the Salt Lake Temple standing as two bookends facing one another. In the Old Burying Grounds on the outskirts of Nauvoo, Joe Bell, high priests group leader from the Wheaton Ward, described the sacrifices of his pioneer ancestors as they arrived in Nauvoo. Reese Nuttall, a priest in the Young Men, told the story of his ancestral family and their contributions to the growth of the 1840s church. Members of both congregations walked through the pioneer cemetery, reading headstones and sharing feelings of the sacrifices required of one’s faith.

The group then traveled to Carthage Jail, site of the shooting of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844. Again, the senior missionary couples gave thought-provoking insights into the events leading up to the martyrdom, the tensions in Hancock County, and the impact of the lives of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

At the conclusion of the trip, several participants from both congregations expressed what the Nauvoo trip had meant to them personally.

Celeste Colton, Relief Society president of the Wheaton Ward, said, “As we literally sat shoulder to shoulder in the Seventies Hall together, the Spirit was manifest and my testimony was strengthened.”

Mimi Hill added, “I loved the perspective that the First Presbyterian church members provided. I was able to see and experience Nauvoo and its historic sites as if for the first time.”

Ed Ballard of First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton remarked, “What a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn about the importance of Nauvoo to the Mormon faith. The places we visited and the people who shared their faith and their history with us brought the Mormon experience to life.”

The Rev. Moses and Bob Stevens composed a page on the First Presbyterian Church website with pictures and commentary on the Nauvoo trip. The Rev. Moses wrote, “It is imperative that we enter into each other’s sacred spaces and places, into each other’s tragedies and joys, if we truly seek to know each other as we seek to be known: that is as children of God. Nauvoo is a symbol for the intersection of both of these occurrences in a community life, joy and tragedy.”

Bishop Nuttall concluded, “In Nauvoo, we felt a kinship with our forebears, while making new friends of the Presbyterian congregation, walking the streets of Nauvoo together. We hope to continue interfaith activities, including joint service projects, in our community to build relationships of faith.”

Jill Brim is the assistant public affairs director for the Naperville Illinois Stake.

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Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected Jesus Christ, as depicted in the Christus Statue in the North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holy Marriage

Marriage is a Covenant Between a Man And Woman That is Biblically Based, Holy and God Ordained! Do you have questions about divorce, gender roles and sexual immorality?

These doctrines of Jesus, which are written in the Holy Bible, have the true answer!

1 Corinthians 7:2 …because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

Proverbs 31:10-30 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “ Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

Genesis 2:18 …the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”

Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…

Mark 10:7-8 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Malachi 2:15 … And why one? He seeks godly offspring…

Mark 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 …A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.

Malachi 2:16 “For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the LORD of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”

Matthew 5:32 …whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

1Corinthians 11:3 …I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

1 Peter 3:1-5 … that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands…

Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

Ephesians 5:28-29 …husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Corinthians 7:3-4 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

Proverbs 5:18-19 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.

Titus 2:2-5 …older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Have you violated God’s word by marrying a non-believer?

1 Corinthians 7:12-16 …I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

January 16, 2011 Posted by | Societal / Cultural Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catholic Church vs Christianity

The Catholic Church is just one branch of Christianity with some differences from most Protestant branches. These are additional books in their Bible that Martin Luther removed as part of the Protestant reformation. The Catholic Church also has the Pope who is considered to be the living head of ALL God‘s churches by Catholics. The other major difference is that the Catholic Church also assumed for itself the right to supersede anything in the bible by their believed authority as successor to Peter for whom Jesus had said he would build his church. An example of the use of this extra-biblical use of authority is the arbitrary changing of the day of worship from the Sabbath Day of Saturday (literally Sabbot) to Sunday to co-op the Sun Worshipers, the largest pagan group in competition for believers at the time. Of course, all Catholic Priests and all other Christian denominations KNOW that the day is suppose to be Saturday, not Sunday, but it remains solely based on Papal authority. Though, there is an extremely weak argument used about the Apostles being assembled together on the first day of the week to cover the contradiction of God’s Word by this change.

January 9, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Petition To Stop Porn Access At Home

Porn Facts and Stats

Types of Pornography

  • Hard-core Pornography
  • Aggressive pornography
  • Soft-porn
  • Bestiality & Violence
  • Indecent Amateur Content

Popular Means of Accesibility

  • Internet
  • Mobile Phones
  • Adult Stores
  • Bookstores and Video Stores

Recent Trends

  • Indecent internet content no longer limited to professional porn
  • Abundance of digital cameras, webcams is encouraging amateur porn and soft porn (partial nudity)
  • Popularity of Social Networking (Youtube, myspace…etc) is encouraging the sharing of personal graphic content, especially by teens and young adults at alarming rates. Little do they realize that once uploaded online, their content leaves their controlled environment and becomes public virtually forever!

The Facts

  • Internet indecency increasingly affecting families and society in a negative fashion
  • Faith-based communities are not exempt
  • Just like other faith based communities, North American Muslim communities are also hard hit by pornography
  • With the spreading of the internet globally, international communities are hit hard by pornography as well

The Rude Statistics

*references on bottom

  • 72% of youth with access to internet have seen online pornography before the age of 18, 93.2% of which are boys & 61.1% of which of girls
  • Average age of first Internet exposure to porn: 11 years old
  • 8-16 year olds having viewed porn online: 90% while doing homework
  • 15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures: 80%
  • Largest consumer of internet pornography: Ages 35-49
  • Internet users who view porn: ~ 43%
  • US Christians who said pornography is a major problem at home: 47%
  • US Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week: 53%
  • We’re not aware of official statistics for Muslims in US, but anecdotal statements from Muslim counselors indicate that the problem is significant. If you follow the Islamic faith please take the survey on this site to help reach a quantification on the magnitude of the problem
  • Up to 70% of files exchanged between Saudi teenagers’ mobile phones contain pornography
  • Number of Porn pages: > 500 Millions
  • Daily Pornographic Emails: >2.5 billions
  • Average Daily Pornographic Emails: 4.5 per Internet user
  • Volume of Internet traffic: 62% Porn
  • Worldwide Pornography yearly revenues: > $100 Billions of which ~15% from internet porn

* These statistics were collected between 2006 and 2009, portions may vary but we list them here to illustrate the significance of the problem

Behavioral and Cognitive Consequences

According to the website of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, addiction to pornography may have severe consequences on the individual, and these consequences tend to escalate in the following manner:

  • Addiction: Pornography provides a powerful sexual stimulant or aphrodisiac effect, followed by sexual release, most often through masturbation
  • Escalation: Over time addicts require more explicit and deviant material to meet their sexual “needs”
  • Desensitization: What was first perceived as gross, shocking and disturbing, in time becomes common and acceptable
  • Acting out sexually: There is an increasing tendency to act out behaviors viewed in pornography.
  • Exposure to pornography can lead to an addiction that robs children of the opportunity to develop in a healthy manner psychologically, morally, and spiritually
  • Apart from sexual addiction, children are also harmed when they receive a “sex mis-education” from viewing hardcore pornography, which depicts promiscuous, perverse, degrading, and violent sexual behaviors
  • Many (most) men who are addicted to pornography were first exposed to pornography as children
  • “Children” are also harmed when their addiction to pornography follows them into adulthood and prevents or ruins their marriages, costs them their jobs

Corrective Steps

Please see our resources section for more information on what steps can be taken to protect against pornography and its effects

References to Above Statistics *

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January 1, 2011 Posted by | Societal / Cultural Issues, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What is going to happen

The greatest event of the 21st Century is about to happen; Jesus Christ is returning! He is first returning for His people; the born again believers who are looking for his return. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up in the air with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1Thess 4:16-17)

Can you imagine CNN and all the major networks covering this story? Hundreds of millions of people will be missing from earth; as they will all disappear in one second. The world will be thrown into shock, fear and great despair with nobody knowing what will happen next. It will be exactly seven more years from this event before Jesus physically returns to earth to reign and rule on earth.

Today almost all major Bible prophesy scholars, Bible teachers and main line church leaders agree we are in the last of the last days, just before Christ’s return. The Bible says we will not know the day or the hour, but we will know the season. Jesus gave many signs to look for: earthquakes, famines, wars, etc. Probably the most imminent sign of Jesus’ soon return is the Middle East crisis we are now facing and how quickly it is fulfilling the prophecy foretold thousands of years ago in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This prophesy stated that in the end times, Iran and some of its surrounding neighbors will invade Israel. We are witnessing each day the increacing intensity of threats toward Israel by Iran and its allies as they march forward to fulfill this prophecy. Jesus’ soon return is being rapidly ushered in by the fulfilling of Bible prophecy as we watch daily the news.

God has given us much detail in the Bible of what the world would look like just before His Son’s return so none of us would miss it. God wants all of us to be ready. Listen to His heart from the Bible, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3: 9). Today while there is still time, we can get ready for Jesus’ soon return by receiving God’s forgiveness and new spiritual life which He has for each of us.

People tend to divide themselves into groups: good people and bad people. However all of us have disobeyed God at one time or another in our lifetime. Have you ever told a lie? Our conscience tells us that we have all said or done things wrong in our lives. Listen to God’s word from the Bible, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God says that every person who has ever lived has sinned. Unfortunately, this includes us all. No matter how good or how bad we have been, we all need God’s forgiveness because God says we have all sinned.

God in His word says “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), “I tell you the truth, unless, a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3: 5). “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3: 6). Since God is a Spirit, only God can give birth in the Spirit. The Bible clearly says, you cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you are born of the Spirit. If you want to go to Heaven, you must be born of the Spirit. This applies to everyone, good or bad, as everyone must receive this new life from God.

Receive New LifeGod longs for all of us to come to Him and to receive His forgiveness and the new Spiritual life He has in store for us all. He has made a way for all of us. It doesn’t matter how much you have messed up your life with sin and wrong choices, it’s never too late. Salvation is free and comes by simple faith, by believing in God and His plan, don’t stumble over the simplicity of it. God wants you to receive His forgiveness and new life today, because Jesus is returning very soon. Don’t be left behind!

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still My Spirit Lord

Still my spirit, Lord, so that You can then fill it;
Fill it with all the goodness and power and wisdom of You.
I don’t want to leave this place with just a few drops in me,
Or being a quarter full, or half full, or even “almost” full.
Still me long enough that I will receive all that I need,
That I will stay open as You pour in everything I crave,
Every ingredient to combine for the perfect beverage,
That I may go from here and pour it out to others.

I have nothing to give them, nothing to quench their thirst with,
Unless my pitcher has been filled by You first.
I know they are thirsty, and I want to slake their thirst,
But I am thirsty too, and my thirst must be quenched.
It is a thirst that cannot be satisfied in a day, or a lifetime,
For I will always and forever long and yearn to drink You in.
So I come to You today, and every day, and throughout each day.
I come to drink You in, and You nourish me.

I know I need You, and I want You with everything in me.
It’s just the sitting still that sometimes gets to me.
And as much as my heart wants it, carnality tries to pull me away.
I know I need sustenance and refreshing of spirit,
Yet sometimes I leave having had only a few sips,
When I could have drunk in cup after cup after cup.
So still me and quiet me today, and keep me here with You
Until I am complete-thirst slaked, pitcher filled, mission accomplished

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Switzerland Responds to Letter about Missionaries

Dear Mr. Paul,

We would like to thank you very much for your email and for the advance copy of an article you consider sending to a publication in Utah. We also deeply appreciated your account of your positive experiences in Switzerland over the years and for the fondness you still seem to have for our country, despite the recent issue concerning visas for missionaries of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

This question has indeed been the subject of various meetings and phone conversations in Switzerland and Washington between high-level representatives of the Swiss Government, including former Swiss Ambassador to the US Urs Ziswiler and the Head of the Federal Office for Migration (the Swiss equivalent of the INS), and representatives of the Church of LDS. These meetings have always been conducted in a constructive atmosphere and with the goal of finding a solution that would respect the Swiss legal framework as well as meeting the interests of the Church of LDS.

As we have been informed by the Federal Office of Migration a few days ago, another meeting dedicated to finding a workable solution is planned with representatives of the Church of LDS in Switzerland for the end of January/beginning of February. We are confident that, given the cooperative spirit the two sides have maintained in this dialog so far, common ground may be found.
Please, feel free to contact us again in due course for an update on the status of this important question.

Kind regards,

Norbert Baerlocher
Counselor, LL.M.
Head Communications & Cultural Affairs
Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America
2900 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, USA
Phone: +1 202 745 7940
Fax: +1 202 387 2564

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


The Rev. J. Alexander Clark, a Scotch missionary from Africa, told a very striking story of an African who had been mauled by a lioness and was well-nigh dead. Mr. Clark cared for his wounds, and when he got well he left. After three months he came back to Mr. Clark, and said, “You know the law of the African forest, that the redeemed belongs to the redeemer. I was dead, but I am now alive. I am yours. Here are my six wives and my children and my cattle; do with me as you will.” Are we willing to surrender all to Christ like that? The secret of our lack of power and service is just this-we do not acknowledge that we, the redeemed, belong to the Redeemer.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage

Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage

WASHINGTON—Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In an open letter released today, entitled “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment,” leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities in the United States affirmed the importance of preserving marriage’s unique meaning.


Dear Friends,

Marriage is the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family. Marriage is an institution fundamental to the well-being of all of society, not just religious communities.

As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We honor the unique love between husbands and wives; the indispensible place of fathers and mothers; and the corresponding rights and dignity of all children.

Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society in innumerable ways. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is not a special or limited interest but serves the good of all. Therefore, we invite and encourage all people, both within and beyond our faith communities, to stand with us in promoting and protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Sincerely yours,

Leith Anderson
National Association of Evangelicals

Dr. Thomas E. Armiger
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
Dr. Jerry G. Pence
The Board of General Superintendents
The Wesleyan Church

Dr. Gary M. Benedict
The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Glenn C. Burris Jr.
The Foursquare Church

Bishop H. David Burton
Presiding Bishop
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dr. Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Ministries

Nathan Diament
Director, Institute for Public Affairs
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh

Rev. Jim Eschenbrenner
Executive Pastor
Christian Union

Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Gammon
Conference Minister
Conservative Congregational Conference

Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

John Hopler
Great Commission Churches

Dr. Clyde M. Hughes
International Pentecostal Church of Christ

Ken Hunn
Executive Director
The Brethren Church

Bishop Harry Jackson
Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Bishop, Fellowship of International Churches

The Most Blessed Jonah
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Orthodox Church in America

Dr. Richard Land
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Rev. Frederick J. Moury Jr.
National Conference Chair
Evangelical Congregational Church

Dr. James Murray
Interim Executive Director
General Association of General Baptists

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Manmohan Singh
Secretary General
World Sikh Council – America Region

The Rev. Paull E. Spring
North American Lutheran Church

Dr. Joseph Tkach
Grace Communion International

Rev. Phil Whipple
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA

Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent
Assemblies of God

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

December 25

today, O God,
the soles of your feet
have touched the earth.

the back street,
the forgotten place
have been lit up with significance.

the households of earth
welcome the King of heaven.
for you have come among us,
you are one of us.
so may our songs rise to surround your throne
as our knees bend to salute your cradle.


-the book of common order,
church of scotland

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why does God allow suffering?

God never said He was going to make all of life good or fair. And He is not to blame for the evil in the world or the evil mankind does. If He interfered in every bad thing that happens, there would be no reason to be dependent on Him. There would be no faith needed. A person can say, “well he could at least stop this or that”, but where would the line be drawn between His intervention and not intervening. Should he stop a mugging? What if the mugger didn’t hurt anyone just stole your purse or wallet? What if he hit the person being mugged too? What diseases should He cure? Cancer? AIDS? How many people have been turned to Him because they were dying and took stock of life and the way they’d lived? How many are saved by acceptance of His grace because of their mortality?

Your question is more, “What is the purpose of life?” Rather than why there is suffering. The answer is for us to turn to Him especially when all seems in opposition. A simplistic way to explain it I’ve used for others asking this question is; Life is a test, and at the final exam if you’ve learned the answer and accepted it as truth, regardless of how hard the test was (all the bad that happened), then you use the open book and pass, gaining entrance to heaven because you accepted God and His Son Jesus Christ.

God doesn’t intervene because it contradicts the purpose of life, to test if we will accept His love and Grace, regardless of the trials of life. Here are but a few verses to address this:

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1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 112 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

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James 1:12 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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Romans 12:12 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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John 16:33 ESV / 59 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Romans 8:28 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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James 1:2 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

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Romans 5:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

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Romans 8:18 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

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Matthew 19:26 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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1 Peter 4:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

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2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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1 Peter 1:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

December 19, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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