MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

It’s Good To Take a Stand For Marriage

February 28th, 2010 Viewed 1399 times
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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The reason that Carrie Prejean is in the news is not only for the fact that she is good looking and was Miss California—it’s that she was almost Miss USA (or at least that’s what many said) but for an answer she gave to Perez Hilton about same-sex marriage.

In her interview portion, Hilton asked Prejean what she thought about Proposition 8, the California proposition that would have legalized same-sex marriage, but was rejected by the voters of the state.  Prejean stated that she believed marriage was between a man and a woman.

That’s great—I mean, I agree.  It’s the traditional definition, and altering that definition does erode the meaning, even if it doesn’t directly effect my marriage or those around me.  The problem is, marriage is already pretty weak as it is.

Save It For When You’re Married

February 27th, 2010 Viewed 1286 times
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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In the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the two young children that live with their widower father are all excited because they feel that if their father kisses the lovely leading lady then “they’ll have to get married.”  Today, the leading lady and man move in together while he’s recovering from a divorce.

Our society has changed a lot over a couple of generations to the point that many of the things that we would expect to hear about self-control and decency we no longer hear.

Confession Is Not Enough

February 26th, 2010 Viewed 1206 times
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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It’s a given part of human nature.  Each and every one of us have sinned.  We’ve all “fallen short” to use the concept that Paul uses in the book of Romans.

However, the fact that we all sin is not an excuse for sinning.  The grace that God gives us to triumph over any sin is not an excuse to sin more.  This is the thrust of the argument that Paul made to the Romans close to 2000 years ago.

So every time I hear someone who was caught doing something wrong saying “I know it’s wrong, but I have a long way to go” in an effort to diffuse a situation, I shake my head.

The whole point of the Christian faith is repentance—a change of direction.

Anything You Record May Come Back to Haunt You

February 25th, 2010 Viewed 1431 times
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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Carrie Prejean wasn’t the first person to make a recording she thought would remain private, only to find out that it did not.  Many people every day are making recordings, taking photographs and writing statements that they believe will only be read, seen and heard by the intended recipients.

Yet, the Internet has proven just how wrong this kind of thinking is.

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One of the big things in our present age is the “Reply To All” problem—a nifty feature in most e-mail programs that allows you to broadcast your secrets en masse to everyone on the original e-mail.

10 Lessons from Carrie Prejean

February 24th, 2010 Viewed 1290 times
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

93201_misscaliforniausacarrieprejeanattendsapressconferenceattrumptoweronmay122009innewyorkcity1It occurred to me this morning, as I was preparing for the day, that the situation that Carrie Prejean finds herself in offers us many lessons as to how people, especially Christians, have to live circumspectly in this present age.

Specifically, there are 10 things that I believe that you and I should consider and keep in mind with the culture the way that it is, and over the next few days I’d like to look at them—for some of them we do, some of them we think we’d never do, but we do things like them, and others we need to be aware of.

It’s About the Heart – A Relationship With God

February 23rd, 2010 Viewed 1171 times
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Do You Love Me?

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It’s often said that Christianity is different than any other religion because Christianity is not really a religion as much as it is a relationship.

God created people to have a relationship with Him, and when we sinned, the relationship was broken.  That didn’t stop God from wanting that relationship, it just meant that it would take a perfect sacrifice to make it possible again.

How Hard Would It Be To Meet the President?

February 22nd, 2010 Viewed 1544 times

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Have you ever wondered how hard it would be to meet a famous person?

This past Sunday I was at a church where Dr. Woodrow Kroll of Back to the Bible was the special speaker, and I figured that it would be relatively easy to go up and shake his hand, and it got me thinking about other people.

I wonder how difficult it would be to actually meet the President of the United States.  I mean, apart from being a part of his staff, how easy or difficult is it to actually shake the man’s hand or get close enough to say ‘”Hi.”

What do you think?  Does it just require determination?

It’s About the Heart – He Is Everything

February 21st, 2010 Viewed 1278 times
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Do You Love Me?

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If God is a part of your life, then you have to ask yourself, how much of my life is His?  You see, He will not rest until He makes you into the image of His dear Son.  He wants to be the Lord of your life.

That means that there are two different people that are fighting over your heart—you and God.  I think you know who will win!

It’s About the Heart – Throughout the Bible

February 20th, 2010 Viewed 1372 times
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Do You Love Me?

Love Frame When you ask the question, “Do You Love Me?” you immediately realize that this is a question directed at the heart.  What you may not realize is that it’s always been about the heart—from the beginning of time.

You see, throughout the Bible, God has always been concerned about our heart attitude toward Him.

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10 Worst Bible Passages

February 19th, 2010 Viewed 2692 times

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If you were to pick the hardest Bible passages, what would you pick?

A recent post by Ann Althouse suggested her Top 10 Worst Bible Passages.  A lot of the problems that people have with these passages has to do with context and an understanding of the times.

For example:

2. “Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.” (1 Samuel 15:3)

This seems harsh, except it is in God’s hand when any should die, and they had been warned and God had shown mercy.  It was many generations after they had been told to change that they were judged.  I can see why we believe that killing everything is harsh, but it was a whole lot more efficient than the tactics we have today.  Just saying.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.