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Oaths and Vows

Oaths and Vows As a boy I heard the fabled account of George Washington and the cherry tree. When young George was confronted by his distressed father concerning the wanton destruction of a cherry tree, the boy said, “I cannot tell a lie; I cut down the tree.” It took me years to figure out …

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Repentance

Repentance The opening message of John the Baptist, who served as a herald for Jesus, was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This call to repentance was an urgent appeal to sinners. No one who refuses to repent can ever enter the kingdom of God. Repentance is a prerequisite, a necessary condition …

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Original Sin

Original Sin It is commonplace to hear the statement, “people are basically good.” Though it is admitted that no one is perfect, human wickedness is minimized. Yet if people are basically good, why is sin so universal? It is often suggested that everybody sins because society has such a negative influence upon us. The problem …

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Divine Revelation

Divine Revelation Everything we know about Christianity has been revealed to us by God. To reveal means “to unveil.” It involves removing a cover from something that is concealed. When my son was growing up, we developed an annual tradition for the celebration of his birthday. Instead of the normal pattern of distributing presents, we …

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