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Cpl. Antonio Tellez, an administrative clerk with Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, holds his 3-month-old son before departing Marine Corps Base Hawaii on a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, April 25, 2011. Over the course of the week, approximately 550 Marine and sailors from 1/12 departed Hawaii to replace 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Unlike their last two deployments — supporting Task Forces Military Police in Iraq — 1/12 will revert back to its primary mission and provide artillery fire support to 2nd Marine Division (Forward) during ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the province.

I know the 15th anniversary of 9/11 was not too long ago but I thought this post by a Army wife was very insightful.  It’s worth the read: About what 9/11 means to a veteran’s family.  It was very moving for me to read this to think about what the wives of servicemembers were going through in the last decade and a half of wars and semi-wars.  I can’t imagine what this lady and her family went through.  I think reading this should make all of us appreciate a little more what the families of military service members go through.

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Last week’s post on Bible contradiction was more technical since it involves Hebrew to resolve the Bible contradiction but this current post doesn’t require knowledge of the original language.

Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Do Christians know how to pray?”

Here’s the two answer they pointed out which led the skeptic to believe that there is a contradiction:

Yes, Jesus taught them how to pray.

9 “Pray, then, in this way:‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] Matthew 6:9-13

No, they don’t know how to pray.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Romans 8:26

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Got caught up all day with ministry yesterday so here’s a quick post.

If you’re on Facebook we have a photo album called “Theology Matters” that collects some of the memes and pictures we made for our blog this past year.  If you’re interested you can find it HERE.

While you’re at it, be sure to “like” our page on Facebook!

 

About two years ago Fred Butler posted on his blog “Nine Basic Bullet Points for Presuppositional Apologetics.”  Apparently someone has made that available on Youtube.  While the video shows the word but it does not read aloud the article, nevertheless I’m glad that this is available to read on another forum.  Plus there’s music.

 

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I appreciated many of you a few weeks ago praying for Vincent S. Artale JR concerning his heart attack.  He is pretty active on WordPress and many of you know him from his reblogging of your posts!

This upcoming Thursday he will be having another surgery.  It will be a stent surgery.  Pray for the Lord to be gracious to his health.  Pray for wisdom for the surgical team and nursing staff.

 

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Dale Ralph Davis. Judges: Such a Great Salvation.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, March 20th, 2006. 240 pp.

Rating: 5 out of 5

This was a very edifying and enjoyable bible commentary through the book of Judges.  The work is authored by Dale Ralph Davis who previously was a professor of the Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS).  This is an outstanding work that helps explain what is going on in the book of Judges.  The commentary divides Judges into three parts with a total of twenty one chapters.  I think anyone who is studying the book of Judge will find this commentary as an indispensable resource.  The great thing about the way the author writes is that it is accessible for preachers as well as the person in the pew.  I learned a lot from reading this book and below are some of the highlights:

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Christian ought not to be lovers of money (1 Timothy 6:10).  But this challenge is harder than most think.

Then there is this prediction by Paul: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,” (2 Timothy 3:1-2).  Given the times that we are living in how much do we need to be discerning to see if we are lovers of money!

Of course people can often deceive themselves.  So how do you know if you are a lover of money?  The following are four diagnostic questions.  I tried to make it flow with the acronym “SNAP:”

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