Eating the most expensive scrambled eggs while pondering cheap grace.

I often have debates with other Christians. The subject? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

We each have our own point of view. We each see God from our own vantage point. What is our culture? What did our parents teach us? What did we learn in school? In church? From our friends? What do we want to believe? How important to us are our sins? Are we willing to give up our sins?

Julie’s post does not address all those issues, but it does address an essential question. What is the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Chris?

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This is NOT the picture of scrambled eggs that sat in a styrofoam bowl along with
a plastic fork and napkin that awaited me in the nuclear medicine lab this morning…
complete with a dixie cup of water–
but I just wasn’t thinking fast enough to snap a picture before downing
my radioactive breakfast.

I had gotten up with the chickens this morning in order to arrive at the hospital
bright and early for a gastric swallowing test.

It was to be a 90-minute procedure that I really felt was not at the heart of my
issues and not what I really needed but I am currently playing human guinea pig.

I was supposed to have an MRI Monday of my liver, with and without contrast…
of which would also take a look-see at my gallbladder and pancreas.
The scan had been scheduled for two months…but last week the gal…

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Apologetics Sermon Illustration #54: Bible Contradictions and September 11th

One of the most effective arguments against the Bible is the claim it contradicts itself. However, those arguing that the Bible contradicts itself don’t seem to understand the definition of the word “contradiction”. Here we have an article that provides an example of such confusion.

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

I think the following illustration below would be helpful.

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DEISM AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS

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What is Deism?

One thing that is common these days is to assert that the Founding Fathers were Deists.  Since I doubt that the term deism is especially well understood, let us start with a definition.

deism noun, often capitalized
de·​ism |  ˈdē-ˌi-zəm  , ˈdā-  
: a movement or system of thought advocating natural (see NATURAL entry 1 sense 8b) religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe (from here (merriam-webster.com)

Merriam-Webster’s definition includes this note.

Did You Know?
Belief in God based on reason rather than revelation or the teaching of any specific religion is known as deism. The word originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to operate under the natural laws devised by God. By the late…

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In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity.

Since the only posts on my blog that are worth reading are the ones I reblog from The Curmudgeon (see https://citizentom.com/2020/01/06/is-there-any-hope-for-usa-relations-with-the-islamic-world/comment-page-1/#comment-91517), I decided I had better get with it and repost another such post before I lose all my readers. 😉

Note that The Curmudgeon did not link directly to the articles he cited. Since I found his post rather shocking I found it difficult to believe. So, I decided to investigate. Here some links.
=> https://fee.org/articles/home-equity-theft-how-a-man-s-home-was-seized-over-841-in-unpaid-taxes/

=> https://reason.com/2019/11/06/a-michigan-man-underpaid-his-property-taxes-by-8-41-the-county-seized-his-property-sold-it-and-kept-the-profits/
=> https://pacificlegal.org/the-hill-arizonas-property-tax-law-abuse-must-end/

=>https://therealnews.com/stories/detroit-property-tax-homeowners-foreclosure

There does not seem to be much interest in this subject by the Crony Capitalist news media. So information is difficult to find. This Google query turned up some interesting stuff.
=> https://www.google.com/search?biw=1304&bih=678&tbm=nws&ei=qp0hXp_uC6Tt5gKavZboBw&q=%22property+tax%22+foreclosure+%22pacific+legal+foundation%22&oq=%22property+tax%22+foreclosure+%22pacific+legal+foundation%22&gs_l=psy-ab.3…224595.234706.0.236175.4.4.0.0.0.0.126.410.3j1.4.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0….0.iYvBtXTo4kA

However, as I don’t trust Google, I also tried bing.com. https://www.bing.com/search?q=%22property%20tax%22%20foreclosure%20%22pacific%20legal%20foundation%22%20alabama%20new%20york&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=%22property%20tax%22%20foreclosure%20%22pacific%20legal%20foundation%22%20alabama&sc=1-61&sk=&cvid=1125633EAB244237817767BFFA493FC4

Finally got the hit I wanted.

=> https://pacificlegal.org/in-13-states-its-legal-for-governments-to-steal-your-home-equity/

This problem is more widespread than just Michigan, and it is a good indication of why we should not trust government to do the right thing. As good citizens, we must hold the people who rule us accountable.

The Curmudgeon

I compiled this post from a variety of sources: Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org), Pacific Legal Foundation (Pacificlegal.org), Greatfallstribune.com (Mt.), Detroitnews.com and SSRN.COM.

Uri Rafaeli’s story isheartbreaking to read: Uri is a retired 83-year-old Michigan engineer, and in 2014 he accidentally underpaid, by $8.41, the property taxes on a home he rented out. But instead of notifying him of the issue and helping him, his county government seized the home and sold it at auction for $24,500. The county (Wayne) then kept all the proceeds—leaving Rafaeli with nothing.

There is a word for this practice: theft. And Wayne County is not the only one winning big on the minuscule mistakes of the little guy: it’s every county in Michigan and in a dozen other states, as well. In the case of Erica Perez, whose home was taken and sold for $108,000 to satisfy a debt of $144, the notice was…

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