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A 'Relaxed' Society

Through the years, we've seen changes in our society and the norms. So much has changed from what I was taught or even what I knew about, since the days of my youth. Words have changed in the dictionary to mean things other than what we learned in school.

Take the case of the 'two fathers' family: two guys have been granted the ability to have a baby through a surrogate mother, and then be able to raise those children as legal _parents_ to that child. My thoughts are and always will be that a family where there are TWO parents, consists of a mother and a father. Would someone please let me know how two men make up a mother and a father? I don't believe anyone can.

There have been 'relaxed' beliefs - there's no longer a standard by which one follows after God; it's as though 'anything goes'. There are teachings in the Bible against many things that are now being seen in the church, and being taught that it's okay. There are homosexuals taking over the pastorate of churches - biblical? Gays living as a 'family'? God doesn't want anyone to perish; heaven forbid. But, he has a standard by which each of us can access Him and eternity, and that is adhering to His biblical truths, one of which says, " Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." [ Leviticus 18:22 ] These aren't my words, but the WORD of God. Surely, if one believes in God, and believes His Word is truth, then, how can one derive from this text anything other than homesexuality isn't from God, nor is it blessed by God. A homosexual can be saved, but a homosexual would then have to refrain from homosexual activities.

We've been warned that, during the last days, many of these things will come to pass. The family is being degraded; you no longer have to be a husband and wife team, but a wife/wife, or a husband/husband can make it 'by law'. Gone is the day when every child could say I have a Mother/Father at home. I realize that many children do live in a one parent home, but this isn't the same as being raised by two gay people. They claim that it doesn't make any difference to a child, as to whom brings that child up. But, I beg to differ. A child follows after the example of a parent, a sibling, friends, family, and if that child sees only two fathers or two mothers in a household, how will that child no what a 'normal' family really consists of? He or she will have questions, and they will ultimately begin to question the relevancy of the Bible as the Truth. Oh, I am sure there is someone somewhere that has 'proved' that this isn't so, but, mark the Word of God - the time has come when people have strayed so far, it's going to be hard to get back to Him!

America has become more and more relaxed in society. We 'accept' things that our forefathers would never have dreamed of accepting. We are afraid to speak out, for fear of reprisal or being looked down upon for not accepting or being 'considerate' of others feelings. But, my feelings are: I have grandchilden, and I pray that none will turn out to be gay. But, if they do, I will stay stand up and say, God did NOT make gays, He forbids the activities they engage in, it's an abomination to Him, and, without repentance, and abstinence of those activities, they are in danger of being cast out on judgment day. Our God is a compassionate God, a forgiving God, but we can't do what we know to be wrong, or that which He states in His Word is wrong, and contend that we are 'living for Him'. That's an absurdity!

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Heavenly Father, help us to live by your commandments, and not by man's laws and rules. Guide each of us into a relationship with you, whereby we will want to shun even the appearance of evil or being wrong. We give you praise, honor and the glory. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

The Bride And The Bridegroom

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word August 5-9, 2002

Where Are You, God?
What's Taking Up Residence?
Nothing Matters Without God
Seek God First
Child-like Faith

Visit Daily Dose archives to read past devotions at Barbara's Entourage.



He Talks To Us As A Friend

Renewing The Heart Devotional

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"The meaning of trial is not only to test worthiness, but to increase it; as the oak is not only tested by the storms, but toughened by them."

Streams In The Desert

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Featured links found in the many pages of Barbara's Entourage!

Homeschooling Resources

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Christian attitudes and character come as the result of effort. No amount of the grace of God will make a man better unless the man resists evil and seeks after righteousness and goodness.

Messages: A Selection of Pastoral Essays
By Guy McGowan

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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

Homeschooling Resources at Peggie's Place


The Perkins Family Homeschool House

Visit Debbie Perkins' homeschool house for lots of information on homeschooling, resources, educational links, curriculum, Bible study, virtual tours, and much more for the parent who is homeschooling a child.

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1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs

Pour boiling water over oats. Let stand while preparing the following: Sift together flour, cinnamon, soda and salt, add to sugar, eggs, and butter. Add oatmeal. Mix well and bake 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until done.


1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut

Dissolve thoroughly the sugar and milk, add butter and cook. Stir almost constantly until mixture boils and becomes thick. Remove from heat, add vanilla, nuts and coconut. Pour on cake while hot.

Visit Pat's Place for more wonderful recipes.

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Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!

The pastor was a bit concerned about the lack of interest in his sermons. Though every time the subject came up members would say, "What insight, What wisdom"!

At this he decided one Sunday to test the level of attentiveness. "Next week, He said, we will be reading from Matthew chapter 29"!

The next Sunday came and he asked the question, "Okay, who read the text this week". Hands went up all over the congregation at which the reply came, "Really, well now since there are only 28 chapters in Matthew, I will be preaching on the sin of fabrication!

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Jesus and Satan are sitting around in the world between, having an argument over who is the better programmer. They discuss this for several hours until they agree to hold a contest, with God as the judge. Sitting at their computers, they begin typing furiously, lines of code filling up the screens, for almost three hours. Seconds before the contest is to end, a bolt of lightning takes out the electricity. A few moments later, power is restored, and God announces that the contest is over. He asks Satan to show him his programming. Visibly upset, Satan says, "I have nothing! I lost it all when the power went out."

"Let's see if Jesus has fared any better," God says. Jesus pulls up his screen and shows God a vivid display as the voices of an angelic choir resound from the speakers.

Satan is shocked. "But how?" he cries. "I lost everything, but Jesus' program is intact?"

"How did he do it?" God laughed. "Everyone knows...Jesus saves."

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A word or two from ......

Christianity Today Magazine
Compiled by Richard A. Kauffman

Quotations to stir the heart and mind from bumper stickers

Read the entire story: Fenders of the Faith

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A Recipe For Never Annoying Our Friends

This was made by one who had suffered much for many years from numberless little worries, occasioned by a relative, whose affection no doubt was sincere and devoted, but also too ardent, and want6ing in discretion.

There must be moderation in all things, even in the love we manifest, the care we take to shield them from trouble.

This recipe consists of but four simple rules, very clear, very precise.
Behold them: ------
1. Always leave my friend something more to desire of me. If he asks me to go and see him three times, I go but twice. He will look forward to my coming a third time, and when I go, receive me the more cordially.

It is so sweet to feel we are needed, and so hard to be thought importunate.

To be continued

By Charlotte M. Yonge - 1880

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That's a Roundup from Barbara's Entourage for this week.
"Head knowledge makes you smart; heart knowledge makes you HIS!"



John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

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