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The Shroud, Part 2: Scriptural Evidence

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Disclaimer: Though I believe the Shroud to be the authentic burial cloth of Christ (as you shall see), I do not believe it to be an object of worship; only Jesus Himself and God the Father are to be worshipped. However, I do believe that the Shroud provides sufficient evidence of the Resurrection. It is for this reason that I present this material. For more information, visit http://www.shroud.com/, hosted by Barrie Schwortz; he presents all views on the Shroud, as well as the latest information. To see my complete investigation, click here.
--------------------- Scriptural Evidence One of the most common “proofs” for the inauthenticity of the Shroud, according to skeptics, is that the Bible, particularly, the four gospels, fails to mention anything about it. Are the critics right? Well, let’s look at the evidence. Luke 24:12 says, “Then arose Peter, and ran unto the tomb; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which …

WFW: Lessons on Pride from Psalm 10

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Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.This week, we continue our study on pride. To recap, last week we were talking about how strife is pride. To see my complete study on pride and to get a better understanding of what will be presented in this post, click here. This week, we will begin by examining Psalm 10...Ps 10:1-3 "Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD."Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Prov 17:13 "Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house."10:4 "The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek…

Investigation into the Shroud of Turin: Part 1

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I wrote this essay years ago, but I thought it would fit perfectly with the week of Passover and Easter Sunday. It's about the Shroud of Turin. I am well aware that there are SO many varying opinions on this subject, and so much research is still forthcoming; however, I wanted to share what I found after much research. In part one, I will focus on the history of the Shroud. Disclaimer: Though I believe the Shroud to be the authentic burial cloth of Christ (as you shall see), I do not believe it to be an object of worship; only Jesus Himself and God the Father are to be worshipped. However, I do believe that the Shroud provides sufficient evidence of the Resurrection. It is for this reason that I present this material. For more information, visit http://www.shroud.com/, hosted by Barrie Schwortz; he presents all views on the Shroud, as well as the latest information.
---------------------- For decades, a mysterious linen cloth has captured the attention of many. It is considered a …

Inspiring Story: Dr. Kent Hovind

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UPDATE: Since posting this, I have received a few negative comments. I refrained from posting them, because there is already so much flack out there against Kent Hovind. My point in posting this is NOT for people to come here and bash Kent Hovind; I wanted to put something positive out there on the web about him. He has gone through so much; he doesn't need people to add to it. If you have something against him and wish to speak your mind on it, please go somewhere else. For those of you who are interested, please see the this post where you can also find the most recent updates on Kent Hovind.

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Below is a character sketch that my brother wrote. It focuses on Dr. Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist who very clearly and accurately portrays his material. I wanted to post it here for today's Inspiring Story. Enjoy!
------------------ Although he first appeared slightly outlandish, I have grown to love the humor, wisdom and insight that Dr. Kent Hovind has to …

The Hallucination Theory

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The Resurrection of Christ has long been in dispute -- for the critics that is... We've already covered the swoon theory previously, but now let's look at this one: The Hallucination Theory. It's premise is this: "If Jesus died," some will claim, "then everyone who saw Him after His death must have hallucinated!" But there are several problems with this theory. First, over 500 people saw Jesus at once. It is a scientific fact that hallucinations are not contagious! In addition, the disciples did not expect Jesus to come back; they saw Him die. When He appeared to the eleven while Thomas was absent, Thomas would not believe until he had seen Jesus for Himself. This in itself discredits the hallucination theory; for likely candidates of hallucinations must be expectant, not skeptical! The disciples were anything but expectant! As far as they knew, Jesus was not coming back. Even Cleopas and his companion, walking on the road to Emmaus, stated, "But w…

WFW: Strife and Pride

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A few weeks ago, in Jay's Word For Wednesday, he talked about how strife and debate displease the Lord. If you remember, we were talking about Isaiah 58 and the topic of pride. Jay said, Proverbs 13:10 says, “By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.” So, strife and debate comes directly from the heart issue: pride. This got me thinking, so I looked it up for myself... To continue our study on pride, I wanted to first focus on strife and see where that takes us. It is necessary, then, to look up the the meaning of this word: strife - or rib {reeb}; from 7378; a contest (personal or legal):--+ adversary, cause, chiding, contend(-tion), controversy, multitude (from the margin), pleading, strife, strive(-ing), suit. Here are some Scriptures which mention strife and debate. Notice how some of them use the literal meanings instead...Psalm 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavi…

A Great Honor...

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This blog has received an award!!! Mrs. Mecomber of Freaky Frugalite has nominated my blog for the Superior Scribbler Award! :D What does that mean? Well, it means that all my well-thought-0ut "scribbles" of thought were deemed worthy of praise! LOL! In English, that means that Mrs. Mecomber highly recommends my blog as a "fan." I am honored; THANK YOU MRS. MECOMBER!!! All I have to do to receive this great honor is pass the award on to FIVE people, following these simple rules: 1. Each Superior Scribbler (S.S.) must pass the Award onto 5 most deserving blogger friends. 2. Each S.S. must link the author and name of the blog from whom he/she received the award. 3. Each S.S. must display the award on his/her blog and link to this post, which explains the award. 4. Each S.S. who wins is asked to visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List so they can keep up-to-date on everyone who receives The Prestigious Honor. (This is unnecessary, since the …

WFW: Never Forsaken

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I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere, lately... things have been busy; I promise I'll update you all soon. For now, here's this week's WFW. I'm taking a break from my series on pride this week. Today's Word for Wednesday is a simple, but powerful Scripture, which I absolutely LOVE...Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. And this Scripture reminds me of Hebrews 13:5, which states, "For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

WFW: Pride Part 2

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Today, Jay and I both center our WFWs on Isaiah 58 -- we both attend the same church and have been equally blessed by the teachings, prompting us to study the topic further... So here is my rather LONG WFW (with a link to Jay's at the end)...Isaiah 58 1 ¶ Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 3 ¶ Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is it such a fast that…

The Missing Link has been found...

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.... NOT! (You just knew that was coming, didn't you?) :D A year ago, a complete fossil was found in Germany by Norwegian paleontologist Jorn Hurum; he discovered what he claimed to be a "missing link" in the chain of human evolution... Here is the news article that came out Friday from AOL news: (March 5) --Touted as "the missing link" between humans and early primates, a 47-million-year-old fossil appears to be an ancestor to lemurs instead, a newly released study says. The debate, however, seems far from over, and it illuminates the often tricky relationship between science and the media. Last spring, when Norwegian paleontologist Jorn Hurum and his colleagues announced the unveiling of "Ida," an unusually complete prehistoric primate fossil, it was portrayed in newspaper and television reports as a blockbuster discovery nothing short of an "eighth wonder of the world" that would offer a look at one of mankind's earliest evolutionary…

WFW: Purge Out the Sin

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1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-8 "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.... Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." The Corinthians were proud of their sins; they had probably grown to tolerate the sins, so when one said that they were doing wrong, they would become arrogant -- probably the way that we do it today: "What sin? I don't see it! I can't hear you!" playing dumb! Either t…