1 Corinthians 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
They are more than a few problem with Obama speech. First I am tired of politician raising taxes on the rich under the guise of making them pay their fair share. The democrats are moving the goal post in defining what is a fair share. I thought the rational for raising taxes in the past was making the rich pay “fair share”. Logic says one a tax Increase enacted the rich should be paying their fair share. Yet every year the Libra want to increases taxes higher because the rich according to their view are not paying a fair share even after already passing a tax increase on the rich. Second and more grievous is the money is supposed to (I don’t believe it) to help working families. like paying for child care. Wait just a minute, there are millions middleclass workers like me who are single, or married with no children, or empty nester that will see all the pain of increasing taxes but little benefit. So what Obama disingenuously claims to help the middleclass by assistance to only a small group of middleclass . Finally as a Christian I find the pitting of middle class against the rich a sin:
Exodus 20:17English Standard Version (ESV)
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
How should we act
Leviticus 19:15English Standard Version (ESV)
15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Merry Christmas to all
So start off concerning a post about the flop of a movie Saving Christmas: A friend on Facebook got it right about the sad state of Christian entrainment. I been bother by the state of Christian entertainment. I listened to a lot great sacred classical music. A will be going to Bach Christmas oratorio at ST. James Lutheran. The great thing about this is not just a performance but part of a vesper service. I always wonder where are today’s evangelical Messiah, Requiem mass and Great mass in C ( my favorite Mozart piece)? Where are our Handel, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn and even Benjamin Britten? The problem is today is the Evangelical church exchange artistic excellence and art criticism for pragmatism and a poorly written chick track. As a result we have lame praise songs and Saving Christmas.