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If I didn’t get help I would have died–Eric Ainge Story

Earlier this week, ESPN.com published an article about former UT Vols quarterback and current NY Jet Erik Ainge. He admitted to extreme substance abuse dating back to when he was 12 years old, when he began a lifestyle that led to addictions to heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers.

He spent 12 years on hard drugs and has only been able to overcome his addictions for the last 8 months, over which time he has moved in with family members and entered recovery programs.  However, I don’t want to take this space to talk about his drug addiction. I really want to key in on the headline that got my attention in the first place. The headline was a simple quote from Ainge – “If I didn’t get help, I would have died.”

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Godly Advice for Dating Relationships

The Bible has very little to say about “dating” because people in ancient times didn’t really date. Marriages were usually contracted by the fathers of the parties involved or representatives of the fathers. The servant of Abraham went to the people of the city of Haran and brought back a wife for Isaac. Isaac did not see her until the night he married her (Genesis 24:62-66). Marriages were typically arranged for the parties involved. This made them no less binding. God still commanded husbands and wives to love one another and submit to one another’s needs and interests (Ephesians 5:21-33).

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Joel Osteen’s False Hope

My fellow residents of the Nashville area have probably seen the billboards around town.  If not, maybe you have noticed the Facebook ads, or caught the recent Tennessean article.  All of these are advertising “A Night of Hope.”  The speaker for this event is Joel Osteen.

Joel Osteen is a well-known “preacher.”  He has a best selling book and is the “pastor” at one of the largest churches in America. Joel Osteen is a Word of Faith preacher, or commonly called a “Health and Wealth” preacher.  His sermons combine pop psychology with a sprinkling of Scripture.  The message is positive claiming that God desires for Christians to be wealthy and healthy and the key to unlocking these blessings from God is to empower your faith.

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The Harding Controversy should open our Eyes

I was in Guatemala last week when the Harding Controversy broke.  Since returning I have had the opportunity to both read the Internet Magazine (ezine) and watch the video response of the Harding President.  If you are not familiar with this story, let me give you the details briefly.

Basically, the publication was addressed to those involved with Harding University.  At its core it was to describe the difficulties homosexuals have at the University.  The ezine portrayed the group as a persecuted minority.  It also sought to defend homosexual practice against the charge that it is sinful.  This publication was available online and distributed to students on campus (as well as at least 6 other University campuses).  Ultimately, this resulted in the President of the University blocking the website as being inappropriate.  The reason for the blocking, according to the President, was not censorship, but rather he felt the content was offensive.

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Christian Movie Advice Part 2

f you missed the first part of this two-part review, you can read it here –http://www.studyyourbibleonline.com/random/christian-movie-advice/.

4. The King’s Speech – If you kept up with the Academy Awards, I’m sure you’ve heard of this movie. It took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay. I haven’t seen it, but I think we can surmise that the story is pretty good. Unfortunately, the language is a big reason to not see this particular film. Plugged In lists over 40 uses of what our culture considers “major profanities.” Beyond that, there are a few other curse words used throughout the movie. As a Christian, I won’t sit through that kind of assault on my ears. However, I believe Clearplay will do a good job of removing those words and making the story watchable without concerns about language.
Side note: I forgot to mention one more option for movie editing in yesterday’s post – the TVGuardian system (www.tvguardian.com) reads a movie’s Closed Captioning and mutes the film when it knows language is coming. This won’t remove scenes with foul content (violence, sexuality, etc.), but it does a fair job of removing the language that many films use.

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