The Doorpost: Summing up God’s commands

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We often think of these two verses separately, not considering how they might be connected. First, Jesus reminds us that even though we are evil, we know how to give good gifts to our children. Our Father in heaven is good. He will give us good things when we ask Him.

Then Jesus tells us to do something consistent with the goodness of our heavenly Father—do good things to others. Do the things we wish others would do for us. This sums up all of God’s commands.

For the Kingdom,

Ray King

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A Christmas greeting from Samaritan Ministries

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As you have a Merry Christmas, remember:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

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You can now start needs online 24/7


Samaritan Ministries wants your member experience to be a smooth one, so we’re adding new capabilities to our online apps.

If you’re a member, you have a Samaritan Dashboard account. (Didn’t know that? If you need a PIN to get yours going, call 877-764-2426, and choose option 4.) Within the Dashboard, you can manage your membership, view share information, check on the status of a need, and several other things.

Now, you can start a new need there as well.

At any time. On any device. In any location.

Log in to your account, visit the Needs app, and click on “Start New Online Need.”

You’ll then be asked to enter some basic information about the need. Finally, a Member Advocate will contact you within two business days to help you continue the processing of your need.

It’s that simple.

Keep an eye out on this blog, our Facebook page, and Dashboard itself for video instructions on starting a new need online.

We hope this will save time for many members and enable us to serve you better.



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Links to Samaritan’s November newsletter

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Modern totalitarianism

Words Have Power typed on vintage typewriter.

By Rob Slane

Modern totalitarianism offers subjective substitutes for objective reality, and then insists that everyone accept those substitutes, or else. There are many examples of this. For instance, there is the idea that there really are no differences between men and women, and that either sex can perform all tasks equally. There is the idea that marriage is something that can take place between two men or two women. There is the idea that a person who was born biologically male can transition to become female, and vice versa.

Transgenderism offers a good example. Take the recent Gender Identity Guidance issued by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. According to Eugene Volokh, writing in the Washington Post

Under Massachusetts law, refusing to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun would be punishable discrimination. (At least this is true of “he” or “she”—I saw nothing in the document about “ze” and other newly made up pronouns.) The Massachusetts document … makes that clear in the employment context, and it also makes clear that the antidiscrimination law rules apply to places of public accommodations (including churches, in “secular events” “open to the public”) just as much as to employment.

Now, let’s notice the sleight of hand that has taken place in the whole transgender issue. Take the imaginary case of Bob, who is transitioning to become Carol. He is objectively male, right? That is his objective biological sex. By that I mean that at some point in the past, the midwife present at his birth pronounced him to be a boy, and we can assume that she made this assessment on the basis of objective data, rather than on a personal whim. Indeed, had she pronounced Bob to be a girl, or even non-gender specific, despite the clear evidence to the contrary, Bob’s parents would no doubt have corrected her and, had she still insisted on ignoring the evidence, made a complaint.

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