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Religious Liberty Sermons

Swapping “Rights” For the “Common Good”

By: C. Norm Farley, Ph.D

The Church State Council, a regional affiliate of the North American Religious Liberty Association, maintains a “Speaker’s Bureau” list and because I am one of the professionals listed, I have been asked on many occasions to preach the morning sermon and present an afternoon seminar. As a consequence, I have developed a seminar which deals with current events economic, social and religious. The seminar focuses on the content of the recent Papal Encyclical, both to its economic and social policy. It considers the role “coercion” is currently playing in the shaping of our nation vs. the role freedom of conscience and individual rights play. A careful examination will show that the platform our President ran on is now being shaped by “other” forces. The Seminar points to the rise of new forces which will dramatically affect our future. I think it can safely be stated – our nation is currently embarking on a new adventure to which everyone should give careful consideration.

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Part #1: Ink and Stone or Freedom

By: C. Norm Farley, Ph.D.

DISCLAIMER: This is a research paper which provides material for a morning sermon and an afternoon seminar. It is not meant to be "preached." It is not "preachable" but will provide material for a powerful "Freedom of Conscience" sermon.

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Part # 3 “The Immorality of Forced Morality”

By: C. Norm Farley, Ph.D.

DISCLAIMER: This is a research paper which provides material for a morning sermon and an afternoon seminar. It is not meant to be "preached." It is not "preachable" but will provide material for a powerful "Freedom of Conscience" sermon.

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Facing Three Great Divides, Part 1

By: C. Norm Farley, Ph.D.

Americans are all aware that society is currently being turned upside down and inside out by a financial tsunami. Those who still enjoy the comfort of both a job and a home have cause to be doubly thankful.

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Facing Three Great Divides, Part 2

By: C. Norm Farley, Ph.D.

We offered evidence in part one that crises and catastrophic events lead to “change.” Friedman, the disciple of the “free market” and deregulation, believed that leaders (economists and politicians) were “to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.”

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Part # 2: “The Creeping Culture of Secrecy”

By: Farley, C. Norman

DISCLAIMER: This is a research paper which provides material for a morning sermon and an afternoon seminar. It is not meant to be "preached." It is not "preachable" but will provide material for a powerful "Freedom of Conscience" sermon.

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Religious Pluralism and America's Christian Nation Debate

By: Hamilton, Gregory W.

The constitutional system of the United States of America remains the envy of the world—or so we Americans like to think! Ideally and practically speaking—no matter how many flaws and shortcomings some seem to find—America’s constitutional system is what has inspired most of the nations on this increasingly free trade global planet of ours to aspire to freedom and equality and to share in the democratic and economic successes that follow in the train of borrowing from its constitutional and economic model.

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The Triclenium Affair: Love, Power, and Betrayal in the Upper Room

By: Hamilton, Gregory W.

In revisiting Christ's complex relationship with Judas, we discover how Judas's attempt to manage what he believed was Christ's revolutionary movement to establish His kingdom on Earth mirrors contemporary religious and political attitudes and strategies in the United States, and how this is leading many Christians, in the long run, to unwittingly betray Christ when understood in the larger prophetic scheme of things.

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Our Eroding Freedoms

By: Jenson, Gary

September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in U.S. history. Prior to 9-11, America was enjoying a time of peace, prosperity, freedom and safety. The day after everything changed, and we were plunged into a world of fear. How could such a thing happen? We wondered. Will it happen again in other locations? Seeking to calm our fears, our government invaded Afghanistan, hoping to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, the person responsible for planning the attacks on September 11, but the mission proved to be a failure, and to this day din Laden continues to stir up hatred against the United States.

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The Battle for the Gospel

By: Reinach, Alan J.

In 1992, Pat Buchanan gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in which he declared that America is in the midst of a culture war, a war for the soul of America. When Americans think of culture war, they often think of issues like abortion, gay rights, school prayer or the public display of the Ten Commandments. I am convinced that these are only surface issues. The real battle is for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land

By: Reinach, Alan J.

Todd Sturgill had a good job driving a UPS truck. He owned his own home, and was able to provide a comfortable living for his family. It was nearing Christmas, and the delivery season became hectic with the delivery of mail order gifts. Sundown came earlier on Friday afternoons, and Todd’s requests for Sabbath accommodation were met with incredulity.

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The Sheep and the Goats

By: Reinach, Alan J.

In the nineteenth century, France wanted to send a gift to the United States to commemorate the centennial anniversary of our declaration of independence. Lady Liberty was a few years late, but was finally erected in New York Harbor in 1886. The famous inscription is found, not outside, but inside, a poem by Emma Lazarus called “The New Colossus:” The poem reflects the fact that this nation was built and populated by immigrants, who were welcomed and valued.

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The Levee of Liberty

By: Reinach, Alan J.

Bible Students know that Liberty in America faces its own storm. Revelation 13 repeatedly warns us that the powers of church and state will combine to enforce worship. No man may buy or sell unless he worships the beast and its image. All who will not worship will be killed. Many Adventists think that the loss of liberty is inevitable, even desirable, since persecution must come before Jesus comes, and we want Jesus to come.

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America Needs the Law of God: Written in the Heart

By: Reinach, Alan J.

A recent poll found that Americans can name at least two members of the Simpson family, of the television show, but they cannot identify two of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. It makes me wonder whether Americans are willing to defend freedoms that they don’t even know exist, or if they would resist the erosion of such freedoms.

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The Answer is Written in the Heart

By: Reinach, Alan J.

A battle has been raging over the law of God. It is not surprising really. Seventh-day Adventists have known for more than a century that it would eventually come down to this. The battle is just beginning, even though it is at least ten years old, but it can be expected to rage for a while to come, indeed, until Jesus comes.

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How Liberty Dies

By: Reinach, Alan J.

In 1992, Ross Perot ran for President and pulled enough conservative votes away from President George Bush to enable William Jefferson Clinton to be elected president. Can anyone remember the name of Ross Perot’s vice presidential running mate? He was James Bond Stockdale. I found his name amusing. James Bond Stockdale participated in the Vice Presidential debates, and began his opening remarks with the profound questions: “who am I; why am I here?” It was refreshing for this unknown candidate to publicly admit that no one knew who he was, or what he was doing in a vice presidential debate.

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Will the Real Christian America Please Stand Up?

By: Reinach, Alan J.

America is at a crossroads. Her morals and standards have fallen so low, if God does not intervene soon He will have to apologize to Sodom. Christians have a responsibility to work for the establishment of the kingdom of God. The United States was chosen, from the beginning, to be God’s instrument, God’s country, God’s tool for bringing the kingdom of God to this sin sick world. Now its our turn.

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