God should come first in our lives

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Everyone today has the solution to America's problems, to hear them tell it. Politicians say, "Elect me and I will solve all your problems!" Listen to most TV preachers: "Donate to me and your problems will be solved!"

The only answer is for America to turn back to God. We have forsaken him and gone after other gods.

If you will read Joshua's challenge to the Israelites, he said: "Choose you this day who you will serve whether the God that brought you out of Egypt or the gods of the nations around you."

You see churches on every corner today, but you must wonder what are the preaching and teaching.

How long has it been since we really prayed confessing our sins to God? It is time we quit playing church and get back to what the Bible says. In most churches today, how long has it been since you heard a sermon telling the people to repent?

We have renamed sins to where they don't sound too bad. When I was growing up, there was not very much of it going on, but if two people decided to live together, it was called "shacking up." That sounded too harsh, so it was upgraded to "living together." That started sounding too harsh, so it was changed to "cohabitation." To rename something makes people think it is OK. We need to get back to what the Bible says about marriage-- also, about marriage being between a man and a woman, not two men or two women. ...

America can be turned around, but first we have got to put God first in all that we do. He will not play second fiddle or take second place in our lives. It is up to us. Are we willing to do what it takes?

Don Matthews

Augusta

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soldout
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soldout 07/13/10 - 11:32 pm
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Good letter Don; preach on

Good letter Don; preach on brother.

grouse
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grouse 07/14/10 - 12:12 am
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Delusional.
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Delusional.

GGpap
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GGpap 07/14/10 - 12:39 am
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Well Don, lock yourself in

Well Don, lock yourself in your home along with your bible and prayers; so far your god hasn't been doing a very good job at "puttin' down" the boogie man.

GGpap

KSL
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KSL 07/14/10 - 12:42 am
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Your belief or disbelief

Your belief or disbelief should be personal. Why do you people think you need to broadcast it here?

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 07/14/10 - 12:47 am
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What was it, Don, that Jesus

What was it, Don, that Jesus said about marriage being between a man and a woman, not two men or two women? If you don't believe two men should get married, Don, I strongly suggest that you not marry a man.

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Riverman1 07/14/10 - 05:41 am
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It's the first time I

It's the first time I remember a letter to the editor being placed on top of the editorials. But I can readily see how it came about.

Editorial meeting: Letter is read. Boss says put that on top. Working editor says, "Okay."

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corgimom 07/14/10 - 06:17 am
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I hate to break Don Matthews'

I hate to break Don Matthews' bubble, but people have been living together for hundreds of years- hence common law marriages.

I guess he forgot about that.

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Dixieman 07/14/10 - 07:01 am
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Pray for the ACLU -- it just

Pray for the ACLU -- it just might work, and even if it doesn't, it will irritate them.

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southernguy08 07/14/10 - 07:24 am
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Amen, Don. What a shame that
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Amen, Don. What a shame that a letter that has the "audacity" to tell the truth is the object of so many insults. It is so very sad and an indictment of the world we live in.

fd1962
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fd1962 07/14/10 - 08:23 am
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Sounds suspiciously like Don
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Sounds suspiciously like Don is telling us what to do too, the only truth / solving our problems. We've been Don-ed.

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Chillen 07/14/10 - 08:44 am
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"It is time we quit playing

"It is time we quit playing church and get back to what the Bible says"

Playing church is exactly what a lot of people do these days. Some of the most vicious, back stabbing and conniving adults & teenagers I know go to church - every Sunday. They sit there and smile, act Godly and then and hour later release themselves back into the world to crap on others.

Conversly some of the nicest, kindest and most honest people I know only go to church for special occasions. They truly "do unto others".

Go figure.

fd1962
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fd1962 07/14/10 - 08:46 am
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Of course, the Augusta
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Of course, the Augusta Chronicle, not to be outdone, is sponsoring an advertisement at the bottom of my online page here: "GOD offering a job $87 per hour, working from home." (Don't have to look far for solutions from Morris Communications...)

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soldout 07/14/10 - 08:46 am
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I hope Don is reading the

I hope Don is reading the comments and knowing that only the truth upsets folks. There are lots of angry people out there trying to live without a relationship with Christ at the center of their lives and they are in a struggle and sometimes it shows in their comments. They wish they had joy, peace and security instead of spending their efforts looking for short term happiness and building their faith in no God and hoping they are right. They are hoping all they see just happened and there is no loving creator who provided all they will ever need and an eternal life with Himself.

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dani 07/14/10 - 08:51 am
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Amen, Don.

Amen, Don.

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502.5 07/14/10 - 08:58 am
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Well said, Don. The real

Well said, Don. The real delusional ones are those who disrespect the Lord and reject Him. But, I love them all anyway, and hope they see the Light soon. And remember naysayers, salvation does not equal perfection. That's why there's grace. Wow! What a gift! And it's free.

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swinter05 07/14/10 - 09:06 am
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Great letter Don! When those

Great letter Don! When those "of the world" learn that all TRUTH comes from the Bible and we apply that to every word we hear, every action we do, then they will be much happier and peaceful people. Some of you will challenge the bible being the TRUTH. I challenge you to ponder this: there can only be one truth in order for it to be the truth. Truth is "that which corresponds to reality." "This absolute and eternal truth, at the heart of Jesus' mission on earth, continues to be the focal point of the Cosmic Battle in our own time. Truth is not simply an academic concept. The way we think about truth has a direct bearing upon the way we live our lives. What's more, our understanding of right and wrong is directly dependent on our worldview: is the universe God's creation or a closed cosmic cube?"

Where Do False Beliefs Come From?
There are at least two ways we end up with false beliefs. First, we can misinterpret reality, as I did when I tried to fly. No matter how ardently I believed I could fly, an intense encounter with gravity showed me I couldn’t.
I have often heard the statement that "perception is reality." Nonsense. One who holds this position will find himself in many perplexing situations. You may perceive that it is not raining outside, yet after you retrieve the newspaper, you’ll sit in bewilderment, contemplating why you are soaking wet. You may perceive that the light is on and then wonder why it is so difficult to read at night. Or, more tragically, a young girl may look in the mirror and perceive that she is fat, then wonder why she is in a hospital bed, dying of malnutrition.
Is perception reality? No. I thought I could fly. I can’t. Sometimes, our perceptions or beliefs are totally false. And a false belief about what is real can make us do some very stupid things.

A Culture of Self
The second way we acquire false beliefs is through our culture, which tells us lies everyday. That’s why, when God came to earth as a man, he spent a great deal of time attempting to explain to us what is really real. "Truly, truly, I say to you ..." Jesus would exclaim over and over again, trying to get the people to believe reality in the midst of the lies that surrounded them.
Two thousand years later, we still reject his testimony. The lies of our culture are everywhere, seeping into our minds through a myriad of hoaxes: a television program insidiously tells us that the pleasures of the world bring happiness; music glorifies rape or murder or drugs; financial advisors tell us to create our own security, assuming there’s no God to provide for us. What is going on here? The reality is that the pleasures of the world leave only emptiness, drugs destroy lives, and money in itself can never bring security. The list goes on and on. And the consequences are horrific.
Our postmodern world is pulling each individual into a vacuum of self-centeredness, whispering, "It’s all about you." It’s all about your own pleasure, peace, prosperity, and comfort. It’s all about what you think. It’s all about your own self-actualization, your individual pursuit. It reminds me of the first lie that mankind heard in the garden: "You will be like God!" It is all about us, isn’t it?

For all of you intelligent posters who insist on a debate or arguing, please visit the truthproject.com. Once you have finished this study, I PROMISE you will have less questions and more answers. It gives you all the science and logical explanations you so intensely crave for. Remember, just because it doesn't fit your lifestyle or is beyond your understanding, doesn't mean it is not the truth.

fd1962
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fd1962 07/14/10 - 09:07 am
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Soldout, it is indeed
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Soldout, it is indeed gratifying that you live in such a defined frenzy of happiness, smug in the certainty that yours is the ONLY path to joy, peace, and security. You are mistaken that multitudes are obsessed with building their faith in no God and hoping they are right just because they are not betting all their chips on the hereafter. Perhaps they are simply going for it in their own lifetimes, because they have never been convinced that the banks will be open in heaven.

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LaTwon 07/14/10 - 09:16 am
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we called it living in sin

we called it living in sin back then.......... now days the govt subsidizes it.
the do-gooders that thumb their nose at consequences have led us over the cliff.

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effete elitist liberal 07/14/10 - 11:41 am
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Why is it that folks advising

Why is it that folks advising America to "turn to God" so often end up thinking of God as a Southern white male Republican with a dislike of gays, straight sex outside marriage, and uppity "negro" Presidents named Barack? I wonder if Don Matthews has ever wondered why God seems to have exactly the same prejudices and hangups that he does!

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Techfan 07/14/10 - 11:57 am
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"They wish they had joy,

"They wish they had joy, peace and security" Actually Don doesn't sound very joyful, peaceful, or secure. Too many people think that only way THEIR church preaches and THEIR beliefs are true. My suggestion is to live your life according to your beliefs and leave others alone and let them live theirs.

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impossible 07/14/10 - 12:03 pm
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swinter05Wednesday, Jul. 14
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swinter05Wednesday, Jul. 14 9:06 AM Very well said and excellent advice to people of good will who are sincerely interested in truth. Seeking it simply requires an effort; recognizing it and understnding it requires a sound philosophy and an open mind. The hardest part is accepting it.

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impossible 07/14/10 - 12:08 pm
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The hereafter is the only
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The hereafter is the only game in "town." Genuine delusion is the product of the same pride that led to the original sin of Adam and Eve - wanting to be one's own God. The ultimate reality(ies) do not change, only the ever-changing surroundings in which people reject them or accept them. The same-old, same-old name calling doesn't change reality one bit.

impossible
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impossible 07/14/10 - 12:19 pm
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Obama agrees that religious
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Obama agrees that religious people should have "freedom of worship," as opposed to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Like some of the folks commenting herein, he prefers that those who believe in God are to keep it a private matter and not actually practice their religion in public and "offend" others. That current effort of Obama and his advisors is (Mr. Kirby) very unconstitutional. Thank you Don Matthews for having the courage and charity to publicly practice your religion.

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ohhsweetconcord 07/14/10 - 12:34 pm
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Hmm, I think we're going

Hmm, I think we're going pretty good as a nation if our biggest moral problems are homosexuals marrying and people living together before marriage.

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Chillen 07/14/10 - 12:58 pm
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Obama believes in "collective

Obama believes in "collective salvation". To quote him "“our individual salvation depends on collective salvation".

I promise, this is not a joke.

So, all of you out there, please get yourselves in order so that I can have my salvation too. Thank you.

impossible
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impossible 07/14/10 - 01:16 pm
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Some may not understand that
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Some may not understand that "collective salvation" is another Obamination of our language. It substitutes the State (socialism) for God (genuine Christianity, primarily). Essentially, it means to its adherents that we are "saved" by liberation theology - stealing from the oppressors and giving to the oppressed. Sadly, some church leaders have gotten suckered into accepting this Marxist version of Scripture in place of the Gospel according to Jesus himself.
These five sentences someone sent to me are instructive:
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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TrukinRanger 07/14/10 - 01:19 pm
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Not interested in you fairy
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Not interested in you fairy tales! Perhaps one day you'll quit doing & believing what you're told to believe and actually start thinking for yourself.

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swinter05 07/14/10 - 01:56 pm
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@ Truckin 4x4 - My heart

@ Truckin 4x4 - My heart tells me to believe in Jesus. There is a faith and peace that passes all understanding, one that you are not even willing to open yourself up to. It takes a humble person to admit that they are unclean and in need of a Savior, someone that can takes our burdens and bears them for us. My prayer for you is that one day you will see that it is not through your own "fairytale powers" that you wake up every day and even have a thought cross your mind. If we were created to think for ourselves, the human population would cease to exist b/c we are sinful creatures.

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ohhsweetconcord 07/14/10 - 01:56 pm
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Marriage is changing. Young

Marriage is changing. Young people don't think of it the same way our parents did. And our parents don't think of it as the same as their parents. I imagine my generation's children are going to view it a little differently also. The question is: Should we adapt to the church or should the church adapt to us? I think it should probably go both ways.

swinter05
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swinter05 07/14/10 - 02:04 pm
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ohsweetconcord - you are

ohsweetconcord - you are sadly mistaken. we adapt to what the truth (Holy Bible) says. never man. some religions have taken what is written and misinterpreted to fit their agendas and traditions. it ultimately is all about your relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. it is not about any denomination or often we go to church (although going tends to keep you close with fellow Christians). Christianity is all about relationship. Only you know how empty your heart is and when you seek Him with your whole heart, he will sweep you off your feet....this I promise you :)

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