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The worship service is about God

Posted on Jul 03 , 2014 in Blog

Over the last several years I have stopped preaching “patriotic messages”.  Now I still enjoy living in the best country in the world, and I try to fulfill Romans 13:1-7 the best that I can.  But I’m now persuaded that the Sunday morning worship service needs to be about worshipping the God of Heaven.  Let me give you in bulleted form some of those reasons:

  • The worship service is about who God is and what He has done for us.
  • No where in scripture are we asked to worship the country we live in. (ex: Daniel and Nehemiah)
  • Only Christ saves, not our country or political persuasion
  • Frankly the older the USA becomes there is less and less to ask God’s blessing upon.
  • We are to pray for our national leaders spiritual status, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, even doing so in our services.
  • In our community there are roughly 8+ national groups represented, they need to now it’s the Gospel and not a country that saves

Thus when I enter the pulpit this Sunday, as the 4th of July weekend winds down, the message will be out of 1 Timothy 3.  Why? Because that’s where we are in our current Sunday Morning study.

Have a Happy 4th, but on Sunday be sure to worship the God of Heaven.

 

PH

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Life is a vapor

Posted on Jun 26 , 2014 in Blog

Last week my wife and I were in Wisconsin attending to the health needs of my aging father.  In the course of our travels we drove down a stretch of road that I have driven hundreds of times since my childhood.  Last week we drove down this road roughly five times.  The only eventful thing that happened was I was passed for going to “slow” {insert chuckles here}.  One of the things I did on those trips was to take in the scenes recalling to my mind the many trips my father took us to and from the big city of FDL. 

Then yesterday in my news feed came this story 3 Ripon area women killed in multiple car accident.  By now you’ve guessed it on a stretch of road that we drove over several times last week.  As I thought about here we are a as family expecting the odds to be stacked against dad and his multiple health issues.   I’m going to guess that three families yesterday were not expecting to lose a family member and a fourth family facing legal and court issues relating from the accident.

Then a verse that I often use in my funeral messages came to mind James 4:14 “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”.  While we wait for the potential of my father passing from this life into eternity, today several families mourn the loss of family they did not see coming.

Here’s the challenge if you are a Christian are you so living your life RIGHT NOW that you can say “I am ready to met the Lord?”  If not, why not?  Unrepented of sin?  A lifestyle that’s contrary to God’s revealed Word?  What does God desire of us as believers Acts 26:20 “… repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.”  Or as God through the prophet Amos demanded Amos 5:24 “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

For the one who has not yet repented and turned to Christ alone for salvation, that is the ONE THING you need to do. Romans 10:9-13 “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Why is this so important, because life is a vapor and we are not guaranteed tomorrow or the rest of this day.

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Liberty and Love

Posted on Jun 07 , 2014 in Blog

I’ve been thinking about the difference between our liberty in Christ and love for the brethren. So I went to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon and looked up “liberty”. The English transliteration is eleutheria. Thayer’s defines this word in the following ways:

  1. Liberty to do or omit things having no relationship to salvation
  2. Fancied liberty; license, the liberty to do as one pleases
  3. True liberty is living as we should not as we please.

The word liberty (ESV uses “freedom”) is used frequently in the NT, but for sake of discussion I want to look at just a few of the references.

Gal 5:13

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love (agape) serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Let me suggest that we sometimes get so wrapped up in our “freedom” that it blinds us to our greater responsibility-to love and serve the needs of fellow believers

Rom 14:13-23 (the word is not used but the thought is here)

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Now go back to Thayer’s 3rd definition: “ True liberty is living as we should not as we please.”

John 13:34-35

34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love[agape] one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Now this drives me back to our church covenant:

Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion, in the name of our Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another; as one body in Christ.

We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to attend its services regularly, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines, to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.

We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions, to train our children according to the Word of God, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our conduct, to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to abstain from all forms of activity which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, to abstain from the sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage which would cause a stumbling to a fellow believer and hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further purpose to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense; but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure reconciliation without delay.

We moreover purpose, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with some other Church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

Let me try to summarize the bolded phrases:

  • At some point and time in the past we have joyfully entered into this covenant to become one with the Body of Christ at Bible Baptist Church.
  • In so doing we acknowledged that we need the aid of the Holy Spirit to accomplish this task of walking together in love for those with whom we have covenanted together.
  • To watch over one another in the love of Christ.

Now let suggest that what generally happens is that individuals, as well as the whole Local Body, begins to take for granted each other. Which then leads to an inward focus and an “Elijah complex”. In reality what has happened is that we have either forgotten or misplaced that initial joy for one another. Which in turn causes us to stop depending on the “aid of the Holy Spirit” and we start walking in the flesh. When this happens it becomes increasingly hard to follow through on paragraphs 2-4. In fact we begin to slowly stop doing paragraphs 2-4 and since it’s a slow slide others may not notice it (think frog in the kettle syndrome) and then we pick up our “bible” and move onto another church.

Now what can we do to fix the break in the dam (if you have one)?

  • Evaluate how much of the lost joy of fellowship with this local body is me
  • That which depends on us, let us correct with the “aid of the Holy Spirit”
  • Give attention to the services of the church. (I found that there tends to be a difference between members who come to the different services of the church and those just attend on Sunday morning.)
  • Set aside “liberty” and in love seek to fulfill the covenant we have agreed to with the body of BBC

 

PH

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How committed are you to church membership?

Posted on May 29 , 2014 in Blog

Over the last several months I have been thinking over and studying out “church membership”.  I’ve read over our church’s Constitution & Covenant, reread Anyabwile’s book “What is a Healthy Church Member?”

 

COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion, in the name of our Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.

We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in clip_image001our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to abstain from all forms of activity which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ; to abstain from the sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage which would cause a stumbling to a fellow believer and hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further purpose to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and to be mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure reconciliation without delay.

We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other Church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

From Anyabwile’s book he list several items that demonstrate “committed love” to the church membership.

1. “Attends regularly” the services of the church.  For BBC our 3 main services are Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening, and Prayer Meeting.  “Being present, being known, and being active are the only ways to make Christian love possible.”  Here’s a couple of questions to ask yourself…does my current attendance habit demonstrate love for the membership?  How faithful have I been to the: worship service?, Evening familial time?, Prayer meeting?  IF, attendance is an outward mark of our love for the body what does my attendance say about my love?

2. “Seeks peace”  That is a “commitment to the maintenance of peace in the congregation”.  Question: Do I sow seeds of discord by my lack of attendance?  Do I sow seeds of discord by speaking “ill” of other people when they’re not present (gossip)?

3. “Edifies others” “A healthy and committed member comes to the services of the church TO SERVE, not to be served, like Jesus; to provide, not to be a consumer only.”

4. “Warns and admonishes”  “A committed member is committed to speaking the truth in love to his brothers and sisters, to helping them avoid pitfalls, and to encouraging them in holiness and Christian joy (without becoming a busybody).”

5. “Pursues reconciliation”  “A Committed member strives to repair breaches as quickly as possible, even before continuing in public worship”.

6. “Bears with others”  It simply means we are patient and longsuffering with one another.

7. “Prepares for the ordinances”  Since the ordinances (baptism and Lord’s Table) are pictures of the Gospel 1 Co 11:27-31 are done BEFORE we partake.

8. “Supports the work of the ministry”  One who is committed to the membership gives of their resources, time, and talent.  (Rom 12:6-8, 1 Co 12:4-7,12-30; Eph 4:11-16; 1 Pe 4:9-11)

Now on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate yourself on each of the above 8?  If not a 10, what do you need to do to move the needle higher?

At the end of the day are we in pursuit of “discipleship to Biblical maturity”?  How we resemble the above ideas will speak louder than what we may think or say.

 

PH

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The NIV no more

Posted on Apr 25 , 2014 in Blog

OK, I’m six months or more behind the times here.  If you have enjoyed reading the NIV84 it is no more.  Here’s an article explaining Farewell NIV

Let me encourage those who will be needing a new Bible due to this to look at either the NASB or the ESV (you’ll probably like the ESV more than the NASB coming from the NIV)

 

PH

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Every Sunday should be a celebration of His resurrection

Posted on Apr 17 , 2014 in Blog

As I write this it’s just 3 days till Easter Sunday. Just 3 days until the “annual” celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And perhaps that’s the issue, the “day” we celebrate His resurrection from the dead.

What’s been gnawing at me is the idea that, to many Christians, this day is some sort of special celebration. A day to celebrate, like it’s a birthday, when in reality Christ never ask us to do such a thing. No where do we find on the pages of Scripture this command to hold a week-long celebration (Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday) of this occasion. Unlike the Children of Israel who were commanded to hold SEVEN annual feasts and to celebrate them every year at the same time each year.

Rather Jesus Christ, in His post-resurrection discussions tells the disciples to do two things, 1) Get the Gospel out, and 2) Disciple those who follow the Gospel (Matt 28:20; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 2:7-8).

Now let’s not miss that first one. Every day since Pentecost the Christian’s mandate is to proclaim Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:46-49). And to whom did the disciples and the first Christian converts share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection with? EVERYONE THEY CAME IN CONTACT WITH. They didn’t make this proclamation a program, they didn’t set aside a certain day. In their everyday course of life, IN THE MARKET PLACE OF LIVING, they shared the Gospel.

What were the results to them personally? Some lost their economic means. Some lost their places in in the community. If their families did not also believe, they were rejected by them. And some of them lost their lives for sharing the Gospel.

Let me challenge us as Christians to not get caught in the trap of celebrating a day and forgetting the impact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ the rest of the year. Should we be in church when the doors are open Easter Sunday? Yes, so we can be edified, encouraged, exhorted, refreshed having our spiritual batteries recharged; so we can go out the rest of the week telling the lost about the risen Savior and discipling Christians in the things of the Word. And then for every Sunday going forward when the doors of the church are opened be there so you can participate in the Worship of God, the edification and fellowship of the Saints, then spend the next six-days sharing the Gospel and discipling believers. Make it a never ending journey until Jesus calls us home to glory.

May we enjoy the Easter Sunday, but as we celebrate may remember EVERY SUNDAY IS A CELBRATION OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD!

 

PH

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How Prepared Are you?

Posted on Apr 05 , 2014 in Blog

As I have read the news this week my heart shutters for those without the hope of the Gospel.

Now I could start shouting “The sky is falling”, but morally our country has been falling for decades.

What I do want to speak to is the increasing intolerance in the name of tolerance:

Tolerance does not mean acceptance or participation. It means allowing people to make their own choices about what they choose to do, and to respect the ability of their fellow citizens to do the same as long as it does no injury to them. What this contretemps [reference is to Mozilla’s CEO’s forced resignation] shows is that America is getting a lot more intolerant the more “tolerant” we become.”

Just before Nero’s outbreak of hatred against Christians, Peter wrote the book of 1st Peter.  Read all of 1 Peter 2, but note these words from verses 9 and following:

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.  13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18  Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when,  mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

I can remember back in the 90’s when an Evangelist I were walking the streets of Ripon, and we were talking about homosexuality in a very general sense.  He made this comment, which I haven’t forgotten, and holds holds more truth today than then: “Brother Doug, we will eventually jailed for preaching that homosexuality is sin.”

As I have read and studied Romans 1:18-32 down through the years, and now as I think about our day and times, I am reminded the problem is not a specific sin (note :29-31 for a non-exhaustive list), but  rather the problem is that MAN HAS REJECTED GOD.  What is happening with acceleration today is the results of our country, and more importantly individuals, rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is the only bridge to go from God to repenting and turning to Christ alone for salvation:

  1. God is our Holy Creator and righteous Judge-Gen 2:7, 16-17; 18:25; Rev 20:11-13
  2. We have all sinned against Him Gen 3:1-7; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3
  3. He has sent Christ to die the death that we deserved for our sins Jn 1:14; Rom 3:21-26; 5:6-8; Eph 2:4-6
  4. Christ death and resurrection is the only way to be reconciled to the one true God. Rom 10:9-10
  5. We must respond to this good news by repenting of our sins and believing in the gospel if we would be forgiven by God, reconciled to Him and saved from the wrath to come Matt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 1:15; Lu 3:7-9; Jn 20:31; Acts 26:20
  6. We must preserver in a lifestyle of repentance and belief displaying an increasingly loving and holy lifestyle that proves we are His disciples: Jn 15:8; 1 Thess 3:12-13; James 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3; 3:14; 4:8 ..

REPENT, Change your mind/thinking about God, sin and judgment

  • That God is THE holy, Creator God who stands as the righteous judge of the universe-Rev 20:11-15,
  • That YOU are a sinner by birth alienated from God by your sin-Rom 3:10-12, 23
  • That your SIN enslaves you and keeps you from God-Rom 6:16-17

TURN, by faith, to Jesus’s shed blood for remission of your sin-Eph 2:8-9; Rom 10:8-9

  • By faith believe that He died for your sins and that his shed is the only redeeming that will wipe out your sin account with God

LIVE a life in keeping with being a child of God-

  • Allow me to simply say this morning it is not enough to mouth the words one day and the next keep on living your previous sinful lifestyle….
  • Christian are called to grow daily and strive to serve God with their lives

Acts 26:20 sums it up best: “…that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”

It really is the only way to be prepared for the spiritual battle that is now at our doorsteps.

 

PH

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Be discerning before you view something

Posted on Apr 01 , 2014 in Blog

Let me be up front, I haven’t gone to the movie house in close to 4 decades.  Yes, I have bought some movies on blu-ray and when I do I try to be very discerning about said movies.  Now much has been made about the movie “Noah” that came out this last weekend.  Let me give all Christians a free piece of advice: keep your money in your pocket.  Below are two evaluations on the movie, the first written by a Christian theologian, the other is written in a narrative that will help those younger than appreciate where he’s coming from.  Again as a pastor one of my main jobs to is guard the flock, I hope you will read these two postings below with that thought in mind…

 

Sympathy for the devil  and No holds barred review of Noah

 

PH

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The priority of Church attendance

Posted on Mar 28 , 2014 in Blog

I grew up in a rural, farming community.  It wasn’t until I graduated from High School that the town got its first stop light.  But its what I remember about church attendance that gives me cause to think today.

In the late 60’s Sunday evening church for us started at 8:00 P.M., remember we were a farming community.  Then in the early 70’s the church held a business meeting to determine if the church should move up the start time to gasp, 7:30 or maybe even 7:00.  There was a some back and forth, but the main concern was the farmer.  Would a 7:00 P.M. start time give them enough time to finish their milking and make it to church? 

The issue was finally resolved when one farmer stood up and made this simple observation: “If the farmer thinks it important enough to get to Sunday Evening service, they will be here-no matter the start time.”

In the years that followed more and more people, not just the farmers, decided Sunday Evening service was just not important.  Some said their schedules were too full, some thought it wasn’t worth the time, but the main reasoning was Sunday Evening service just was no longer a priority for them.

What I am thankful for are the families and couples that continued to make Sunday evening a priority (and prayer meeting).  Many of those with families had to drive in from out of town (it always tickled me when the town folk couldn’t make it to church because of snow, but our country folk were able to make it in). 

Now a days it appears that Sunday Evening service (prayer meeting) is no longer necessary or a priority for them.  Some say we can have church at home, or we have our personal family time of prayer.  Though I think this good, it still ignores or pushes aside the great responsibility we have to “edify the Body” by our presence.  Some year ago a young man had taken an internship in the area and started attending our services (Wednesday night was hard due to his work schedule).  In the course of our conversation he gave me an illustration that I have never forgotten:

“I was taught to think of the church as a brick wall.  And that each individual believer is a brick in that wall.  Only God knows where our brick is in this wall, so it’s vitally important for us to be in the services of the church.  Because we just don’t know what edification someone is missing because we took our ‘brick’ out of the wall and stayed home or enjoyed some other activity.”   

Now I will readily admit to you that the Scriptures do not lay out for us a verse(s) that state, “Thou shalt be in My house to worship Me on the following days or time”.

What it really comes down to is, what do we consider a priority in our life?

Before electricity there was no evening service or prayer meeting.  Nor, was there Sunday School until someone saw the need to teach children to read using the bible as the textbook.  Sunday evening service, or an afternoon service, took on different purposes.  Some used it as a time to invite unsaved friends and family.  Others used it as a time to teach the church’s catechism.  If you go to many 3rd world countries you will find the people WALK in from many miles with the family and food with a plan to stay through the day until mid/late afternoon to worship and fellowship with the Body of Christ, until time to walk back home.  The early church, as recorded in the Book of Acts, tells us that early church continued to meet for prayer on their former Jewish schedule of 3xs a day.  But even as the the church matured we see that the church would gather at various times to pray for specific things. 

Today we have the convenience of vehicles to get us back and forth from church quicker.  Most people have Sunday off, making church attendance possible.  And just like the folks back in my boyhood church we have the same 24 hour days, and 7 days in a week.

We have over the last several years made an attempt to purposefully change up our evening service so it’s not “Sunday morning lite”.  Just quickly let me give you a one sentence summary of each service scheduled service at the church:

  • Sunday School: an age graded, systematic teaching of God’s Word
  • Sunday Morning Worship: A time we come to gather as a Corporate body to worship God
  • Sunday Evening: A time we come together as a church family to sing, pray for our missionaries, share our praises and concerns, with a short time of applying the morning message
  • Wednesday night: A time we set aside to pray together as a church family

What hasn’t changed is the ability of Christian to use their liberty  to prioritize their time.  To paraphrase the farmer of my boyhood, “we will make time for that which we think is important-to us and the Body of Christ”.

PH

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Upon further review

Posted on Mar 27 , 2014 in Blog

It appears that World Vision could not stand the light guess they suddenly realized homosexual marriages are sin.  Though I applaud their ‘repentance”, I’m still appalled that they went this direction in the first place.

But, many Christians are guilty of something similar we change words or phrases and think those things are now OK.

1. Adultery is an affair or worse “a monetary lapse in judgment”. 

2. Lying is fibbing.

3. Homosexuality is now being “gay”.

4. Marriage is now between whom or whatever.

Yes, the list goes on.  As Christians let’s be careful to use bible words to define the issue.  In so doing we may very well keep ourselves away from creeping into sin.

Again I’m glad they ‘repented”, but all Christians need to do a better job of getting it biblically right from the get-go.  As the Patch song goes:

Do right till the stars fall,

Do right till the last call

Do right when there’s no one else to stand by you.

Do right when you’re all alone;

Do right though it’s never known.

Do right since you love the lord-

Do right, Do right.

PH