Many of us have taken notice of all the celebrities that have passed away in 2016. We are bothered by these passings...and should be. Death bothers us and makes us uncomfortable. There is fear associated with it. We grieve when we experience loss and nothing brings greater loss in this life than death. The truth is, 2015 wasn't really any different and 2017 will be more of the same. Death is no respecter of persons. Sadly, just as death came for those pictured above, death comes for us all. The good news is that Got did not create us to die, God created us to live! As we say goodbye to 2016, let us be reminded of something by these losses.
Benjamin Netanyahu has a very solid response to the terrorist attack in Orlando, FL.
Our last post was Russell Moore's response to attacks from Donald Trump. Our share of the week is Dr. Moore's response to the latest on the Transgender subject.
What the Transgender Bathroom Debate Means For You
by Russell Moore
Last night the New York Times reported that the Obama Administration would issue a decree directing every public school in the nation to allow bathroom access on the basis of self-identity, not biological sex. I’m quite aware of the White House’s place in our culture wars, and even I am surprised. If anyone had suggested in 2009 that the new President’s administration would seek to target children’s bathrooms for the sake of transgender ideology, the White house would have ridiculed it as a crazy conspiracy theory. So, for those suggesting that state legislatures seeking to define such questions were working on “solutions without a problem,” well, here’s your problem. So why is this important, and what should the church do?
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Have you ever been insulted? Has your character ever been attacked? Did anyone ever call you hurtful names? That's exactly what happened to Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Here's what Donald Trump had to say...
Moore's response is an amazing example of how Christians are to react to insults.
Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
"Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ."
Romans 1:22 (MSG)
"They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life."
If you haven't checked out Oswald Chabers' devotional booklet, "My Utmost for His Highest", we highly recommend it. This is a one of the daily devotionals from earlier this week.
The Supreme Climb
"Take now thy son,…and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." — Genesis 22:2
Character determines how a man interprets God’s will (cf. Psalm 18:25-26). Abraham interpreted God’s command to mean that he had to kill his son, and he could only leave this tradition behind by the pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God will break us from those traditions that misrepresent Him. There are many such beliefs to be got rid of, e.g., that God removes a child because the mother loves him too much — a devil’s lie! and a travesty of the true nature of God. If the devil can hinder us from taking the supreme climb and getting rid of wrong traditions about God, he will do so; but if we keep true to God, God will take us through an ordeal which will bring us out into a better knowledge of Himself.
The great point of Abraham’s faith in God was that he was prepared to do anything for God. He was there to obey God, no matter to what belief he went contrary. Abraham was not a devotee of his convictions, or he would have slain Isaac and said that the voice of the angel was the voice of the devil. That is the attitude of a fanatic. If you will remain true to God, God will lead you straight through every barrier into the inner chamber of the knowledge of Himself; but there is always this point of giving up convictions and traditional beliefs. Don’t ask God to test you. Never declare as Peter did — I will do anything, I will go to death with Thee. Abraham did not make any such declaration, he remained true to God, and God purified his faith.
WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS
The Christian Church should not be a secret society of specialists, but a public manifestation of believers in Jesus. Facing Reality, 34 R
Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 19:1-27
This is our share of the week, but the title of the article was so awesome, we had to make it our title as well. Here is the Scriptural basis for this article...
3 "You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me... - Exodus 20:3-5 (NASB)
Please take a look at what Jim Eliff wrote and give us your thoughts. Thanks!
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Pastor Andy Stanley nails this!
Matthew 6:25-33 (NASB)
"25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' 32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
This Sunday is Easter Sunday. It is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On behalf of all churches, everywhere, I want to invite you to come to church and see what Easter is all about. If you already have a church home and are planning on being there this Sunday, invite someone to come with you. Don't waste this opportunity! Please extend an invitation to someone today.
This is an update on the Adam LaRoche retirement He gives a statement explaining why he retired from baseball. He said a lot of awesome things in his official statement and here is a preview, "the Lord is in control and I was put here to do more than play the game of baseball." Take a few minutes and read his statement for yourself.
Adam's statement: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sof75p
Professional baseball player, Adam LaRoche, has retired from baseball. He came up in the Atlanta Braves organization, so as a Braves fan, I have always liked LaRoche. My favorite thing about Adam is not that he was a Brave or even that he loves to deer hunt with Willie Robertson. My favorite thing about Adam is that he finds his identity in Christ. Adam was a member of the Chicago White Sox, but more importantly, he is a member of the church. LaRoche is a Christian. The reason he retired from baseball was because he was told he needed to readjust his professional and parental responsibilities. The full story can be read here.
For Adam, his retirement from baseball is about his faith and his family. His faith in Christ is the reason he believes that after God, the number one relationships that matter are the family ones. As a member of the Nationals, LaRoche brought his son Drake with him to every single game and every single practice. When the White Sox signed LaRoche last year, they also allowed him to bring his son all season. However, this year, they have changed their minds and Adam has decided to retires as a result. That decision cost him 13 millions dollars, but Adam believes his faith and family are worth much more than that.
Adam has already made over 70 million dollars as a professional athlete. He doesn't need any more money. If you were to ask him, he would admit that he has never needed money. What he has always needed is Jesus. Jesus matters to Adam and his faith in Christ makes him a part of God's family. Being a part of God's family has taught him what really matters. And now, Adam is putting his money where his mouth is. Not only is Adam saying that faith and family are important, he is showing us. Many are already bashing him because of this choice but I for one believe God is going to richly bless him for this sacrifice. I wonder what sacrifices God might be calling us to make for our faith and family...
This video if from Love Worth Finding Ministries.
Russell Moore: Why this
election makes me hate
the word ‘evangelical’
It wasn’t even intentional on my part. I just noticed a few weeks ago that I had stopped describing myself to people as an “evangelical.” (Click here for the rest of the article)