Welcome to the MAY 2016 blog!
The Word for today
“And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house. And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst” (Ezekiel 41:6,7 KJV).
“My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him” (Song of Solomon 5:4 KJV).
“So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall” (I Samuel 25:22 KJV).
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 14:23 KJV).
Restrooms are discriminatory?
Yes, praise God! Hundreds, perhaps thousands of common sense situations in human life are discriminatory—all for our own safety and well-being. After God made man and woman as male and female (Genesis 1:27), He backed off and took a look and said, “It is very good” (v. 31). Now our culture is declaring that it is bad.
Target stores have chosen their side in the restroom wars. They say, “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day. We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.”
One website reported that at last count over 700,000 persons had signed up to boycott Target stores. Who would want their wife or daughter exposed to the potential danger such action invites. “But no one has been harmed by transgenders thus far,” they say, “so what is the problem?” There are certain national parks where no one has been attacked by bears or mountain lion, but they have signs up anyway that say, “Don’t feed the animals.” Preventive measures seem wiser than waiting to act until something tragic occurs. ‘
Now this: A candidate for sheriff of Denton County, TX made this clear statement recently: “This whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen,” he posted on Friday. “All I can say is this. If my little girl is in a public women’s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify goes into that bathroom. He will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in what ever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girls safety.”
He added: “I identify as a over protective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect them.”
Once word got out about Murphree’s post, those in the LGBTQ community and their supporters shot back at the candidate to make it appear that he was advocating violence for local transgender folks (both of ’em). What is next—the outlawing of separate dorm room assignments for men and women? The removal of all locks on single stall public restroom doors?
Tim Wildmon added this comment to the Target action: “If Target thinks men should be able to ‘self-identify’ as women and enter a women’s restroom, then why can’t I ‘self-identify’ as a Target employee and get a discount?”
I wonder if God has good insurance? It looks like He is going to be sued before this nonsense comes to an end. No one should (and none do that I know of) advocate violence toward anyone merely because of their gender. But gender has traditionally been determined biologically, not mentally. Hey, this is a pretty simple thing. Get a grip!
Learn or burn
Would you like to know more about Islam from a federal prosecutor who tried the case of the Blind Sheikh? You know, the Muslim cleric who inspired the first bombing of the World Trade Center. This is an article worth your time to read.
You might be surprised.
“Other sheep have I…”
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
This verse seems to be applied in several ways in today’s Christian culture. Some want to excise it from its context and make it apply to Christianity in general, as though there are saved people in other religions. Some make a more narrow application to force it to mean that within Christianity there are many “folds” that belong to Jesus and believers shouldn’t be narrow minded to the point of thinking that only one belief system is acceptable or that only one church or group of people are saved.
These applications seem to provide some measure of comfort to those in other faiths or who have friends and relatives in other faiths. But are either of these views what Jesus had in mind?
Jesus had been speaking to the Pharisees about the sheep that would recognize the Shepherd’s voice (vv. 9:40-10:15). He spoke of the sheepfold that would envelop His true sheep who would hear and respond to His voice. He posited himself as the door of the sheepfold—corresponding to His declaration of being “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).” No one gets into the Lord’s fold but by the saving ministry of Jesus Christ.
He then spoke prophetically that other sheep presently not in the Jewish fold would respond to His voice when those of His own would not—“them also I must bring.” He was speaking to the Jews who would not hear His voice and referring to the Gentiles who would. As Ellicott elaborates: “These scattered sheep shall hear His voice, for the conscience which knows the voice of God is the heritage of all men; they shall hear it, as the words seem to imply, while the sheep now in the fold refuse to follow it.”
Paul finally sees the truth of this prophetic word from the mouth of Jesus while ministering in Corinth. Frustrated at the reticence of the Jews to believe, he “shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles” (Acts 18:5-10). That was the right thing to do. The Gentile sheep, which Peter had already discovered, were more open to the gospel (Acts 10). Paul himself had tasted some positive results in Macedonia and Athens, noting that there was a spiritual hunger among them. The conference in Jerusalem chaired by James had called on the church at large to accept what God had promised to do among the Gentiles (Acts 15:12-21).
To stretch this verse to suggest more than that would be twisting it. To suggest that it could mean that people outside the body of Christ—another sheepfold—are also saved without the Apostolic gospel (John 3:5; Acts 2:38)—is outside the scope of the Scriptures. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
The IRS cometh
Following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Washington Times that affects every church and pastor.
“The public has a right to know about any new IRS guidelines for investigating the practice of our basic First Amendment freedoms.” The Obama IRS first ignored an atheist organization’s request that churches show proof that they are in compliance, but “is now stonewalling in federal court,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release. The IRS could not be reached for comment by press time.
In its 2014 lawsuit the atheist group demanded that the IRS enforce the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from making political endorsements for elected office. It authorizes the IRS to regulate sermons and other speech to ensure churches comply with the provisions of their designations.
Legal scholars have speculated that the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious groups may be vulnerable in light of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage.
During oral arguments, Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. asked Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. whether religious entities that subscribe to the traditional view of marriage would be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status should the laws banning same-sex marriage be struck down.
“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Mr. Verrilli said. “I don’t deny that.”
Given the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative and tea party groups, some members of Congress have expressed concern about the church investigation procedures.
The full article may be found at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/10/irs-sued-for-refusing-to-release-secret-church-inv/
We had better elect a president who respects our constitution, who will not loose the government’s minions on the churches of America.
I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went on to college.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!
Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.
Moms could and would cook;
Dads went to work;
Children would behave.
Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.
Women wore a dress;
And men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.
People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!
Hymns sounded godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.
Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.
The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!
We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house;
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!
Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the victory!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be saved!
A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.
Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!
Laws were based on the Bible;
Families read the Bible;
And churches taught and lived the Bible.
Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.
I wish the old paths were before us instead of behind us.
Truth in street clothes
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.
When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.
People are funny—they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and back of the church.
Some minds are like concrete—thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
He who angers you, controls you!
We don’t change the message, the message changes us.
You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
I have concluded…
…that dryer lint is the cremated remains of all my missing socks.
…that holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned. –Buddha?
…that the most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you even when you weren’t very lovable. – lovereels.com
…that as soon as we discover life on another planet, Washington will be wanting to send them money.
…that whatever has fallen apart in our culture, we had been duly warned by our president that it would happen.
…that some people are quietly standing by watching us dispense with our freedoms, our laws, and our rights, just waiting for they day when they themselves are sufficiently numerous to install their own laws.
…that the end of diversity is perversity. Let’s do the right thing but shut up about diversity. There are too many nutcases out there who want to push it to some extreme, unscriptural, and ungodly degree. Don’t believe it? Just look around.
…that James Madison (1788) was right regarding guns: “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Birds and bees at four?
A four-year-old student was kicked out of a Colorado preschool after her parents questioned the administration’s controversial curriculum that openly promotes homosexual behavior and transgenderism in the classroom.
Wanting the opportunity to opt her daughter out of the classroom discussions focusing on sexuality, same-sex relations and gender issues at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten (MCPK) in Denver, Colorado, R.B. Sinclair made it clear that she believes her four-year-old is too young to participate in sex education at school.
“I think at this age, they don’t know what bias is,” Sinclair told the Denver Post. “They could have kids from Mars and they would still play together.”
She maintained that it is her parental right to judge when, where and how her daughter is exposed to such sensitive issues. “It’s not that she isn’t exposed to diversity, because it is the world we live in, but how are they having these conversations?” Sinclair asked.
C’mon, Apostolic moms and dads! Our voices need to be heard where they count—before school boards and city councils and people who can help effect change.
The fight over restrooms continues. While in the recent past this has resulted in the addition of a third bathroom option (gender-neutral) or requiring people to allow anyone to use the bathroom of their choice, Cooper Union in New York has removed signs from bathrooms that designate them as male or female. Now, everyone can use the bathroom of their choice. Co-ed bathrooms. Ironically, the dorms are still gender segregated.
Bill Mea, president of the college, “When people see someone who they think doesn’t belong there [in their gendered bathroom], it can create stress for everyone. So we thought, let’s just take that away.” Right. Once again, let’s do away with the reality of biology so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. I could agree to a law that says someone who has undergone a sex-change operation should be able to use the bathroom of their “new sex,” but just allowing anyone to use whatever bathroom they want because of how they feel about their gender is a recipe for disaster. Why isn’t Bill Mea concerned about the feelings, well-being, and safety of the women in those bathrooms? Why isn’t he considering how they feel when a man enters the facilities they are using? Why are we ignoring the concerns and feelings of the majority to accommodate the feelings of a tiny minority of individuals who are confused about their gender? Such is liberalism. It’s about feelings, not thought.
Source: Jason Dulle @ Theo-sophical Ruminations
I suppose restroom signs in the future will merely read: Whoever.
You may also want to read Matt Walsh on this topic at http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/regardless-of-the-law-i-cant-allow-a-man-to-enter-a-bathroom-with-my-wife-or-daughter/
Letters To Pastors and Other Saints
by Peter Connell
The pastors of seven churches of Asia, assemblies specifically named in the second and third chapters of Revelation, were selected as recipients of these “love letters” from Christ. Only one of them came out virtually unscathed. The others felt the Lord’s hot breath of correction. What did it all mean? How does it all relate to us?
Enter Peter Connell. He took up the challenge to dig into the background of each church and city to give us fresh insight into the relevance of these letters. I discovered information I had never read. Views that enhanced the parameters of their problems and what they were to do overcome them were laid out clearly. Letters to Pastors and Other Saints is an appeal to every leader and layman to live up to our first, high calling.
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The will of God
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot keep you, where the arms of God cannot support you, where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, where the power of God cannot endow you.
The will of God will never take you where the Spirit of God cannot work through you, where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, where the army of God cannot protect you, where the hands of God cannot mold you.
The will of God will never take you where the love of God cannot enfold you, where the mercies of God cannot calm you, where the peace of God cannot allay your fears, where the authority of God cannot overrule you.
The will of God will never take you where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, where the Word of God cannot feed you, where the miracles of God cannot reach you, where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.
– Rebekah Nolt
That should keep you out of jail!
The Last Shot
Carl Sandburg once went to sleep during a play he was attending. He was
there to critique the presentation for a young playwright. Awakened, he responded: “Sleep is an opinion.” Let’s see…how could that be applied to us preachers?
May your May be your best May ever! Thanks for taking time to visit. Be blessed!