I first spoke of this invasion to the youth at our church back in December 2007 and then I posted it to my blog last Christmas Eve. I want to revisit this message again because it cannot be emphasized enough.
Last Sunday my pastor asked a poignant question after reading the following passage:
It’s time to clear something up. I’m talking about the meaning for being pro-life. The proponents of the current Stupak and Nelson amendments to the proposed health care bill in the House and the Senate, respectively, are being touted as ending all federal funding for elective abortions. Notice those last two words; elective abortions.
What does that mean? It means that there will always be an exception that exists in the coveted Hyde Amendment, which says:
Gregg Jackson and I decided to put our letter to Tiger Woods on video and post it to YouTube. Yours truly is reading the letter with the words posted to read along. I told Gregg that I loved his heart for being obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting on writing this letter. I was so grateful that he asked me to be a part of this.
Would it not be wonderful if Tiger were to come to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?
There is so much hurt in the world today and that should seem strange for those who believe in the righteousness of man. The modern world has never had more opportunity for man-made happiness than any time in history. Technology makes life faster, we have a pill for almost every ailment, and all the psychoanalysis the mind has ever contemplated.
It is also known as righteous indignation; righteous anger that is. Is it biblical for a Christian to display anger, even if it is righteous? Personally I struggle daily with the question of, “Is my anger biblically righteous or am I reacting in the flesh?”
Jesus displayed righteous anger a number of times. One time was when He healed a man’s withered hand; in the synagogue; on the Sabbath; in front of the Pharisees.
I admit that when I heard the news about your serial adultery a few weeks ago, I was completely surprised and saddened. I had always admired your phenomenal golf skills but also your deep affection for your parents, (especially your relationship with your “Pop”), and what appeared to be an authentic love for your wife and children.
The prevailing sentiment seems to be that you need to take time off and work on your marriage (or what ever remains of it). You have said in a statement that you will be taking an indefinite hiatus from golf to “focus (your) attention on being a better husband, father, and person.”
It means Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, the acronym AWANA. AWANA is a fantastic ministry that Karen and I had the privilege of being involved in for a number of years. The acronym comes from the verse 2 Timothy 2:15:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Yesterday I wrote:
We were once a Christian nation, one that openly worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ while allowing Americans the freedom to worship as they pleased. However that freedom, which I still fully support, has brought an apostasy to our once virtuous nation.
How did America become an apostate nation? I inquired of the Lord and asked Him; Father where did we go wrong as a nation? He pointed me to our beginning. Before the colonies were ever connected commercially and politically, they first became connected spiritually. The First Great Awakening came to the colonies in the 1730’s and 1740’s primarily through the preaching of George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. This brought revival to the land as these and other great preachers taught about Christ and our liberty in Him. It was liberty in Christ that brought the desire for liberty as a people.
“I don’t need to go to church; I worship God in my own way.”
“I used to go to church but I got tired of being hit up for money all the time.”
“The church is filled with nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.”
As a retired soldier, an amateur military historian, conservative pundit, and most importantly a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am always fascinated with the lives of Christian warriors who answer the call of duty to serve their nation in the military. My beautiful son was just such a man. Like Eddie, I love to bring to light the lives of great Christian soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen.
Beginning with Revolutionary War General George Washington and his most dependable general Nathanael Greene, to numerous Civil War generals , on through to George S. Patton, to name just a few; many Christian men have risen to the rank of general.
Returning from a business trip last night I dropped off a co-worker at our office parking lot and headed home. I decided I wanted to listen to some music and the local Christian radio station was playing a genre of music that my late son used to like to listen to that is not exactly my taste in music. I decided to listen to a CD and put in “Aware” by Salvador. I love this group not only for their lyrical and musical talent, but also for their worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You’ve seen them before.
The televangelist peddling Christ all the while living an opulent lifestyle.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is at it again. He has sent out an email action alert to call your senators. Click on the banner below:
Did you know that there are a lot of smart, educated people who are not very wise? I used to think that knowledge was power and in a way it is, but what is more valuable; knowledge or wisdom? What good is knowledge without the understanding to apply it to your life?
Random House Dictionary defines knowledge as “acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation” and wisdom is “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”
Last night my wife, daughter, and I arrived to church only to find the entrance of the parking the scene of an accident. A motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed t-boned a church member’s car who was turning into the church lot. The biker had been drinking beer; in fact he had some empties and a couple of full beers tucked around him in his clothing.
The man was seriously injured and right before EMS and the police showed up his two biker companions jumped on their bikes and left. They left their buddy behind to face his injuries and whatever else his future holds…alone.
How can anyone predict future peace for any man? It depends on the meaning of peace, to borrow a phrase from a moral relativist.
There are some quarters of Christian theology that do not believe in free will and while I do not want to turn this into a debate, the Bible clearly shows that we will reap what we sow and that our choices have consequences. I describe free will as the wonderful and horrible gift from God. He gave us free will because if I don’t have a choice whether or not I serve and love Him; is it real?
I have had a Keith Green song running around my head for at least a week now and I just have to write about it. It has been ministering to me, reminding me that no matter how far I may stray, Jesus is always waiting for my return. I feel like such a failure when I let my Jesus down, when I forsake Him for this world and this song reminds me of God’s faithfulness no matter what I do. I am thankful that when I grieve the Holy Spirit the Lord always draws me back to Him.
Can You Rejoice?