I felt the Lord impressing upon me to write about worldliness on this last day of 2009, completing the first decade of the 21st Century. Many Scripture verses speak on worldliness. The Apostle Paul warns us to not be conformed to this world:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
A dear friend recently lost his son who battled cancer for 11 of his 23 years, and although this young man was lost to cancer he was won to Jesus. As a father who has buried a son, the blow is devastating…survival is possible only through the grace of Jesus Christ. A colleague wrote me the day after Eddie was killed that a parent should never have to bury a child…so true.
I’m in a hurry to fix things; to correct mistakes; to bring about needed change; whatever in my mind I perceive needs my attention I go after it with zeal.
That’s a good thing in small doses, but when I do so without any regard to how the Lord is working in the situation then I at best am unaware of the Lord’s will and at worse am not trusting in His sovereignty. That does not speak very highly of my confidence in God.
Compromise breeds betrayal. By its very nature compromise tells your opponent and/or allies you are willing to give ground on the important issues in favor of attaining some measure of agreement. Nineteenth Century theologian Tryon Edwards once said, “Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another—too often ending in the loss of both.” So it has been with the pro-life movement the last thirty-six years.
In the countryside there were shepherds, Asher, Zebulun, Justus, Nicodemus, Joseph, Barshabba, and Jose, living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock that night. Asher was somewhat complaining about his lot in life. Continue reading “Let Us Now Go”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.