#Marriage – The Supreme Court Discussion

On Friday the Supreme Court handed down a decision which made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. When this decision was handed down, many questions came up regarding how the ruling would affect churches and Christians. For this lesson I discussed how a Christian should respond and when the battle started.

During the lesson, I mentioned a gathering of people in Chicago in 1972 formulated a Gay Agenda Platform which has been pushed since its inception. The resource is found here: http://afaofpa.org/archives/1972-gay-rights-platform/

Here is some other information not included in the PowerPoint but referencing the year 2003:

  • On September 30th, many leaders of our nation will vote on the definition of marriage.
  • Events and decisions in the United States:
    • On June 10, 2003 three Canadian judges on the Canadian Supreme Court declared that the exclusive view of marriage, one man with one woman, to be unconstitutional.
    • On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Texas law prohibiting sodomy. (Lawrence v. Texas)
    • The New York board of education, on July 28, 2003 announced the creation of a gay-oriented high school.
    • Bride magazine devoted a full page article about same-sex marriages in the September-October issue.

The audio for the lesson will be available shortly.

Just a thought,

 

 

 

Pray Together – #ChristiansAwake

In the light of the current events in our nation, I am requesting each person to take a moment on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00pm (EST) and spend some time in prayer. Pray for our nation, its leaders and the citizens of this nation.

I believe this is a time where we need prayer more than ever. My words on Facebook a few days ago, share my current thinking:

Today, the United States has seen the consequences of electing leaders who care more about political opinion than the future of our children. The leaders have become cowards looking for votes instead of leading a nation into the future.

This morning, if you listen closely, you can hear the “death rattle” of a nation choking to death on its own disgust. The downward spiral is upon us and no voted politician will bring us back. It must be “We the People.”

The people must turn to God, not a man, for the restoration of hope and life. The vile digest of sin needs to be called what it is – sin. Instead of fluffing up words as to not offend, how about exposing the vile filth for what it really is – a path to hell.

Whether you want to believe it or not, a court of cowards by no means overrides the GOD of all men. It is He who must be glorified, not a court of fools.

Christians, rise to the occasion and live your life for GOD and not a human institution.

Do not let the religion of living for GOD become second place. Show the world your greatness because of Christ.

Just my thought you never asked for.

These were my thoughts when I saw such an immoral decision come from leaders of a nation who have “In God We Trust” on our money, yet the heart of a nation is far from them. As a result, I am asking each person to spend a few moments in prayer on Tuesday at 1pm (EST). Let us unite as a group of humbled servants to petition the Lord Almighty ad seek His guidance in the midst of this current turmoil.

Feel free to copy and share this graphic and let’s get to praying!

Just my thoughts,

10 Ways to be a Great Parent

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None of us wants to stink as parents, but some of us just might be getting there. We want a positive future for our children and we want to see them succeed in every way.

Our future is determined by our actions in the present, not the past. Today is the day to begin living for the future. Parenting has future rewards that are beyond our imagination.  These ten ways are not guarantees, but they are a start. Enjoy!

        • Live the example of how you want your children to grow.
        • Stop being your child’s friend and be their guide.
        • Hug your children.
        • Give your children responsibilities and make them fulfill them.
        • Let your children be children; stop expecting adult reactions from them.
        • Stop yelling at your children.
        • Spend time playing with your children. (Video games do not count)
        • Read with your children.
        • Discipline your children, they will appreciate you later.
        • Teach them respect of others.

What would you add to the list?

Just some thoughts,

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A Bible Handling Code

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Everyday many American display the flag of the Unites States of America outside of their home (weather permitting). They are proud of our country, even though she is not perfect. They are proud of the freedom in this country; for speech, for religion and for life. Without this country, many places in the world would not see relief or security.

Several years ago, it was time to replace the flag outside of our house. The same flag has flown for seven years and it was starting to fade. The colors are not as bright as they used to be and the constant wear can be clearly seen. With respect to this flag, it was time for a replacement. While unpacking the new flag, I was reminded of the guidelines for handling the flag of the United States of America. Some of the points you already know are listed below:

  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it.
  • The flag is displayed only from sunrise to sunset. (except for constant illumination)
  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be displayed on inclement weather days.

For the entire flag code you may read it here: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/chapter-1

While preparing my new flag for display outside of our home, I wondered about how Christians handle the Bible.

Do we handle the flag of the United States of America better than we handle the Word of the Almighty God?

What would a “handling code for the Bible” look like?

  • Your Bible should not be left in the pew where it may be forgotten during the week.
  • Your Bible should not be placed on the floor, lest it become dirty, stepped on or disrespected.
  • Your Bible shall not be kept on your car’s rear window shelf, lest it receive a sunburn.
  • Your Bible should be handled gracefully and respectfully at each holding.
  • Your Bible should be opened gently as its pages contain eternal truths.
  • Your Bible should be read at sunrise and at sunset.

What else would you add?

Just my thoughts,

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A Father’s Day Story

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A few years ago, I ran across this brief story and found it moving and making a great point each person can understand. I cannot remember where I first heard the story, but it concreted itself in my mind. I have used variations of it before and every time someone comes up after the lesson to thank me for the illustration. I tell them it is not mine and I am sure the original author would appreciate it.

The link below is to a version of the story.


A gentleman was flying on an airplane when the plane ran into some turbulence. At first, no one was too alarmed, thinking that the rough patch would soon be past. However, the plane continued to be rocked and swayed by the powerful currents all around it. As the man looked around at the other passengers, he could see the fear rising in the eyes of those closest to him. The plane continued to dip and roll with the unstable environment it was flying in.

All of a sudden, this man’s eyes fell on a young girl who seemed to be all alone with no adult near her. He watched her as she sat reading her book during the frightening journey. She would look down at her book and then raise her head and close her eyes. After a few moments, she would look back down at the book again. She repeated this pattern throughout the turbulence. What struck the man observing her was the little girl’s calm demeanor while those much older than she were visibly shaken.

The plane landed safely on the tarmac some time later. The passengers were grateful to be on solid ground again. The gentleman decided to let everyone else in the plane disembark as he stayed behind to talk to the young girl. He smiled as he approached her, still sitting calmly in her seat.
“I have a question,” he said to her.

“I was wondering how you were able to stay so calm during the turbulence we went through in the air when so many adults were afraid.”

The little girl looked up at the man and said simply,

“My daddy is the pilot of this airplane. He told me he was taking me home.”

(Source: http://esengoministries.blogspot.com/2009/09/pilot.html)

 

Hope this stirs your mind for this coming Father’s day.

Just my thoughts,

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The Separating Factor

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“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17.14; ESV)


The Word is the separating factor. As Jesus gave the apostles the word which would separate them, we have been given the word of God which separates us.

The effects of the truth makes us a peculiar people (1 Peter 2.9; KJV) or as the English Standard Version translates it, “a people for his own possession.” The peculiar life of a Christian is not peculiar to the Christian but peculiar to the world. Christians are living “in” the world but not “of” the world. They are products of the living Christ, not a dying world.

What separates you from the world?

Do people see you as living differently than the world?

Are people shocked when they find out you are a Christian?

Just some thoughts,

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