In Hattiesburg, Mississippi—women and children in desperate need for overnight shelter are being served—free of charge, by the Lighthouse Rescue Mission outreach. Without their services, there would be no overnight facility available to them.
When Lighthouse purchased a former elementary school building to renovate into an overnight shelter—the city refused the permit, saying the facility wasn’t zoned for an overnight shelter.
An Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney challenged that refusal, and the City ultimately backed down.
Because this ministry, with the assistance of Alliance Defending Freedom, stood up for the rights of the women and children they served, the doors to the shelter have remained open.
May we ALL learn from the lesson!
More importantly—are you living according to biblically founded core values?
Do you have a sense of those core values of your life?
Let’s define what we’re talking about.
Core values are the principles by which we live our lives.
Principles we might actually be willing to die for.
An example is—knowing God’s Word and worshipping Him are central issues of my life.
Another is this: I will honor the vows of my life with faithfulness, integrity, honesty and loyalty. A person of my word.
Matthew 5:37 says, “Simply let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”.
These are core values.
What are the core values for your life?
Write them down.
It may inspire not only you, but possibly your future generations.
Biblical, core values—worth thinking about!
. . .and the event was for a community group’s Constitution Week display!
When Alliance Defending Freedom sent the library officials a letter explaining they violated the U.S. Constitution in censoring the sign—the library quickly corrected the situation.
It had been initially removed by a library official who claimed the sign couldn’t be displayed because someone might complain.
By the way, the library had received no complaints.
Even so, the whole idea of free speech is the right to say things that others would rather not hear.
We simply don’t have the constitutional authority to single out religious content because we’re concerned about how people might react.
Returning the sign was the right thing for the library to do!
Paul states in Romans 12: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Paul goes on to say, “that way you’ll be able to test and prove what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
You cannot know God’s “will” unless you have a mind that’s been renewed, made new again.
In 1st Corinthians 2:6, Paul asks: “But who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” He answers his own question with: “But we have the mind of Christ.”
Renew your mind! Renew your mind so you can have the mind of Christ.
Renew your mind so you can think like Christ and process information like Christ does!
What a thought!
First, there IS a difference of views in the political arena.
But when it comes to the issue of a Christian view—we have to appeal to the scripture. And there’s no divergency in terms of the Bible. It doesn’t specifically use the word, “abortion>”—but the concept, pertaining to abortion, is clearly indicated.
Psalm 1:39, gives indication that God knows us while we’re being formed in the womb. Jeremiah was known in the womb.
Jeremiah chapter one refers specifically to it.
These are not referred to as “blobs” that can be removed.
Let’s be candid—abortion is murder.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is —when Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sins, including murder.
As Christians, we should never waffle– Abortion is wrong!
And what were they singing that so riled the ACLU?
The Doxology—a hymn that says, “praise God from whom all blessings flow”. It was their prayer before their meals.
I’m not kidding.
The Senior Center’s board suspended the singing of the Doxology—fearing it might invite a lawsuit from the ACLU.
More precisely, their fear was losing federal funds for the center’s Meals on Wheels program.
Thankfully the board reversed its decision after Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys confirmed the right to sing religious songs.
. . .and to do so without fear of such drastic consequences.
The board did the right thing! These seniors have every right to sing thanks to God without fear of censorship! Their “song” is clearly protected by the First Amendment.