When it comes to what the Bible teaches—you can embrace what it says, or rationalize it away!
But, you can’t have it both ways!
It’s what we do, isn’t it? We embrace what the Bible teaches or we rationalize it—ignore it—hoping it’ll go away.
But what I’m advocating is standing up and fighting for what you believe.
Admittedly, you have to pick your battles.
Some things just aren’t worth defending.
But your faith? Your family? Your freedoms?
They are worth defending.
When what God has ordained and established is diminished, when you’re being forced to compromise—stand up.
Government-funded abortions. Injustice. Misinformation. Lies.
When we speak of truth and justice, it’s not based on your definition, or on mine. It’s a definition that has to be based on God and His Word.
Is there anything you’d be willing to die for?
It’s a sobering question, isn’t it? I meant it to be!
Many of us would likely be willing to die for the special people in our life. Certainly our children. It’s natural for us to want to protect our children.
But what about truth and principle?
Is there anything in truth and principle you’d be willing to die for?
How about the freedom of worship?
The freedom to live where you want; work as you want; to raise a family as you choose; to assemble together; to have an opinion, to vote? We enjoy all of these benefits—because someone was willing to—to give their life so we might do so.
But there are tyrants who want to rob you of your freedom.
And they are willing to die to achieve their goal.
What do you believe about God? It’s one of the most important questions you can ask of yourself.
What you believe about God is THE most important question.
Do you see God as an angry God? If you do, you’ll cower in fear with no capacity for intimacy with God.
Do you see God in kind of a sweet, sentimental way?
If so, your mind makes God a push-over and you become what’s called “antinomian,” or lawless.
Do you think of God as the “man upstairs?” What kind of title is that?
The Bible teaches us that God is love and God is just.
We like the love part—not so much the “just”. It means we’re responsible to God for what we do. And responsibility is good for us. It restrains us when it’s necessary.
What is God to you?
We live in a “feel good society” no question—but that never works!
“If it feels good—do it.” We pursue happiness like a drug.
We figure it’s our right as a human being.
But what feels good for now, may feel horrible later. That’s the problem.
An affair feels really good at the moment. But the consequences are catastrophic. They carry a life-time of regret.
On the other hand, what might feel crummy now, self-discipline to diet or rest or achieve a goal—feels great later on.
Eating that dessert—great! Not so good when you step on the scale.
Going to school, studying hard, there’s nothing fun about it.
But the rewards are great.
Obedience to God and His Word. Tough stuff at times. Difficult.
But the rewards . . . ya can’t beat it!
It can get ugly when biblical values no longer matter!
And that’s a truth I’m eager to repeat!
Even if you don’t believe in God’s Word—it’s hard to argue against the need for values in business or in politics—or in any other pursuit.
America’s values have historically been rooted in Christianity and biblical principles. And as such, we shouldn’t be known for ripping people off, lying, stealing, embezzling.
And if we do something unethical, we must admit we’ve sinned—not a popular word in today’s culture.
Democracy cannot function—long term—without biblical values.
Values like honesty, integrity, loyalty.
Whether America succeeds or fails will depend on the extent to which her leaders embrace biblical, Christian values.
It’s not necessarily a popular thought. But it’s the truth!
It can get ugly when values no longer matter!
There’s no question—these are troubling times to raise children.
But don’t give up!
As a parent, you know children will test you to the max.
But don’t give up on them.
There’s never been a time in our history when we were in greater need of strong leaders for the future.
Leaders who’ll honor God and honor His Word.
Frankly, I don’t care much where kids go to college or how much money they earn.
I do care that they love God. I care about how they treat other people.
It should be our desire to raise convictional, rational, loving, highly principled children—wherever they serve.
It starts with us—with parents.
If our priorities are straight—if we as parents honor God and His Word—that’s the place to start!
Raise children with character!
What, or who, are you substituting for God in your life?
And how’s it working out for you?
There’s a good reason we call God, Savior. Savior means somebody who saves us—the implication being that we need to be saved; saved from our sins and self-centeredness.
If I asked you to spell sin—you’d likely say, s-i-n.
Well I spell it S-E-L-F. Self. Self-absorbed. Self-centered.
But God comes along and He says, “I want to be the epicenter of your life. I want to save you from your SELF.”
What’s at the center of your life right now?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took your imperfections, assigned them to Himself and paid a dear price for it.
And He wants to be at the center.
And when He is—it makes all the difference!
Well, today’s a big day . . .
. . . and there’s no question, we have some deeply-rooted issues to face as a nation! But as followers of Christ, we have a powerful option—PRAYER!
I have a deep confidence in God that He can touch this wounded land and bring healing. How will He do that is the question.
And the answer? Through prayer. Serious prayer!
And the reminder of Paul’s instructions in 1st Timothy 2:1 that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” And too often, we leave out verse 3: “This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”
We need God’s touch on our country and on the world!
The Christian’s response to abortion—an issue that’s as important as any we will face in these days!
Obviously, there IS a difference of views in the political arena.
But when it comes to a Christian view—we appeal to the Scripture. And there’s no divergency in terms of the Bible.
The concept pertaining to abortion, is clearly indicated.
Psalm 139 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!
It’s popular in today’s culture, to reject affiliation with the local church.
As a pastor, you might expect I’d have something to say about it!
Well . . . hang on . . . I do!
Claiming to be a follower of Jesus—yet rejecting affiliation with a church? Really?
It’s like you’re a member of a team, but refuse to put on the jersey.
A life lived for Jesus isn’t lived in solitary confinement.
And about those who say the church is irrelevant, hypocritical . . . the church has its weaknesses—no question, but only because we as members have weaknesses. We’re flawed.
But the church has ten thousand strengths!
I admit the church has problems—but it’s better than any alternative.
Isolationism is not a biblical concept.
With all the gathered church has against it, it’s still God’s best plan!