After bullets were found in the bathroom at a New Hampshire high school—a parent got permission from the principal to pray on campus for everyone’s safety.
That prompted a written complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation demanding the parent be stopped.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the district. . .explaining that parents have legitimate rights to come to their children’s school for any number of reasons. And one of them can be to stop by and offer a prayer of protection.
Alliance Defending Freedom commends the school for not caving in to the demands of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
And so do I!
Pray for Alliance Defending Freedom
That’s one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard.
It does matter what you believe about God.
A lot of people believe in God and yet act as if He didn’t exist.
They believe in God, but there’s no commitment to what He says in His Word.
They believe in God, but violate His ways.
They believe in God but don’t want to be with Him, or obey Him.
There is Truth; it does exist.
Listen up! It does matter what you believe about God.
God is not a fable or a myth—He is a reality.
And the Bible describes God with the Hebrew word: Adonai.
Lord! The Boss; the One in charge.
It fits because He is in charge.
And if God is in charge, guess who isn’t?
You and I!
Fortunately because of intervention by Alliance Defending Freedom, a South Carolina academy DID allow its student of the year to include a Bible verse in her graduation speech.
The academy’s first action, however, was to prohibit the young woman from including a verse from the Book of Proverbs in her speech–a student the Academy had singled out for promotional purposes in the past.
The First Amendment forbids schools from singling out and excluding religious speech and speakers in this way.
My hope is other schools will follow their example and act quickly to respect the constitutionally protected rights of their students.
This is just one case of many. We need to be diligent when religious freedoms are ignored.
The apostle Paul put it pretty bluntly in his letter to the Corinthian church in 2nd Corinthians 10, verses 4 and 5: He said:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and”. . .here’s the key phrase. . .
“we take captive and make them obedient to Christ.”
You have the ability to control your thought life. We all do.
But it takes discipline, understanding the work power of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the importance of God’s strength in your weakness.
Every thought captive. Every thought obedient to Christ.
It’s the mark of a maturing believer!
If you’re a believer—it’s a great question.
Where IS the “good” in Good Friday?
Why call this particular day—Good Friday?
Good for who? It certainly wasn’t good for Jesus.
One look at the nature of the cross and we can see it was horrible for Him.
Yet–it was good for us. Great as a matter of fact!
What took place on that cross that made it so great?
. . .why is something that happened so long ago, so far away, all that relevant to you and me?
When Jesus died on that cross, He literally took your sins and mine off of us. They got assigned to Him.
Then His righteousness was assigned to you and me—so that when the Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Christ—His Son!
It is truly a GOOD Friday!
The local church is under attack like never before. I’m talking about churches that are Bible-based. Churches taking a stand in a culture that rejects Christ and the Bible.
Imagine what our life, our world, would be like without the contribution churches make to society and culture, to our families and neighbors.
Many people live today in a culture of advantages that have been formed by Christian values. Some have even died for those values. Its’ easy to criticize the church for not being relevant.
That may be true in some cases, but it’s mostly just an excuse to opt out. To sit on the sidelines.
Be a part of your local church. A part of what’s taking place in communities all across the country by people committed to supporting and encouraging—church!