What are you teaching your children about God—by not teaching them?
Sometimes what we don’t say has as big an impact on our children, as what we do say. Especially when it comes to God.
An example is certainly absentee fathers. If you’re not there, you can’t impact your children. Nor can disengaged fathers, disengaged parents—period.
We need to grasp the need for clear, solid, consistent teaching in the home. Don’t ever underestimate the slyness of this world to teach your children.
When Jesus said, “make disciples of all nations,” He didn’t mean that if we don’t do it, it won’t happen. The fact is, when we don’t teach our children, someone else does.
Somebody is going to teach your children about God—one way or the other. Somebody is going to “disciple” them.
It ought to be you!
Let’s be clear about what the separation of church and state really means!
An airman in the Air Force reserve was the subject of an on-line press release related to a church-sponsored mission trip providing medical treatment to villagers in Guatemala.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation received complaints for violating rules of extending “preferential treatment for any faith, belief or absence of belief.”
Alliance Defending Freedom and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty sent a letter to the commander of the 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland Air Force Base urging them to leave the release up.
The Air Force reviewed the situation and the release remains.
You can expect more and more of these so-called nuisance complaints. The truth there are those who want nothing more, and will stop at nothing, to erode our religious freedom.
There are some stories you couldn’t make up if you tried!
This is definitely one of them!
In 2007 the Washington Board of Pharmacy passed regulations that ban religious-motivated referrals, to other pharmacies, for drugs that cause early-stage abortion.
The religious convictions of a pro-life family who runs a pharmacy in the state, prevented them from selling drugs that destroy innocent human life. Still the State insisted they do so. And activists began test-shopping the store and filing complaints.
The family won at trial. And yet. . .
the family is stuck paying the abortion activists’ $140,000 legal bill.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the family in the case.
Here’s a family who just wants to do what’s right—to be faithful to what they believe the Bible teaches.
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I think it’s fair to say, we live in a culture of tolerance.
What disturbs me is how we define tolerance!
Tolerance, historically, has been a good word.
But the meaning of tolerance in this culture has changed—and not for the better.
It’s become a way to say, “I accept everything, except Christianity.”
So-called tolerance is remarkably IN-tolerant.
It’s being used as a tool to intimidate believers. A tool to silence us.
I know that no one’s fully tolerant.
And certainly there are things we should never tolerate.
Obviously, things like murder, and rape are intolerable.
But let me be very candid here.
Do not be intimidated by this so-called culture of tolerance.
By those who berate and twist words, who put down Christianity as intolerant.
Don’t be silenced! Live out your faith unintimidated.
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!
As a pastor, the government wants me to have free speech rights in the pulpit. That’s right! IF I speak about things the government thinks are acceptable!
The Obama Administration prepared a tool-kit for some pastors encouraging them to promote ObamaCare, complete with bulletin inserts and talking points and sample preacher scripts.
It’s certainly not illegal for the Department of Health and Human Services to ask churches to talk about ObamaCare.
However, the irony is that the federal government, through the tax code, prohibits pastors from speaking freely from the pulpit on other issues.
A church and its pastor have the free speech right to talk about issues from the pulpit. But nowhere in the Constitution is that limited to a president’s agenda.
This pastor won’t be using any such tool kit in the pulpit or otherwise!