Thinking on Independence Day

July 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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There are a lot of other countries I could be in, but not one that I would rather be in. I love my country and it grieves me to see the direction we seem to be headed in.

The parallels (coincidence?) between the state and the church are intriguing to say the least. We have the most decadent country in the world where even the poorest have iPhones. The church is no different. We have the hottest sound systems, big projections systems, speakers and stages with lighting and everything a 80’s arena rock band would need. And yet….

There is a severe lack of education in our country. The majority of Americans don’t know the first thing about the history of their country and, sadly, many don’t seem to care. If you’ve seen any of the old “Jaywalking” episodes, this is obvious. Part of this is due to human nature, but a lot of it is just not taught in schools or in families anymore. What history is taught has been rewritten by liberal revisionists who want to removed God, capitalism, and anything else that goes against their socialist agenda from public view.

Again, the church doesn’t seem to be any different. The church is filled with many people who have what amounts to nothing more than a third grade education. They know the story of David and Goliath, they could tell you about Daniel and the lion’s den; but they can’t tell you about justification, propitiation, or explain why the believe what they believe. They can’t recognize false doctrine or aberrant  theology, but since it’s not a big deal, it’s not seen. The church, like the country, is driven more by emotion than truth. It’s all about how someone feels and not what is true.

In our country it’s become all about image. It reminds me of the Sprite bit “Image is Everything”. Everything we have is designer/’name-brand’. It’s all designed to draw attention to us and who we are and what we have. It allows us to build/create an image of us as we want others to see us. We fear anything and everything that will destroy that image because it would prove us to be hypocrites or show that we aren’t everything we’ve built us up to be.

It’s the same in the church. It’s become all about image in many places…We want people to see us the way we want them to and anything else is unacceptable. It’s about designer Christianity. Who you know and what they can do for you is more important than knowing the truth. The size of our church, the number of people in Sunday School, the amount of money brought in (often through less than scriptural means) are all indicators used to determine if a church is growing. These are the goals and hallmarks of many an American church. They are not the goals and hallmarks found in scripture.

I know. I said at the beginning that I love my country, and I do. It’s precisely because I love my country that I write my concern. Our countries history is filled with men and women who feared God. These men and women are what we call patriots and statesmen. They put the country above personal interests. They didn’t see politics as a career but as a privilege. They saw it as an opportunity to serve the country and their fellow Americans. They made laws based on the absolute morals found in Judeo-Christian beliefs. They made an honest effort to do what was right for the country and the system they put in place made sure that it was as fair as possible. And they knew when to step aside and let someone else try their hand at serving.

It is the same for the church. The history of the church is filled with men and women who feared God. They served one another out of respect for God and each other. They didn’t see Christianity as a career but as a faith to be believed and lived out. There are men like the apostles and women like Lydia and Priscilla. There are Timothy, Silvanus, Luke, John Mark, Barnabas, and numerous unnamed servants of God. There are those that gave their lives as martyrs and those who spent their lives in exile because of their faith. Men like Augustine, Chrysostom, Irenaeus, and Polycarp carried on the fatih when they were gone. If we move closer to our own time, there are men like Hus, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Farrell, Knox, Latimer, Ridley, and so many other who thundered the truth of the gospel without fear of men and with concern for the path that so many trod so lightly.

Today is almost over now but there is still time to take a moment to remember that this is more than just a holiday. It’s a day to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our country to have freedoms that no other country has and that numerous people from other countries have given everything to move here to enjoy. It’s a day to remember what our country has been founded on (whether you like it or not). It’s a day to stop and think about what we might do if in the situations they were put in. A day to teach our children the meaning of independence. And a day to recognize that, without a gracious Savior, none of it would be possible. Independence from tyranny is always good, but unless the people fight to gain and keep it, it will soon fade. Independence from sin is more than good, and we have a Savior who has both gained and will keep that independence for us.

Happy Independence Day!

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Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom

July 3, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Freedom
by
J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)

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© Copyright 2001 by Tony Capoccia. This updated file may be freely copied, printed out, and distributed as
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Verses quoted, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION © 1978
by the New York Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”–John 8:36

The subject before us today deserves our attention. It should ring in the ears of every person like the voice of a trumpet. We live in a land which is the very cradle of freedom. But are we ourselves free?

The question is one which demands special attention during the present state of public opinion. The minds of many are absorbed in politics. Yet there is a freedom, within the reach of all of us, which few, I am afraid, ever think of–a freedom independent of all political changes–a freedom which neither the prevailing government, nor the cleverest politician can bestow. This is the freedom about which I speak today. Do we know anything of it? Are we free? Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom…

Design of the Week – Freedom to Preach

June 29, 2011 at 10:40 am | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is called Freedom to Preach.

The design is meant to remind others of the truth of the state of affairs in our nation. While there are many who would like nothing more than to see Christians silenced, the fact remains that the freedom to preach the gospel of Christ is protected by the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Continue Reading Design of the Week – Freedom to Preach…

Newslinks 11/21/10

November 21, 2010 at 11:23 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Obama’s Asia Trip Not Seen As a Success
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– As he ended a 10-day visit to Asia, President Obama told reporters on Air Force One he believed that “all of Asia is eager for American engagement and leadership,” but his upbeat assessment sharply contrasted with the view of critics who have characterized the trip as disappointing – if not a downright failure.

Q&A With Virginia Attorney General: State’s Lawsuit Against Obamacare ‘Is Not About Health Insurance, It’s About Liberty’
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– Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com that the lawsuit his state has filed against the health-care reform law signed by President Barack Obama in March is about preserving the liberty of individual Americans against a federal government that is over-reaching its legitimate constitutional authority.

Obama’s Claiming More Power Over Americans Than King George III, Says Virginia Attorney General
(CNSNews.com) – Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last March, says Obama and the Congress that enacted that law–which mandates that individuals must buy government-approved health insurance plans–are seeking a power over the lives of Americans that even King George III did not claim to possess. Continue Reading Newslinks 11/21/10…

Genesis 2:4-17

October 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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This week, we continue our look at the details of the sixth day of Creation. In the second chapter of the book of Genesis, we see the seventh day (which we looked at last week). Today, we’re going to be looking at some of the specifics of the creation of man and woman:

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven. Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Continue Reading Genesis 2:4-17…

Newslinks 09/19/10

September 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Stephen Hawking Takes on Sir Isaac Newton; Christians Respond
Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines this past week for taking on arguably the most influential scientist in human history, Sir Isaac Newton.

12-Hour Prayer, Fasting Rally Hits Sacramento

Emergency in Pakistan Will ‘Get Worse Before It Gets Better’

Church Mourns Loss of U.S. Army Chaplain in Afghanistan

Poll: 2 in 3 New Yorkers Want Park51 Mosque Moved

Parliament of the World’s Religions Calls for 9/11 Solidarity Continue Reading Newslinks 09/19/10…

Newslinks 09/05/10

September 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Work of Humanitarian Agencies Praised on 5th Anniversary of Katrina
Five years after Hurricanes Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, survivors and those working on their behalf say work is far from finished.  increasing demand.

Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

Presbyterian Court Rebukes Minister for Gay Weddings

D’Souza: Christians Need to Tackle Secular Culture from ‘Belly of Beast’

Beck: Most Americans Don’t Recognize Obama’s Christianity

Gov’t-Funded Study on Sex, Abstinence Released Following Protest Continue Reading Newslinks 09/05/10…

Newslinks 08/15/10

August 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Obama backs ‘gay’ group at U.N.
A homosexual activist group has side-stepped normal procedures to gain a non-government organization status at the United Nations.

GOP: Obama developing ‘backdoor amnesty plan’
The Obama administration is considering ways it could go around lawmakers to let illegal immigrants stay in the United States, according to an agency memo.

Another Democrat facing ethics charges
A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could be facing an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the midterm election outlook for the party as it battles to hold onto its majority.

Amish communities growing rapidly
A new study estimates the number of Amish in North America has doubled since 1992 and increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years alone.

Baptist World Alliance Confirms New President
Virginia native John Upton was elected Saturday to lead the Baptist World Alliance as its new president. The long-time Baptist succeeds David Coffey of the United Kingdom. Continue Reading Newslinks 08/15/10…

Newslinks 07/25/10

July 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Ahead of Key Kabul Meeting, Clinton Woos Pakistan With Aid, But Wants More Counter-Terror Measures
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– Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plans to reconcile with elements among the Taliban will take center stage in Kabul Tuesday, when the world’s foreign ministers meet to discuss the country’s future…

Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions under Obamacare
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– Maryland will join Pennsylvania as the second state to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama in March, according to information released by Maryland’s State Health Insurance Plan…

New Regulations Outline Content, Transmission Standards for Every Americans’ Electronic Health Records
(CNSNews.com) – New regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday outline federal standards for the electronic health records that every American must have by 2014…

Obama to GOP: Restore Unemployment Benefits Now
Washington (AP) –
President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers Monday, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work Americans…

Pro-Lifers Win a Round in Health Care Overhaul
Washington (AP) –
Abortion foes have scored a victory and traditional allies of the Obama administration are grumbling about a decision to ban most abortion coverage in insurance pools for those unable to purchase health care on their own… Continue Reading Newslinks 07/25/10…

Newslinks 07/11/10

July 11, 2010 at 11:55 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway
A statewide coalition of atheists and agnostics has placed billboards in six North Carolina cities, including one along the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte.

Euthanasia weighs evenly on U.S. morality scale
Gallup’s most recent “Values and Beliefs” survey shows an even split among Americans on the issue of doctor-assisted suicide.

Reformed churches merger approved
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council have agreed to merge into the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

When is someone brain dead?
In order to make sure doctors reach the correct conclusion in determining brain death, new guidelines that call for a lengthy examination have been developed.

Joni Eareckson Tada Not Shaken by Breast Cancer
After 43 years of living paralyzed from the neck down and recently learning that she now has breast cancer, Joni Eareckson Tada remains all smiles. Continue Reading Newslinks 07/11/10…

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