Archive for January, 2009
For Sanctity of Life Sunday I preached a message on the Triumph against Racism and the Tragedy of Abortion in the person of Barrack Obama. It seems to have been well received by our congregation, so I thought I would link it here.
Bob and Jeff have put up a new site just for our 1 Corinthians series. Everything from our series will be on this site.
Today our offices are closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The election of Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States represents a great triumph in the battle against racism. This triumph is something that it to be celebrated.
However, the triumph of race in Barack Obama does not negate the tragedy of abortion in Barack Obama. Mr. Obama has a 100% approval grade from the abortion industry and by many accounts is an extreme advocate of abortion rights. One of the great tragedies of abortion is that it has decimated the African-American community, and Mr. Obama has aided and abetted this tragedy.
To learn more concerning the truth about abortion I recommend visiting Abort73.
To learn more concerning the truth about abortion in the African-American community I recommend you visit BLACKGENOCIDE.ORG.
To learn more about FOCA and its effects go to FightFOCA.com.
This Sunday we are observing Sanctity of Life Sunday along with our annual emphasis on racial harmony. It is no small matter that the candidacy and future presidency of Barrack Obama is sending tremendous shock waves throughout our nation that will continue to undermine and hopefully further annihilate the dreaded sin of racism. Nevertheless, one sin does not excuse another, so this future presidency is also sending shock waves of uncertainty among those who hold human life as sacred from conception.
It appears that in this one man, we have a collision of worldviews. What should be the Christian response? I pray that you will join us this Sunday morning as we look at the Scriptures to gain a biblical perspective.
May God grant us much grace, and may He particularly grant me much wisdom as I venture to tackle this issue.
As you prepare your hearts for this coming Lord’s Day, read and meditate on the following Scriptures: Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
Grace and peace,
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Grace and peace,
This morning I sent out the following prayer request to our congregation. I would like to share it with you as well.
Beloved Church Family,
I want to encourage you to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are caught in the middle of the bombing between the two warring parties in Gaza. Gaza is a small strip of land with 1.5 million people, a few thousand of which are Christians.
Please pray for peace in this area. Pray that in the midst of this political battle that the gospel would flourish. Pray that the gospel would grow among both Jews and Palestinians and that we would see the disintegration of ethnic barriers that the gospel brings about. Pray that God’s name would be exalted in the midst of this violence. Pray that God would protect the brethren caught up on both sides of the fighting. Pray that the Lord Jesus would return quickly and establish His peaceful reign on this violent earth once and for all – May God’s kingdom come and His will be done.
Here is a list of prayer requests from the Palestinian Bible Society:
- Pray for those who have lost their precious ones, especially the families ofChristine, Naseem and Jiryis.
- Pray for the Lord’s mercy to come down on Gaza.
- Pray for the former Bible Society Team members and their families.
- Pray that the terror ends and that a cease fire will be reached soon.
- Pray for the many parents that lost their children that they maybe comforted.
- Pray for the wounded and the suffering.
- Pray for the thousand Christians who are in Gaza sharing the same punishment of loss of water, electricity, food and peace.
- Pray that present and planed scripture and relief ministries would be used by God to heal lots of wounds and anger.
- Pray that Godliness will triumph over political gain within the hearts of Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
- Pray for the Hospitals in Gaza, for doctors and nurses working day and night with very little resource.
- Pray for the protection of ambulance teams working to rescue the injured
- Pray for protection of UNRWA schools and refuge places.
- Pray for the protection and safety of the people of south Israel.
- Pray for God’s blessing over unity and coordination among churches, international organization and civil society initiatives working to alleviate the suffering of many.
- Pray for a better future for the children of Gaza.
- Pray that we will be able to reopen the Bible shop in Gaza.
- Pray for the many volunteers, Muslims and Christians working on our behalf distributing food and aid in Gaza.
As Urban Meyer was holding up the crystal trophy, a group of us wondered what it would look like if it were dropped. Well, I thought I remembered something like that happening before. Well, guess what! It did happen before, but it was Billy Donovan, Florida Basketball coach. Here it is:
It’s great to be a Florida Gator! It’s even greater to see Tim Tebow proclaim God’s glory. I was overjoyed that Fox did a pregame story on Tebow that showed him preaching in prisons and going on missions internationally. I pray that our Lord would continue to use this young man to exalt His name and expand His kingdom, and I pray that the Lord would guard him from the schemes of the devil.
Grace and peace,