The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:10 ESV

Friday, November 25, 2011

What's Missing In Our Preaching?

I read Acts chapter nine this morning. The Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus, is filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately begins to preach the Gospel proving Jesus was the Messiah. He fled Damascus to escape a murder plot. He goes to Jerusalem and boldly preaches Christ there, debating the Greek speaking Jews. He was sent home to Tarsus to escape a murder plot. I wonder what this says about our preaching. Too watered down - sensitive - or just not powerful and convicting? Reminds me of Luke's account (Luke 4) of Jesus' first sermon given in his home town of Nazareth after his 40 day fast. Jesus "returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit," where he preaches in the synagogue at Nazareth. His message infuriated them so much that they mobbed him and tried to throw him over a cliff. Makes you wonder what's missing in today's preaching?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Choosing A Presidential Candidate

Human life is the greatest resource of any nation. Every day in America the lives of over 3,000 unborn human beings are lost through state sanctioned abortion. The blood of 53 million unborn babies murdered since 1973 has polluted the land of the our nation. God will not turn a blind eye to this bloodshed. He will not let the shedding of innocent blood go unpunished. We think otherwise at our own peril. 
The brutality of Hitler's National Socialism, the Communism of Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung, and the totalitarianism of many other dictators have been characterized by a similar calloused disregard for human life. Check out history. No civilization/nation that has perpetrated or permitted the killing of its young has survived. You can only read about them in history books.
The sacrifice of unborn children on the altar of convenience is not only the moral issue of the day, it is the most critical issue facing our nation as we approach the next presidential election.
The transcendent truth of our Judeo-Christian heritage which has guided this nation for over 200 years, has been been marginalized in favor of moral relativism which now drives many public policy decisions. As a result the state has relinquished its constitutional duty to protect the unborn. Life in the womb has become expendable when it interferes with the interests of those with the power to terminate it. 
America needs a president who understands that the sanctity of human life is the first right from which every other right proceeds, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our founding fathers recognized that the right to life was preeminent. They recognized that it was an “unalienable” right “endowed” by our Creator, not a right that could be given or rescinded by the state. 
America disregards this truth at the risk of its very existence. Our failing economy could very well be an expression of God’s mercy calling us back to the truth upon which, God in his Providence, allowed this nation to be founded. 
I am looking for a presidential candidate willing to embrace the transcendent truths held by our Founding Fathers and committed to develop public policy consistent with those values.