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I thank God for the gift of music. I am particularly thankful for sacred, Christ-honoring music. Music is an integral part of worship and edification. It can draw our hearts closer to the Lord and reinforce scriptural truths in our minds, or it can weaken our walk with God and pull our flesh toward the world. […]Related posts:7 Biblical Purposes for Music New Podcast Posted: Principles for Biblical Church Growth 7 Principles for Hiring Quality Church Staff
The Shack was a novel that stirred much controversy within evangelical circles when it was first published, and that has not changed with the movie.
Dear Friends,By now, you have probably seen or heard about the viral video of a dad whose kids unexpectedly burst into his home office during a live BBC interview he is doing over Skype. It was a hilariously endearing moment, and not just because of the panicked yet heroic efforts of the man’s wife as she swooped in to grab the kids. For me, it was also a messily beautiful reminder of the intimate connection between work and the family.In today’s culture, work is often trumpeted as an end in itself. A high-paying career is frequently seen as something that can be pursued at all costs, without regard to the detrimental effects that this can have on one’s personal life. This attitude causes a tragic segmentation in life, which should be holistic in nature. A career should never be pursued at the expense of neglecting the relationships that sustain us and that we are called by God to nurture. A “career first” mentality has it exactly backward—work should always be in the service of our families and our communities.Another sad tendency in modern culture is to distort the definition of “work” itself. When studies come out showing that wives on average do more housework than husbands and husbands on average engage in more paid work than wives, cries of “inequality!” are yelped from the rooftops of mainstream media outlets. But let’s stop and think about this for a minute: one person works for the money to pay for the groceries; the other uses the groceries to prepare the meals. Both activities are different kinds of work that are equally important and intrinsically united—if either of the two are not done, nobody eats.I say all this to illustrate my central point: an increasingly secular culture tends to strictly divide “professional life” from “personal life.” But in a wonderfully unscripted moment during a live BBC newscast, this artificial edifice was briefly torn down with the help of an excited toddler and her sibling.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesI’m Grateful for the Restoration of the Mexico City Policy This International Women’s Day – Arina GrossuAnother Chance for President Trump to Make Sure Foreign Governments Play by the Rules – Ken BlackwellJudge Neil Gorsuch: The Case for Confirmation – Travis Weber and Chris GacekThe Refugee Implications of President Trump’s Executive Orders – Travis WeberJoseph Nicolosi, Father of “Reparative Therapy” for Homosexuality, Dies Suddenly – Peter SpriggA Biblical Perspective on Immigration – Travis WeberPresident Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration: Religious Freedom and Other Implications – Travis WeberThe U.S. No Longer Funds Overseas Abortions. Canada and Europe Grind Their Teeth – Dan HartVoiceless: Christians Must Engage the Culture to Fight Abortion – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareThe Rioters Are Winning – David French, National ReviewOver 150 conservative leaders urge Trump to sign order protecting religious liberty – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsSchool: Trump Chant is Hate Speech – ToddStarnes.comJust Because Liberals Call Something ‘Discrimination’ Doesn’t Mean It Actually Is – Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily SignalInternational Religious FreedomChristians are the world’s most persecuted religious group, according to studies – Zoe Romanowsky, AleteiaUnited Nations Committee Demands Ireland Legalize Abortion – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsPro-Life Counseling Becomes Illegal in France – Marie Meaney, CrisisLiberal bill empowers gvmt to take kids from Ontario parents who don’t accept gender ideology: legal experts – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsChristian Group Compassion International Closes India Operations Amid Crackdown by Hindu Nationalists – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post2016 Annual Report: Chinese Government Persecution of Churches and Christians in Mainland China – China AidMilitary Religious FreedomAir Force Says Words Like ‘Boy’ & ‘Girl’ Could be Offensive – ToddStarnes.comReligious Freedom Group Defends Military Chaplains' Right to Pray at Official Events – Liberty McArtor, The Stream LifeAbortionCanadian gvmt pledges $650 million to increase abortion globally – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsHawaii considering bill to force church, pro-life centers to promote abortion – Bradford Richardson, The Washington TimesOne Planned Parenthood Clinic Has Injured Women in 64 Botched Abortions, Has 39 Health Violations – Cheryl Sullenger, Life NewsPro-Life, Pro-Truth – Alexi Sargeant, First ThingsIn Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Think about that. – Lauren Bell, LifeSiteNewsHuman Rights Activist: Forced Abortion Policy Leads to 23 Million Abortions a Year in China – Penny Starr, BreitbartAdoptionNew South Dakota law could protect religious adoption agencies – Catholic News AgencyHow 5 siblings pleading to stay together as a family became a ‘great crisis’ – Rick Montgomery, The Sacramento BeeNebraska's budget squeeze puts post-adoption help at risk – Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-HeraldBioethicsEmbryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate – Rob Stein, NPRScience confirms that human life begins at fertilization – Luke Faulkner, Live Action NewsAlaska Legislature Will Hold Hearing on Dangerous Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide – Steve Ertelt, LifeNewsDemocrats Push Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Wisconsin – Erin Parfet, LifeNewsMaryland Pro-Life Advocates Stop Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide – Dave Andrusko, LifeNewsObamacareRepealing Obamacare Will Create, Not Kill, Jobs – John R. Graham, Independent InstitutePro-Life Groups Sound Caution on Obamacare Replacement Bill – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal FamilyEconomics/EducationCan Declining Productivity Growth Be Reversed? – Bourree Lam, The AtlanticMarriageYour Marriage: You Have No Idea of the Good You Are Doing – Doug Mainwaring, Public DiscourseMarried Parenthood Remains the Best Path to a Stable Family – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesCouple with Down Syndrome Criticized over Engagement. But after Twenty-Two Years of Marriage, See Them Now – Noell Wolfgram Evans, LiftableIs Your Smartphone Coming Between You and Your Spouse? – Greg Smalley, Focus on the FamilySex in the Modern Marriage – Ashley McGuire, Family StudiesHow Faith Influences Divorce Decisions – Steven M. Harris, Family StudiesFaith/Character/CultureIdeology and the Corruption of Language – Randall Smith, Public DiscourseThrow Like a Girl: Why Feminism Insults Real Women – Rebekah Merkle, Desiring God‘Day Without Women’ Measures Women’s Value The Wrong Way – Gracy Olmstead, The FederalistOut of the Ashes: Anthony Esolen's Clarion Call to Restore Culture, Faith, and Sanity – Michael Bradley, Public DiscourseEmma Watson Explains Perfectly Why I’m A Woman Who Is Afraid Of Feminism – Monica Gabriel Marshall, VerilyHuman SexualityA Requiem for Friendship – Anthony Esolen, TouchstoneLife in a Foreign Country: Navigating Our Culture’s Change on Sexuality – Ed Shaw, The Gospel CoalitionBiology Isn't Bigotry: Christians, Lesbians, and Radical Feminists Unite to Fight Gender Ideology – Emily Zinos, Public DiscourseAmericans having less sex than they once did – Tara Bahrampour, The Washington PostPutting genies back into bottles: Sex before marriage – Katrina Fernandez, AleteiaHuman TraffickingFilm spotlights human trafficking as Trump promises action – AP NewsHuman trafficking growing problem in metro Atlanta – Nathalie Pozo, Fox 5PornographyThe High Cost of Free Porn – Owen Strachan, Desiring GodIs Life Better Without Porn? – Frank Honess, The Christian Post
Temple Baptist Church - 9-25-2016Matthew 5:9 Introduction: A. Beatitude – a state of blessedness. Not a happening that produces rejoicing but a realization of being blessed in spite of circumstances and not because of them. B. When pronouncing the result of God's children making and living in the realm of peace. 1. In the last part of this Beatitude, find the phrase “they shall be called the children of God.” Not that they will be the children of God but called the children of God. The implication is that, when we seek and make peace with others, then others will know that we have been with Christ and are His children. Acts 4:12-13 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (I feel that it is vitally important that the world, though they may not agree with us, SEE Jesus Christ in our lives. “They took knowledge of them, that they had been WITH Jesus.”) 2. God's children are to take on the characteristics of their Father. Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (In our heavenly Father, we find kindness. To those who are unthankful and also to those who do evil.) Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. C. In the Bible, we find a Biblical command: Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: we are to “follow peace with all” which may not be the path of least resistance but is the path of righteousness. 1 Peter 3:10-11 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. D. In the Bible, we find a Biblical disclaimer: Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. E. “If it be possible” shows the possibility of impossibility! Sometimes, there can be no peace and Ecclesiastes 3 lists the options: a time to kill … a time to hate … a time of war! God's people are peacemakers, not pacifists. F. Be a good citizen; be a good neighbor; be a good friend and you will not have to tell others that you are children of God for others will see you as such. G. One of the devices of Satan and possibly the greatest is division. We live in days of division politically, racially, and Biblically (which is a good division when false doctrine is in play). 1. When there is division within your family, be the peacemaker! Mark 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. (Be a peacemaker, even in the realm of spiritual division which is something that God causes in the home. He brings the sword of the Word of God which always divides between saved and lost or obedient and disobedient. You can live in peace if you allow God to work in their hearts: “without the word.”) Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2. When there is division with a brother, be the peacemaker! Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Most disagreements between brothers or sisters in Christ have no eternal value. They are differences of opinion and carnality is the culprit that magnifies that which means so little.) Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3. When there is division within the church, be the peacemaker! 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ; Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Conclusion: Rewards Of The Peacemaker. a. The Peacemaker shall be content. "blessed" Thank the Lord for the peace that He gives. b. The Peacemaker shall be called. "children of God" The peacemaker shall be identified with God! c. The Peacemaker shall be Christ like. “of God” In seeking peace, and following after peace, and bringing peace, we are like the Prince of Peace. The greatest reward is Christlikeness.
Bill Nye: Science Guy is premiering March 12, 2017. We decided, in response to this film, to have our own documentary event.
Listen to this sermon here Three weeks ago we began to study one of the most familiar passages of Scripture in all the Bible… the Lord’s Prayer.  Now familiarity can be good, but there can also be a down side… it’s possible to think, “I already know this.”  Knowing is one thing, but putting into practice [...]
Sunday services at Heartland were very good. The attendance in the morning was such that the main room was nearly full. Sunday night was very well attended, with a special treat with Bro. Watson adding his guitar to our congregational music. During the last two days, several of our folks have been attending the preaching conference in Canton, IL with the Gray Brothers. I had jury duty up until last night and worked tonight, so I could not go. I am looking forward to getting the cd's for sure. Tomorrow night is Bible study. Sure hope to see you then.
Jessica has arrived to work at FBCS as Bro. Jeff prepares to leave for the Philippines.  
Listen to this sermon here Last Sunday evening at the ABF at Brandon and Christina’s home we had a question and answer session about the morning sermon… hopefully you will recall I preached on The Lord’s Prayer last week, and I spent a good deal of time on the subject of forgiveness.  One of the questions [...]
Though the growing biblical illiteracy epidemic is sobering, here's a hopeful report from new research—the majority of Americans want to read their Bibles.
The family is the first and most fundamental of all institutions that God ordained in Scripture, going back to when God made the first man and woman.
Preschool Children’s Church Teachers: Marlene Barlongo, Rochelle Ebeo, Marie Collado Junior Children’s Church Teachers: Alice Le Bron, Rhay Imbuido, Rose Buentipo, Susana Dejesa Pre-primary Sunday School Teacher: Jacklyn Gumataotao Primary Sunday School Teachers: Mark and Frances Ishmael Sunday School Juniors teachers: Jess and Portia Castro Sunday School Junior High teachers: Leo and Myrna Dejesa High School teachers: Frank and Carol Guerrero Tagalog [...]
Winter Storm Stella wreaked havoc on the Northeast on Tuesday as airlines canceled most flights in and out of New York and Boston, Amtrak suspended service between the two cities and three governors declared states of emergency.
I thought I would use a new study that came out of my homeland of Australia as an example to show you how different interpretations of evidence can work. […]
A group of leading senators is calling on newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately launch an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to 'extreme and sometimes violent political activists' that promote leftist causes, according to a copy of the letter.
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Image result for charles spurgeonYour weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from The Cheque-book of the Bank of Faith, January 2, Pilgrim Publications."And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly." Romans 16:20We are evidently to be conformed to our covenant Head, not only in his being bruised in his heel, but in his conquest of the evil one. Even under our feet is the old dragon to be bruised.The Roman believers were grieved with strife in the church; but their God was "the God of peace," and gave them rest of soul. The arch-enemy tripped up the feet of the unwary, and deceived the hearts of the simple; but he was to get the worst of it, and to be trodden down by those whom he had troubled.This victory would not come to the people of God through their own skill or power; but God himself would bruise Satan. Though it would be under their feet, yet the bruising would be of the Lord alone.Let us bravely tread upon the tempter! Not only inferior spirits, but the Prince of darkness himself must go down before us. In unquestioning confidence in God, let us look for speedy victory."SHORTLY." Happy word! Shortly we shall set our foot on the old serpent! What a joy to crush evil! What dishonour to Satan to have his head bruised by human feet! Let us by faith in Jesus tread the tempter down.
Last week's ruling by a court in Bristol, convicting two street preachers of a public order offence, is another example of the loss of freedom of speech.
The president is no longer safe on the White House grounds, according to former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who once guarded presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
This past weekend—Saturday and Sunday evening—was our annual Christmas musical at Lancaster Baptist Church. The amount of work put into these projections is staggering—not just in the thousands of hours given by the choir, orchestra, and drama teams, but also the thousands of invitations given out all across our community in the weeks preceding the […]Related posts:Effective Soulwinning Tips for Busy Christians 5 Helpful Follow Up Methods Every Christian Can Use 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach
This past Monday, right after preaching at the Capitol Connection meeting in Washington D.C., I received a phone call from Terrie letting me know that her mother had just gone to be with the Lord. In some ways, we were not shocked as Shirley (aged ninety-one) had been in hospice care since this summer. But […]Related posts:Making the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Wonderful Soulwinning Father's Day Weekend
Last week the Lord blessed us with a 7 seater vehicle! We have wanted and needed one for a while but the opportunity never came up. Now with three children, all still in car seats, the need became quite urgent. They would fit in the back of a car, but only just and that meant not being able to fit any one else in the vehicle. Last week I was looking for something completely unrelated for Ashleigh on E-bay. Somehow I stumbled across a Kia Sedona. I sent an e-mail asking some questions to the dealer and within a short time they had called me. The asking price was fair, and I probably would have been happy with that, but I was genuinely hesitant. As I mulled things over the dealer offered to knock some money off. I then agreed to come out and look at the vehicle the next day. Last Thursday I went to the dealer to see the vehicle. The Kia Sedona was a trade in and the customers had bought another Kia so I figured they must have been happy with the make. It is a diesel, has 85000 miles, has sliding doors on both sides at the back and lots of other family-friendly features. I had been praying and so had Carrie and it seemed the right thing to do. Now, go back one day. The boot (trunk) of the vehicle we had to buy in an emergency at Christmas had always had trouble. I just realised that over the craziness of Christmas I never posted about that. I'll come back to that at the end of this post. Anyway, finally the lock stopped opening completely and so I took it to a mechanic who fixed it and mentioned they charge a set price for lock work. So when I looked at the Kia and found the boot did not open I knew what it would take to repair it. However, I hesitated and the dealer took off more than I knew it would cost to repair it. :) Now, I was not trying to work the system, I was genuinely thinking. The dealer is having a hard time with the economy and I think was keen to get a second hand vehicle off the lot. So in the end having found EXACTLY the sort of vehicle I was looking for at a price that quite fair to begin with, in the end the price came down another £350 which today is equal to $500 so it was quite the saving! The vehicle is ideal, it is just what we needed and from beginning to end I know it was led of the Lord. So, what happened at Christmas? We drove about 300 miles south to be with family over Christmas. On the way down the old car, a Renault Scenic Megane, developed severe mechanical problems. We managed to get to our destination. I got the car to a mechanic soon after and he basically told me that the car would cost more to repair than it was worth. Indeed, I played less for the new 7 seater than it would have cost to make the repairs on the Scenic. The Scenic only had 70,000 miles, but it was all over. Now we were 300 miles from home and had no vehicle. So, after praying and seeking advice we managed to buy a car from a friend of the family. This time it was a Renualt Laguna Sport. It is an estate vehicle, petrol and nice to drive. But, the fuel economy is not so great, and being a Sports model the insurance was steep. Being from a friend of my dad's we got a good price. Now that car is currently on Ebay and I anticipate getting more for it than I paid, and certainly more than I paid for the Sedona. All in all I can see how the Lord has worked and I am thankful for His blessing. Times have not been without stress, but at the other end of the trial I can see how the Lord was working all things together for our good and His glory. Just for fun I may add some pictures of our car history later. We started with a VW Golf, went to a Renault Scenic, then a Renault Laguna and now a Kia Sedona. Oh, I ran out of diesel the other day. I discovered that running out of diesel is worse than running out of petrol...
Welcome to the new web home of Jordan Baptist Church in Sanford, Florida. We will be adding to and completing the rest of the site in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more. Our service times are listed to the right and directions are on the contact page. Please e-mail me if you have [...]
Melanie Hall, wife of Mark Hall, the lead singer of the Christian band Casting Crowns, recently visited the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. […]
President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.

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