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The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary by Richard Bennett (Former RC Priest) www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
The Gospel, the Roman Catholic, and True Revival by Richard Bennett, Former RC Priest www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From The Perplexity Of The Convent To Life In The Lord Jesus Christ - Richard Bennett www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From Polish Tradition to Biblical Truth - Richard Bennett And Former Roman Catholics www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From a Roman Catholic Hippie to a Baptist Preacher - Interview by Richard Bennett www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
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Frequently as an intern in Washington, D.C., I have had a few moments to stand in awe of the towering figure of the Washington Monument. On any given day, gazing up at such a remarkable sight, I am reminded of a fact that not many in D.C., let alone America, know. What exactly is at the top of the monument and why is it so significant to America today?According to the National Park Service (NPS), the Washington Monument stands 555-feet high, making it the tallest structure in the area. In 1884, when the monument was finished, the Latin words Laus Deo, which mean “Praise be to God” or “God be praised,” were engraved on the east face of the aluminum cap at the top of the monument. Thus, every morning, when the sun rose, the first ray of light to touch D.C. landed on this engraving. The original builders wanted this to symbolize God being given the glory as the first thing to occur every morning. It is a beautiful piece of history and an even more powerful testament to what God has done for this nation. Unfortunately, the story of this gorgeous engraving doesn’t end here.In 1885, a lightning protection system (or collar) was installed over the top part of the original cap. Though it protected the monument, it rubbed off the original engraving, rendering the Latin words illegible. In 1934, the collar was restored, but the original engravings were not included in the restoration project. Instead, a new engraving was added to the cap. The top of the monument now reads: “Repaired, 1934, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.” This wording was placed directly on top of the original east side engraving Laus Deo.This story is a fitting illustration of how many leaders in our government operate today—how they work to obscure the Framers’ original intent to honor and glorify God. Similar to how the words Laus Deo were covered over on the top of the Washington Monument, forces are at work in our government to erode, destroy, and erase the Christian heritage of our nation. So many of us today, instead of first giving the glory to God for everything we have, lean on our own “power” and “authority.”We have done this in two ways. First, we as citizens are overly relying on the government for assistance and guidance to prosper. Former Senator Jim DeMint said it best: “Over the last 50 years, American attitudes have shifted from cherishing self-sufficiency and personal responsibility to craving cradle-to-grave security ‘guaranteed’ by government.” We are increasingly looking to the government to provide all our needs and even our desires, like free college for all. According to Heritage’s Index of Dependence on Government, in 2013, 70 percent of government spending went to dependency programs.Too many millennials are buying into a narrative of a socialist utopia where the government can and should supply all our needs. In contrast, Paul writes in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Secondly, many of our leaders first seek power instead of surrender. Many lawmakers are wanting to be the solution to our problems instead of pointing us to the only One who can solve our problems. It seems that their desire to be a “functional savior” is fueling their actions so that citizens increasingly rely on them in order to bolster their own image in the culture. Many of our political leaders seem to desire power and glory over truly effective public service.A few recent examples of this include former President Obama trying to take the credit for economic gains that happened after he left office, and Senator Cory Booker using his infamous, self-anointed “Spartacus moment” to launch momentum for his 2020 presidential campaign. It is a common theme in today’s politics—“How can I further my image and my mission?” instead of “How can I get on board with God’s mission?”What America needs today is citizens who strive for personal responsibility and service to others and leaders who are looking first to serve, to imbibe the spirit expressed in the faded, worn out words of the Washington Monument—Laus Deo. We need leaders who serve God (Joshua 22:5; 1 Samuel 12:24; Hebrews 9:14) and their fellow citizens (Luke 6:38; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10). Jesus himself said, “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). We as citizens need to renew our commitment to being responsible for ourselves but also to serve those in need, and our government officials need to rediscover their true vocation: to be public servants.Alyson Gritter served as an intern at Family Research Council.
Last week, the Heritage Foundation presented another compelling panel on the impact of the transgender movement on women and girls, and its chief legislative vehicle: Nancy Pelosi’s so-called “Equality Act.”Featuring women leaders like Beth Stelzer of Save Women’s Sports and Jennifer Bryson of Let All Play, the panel examined the devastating impact that this political movement is having in the lives of real women and girls, and women’s sports in general.The panel included Bianca Stanescu, mother of Selina Soule, the Glastonbury High School Track and Field athlete who had to compete against two large, biological males who identify as girls. Surprise! The males came in first and second place, and Selina was knocked out of the New England regionals for which she otherwise would have qualified.Not long ago, men dominated sports in this country. That was before Congress passed Title IX to give women an equal opportunity to participate in sports.There’s nothing “equal” about forcing women to compete against biological men.Yet that’s what the so-called “Equality Act” will require, a bill being pushed now by transgender activists and their allies.The Equality Act will not only make men’s sports dominate again—it will relegate women and girls to the bleachers.But not to worry, there’ll still be two divisions on the playing field: Men competing against men, and men who identify as women competing against each other.
We know that progress in the Christian life comes by looking to Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–3). Additionally, God has designed the Christian life so that others lead us in the faith. For instance, a Christian parent should model God's love and point their child to Christ. A Sunday school teacher or small group leader should provide a mentoring and modeling leadership. Pastors are to provide oversight and live with a growing faith others can follow (Hebrews 13:7).On at least six occasions, Paul called to others, “Follow me.”Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.—1 Corinthians 4:16Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.—1 Corinthians 11:1Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.—Philippians 3:17And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:—1 Thessalonians 1:6For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;—2 Thessalonians 3:7Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.—2 Thessalonians 3:9Those who say, “Never follow people; only follow Jesus” are overlooking an important biblical truth. We do follow people as long as they lead us to Jesus.The key, however, in following men who lead us to Christ is that we do not find our identity in leaders or in the movements of men.If you have fallen into the trap of finding your identity in a leader or a movement, the first step out is repentance—not blame.Too often, when someone recognizes that they did fall into this trap, they immediately blame a leader or past environment.The truth is that this issue is a struggle for all of us. Finding your identity in a leader, your alma mater, or church is not an uncommon problem. It is true that there are churches that expect undue followership in every area. But it is also true that we ourselves have a tendency to seek from others the identity that Christ wants us to find in Him.Leaders who miss this truth find themselves in a disappointing pendulum swing. It works like this: a young leader looks to men instead of to Christ—not for leadership, but for acceptance and validation. For a while, he receives it, but over time, he finds it is hollow. (No human leader can provide the acceptance the human heart needs.) Then, with a heart that has become somewhat jaded toward his heritage or personalities who disappointed him, he swings the pendulum the opposite direction and gives up on the idea of following godly leaders altogether. You might hear him say something like, “Don't follow men; only follow Jesus.”Some who see their heritage in a negative light could, instead of becoming angry, consider repenting of the desire for acceptance outside of Christ that crept into their heart.I know this happened in my life in my 20s and 30s. God had to lead me through a series of trials, which I wrote about in Guided by Grace, to bring me to the end of myself. I had to repent of looking to men more than I should. I endeavor to seek daily what direction is most pleasing to Jesus.However, leaders who realize the emptiness of the self-journey and blame others for their own idolatry will come to a place of resentment that only leads to discouragement. They may overcorrect in their responses and find themselves, if not in another faith tradition, at least much farther away from their earlier positions of doctrine and practice. Sometimes these folks quit serving the Lord altogether.This is not an exaggeration. It is a reality I have seen repeatedly.However, a leader who instead recognizes idolatry for what it is and repents doesn't resent previous leaders or experiences; he realigns his own identity to enjoying the acceptance he already has in Christ. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).Specifically, he has the opportunity to continue following others who point him to Christ and to a continued walk with Him…while finding himself complete in Jesus alone.As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him…—Colossians 2:6–10
Many UK churches have been forced to close their doors. And now a national heritage group in Canada is warning that the same thing is happening there.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-10-2019Romans 12:3-8Introduction:A. In our context, Paul moves from personal sanctification to unity of purpose. Here we find the importance of each member of the local church. When our Lord went back to heaven, He gave the church gifts (the evangelist and pastor-teacher), and individual gifts. B. It amazes me when I see the talent level of the people in the church. Personal gifts of the Spirit to be used for the edification of the body and the ministry of the local church. C. In our verses for tonight, Paul describes some of the work-related gifts found in the church. I am not going to do an in-depth study of the gifts of the Spirit but want to emphasize the importance of each member of the body.D. The Bible gives an analogy between the human body and the church body. Our physical body is a work of divine genius that only a divine Creator could create. David said that he was fearfully and wonderfully made.Psalms 139:14-16 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.E. Every part of our human body has purpose and is essential to our well-being. Every member of the local church has purpose and is essential to its well-being.F. As every individual part of our human body belongs to the whole, every member of the local church belongs to the whole and is essential to its edification and work. NEVER THINK THAT THE CHURCH CAN DO WITHOUT YOU!1. We share the same Salvation.2. We share the same Lord.3. We share the same Church.4. We share the same Bible.5. We share the same Love.6. We share the same Blessed Hope.G. Paul mentions seven specific parts of the internal ministry of the local church in these verses.1. Prophecy. Verse 6. Prophecy here means to forth-tell, not fore-tell. In 1 Corinthians, we find its meaning:1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (Preaching that edifies, exhorts, and comforts the body of Christ. (I once heard a man say that two things made him want to preach: good preaching and bad preaching. Good preaching builds up, presses the believer to continue, and comforts the troubled.)2. Ministry. Verse 7. This word comes from the same root word as the word “deacon,” which means servant or to serve. Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.3. Teaching. Verse 7. Sunday School teachers are very important in the local church. They have the awesome responsibility of breaking down God's Word to the level of their students. The future of our children lies in their hands.2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.4. Exhorting. Verse 8. This word comes from a root word that is used for the Holy Spirit. It means to come along side of or to implore someone who is faltering.Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.5. Giving. Verse 8. Thank God for tithers and givers. Without you, the church could not function, and missionaries would NEVER get to the field of their calling. Let it be done with simplicity. Simplicity – folded together. I always place our tithing envelope face down. God knows and a few people are privy to that information, but it is NEVER discussed among those who do know.6. Ruling. Verse 8. Ruling with diligence and compassion. Not as lords over God's heritage but as shepherds over God's sheep.1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.7. Mercy. Verse 8. Sharing with those in need. Not just monetary but giving one's time and efforts to those who have need of it. A burden shared is half a burden!Conclusion: The work of the local church is diverse in nature. It takes all of us to make the local church what it should and needs to be.
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