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January 15, 2015 "Preaching Of The Cross" 1Corinthians 2:17-18 Pastor M. Adam Summers Faith Baptist Church LIVE Streaming Video is produced at 4030 Kalmbach Road in Chelsea, Michigan.
Dr. Tom Malone - Double Minded Man (Pt. 3 of 3) Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91, graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one of America's best known and beloved
Dr. Tom Malone - It Is Better To Obey God Than Man (Pt. 2 of 4) Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91, graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one of America's best known and beloved
Dr. Tom Malone - Double Minded Man (Pt. 2 of 3) Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91, graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one of America's best known and beloved
Dr. Tom Malone - Double Minded Man (Pt. 1 of 3) Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91, graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one of America's best known and beloved
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Dear Friends,Do you ever find yourself exasperated at a friend or family member because they don’t share your beliefs, even though you’ve witnessed to them time and time again? Or maybe you harbor this frustration in a subtler way by privately hanging on to feelings of sadness or bitterness toward someone because of their lack of understanding and belief. This has been a common part of my own faith journey, and I’m sure it is for others as well.It is at times like these that we should keep in mind that old familiar saying: “Patience is a virtue.” Yes, I know this phrase is dull and perhaps overused, but when we think about it in biblical terms, patience takes on a new dimension of meaning. For example, at the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, we see the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17). This passage is a stark illustration of the fact that God used a lineage full of sinners to become man. In the words of one commentator: “Even in the midst of all this sin and unfaithfulness, God remained faithful. He continued to work patiently to bring his plan to fulfilment.”By paying attention to the faithfulness and patience that God has shown His people throughout salvation history and up to today, we begin to see that God does not do His work on man’s schedule. In the words of a priest I heard recently, “We have to be patient with the growth of His grace. This should prompt us to be patient with others.” This is a great reminder for us to not fall into discouragement and frustration when it appears that our words and prayers seem to have little effect on those we encounter. The important thing is to stay faithful in thought, word, deed, and prayer, always mindful that God is continually doing His faithful work and answering our prayers in ways we both can and cannot see.As the Advent season draws to a close and our Savior’s birth approaches, the virtue of patience takes centerstage in the Christian life. Let us patiently await the coming of the Savior, ever faithful in the promises He has kept and continues to keep every day of our lives.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research CouncilEditor’s Note: The Social Conservative Review will be on hiatus through Christmas. It will resume again on January 15, 2019. FRC ArticlesNEW Policy Publication: Religious Liberty and the “Wedding Vendor” Cases – Alexandra McPheeCongress Must Repeal Its Tax on Churches and Charities – Travis Weber and David ClossonOn Sex, the Science Is Deafening – Tony PerkinsAvoiding anti-religious decision-making – William G. BoykinSeason for Giving to Religious Groups – David ClossonObamacare 2019: Fewer options and more funding of abortion – Patrina Mosley and Chuck DonovanStats Show People Still Want Reason for the Season This Christmas – Alexandra McPheeFairness for Whom? – Peter SpriggObamacare and Abortion: Tell Us Your Story – Patrina MosleyWhat to Know About Indonesia’s New “Blasphemy Reporting App” – Travis WeberSupreme Court Pass on Defunding Cases Reminds Us of the Horrors of Planned Parenthood – Patrina MosleySupreme Court Refuses to Rule on State Decisions to Defund Planned Parenthood – Travis Weber and Alexandra McPheePronoun Police Get VA Teacher Fired – Cathy RuseSpeaking the Truth in Love: Lauren Daigle and the Reality of Being a Christian in Modern America – David ClossonWill Asia Bibi Be Forgotten? – Arielle Del TurcoStarbucks for Coffee, Not Porn – Cathy RuseChristian Healthcare Alternatives to Obamacare – Patrina Mosley Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareOhio city removes Nativity, Ten Commandments display from public property after atheist complaint – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostYAF Wins Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, UC Berkeley To Pay $70,000 And Rescind Unconstitutional Policies – Spencer Brown, Young America’s Foundation'In God We Trust' Returning to Public Schools, Buildings in More States – Steve Warren, CBN NewsTreasury Dep't issues guidance softening parking tax burden on churches, nonprofits – Leonardo Blair, The Christian PostCompromising religious freedom – Everett Piper, The Washington TimesGroup protests Bible Clubs in Wood County Schools – Jess Mancini, The Marietta TimesVirginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student's new pronouns – Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-DispatchPrincipal Bans Santa, Christmas Carols, Candy Canes & Jesus – ToddStarnes.comWise men will remain atop Newaygo Elementary – News 8International Religious FreedomPresident Trump, Asia Bibi is a Christian under threat of death in Pakistan -- please help her – Mike Huckabee, Fox NewsUSCIRF wants more sanctions to punish Myanmar's abuse of Rohingyas, Christians and others – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church – Mimi Lau, South China Morning PostUS groups urge Modi to take necessary measures to curb rise of Hindutva extremism – The Times of IndiaColombia: Pastors facing death threats, assassination attempts by extortionists, kidnappers – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostAsia Bibi apparently still in Pakistan as nations deny, debate appeals for asylum – John Burger, AleteiaChina: Fury as students BANNED from discussing religion – Latifa Yedroudj, ExpressRead Powerful Letter Detained Chinese Pastor Wang Yi Wrote, Anticipating Arrest – Tré Goins-Phillips, FaithWireTrump signs bill to aid ISIS genocide victims; Iraqi Christians ‘beginning to see a difference’ – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostEgypt’s Silent Epidemic of Kidnapped Christian Girls – Lela Gilbert, The Jerusalem Post114 Christians Arrested in One Week in Iran – Lindy Lowry, Open Doors USA LifeAbortionCalifornia Democrats eye mandating that state schools stock abortion pills – Kimberly Leonard, Washington ExaminerNashville Becomes Largest Abortion-Free City in U.S. After Planned Parenthood Stops Doing Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews'Holding the line' Pro-lifers look ahead to new Congressional session – Christine Rousselle, CANPlanned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Baby Parts Makes Over $100 Million Doing Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsAbortion pill restrictions approved by Michigan House – Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit NewsAdoptionNew York: ‘Change your beliefs or stop serving children’ – Alliance Defending FreedomWhy I’m Still an Adoption Romantic—Just a Less Starry-Eyed One – Mitch Pearlstein, Family StudiesWorse than foster care? Why not imagine something better for maltreated children? – Ron Haskins and Jeremy Kohomban, The Brookings InstitutionBioethicsThe Case Against CRISPR Babies – Nicanor Austriaco, First ThingsPro-life medical expert tells Congressional panel aborted baby tissue isn’t necessary for research – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNewsObamacareChristian groups win Obamacare birth control battle – Kimberly Leonard, Washington ExaminerHow Catholics Can Ensure Their Health Care Doesn’t Fund Abortion – Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register FamilyMarriageThe Partisan Divide in Marriage and Family Life: Four Takeaways from the 2018 American Family Survey – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family StudiesKeeping Your Marriage Intact While Grieving the Loss of a Child – Mary Ann Vincent, Focus on the FamilyProtecting your marriage during the holidays – MPR NewsYou Can Reduce Negative Reactions in Conflict – Milan Yerkovich and Kay Yerkovich, Focus on the FamilyThe Unlikely Marriage of Alexander Hamilton and His Wife, Eliza – Barbara Maranzani, Biography.comParenting3 Things Your Teens Fear the Most – Kevin Leman, Focus on the FamilyWhy parents constantly get their kids’ names wrong – Calah Alexander, AleteiaEconomics/EducationModeling Opportunity in America: The Success Sequence and Social Genome Model – Isabel Sawhill, Family StudiesVirginia county wants to nix law allowing homeschooling for religious reasons – Helaina Bock, LifeSiteNewsThe New Farm Bill Is So Bad That Supporters Don’t Want Its Details Released – Daren Bakst, The Daily SignalHow John Taylor Gatto Helped Parents And Children Regain Our Freedom To Think – Stella Morabito, The FederalistFaith/Character/CultureStudy: Half of All High School Students Don’t Trust the Media to Report Accurately and Fairly – A.J. Katz, TVNewserThe Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s 'Gran Torino' – Dwight Longenecker, Intellectual TakeoutAmerica Was Always Diverse – Jim Geraghty, National ReviewAn Aging Society Needs Caregiving Superheroes – Amy Ziettlow, Family StudiesHuman Sexuality9 Transgender Patients Complain Of Mutilation, Botched Sex-Change Surgeries In Oregon – Walt Heyer, The FederalistParents protest Desert Sands Unified sex ed curriculum changes – Joseph Hong, Palm Springs Desert SunYes, Evangelical ‘Abstinence Culture’ Is A Bust, But The Answer Isn’t A Sexual Free-For-All – Matthew Cochran, The FederalistDoes Cohabitation Still Matter for Children’s Family Stability When It Becomes Common? – Laurie DeRose, Family StudiesWhy Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health – Jane Robbins, The FederalistPornographyPornography and the Definition of Power – Scott Beauchamp, The American ConservativeTumblr will delete all porn from its platform – Lucas Matney, TechCrunchFederal Employee Downloaded 9,000 Pages of Porn, Infecting Network with Russian Malware – Craig Bannister, CNS NewsStarbucks finally bans porn – Kiley Crossland, WORLDMore College Students Wanting Universities to Filter Porn – National Center on Sexual Exploitation
During the daily breakout sessions at the Lutheran Church Michigan District Youth Gathering, it was my room that was packed beyond capacity—every time.
A Michigan bill to protect women from dangerous webcam abortions passed the state legislature early Thursday. The state House voted 62-47 in favor of the bill, and it now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for his signature, the Detroit Free Press reports. It passed the state Senate several weeks ago. The bill would permanently […]
This past week, Urban Meyer, legendary football coach of The Ohio State University, announced his retirement. Meyer had won more than 90 percent of his games as the Buckeyes' head coach, including all seven of his games against rival Michigan. He had won three Big Ten championships and the 2014 national championship. In addition to his success at Ohio State, Meyer had won two other national championships while coaching at Florida, and his 186-game win total over 17 years is higher than any other FBS coach over the same period of time.So, why resign now? There were several reasons—the most dominant being that of Coach Meyer's health. Meyer revealed in October that in 2014 he had surgery on a cyst in his brain that causes stress-related headaches. The symptoms of those headaches were visible this past fall during some of Ohio State's games when Meyer frequently wore pained expressions on his face and at one point collapsed on the sideline.Though Meyer did not draw a straight line between his stress-related headaches and his suspension that occurred earlier this year, he did say that the suspension also contributed to his decision to retire. Ohio State put Meyer on leave in early August while investigating reports that he had mishandled allegations of domestic violence and other inappropriate behavior made against former assistant Zach Smith in past years. The school suspended Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season after finding he failed to live up to the standards of the university and did not tell the truth when asked about those allegations at a Big Ten media event in July. Meyer said that he believes the suspension will have some lasting impact on his legacy.Urban Meyer leaves the Ohio State program strong, and the future of football at OSU is bright, though Meyer himself leaves, at least to some degree, bruised and blemished. Several points are worthy of consideration for those of us who are involved in ministry.Remember the SabbathWhen Meyer left Florida to take a year off before going to Ohio State, he said that it was a time of reflection when he had to ascertain his priorities. He determined to make family more important than football, something he had not previously done.There is no denying that the constituents we serve never fully understand the pressures that leaders are under—the pressure to succeed, the pressure to always be there, the pressure to always be professional when reviled by inside and outside sources.And to deal with these pressures, leaders have to take time away and off. Whatever is most therapeutic for you—whether it is yard work, sitting in a cabin with a book, hunting, fishing, preaching out—do it! You will be criticized for it. You will be called lazy for doing it. And you will always feel like there is no convenient time for it. But go see a ball game with your son, get away with your wife, take your daughter shopping. Do it!I have heard preachers say, “The devil never takes a vacation.” True, but you are not trying to be like the devil. You are trying to be like the Lord. And He took a Sabbath.Remember the SourceI have a pastor friend who is an avid fan of Michigan, and understandably, he hates Ohio State. If Urban Meyer would have duplicated the feeding of the five thousand, my friend would tweet, “Urban Meyer takes little boy's lunch.” There is no denying that we have enemies, and these enemies will never be able to be pleased by anything that we do.Urban Meyer was strongly criticized for the way he handled Zach Smith, but my hope is that no leader would be handed such an unwinnable situation. Are there things that Coach Meyer could have done better? Of course, there are! But I hope that we never become proficient at handling disciplinary situations, for that would necessitate we have an abundant amount of them. Of course their hopeful rarity is not an excuse to mishandle them—there may be times when we need to seek counsel on how to handle them.All too often stress is caused in our lives by the armchair quarterbacks who have never taken the field, but are absolutely certain they know the best way for us to lead the team. This is not to say that we cannot learn a germ of truth in even the most destructive criticism. It is to say that we cannot allow the destructive critic to get into our minds and eat us alive. Always consider the source of the criticism.Remember the ScriptureThe Bible tells us that, “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” God's Word is filled with multiple promises for every emotional struggle of life. God gives peace! And we must allow ourselves to be filled with God's peace even when the media critics are field dressing our leadership style. At times, all of us need to go back to the Bible and encourage ourselves again in the Lord.In the ultimate analysis, the Lord is the final judge of our ministries. Other coaches, irate fans, and wealthy boosters are not primarily where our ear is bent. It is bent to the One whose, “Well done,” means the most—the Lord Himself. The fear of man brings a snare, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.As an Ohio State fan, I am very appreciative of Urban Meyer's contributions. I trust that his retirement will give him the sabbatical time, the stress release, and the spiritual reflection that he needs. And may I, in turn, learn from the strengths and weaknesses of our legendary coach.
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