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What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Dear Friends,We are now in the month of August, the time of the year that seems to be a kind of buffer between the season of vacations and weddings and the season when school and Congress begin work in earnest again in September. Generally speaking, August is when life seems to slow down a bit. Offices are a little emptier, the summer heat is a bit more intense, and there’s a few more stretches of time to spend in leisure.But what is “leisure”? Most of us tend to think of it in terms of watching a movie or playing a board game. But as John Cuddeback writes, there is an important distinction between leisure and amusement:Amusement refers to those activities we do because they are fun, or diverting, or simply relaxing. We play a game, ride a bike, go out on a boat, or watch a movie. We enjoy these activities even while they have no obvious product or utility.Leisure refers to activities that are more serious: we have a deep conversation, we lie on our backs observing the stars, we listen to great music. We contemplate deeper things, we worship God.Amusement and leisure share a common element: they are not work. But this similarity points to their fundamental difference. At the end of the day, amusement is less important than work, and it takes its immediate meaning from the fact that it serves work, by refreshing us to go back to our labors.Leisure on the other hand is served by our work. It provides the ultimate meaning and justification for human work.As we take vacations and spend time away from the office during this season, let’s remember to not only have fun and unwind, but to also spend some quality time in authentic leisure in order to renew our intellects and souls for the work God is calling us to accomplish.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 ArticlesOminous Court Ruling Allows Discrimination Against Christian Adoption Provider – Travis WeberWith State Department Ministerial, Trump Administration Signals Seriousness on Religious Freedom – Travis WeberWhy It’s Impossible To Support Both #MeToo And Planned Parenthood Without Being A Big Hypocrite – Patrina MosleyUnleashing America’s Entrepreneurial Spirit – Ken BlackwellNikki Haley’s Great Advice on Resurrecting Civil Discourse – Spenser WhiteTransgender “Revolution” is Really an Elitist Diktat – Cathy RuseDOJ Announces Timely Religious Liberty Initiative – Travis WeberRNC: Schools Must Get a “Yes” from Parents Before Teaching Radical Sex Ed – Cathy RuseThe Lies of Access and Autonomy – Hannah BorchersOhio House Bill 658: Parental Rights are Good for Children – Madeleine Lucas Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareTown Orders Family to Stop Hosting Bible Studies on Farm – ToddStarnes.comThese 6 Cases Show How Brett Kavanaugh Might Rule on Religious Freedom – Fred Lucas, The Daily SignalSchool District Threatens to Call Police After Mystery Person Gives Out Free Bibles on Campus – Will Maule, CBN NewsMuslim Who Squeezed $3M Out of SPLC for Calling Him an Anti-Muslim Extremist Says Others Also Wrongly Labeled – Jeremiah Poff, The Daily SignalChristian club rejects University of Iowa’s mandate to accept LGBT leaders – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNewsAtheist Group Sues West Virginia City for Reciting Lord's Prayer at Meetings – Michael Gryboski, The Christian PostInternational Religious FreedomReligious persecution in Iran, China must end now – Mike Pompeo, USA TodayAmerican Pastor Brunson Moved from Prison to House Arrest in Turkey – Benjamin Gill, CBN NewsChina Detaining Over 1 Million Muslims in Concentration Camps but the World Is Silent, Believer Says – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostVictims of Religious Persecution Tell Their Stories at International Conference in DC – Katherine Rohloff, The Daily SignalTrinity Western and the Endangerment of Religious Pluralism in Canada – Derek Ross, Public DiscourseUS Tells Iraqi Christians Help Is on Its Way (For Real This Time) – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity TodayMilitary Religious FreedomAir Force surrenders to demand to replace Bible with generic 'book of faith' on POW/MIA table – Todd Starnes, Fox News LifeAbortionWhen Arguments Fail, What Do Pro-Lifers Do? – Liberty McArtor, The StreamPushing the abortion pill on college campuses is dangerous to women – Kristi Burton Brown, Live ActionAmazing new video illustrates humanity of preborn baby in womb – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews7th Circuit strikes down Indiana abortion ultrasound law – Dave Stafford, The Indiana LawyerPlanned Parenthood opening 14 new facilities in ‘deep red’ states – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsThe Tyranny of Reproductive “Justice” – Regis Nicoll, CrisisAdoptionShould Kinship Care Be the Default Option for Kids in Foster Care? – Naomi Schaefer Riley, Family StudiesWelcoming an Adopted Baby Home Is Both Beautiful and Challenging — And Here's Why We Need to Talk About It – Marianne Garvey, BravoBioethicsChildren Are Now Being Euthanized in Belgium – Michael Cook, Intellectual TakeoutWho gets the embryos? Whoever wants to make them into babies, new law says – Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington PostThousands of Euthanasia Killings in Canada – Wesley J. Smith, National ReviewUK horror: Patients in ‘vegetative state’ can now be killed without consent – Cassy Fiano-Chesser, Live ActionWhat does the Bible teach about euthanasia and physician assisted suicide? – Mary Wurster, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission FamilyMarriageWe All Marry the Wrong Person – Erin Smalley, Focus on the FamilyWords of Wisdom on a Silver Anniversary – Michelle Malkin, National ReviewChildren of divorcing parents want more information and more say in what happens, study finds – Angus Randall, ABC NewsSingle Sailors Think Navy Hinders Likelihood of Marriage, Survey Says – Brock Vergakis, The Virginian-PilotOur Fixer-Upper Marriage – Stephanie Reeves, Family LifeGod remembers the barren, and so should the church – Jenn Hesse, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionParentingWhat Are Your Child’s Passions? – Dennis Prager, The StreamPodcast: Parenting through the hard seasons – Nancy Guthrie, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Genetics of Parenting – Robert VerBruggen, Family StudiesI Love Being Their Mother – Jess Hunt, Her View From HomeEconomics/Education'Parents... Deserve the Right to Know': RNC Passes 'Parents' Rights' Sex Ed Resolution – Mark Martin, CBN NewsIn Search of Family Time – Amber Lapp, Family StudiesFree-Market Policies Make the Most of the Sharing Economy – Anthony B. Kim, The Daily SignalFamily Instability in Childhood Affects American Adults’ Economic Mobility – Paola Scommegna, Population Reference BureauFaith/Character/CultureWhy Gratitude Is So Good for You (and for Those Around You) – Richard Gunderman, Intellectual TakeoutThe family that prays together … feels connected, unified and bonded with less relational tension – Jon McBride, BYU NewsLiving a Life of Purpose: An Interview with Michelle Singletary – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesHuman SexualityThe Beauty of Complementarity Goes Beyond Gender – Brett McCracken, The Gospel CoalitionWhat #MeToo and Hooking Up Teach Us About The Meaning of Sex – Elizabeth Schlueter and Nathan Schlueter, Public DiscourseThinking Deeply about Christian Love: Same-Sex Attraction, Sin, and Spiritual Friendship – Ron Belgau, Public DiscourseWhy ordinary people disregard the transgender movement as utterly insane – Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNewsReligious Male Students Less Sexually Aggressive, Coercive, Study Finds – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostStudy finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy – Avichai Scher, NBC NewsHuman TraffickingThe Porn Industry and Human Trafficking Reinforce Each Other – Marlo Safi, National ReviewA Need for Child Safeguarding Policies – Lana Lichfield, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyAmericans Are Rapidly Warming Up to Porn, a New Gallup Poll Shows. Here's Why – Jon Miltimore, Intellectual TakeoutHow Our More Permissive Attitudes Toward Porn May Impact Marriage – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesPornography is First Boom in Virtual Reality – Brynne Townley, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Congratulations to Conrad Dejesa III (DJ) on his high school graduation. Pray for him as he is studying Medical Technology at the Trinity University of Asia in the Philippines. Also graduating is Eden Santos from GCC’s Culinary Arts program. She’ll be headed to West Coast Bible College in the fall. [...]
This morning two Jehovah's Witnesses, or Watchtowerites came to the door (I'll explain why some people call them Watchtowerites at the end). It was an older gentleman with, I presume, his wife who was in a wheelchair. They began the conversation as they often do by asking what I thought about the problems in the world today and quickly moved on to offer me copies of The Watchtower and Awake . Notice, their first port of call is not the Scriptures, but their commentary on the Scriptures, the Watchtower . Several interesting topics were covered over the time they were here. Each reveal that while they call themselves Christians, their beliefs and teachings are far from Christian. Some of the topics we covered: 1. The Trinity and the Deity of Christ The Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity. They believe God created Christ. Immediately you can see how vital a difference there is between Christianity and the Jehovah's Witnesses. If Christ is not God then He could not have suffered and died for sinners. They point to a number of Scriptures and twist many of them. I quoted John 1:1 and the lady immediately came back with their version of the Scriptures which says that the Word was A god rather than the Word was God. I took them to Colossians 1:16 which speaks about Christ and tells us that by Him all things were created. Somehow they passed over that and moved to another topic. 2. Creation. Concerning creation he said they did not believe in a literal six day creation. He spoke of II Peter 3:8 and quoted that with God a day is as a thousand years. I asked him how that worked with teachings in Exodus 31:15. There the Lord tells Israel to work 6 days and rest the 7th. I asked if that meant we are to work 6 thousand years and then rest for 1 thousand. He went back to quoting that with God a day is as a thousand years. I then referred to the rest of II Peter 3:8 which says that a thousand years is as a day. For his argument the second part of the verse cancels the first. I then asked him about the mention of the evenings and the mornings in Genesis 1. There we read about the evening and the morning being the first day etc. Because of a literal reading, the original languages and basic grammar we can be sure that Genesis 1 speaks of literal 24 hour days. They both then started talking about God simplifying things so we could understand. I asked them if that meant that God did not write what He meant to write, so we had to understand what was not there. They denied this, but of course this comes back to their magazine, the Watchtower. At some point in the conversation, not in any single moment, the tide of the conversation turned. By God's grace I had become the one controlling the conversation instead of him. This is when he started to step backwards and kept trying to make an exit. I do not know much about apologetics, but it seems this is one of the keys, controlling the flow of the conversation. I think it indicates the one who is confident in their position and understanding. They left on a good note and I came inside and printed off some studies I had done on the Trinity plus some information I had compiled on how to witness to Jehovah Witnesses. They had come to convert me so I could not see how they would be offended by my showing them how I teach on how to try and win them to the Lord. By this time, though, they were out of site. I silently prayed I would be able to find them again and go ready to take the family into town. I took the material with me and as we pulled out of our drive there they were, returning to their vehicle. I pulled over, went to the man and offered to take his material if he took mine. :) We exchanged material and went our separate ways. I pray that they will be challenged to consider what they believe and hopefully come to Christ. Watchtowerites? - Well, this is because their final authority is not the Scriptures, but the Watchtower magazine. Anyway, if you would like a copy of the material I gave them then just let me know and I will send you a copy. One of pieces of literature is mostly information I compiled from www.carm.org. (http://www.carm.org.)
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