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The following was presented at a Mother/Daughter banquet for which the theme was given to the speaker, and a gospel presentation requested. It is given here at the request of a friend. May 2015, Calvary Bible Church, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia Part 1 The Gospel and What Follows Give honor to whom honor is due, […]The post Some of the Ladies To Whom Scripture Tips Its Hat appeared first on Mom's Blog.
In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, church doors were closed—most voluntarily in response to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation—for the sake of public health and the unknown. Unfortunately, in retrospect, we are learning that closing churches for extended periods hurt public health in some ways, even as it protected it in others. Studies by the CDC now show that depression and suicide rose dramatically for teens and young adults, an age demographic considered to be at lower risk from COVID-19.As the pandemic progressed, churches that had closed their doors voluntarily remained closed by state and local government mandates, with the aim of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hopefully saving lives. Although most pastors willingly cooperated at first, it was not long until they began to see the negative repercussions of a prolonged closure, and many decided to reopen in spite of government mandates.As the media pushed their round-the-clock coverage of COVID-19 deaths, they failed to address another health crisis facing the United States: death by suicide. Due to isolation, loss of jobs, fear, and other factors, depression, anxiety, and suicide rates skyrocketed in 2020, especially in teens and young adults. CDC Director Robert Redfield discussed in a Buck Institute webinar that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students. However, it was not just high school students that were being affected. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that:substance use and suicidal ideation are particularly pronounced for young adults, with 25% reporting they started or increased substance use during the pandemic (compared to 13% of all adults), and 26% reporting serious thoughts of suicide (compared to 11% of all adults).In May of 2019, 11 percent of adults 18 and over suffered from symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder, according to the CDC. In May of 2020, this number tripled as the CDC reported 34.52 percent of adults 18 and over suffered from symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic created a secondary crisis that the church could do little to help resolve while being shut down.In a world full of hopelessness, the Bible offers genuine hope. Churches across America provide this hope by preaching the Word of God while also providing peace, community, encouragement, and so much more. Yet, their doors were closed during the pandemic, hampering their ability to fellowship and to serve. Theologically speaking, this is why Hebrews 10:25 commands us to gather for corporate worship: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” As the pandemic and the mandatory closures stretched on, there was a need for churches to be open, and many pastors saw this and began to take a stand.Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills addressed the increasing mental health issues as the church doors remained closed. On May 5, 2020, in a message directed towards all pastors in California, Hibbs observed that although churches can reach an immense amount of people online, “our local community has been spiritually starving.” He also underscored how the church needs to be a community again and be together now more than ever to provide prayer and hope for all those struggling. Opening his church in May of 2020 was difficult for Hibbs, as he defied California Governor Gavin Newsom’s restrictions, which were unjustly singling out churches and burdening them more extensively than their secular counterparts.However, the response to the reopening of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills was overwhelming. His congregation grew quickly by the thousands, drawing people desperate for hope and Christ during the nationwide shutdown. While reaching people online was possible and important, our souls yearn for an in-person community. It is now clear that forcing churches to close for so long has had unintended consequences.Thankfully, in February 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the complaints of California churches like Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena that claimed they were being unjustly discriminated against, lifting the state government’s ban on indoor worship.While the world focused on the physical health crisis created by COVID-19, many overlooked the mental and spiritual health crisis it also created. In God’s gracious provision to His followers, He gave us the church. If the pandemic has taught us anything, surely it is that gathering for corporate worship and fellowship with other believers is essential—and a privilege we should never take for granted.Damon Sidur is a Communications intern at Family Research Council.Sophia Lorey is a Brand Advancement intern at Family Research Council.
Independence Day has been celebrated in our nation for nearly 250 years, but this year’s celebration should feel different from years past. While many are hopeful about a post-pandemic future, we should think about how many of us saw our liberties seriously challenged by the government over the past year.Like in Nevada, where the U.S. Supreme Court denied Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley’s request to strike down the state’s unconstitutional 50-person cap on church services in July 2020. Nevada enforced this cap on houses of worship even as it allowed casinos and other types of businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity. Justice Gorsuch said in his dissent of the Nevada ruling, “The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesar’s Palace over Calvary Chapel.”Thankfully, the courts have more recently begun siding with churches that were unfairly singled out by state and local mandates. In November 2020, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the state of New York could not unfairly target and restrict church gatherings. While these positive court rulings should inspire hope for the future of religious liberty in America, the jurisprudence and the actions taken by government authorities throughout this past year should still be on our minds as we celebrate America’s independence.We should consider how much of our freedom we are willing to give away in exchange for the government’s promise of protection. Benjamin Franklin’s answer to that question was: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” This pandemic provided an opening for state and local governments to challenge our freedoms—most significantly our freedom of worship and assembly—in unprecedented ways. In California, churches were asked to submit to stringent restrictions that stated, “Places of worship must, therefore, discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.” Although the government does have a role during these times, as the Supreme Court stated in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew Cuomo, “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote in 1998, “It is neither desirable nor is it remotely likely that civil liberty will occupy as favored a position in wartime as it does in peacetime…the laws will thus not be silent in time of war, but they will speak with a somewhat different voice.” However, the entire point of natural rights is that they are universal and objective. Violating them does not become any more justifiable in times of crisis.When the pandemic began, Americans were initially encouraged to quarantine for two weeks to slow the spread. Most churches and businesses voluntarily closed their doors and accepted what they believed would be a temporary shutdown. Instead, even once houses of worship could safely reopen with COVID precautions in place, churches spent much of last year appealing to courts for relief from unequal treatment and unconstitutional restrictions on worship. Thankfully, the courts eventually sided with churches and agreed that First Amendment protections cannot be violated in the name of public health and safety, nor can churches be treated more severely than secular businesses.Independence Day should be more than a day off from work to set off fireworks and eat apple pie. This year, in particular, should be a day of reflection for all of us as we acknowledge and give thanks for the blessing of living in the greatest and freest country in the world. If we want it to stay that way, we must take a stand in the face of fear and protect the rights granted to us by God, fought for in 1776, enshrined in our Bill of Rights, and through our history, finally fulfilled for all Americans.Damon Sidur is a Communications intern at Family Research Council.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-2021Matthew 27:1-2; 11-26 Introduction: A. As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our thoughts need to go to the place called Calvary. Almighty Jehovah God became flesh and dwelt among us. There at Calvary, the Son of God suffered and died for the sins of the world. 1. The Purpose of the Cross – “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind! Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ chose to die for the sins of the world: every man or woman who ever lived. The Scripture is plain at this point. Calvinism or Reformed Theology is a damnable heresy and needs to be rejected entirely. 2. The Price of the Cross – Explained in one verse, Mark 15:34: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Though Jesus suffered as no man has ever suffered, the greatest suffering was that, for the first time in eternity past, we see the Godhead divided because He became sin for us. 3. The Pleasing of the Cross – The satisfaction of God the Father in sin's ultimate payment! Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 4. The Pardon of the Cross – Though we who have come to Christ through the Gospel, we are still just sinners saved by grace! Through the Cross of Christ, we are washed whiter than snow! When God the Father sees us, He sees us through the blood that was shed and applied! 5. The Praise of the Cross – The Apostle Paul said it all in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Hallelujah, What a Saviour! B. This morning, our text asks the question. Mankind's personal answer to this question settles his/her individual eternity! I would venture to say that this is the most important question ever asked. Matthew 27:22a: “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” 1. More Important Than “What will I do for a living?” 2. More Important Than “Who will I marry?” 3. More Important Than “Where will I live?” 4. This is the only question that deals with “HOW WILL I DIE?” C. It is a question that DEMANDS a response from all! Everyone who hears the gospel makes one of the three following responses. 1. The Damnable Response of Rejection. For the most part, the world wants nothing to do with Christ! I would like us to notice 3 groups of people who responded to this question by rejecting Christ. a. The Religious Crowd Rejected Christ – Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. (The priests were the instigators. They were the religious people of that day. They studied the Scriptures and yet rejected the One who died for them. Christ disrupted their religious system!) b. The Macho Crowd (Soldiers) Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. They simply did what the world told them to do! The Chief Priests were the instigators. The soldiers carried out their duties. John 19:2-3 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. c. The Wicked Crowd Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:22-25 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. If our response to Christ this morning is that of rejecting Christ, we are no better than the soldiers who drove the nails into His hands, or the crowd who cried out, "Crucify Him, Crucify Him!" 2. The Unacceptable Response of Neutrality Found In Pilate. Most people in the Bible Belt have heard the gospel and know who Christ is but make no decision at all concerning Christ! (Pilate illustrates this response.) We will discover that a response of neutrality is in essence a response of rejection. a. Pilate was a Coward – Mark 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (What will the people think of me?) b. Pilate was a Compromiser – John 19:12-13 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. c. Pilate was Condemned – Matthew 27:24 Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. I have often said that there is no benign state of neutrality with God! 3. The Wonderful Response of Acceptance. I am thankful that Scripture shows us some people who were courageous and accepted Christ. I thank God every day for my salvation! I not only have heard about Christ, know who Christ is, but have placed my faith in Christ! a. The Thief on the Cross – Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. b. Joseph of Arimathea – Matthew 27:57-60 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Though he was saved earlier, he made public his profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. c. The Roman Centurion – Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. He was the highest-ranking soldier at the crucifixion. It was a rejection of Caesar's divinity and could have cost him both his job and his life. Conclusion: Albert B. Simpson wrote a poem, which has been put to music about this question. Listen to the words:Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall,friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?What will you do with Jesus?Refrain:What will you do with Jesus?neutral you cannot be;some day your heart will be asking,"What will he do with me?"Jesus is standing on trial still,you can be false to him if you will,you can be faithful through good or ill:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you evade him as Pilate tried?Or will you choose him, whate'er betide?Vainly you struggle from him to hide:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you, like Peter, your Lord deny?Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,daring for Jesus to live or die?What will you do with Jesus? Refrain"Jesus, I give thee my heart today!Jesus, I'll follow thee all the way,gladly obeying thee!" will you say:"this I will do with Jesus!" Refrain a. What will you do with Jesus this morning? You must either crucify Him or crown Him. Ask Him to come into your life as Savior, your Lord and King. b. How do you respond to His call?
It's true that Christmas may not be as festive or lighthearted as past years, but even in the face of the bad news of our world and in our lives, the good news of God should resound in our hearts and minds as we enter the Christmas season: God is with us. I am reminded of the angel's message to the shepherds:And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.—Luke 2:10–11Admittedly there's much sadness in the world right now due to serious problems. People are terrified of contracting a sickness or being hospitalized. Businesses are closing. Church services are limited. People have lost jobs. Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate. Yet, despite these serious problems, we need to remember that Christmas was made for times like these!Christmas is a reminder that although this world stinks sometimes, we have a hope that will never fade away. The good news of God's reign exists even in the midst of crisis. If we think about what Christmas really means, it's not so much about gifts, parties, and laughter—the hope of Christmas is that Jesus came to deliver us from our sin, death, and the grave. The angel informed Joseph:And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins … they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.—Matthew 1:21,23Because of Bethlehem, Calvary, and the empty tomb there is a new day coming when the dead in Christ shall rise and all things will be made new! Jesus reminded us of that reality when He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).So, let's believe what we say we believe and behave like we know what the birth of Christ really means. Let's invest in our kids, love our families, share the gospel, and make the most of this day that the Lord has made.
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