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Chapel May 11 - The Living Sacrifice ... Bible Baptist Academy's chapel for May 11, 2021. Faithful Ambassadors Bible Baptist Academy is a ministry of Bible Baptist Church in National City, CA.
David Defeats Goliath (Sunday School, 5/9/21) Goliath, the Philistine champion, challenged Saul's entire army, causing great fear. But David wasn't afraid. His faith in Israel's mighty God led him to fight Goliath ...
Discernment in Music Part IV | Sunday Evening 5/9/2021 Faith Baptist Church, Easley, South Carolina #faithbaptistchurcheasley.
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On “Worldview Wednesday,” we feature an article that addresses a pressing cultural, political, or theological issue. The goal of this blog series is to help Christians think about these issues from a biblical worldview. Read our previous posts on Unity, Safety, “Christian Nationalism”, Love, Courage, Forgiveness, the Resurrection and the Social Gospel, Loyalty, Identity, Religious Freedom, and Communication.Over the past few years, the language of “cancel culture” has become ubiquitous in our society. Social media platforms are cluttered with hashtags and campaigns urging us to “cancel” someone or declare that they are “over.” Whether the context is politics, sports, entertainment, or business, no one seems safe from the reach of the so-called cancel culture movement.However, many people are increasingly becoming wary of it. When asked about cancel culture in a recent interview, comedian Dave Chappelle quipped, “I hope we all survive it.” Chappelle’s passing comment points to a growing awareness that a movement that might have begun with good intentions has taken on a life of its own, resulting in a variety of unintended consequences.What is cancel culture? How should Christians think about the notion of “canceling” people, institutions, or ideas?A thirst for accountability. Broadly speaking, “cancel culture” refers to a coordinated effort to silence, shame, and sideline (i.e., “cancel”) an institution or individual on account of views, opinions, or beliefs that someone else (the cancelers) deems socially unacceptable. One online dictionary defines cancel culture as “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.”In other words, cancel culture encourages people to withdraw their support from and actively oppose public figures or organizations that step outside what the mainstream—or a sizable faction—of society thinks is socially acceptable. Seen in its best light, cancel culture is an attempt to hold people with large audiences and platforms accountable when they do or say bad things. However, cancel culture has a dark side.A lack of forgiveness. It is important to hold people accountable. When public figures misuse their power or platforms, it may be appropriate to speak out publicly against their ideas or decisions. However, cancel culture (as it is being practiced today) does not merely encourage people to reconsider their biases or apologize for past actions. Nor does it help people thoughtfully handle disagreements. Rather, the impulse behind cancel culture is to impose a figurative capital punishment on the reputation of anyone who holds political, cultural, or religious beliefs deemed offensive to the cancelers. Cancel culture seeks to exclude the canceled from future participation in the public square, with little to no hope of reprieve.Consider a few recent examples. Last summer, Boeing Communications Chief Niel Golightly was forced to resign after a colleague complained about a 1987 article he had written, in which he had stated that women should not serve in combat. Despite Golightly having since changed his opinion on the subject, Boeing forced him out of the company.J.K. Rowling, the celebrated author of the Harry Potter series, faced intense backlash in July 2020 after tweeting her belief that biological sex distinctions are real.Just last week, Promise Keepers CEO Ken Harrison faced criticism for explaining that his ministry supports a biblical understanding of marriage and human sexuality. A USA Today editorial castigated Harrison for his comments and called upon AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys to rescind the ministry’s contract for an upcoming event.Issues related to marriage and human sexuality usually provoke some of cancel culture’s strongest reactions. Moreover, a common theme in these examples is the extreme vitriol thrown at those whose views are deemed outdated or bigoted. In other words, if you disagree even the slightest bit with cultural progressivism (see the J.K. Rowling example), you are at risk of not only being canceled but also being labeled as hateful.How should Christians think about all of this?Christians should not be surprised when their churches, ministries, or beliefs are the object of criticism or outrage. According to recent research, only six percent of Americans hold a biblical worldview, which means most Americans do not think about issues such as marriage and human sexuality from a perspective influenced by the Bible. Thus, those who retain a biblical worldview are increasingly viewed by our society as being different, old-fashioned, or even dangerous.Christians should expect to face opposition or marginalization for holding views in line with the Bible. Jesus forewarned us that there would be opposition. In his final extended conversation with His disciples before being betrayed, Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). The apostle Paul affirmed, “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12). Furthermore, Paul explained that the gospel is a “stumbling block” and “folly” in the eyes of the world (Rom. 9:33, 1 Cor. 1:23). Thus, Christians should not be surprised when their biblically informed beliefs are mocked or dismissed. However, we also ought to regularly examine ourselves against Scripture and make sure the reason we are being opposed is due to godly, not sinful, behavior (Mat. 5:10, 1 Peter 2:20).The Bible teaches that no one is without sin. Scripture tells us that sin is wrong and that our actions have consequences. It also teaches that no one is without sin except for God. As Paul explains, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, all humans deserve to be “canceled.” Scripture also tells us that human beings are not qualified to pronounce ultimate judgement upon one another. None of us can determine that someone else is irredeemable. God, not us, is the judge (Mat. 7:1-5). Whereas cancel culture elevates the passing whims of an outraged mob to the role of judge and jury, Christians recognize that God is the ultimate arbitrator of right and wrong.The Bible teaches that no one is beyond hope or forgiveness. Scripture teaches that “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This is in direct contrast to cancel culture, which usually denies the possibility of forgiveness, even when repentance is present. Christianity not only teaches that sinful people can receive forgiveness from God but that we also receive, through the Holy Spirit, the power to forgive each other. This is why Paul says in Colossians 3:13 to “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”Cancel culture is incompatible with a biblical understanding of sin and redemption. Cancel culture teaches a message antithetical to the gospel. It denies the possibility of grace, forgiveness, and redemption. It rejects God’s role as judge of human hearts and actions. In almost all recent examples, it singles out biblically based beliefs for scorn and censure. As Christians, we are called to be part of the ministry of reconciliation, not cancellation (2 Cor. 5:11-21).
Temple Baptist Church - 5-9-2021Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12 Introduction: The Fifth Commandment - Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. A. Today is Mother's Day! If your mother or mother-in-law is living, I pray that you will visit or call them on their special day. B. I want to begin this message by honoring and thanking our dear ladies. Your pastor loves and respect each of you because you are both special and important to the operation and well-being of this local church. I do not minimize your contributions and service for the Lord. C. Our verse for today is one of great importance because it is the first commandment given with a promise. Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the earth! D. The woman was the first gift that God gave to man is found in Genesis, chapter 2. Adam had a special need to diminish his loneliness and Eve was a special gift to meet that need. Adam lived in a perfect environment in an imperfect way and God saw his need of companionship. Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. E. Eve was Purposed. God made Eve in Adam on the day that Adam was created! I want to look at a couple of passages of interest. Genesis 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 1. I find this interesting because it would have been logical that, since God created Eve in Adam, that He would have made them come forth at the same time. Though Eve was created in Adam when Adam was formed, there was an expanse of time that lapsed before God took a rib from Adam and made Eve. 2. God knew that Adam would need Eve before Adam ever got lonesome! God knew that Adam could not function properly without Eve. 3. I thought this one over and came up with this: God wanted Adam to know that he needed Eve! I love Mother's Day, but every day should be “Mother's Day!” May the Lord help us men and children to know just how special mom is. F. There are three names found in Genesis that were given to Eve. Two were given by God and one was given by Adam: 1) help meet 2) mother 3) Eve. 1. Help meet – “to aid” and the “opposite part” or “counterpart.” The “mirror image” which is both the same and the exact opposite. Eve was man's “completer.” Without Eve, man was lonely. With Eve, man knew the fulness of life and companionship. 2. Mother – “bond.” The word “mother” is described as a “primitive word.” The word “mother” means “to bond.” Mother is as old as time. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Cleave-To bond. Cling, adhere, or to stick to.) 3. Eve – “life giver.” Because she was the “mother of all living.” Mother not only gives birth to the children but she is also the “bond” of all living. We know that she is the bond of the home but she is also the bond of every person who was ever born. Other than Adam and Eve, we have all had a mother! God chose for the mother to bond with her unborn child for 9 months: hearing her heart beat and listening to her voice! 4. What makes Eve and all other mothers so special is that they not only give us birth but are always there with us and for us the rest of our lives. I understand that there are some mothers who forsake their families, but the rule is that mom is always there for her family. The father is the head but the mother is the heart! The father is the head but the mother is the bond! Without mother, the home becomes a house. G. Eve was the Perfection of God's creation. The first woman was everything that God intended for woman to be. She was the pinnacle; she was the zenith; she was the apex; she was the benchmark; she was to be the role model for all womanhood to follow; she was made by God and she was perfect! H. Eve was the Priority of happiness! It was not good for the man to be alone so God made a helpmeet for him. Everything God made was perfect except for Adam. Adam had a need! She was what Adam needed first and foremost. Eve was so special! Made just for Adam. It was not Adam that sought a helpmeet; it was God who gave her. I want to say again this morning, “Ladies, God made you special!” I want to give you a few simple things about Adam and Eve: J. If you have a mother: 1. Love Her - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 5:18-19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Men, love your wife! Children, love your mother!) 2. Honor Her - 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (Honor means to place upon a pedestal. To worship and reverence her. Be careful how you treat your wife, husband! Be careful how you treat your mother, young person!) Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (Be careful how you talk to her! You disrespect mama and you get in trouble with God!) Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Place her on a pedestal in both the home and in public.) 3. Remember Her - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Sometimes her labor, love, and strength go unnoticed by her family. If you have a good, loving, faithful, conscientious wife—be grateful and thankful. Never take your wife or mother for granted because they will not always be here.) Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 4. Relish Her – Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. (Make every day with her a special day. One day, she will be here no longer! When she is gone, make sure that you have no regrets! I miss greatly mom and dad.) 5. Take Care of Her – John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (The last act of our Lord Jesus Christ was to make sure that mother was cared for in the best way possible. The disciple “whom he loved.”) Conclusion: Again, I want to wish each dear lady here this morning a very special Mother's Day. You deserve it!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20212 Peter 1:16-21 Introduction: A. The Importance of your Bible: 1. My Salvation depends upon it. My salvation cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 2. Sound Doctrine demands it. My doctrine cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 3. My Christian growth necessitates it. I cannot grow to spiritual maturity if my diet is flawed. 4. My Daily Walk counts on it. I cannot follow right if I am not sure of my path. B. There is much misinformation out there about who I am: Ignorant and Unlearned (I may give them the benefit of the doubt on this point); Cultic; Divisive; Following men instead of God. C. Why do I believe the Bible? Because what God says about the Bible in the Bible. THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT! 1. I am a Bible Believer! I am a Biblicist: one who completely relies upon the singular of Bible. What the Bible says is right and final. Plus nothing, minus nothing, and mixed with nothing. 2. What angered the “educated and wise crowd” of Jesus' day was that men who spoke the Word of God, for the most part, were ignorant and unlearned men who just believed God. Those who came to Christ, for the most part, were poor people who were rich in faith. D. This message is not about me, it is about you. I never want to cast a shadow of a doubt upon the Bible, this Authorized King James Bible. I want you to believe it, read it, live by it, and measure every man and his message by it. E. One of the most important parts of the pastor's work is to instill complete confidence in concerning your Bible. To do otherwise is both sinful and counterproductive to faith.F. Do not take my word alone for it, read what God said about the Word of God, your Bible. 1. God's' Word is Inspired by God! 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (Moved – to carry, to bring forth, to be driven. Verbal inspiration: every word; plenary inspiration: full from cover to cover.) 2. God's Word is Preserved by God! Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Preserve – to keep a monument, a watcher. This is a God Book, not a man book. The King James Bible is the Word of God.) 3. God's Word continues in its Preservation and Inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (Timothy had only 2 Original Manuscripts that I know of, 1 and 2 Timothy. All the Word of God that he had been brought up with—what he was taught, what he knew, what he believed, and what he personally taught were preserved copies, not original manuscripts. God called his copies “holy scriptures” and declared them to be “inspired.”) 4. God's Word is Necessary for our life. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (We cannot live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Why would Jesus make such a statement if we do not have it? “Proceedeth” because it was not completed at that time but today it is finished.) 5. God's Word is Unfailing. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here. Infallible! That is where I stand.) 6. God's Word is Very Pure. Psalms 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (No mixture of error. Inerrant! That is where I stand.) 7. God's Word is Protected. Three Sentinels in the Bible: Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (I fear that many preachers and teachers take these statements lightly. They add to and take away from the Word of God as their “bibles” change.) 8. God's Word is both Living and Abiding. 1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 9. God's Word is both Preserved and Sure for our generation.2 Peter 1:16-19 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Conclusion: I thank God for my Bible. It is one of a kind and there is not another for the English-speaking people. It will not confuse you and it will not fail you. You and I Must Have It! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Advocates say more subtle approaches and one-on-one engagement may actually do more to inform the unvaccinated without further dividing the faithful.
Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin asked the Vatican on Monday to remind Catholic politicians that they must not advocate for the killing of unborn babies in abortions. The Providence Journal reports Tobin, who leads the Diocese of Providence, responded to a recent letter from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to the U.S. […]
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