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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Rev Earl Cook -  Preacher @ Victory Baptist Church  1-1-2011 He was still preaching when his eyes were dim and he was unable to stand. One of the most compassionate man I have ever known. He preached God's word ...
New Year Preaching - Part IV Every New Year IBCA allows our men and young men an opportunity to preach God's Word for 10-15 minutes over the first few Sunday evenings. 0:15 Bob Seitz ...
New Year Preaching - Part II Every New Year IBCA allows our men and young men an opportunity to preach God's Word for 10-15 minutes over the first few Sunday evenings. 0:15 Boaz ...
New Year Preaching - Part I Every New Year IBCA allows our men and young men an opportunity to preach God's Word for 10-15 minutes over the first few Sunday evenings. 0:15 Michael ...
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Yes, many Jewish men had (illegally, according to Moses’ Law) married women of heathen descent, people who worshipped false gods at that! And Ezra and his co-leaders felt they (the erring men) were diluting, compromising, hindering the spiritual progress of the whole (albeit little) nation! Living in disobedience, later Jesus would have called it living in […]
Today's category: Men vs. WomenWhatever You Want There were 3 men who died and before God would let them into heaven, he gave them a chance to come back as anything they wanted. The first guy said " I want to come back as myself, but 100 times smarter. So God made him 100 times smarter. The second guy said "I want to be better than that guy, make me 1000 times smarter. So God made him 1000 times smarter. The last guy decided he would be the best. So he said "God, make me better than both of them, make me 1,000,000 times smarter. So God made him a woman!View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Andrew Sullivan wrote a lengthy and illuminating piece recently digging deeper into the opioid crisis, in part by examining the attraction of the drug itself. One interesting aspect of the article was his observation about why opioids have been such a draw through the ages—they help us escape from pain, from reality. As Sullivan notes, if we simply attack the symptoms on the surface, we are missing a “deeper American story. It is a story of pain and the search for an end to it.”For millennia, humans have searched for answers to life and the difficulty it brings. Some of these answers have involved God, and others have not. It is certainly clear that right now, America’s families have been hit hard by the opioid crisis.Yet while we need to go to God, we often don’t, and we reject his advances. Like God trying to rescue us, the police officers trying to rescue the addict by administering antidotes “are hated,” for “[t]hey ruined the high.”Marx’s claim that religion is the “opiate of the people” is old-hat. As Sullivan points out: “Opiates are now the religion of the people.”We must go to God in our pain, not try to escape it by our own means—whether through opioids or otherwise. It must be said that prescription opioids (along with other pain management tools) can be used properly (like for the alleviation of chronic severe pain) alongside going to God in our pain.Near the end of the piece, Sullivan again observes:To see this epidemic as simply a pharmaceutical or chemically addictive problem is to miss something: the despair that currently makes so many want to fly away. Opioids are just one of the ways Americans are trying to cope with an inhuman new world where everything is flat, where communication is virtual, and where those core elements of human happiness — faith, family, community — seem to elude so many. Until we resolve these deeper social, cultural, and psychological problems, until we discover a new meaning or reimagine our old religion or reinvent our way of life, the poppy will flourish.Indeed, in searching for “new meaning,” I believe Sullivan is yearning for God here, and I would point him toward the Good News: Though we have all strayed from and are separated from God (and part of this separation is pain), Jesus has paid the price for us to be restored to God. We just must accept him, choose to follow him, and submit our lives to him. This restoration then becomes our new eternal reality, even if we don’t see all its benefits immediately.Sullivan continues:We have seen this story before — in America and elsewhere. The allure of opiates’ joys are filling a hole in the human heart and soul today as they have since the dawn of civilization.I would agree with this diagnosis, but only add that the medicine involves a spiritual element, most specifically the Good News discussed above. This is something Billy Graham, who recently passed away, would want us to remember. While the issue in all its facets is undoubtedly complex, it is clear that we must not neglect the spiritual aspect of the cure.We as a nation need God, and need him publicly. Graham’s recent passing also reminds us of that. Let us remind ourselves again, and let us not forget it.
I Chronicles 20:6 And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant. 7 But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David's brother slew him. David's nephew takes out another giant. This man of great stature mocks God and Israel just like Goliath had done. He thinks that he is safe because of his enormous physical size. He openly and freely mocked Israel. David's nephew wouldn't stand for that. He had seen or at least heard of his uncle taking care of another giant that defied God. He wanted in on the excitement. When David killed Goliath, there were no giant killers in the land. All would have quaked in fear, but once one stood up and had victory, then others believed that they could as well. David had indirectly inspired his nephew and others. Killing a giant wasn't near as big a deal by this time in Israel's history. What are you inspiring people to do? How is your life affecting the lives of others? […]
Link: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/the-death-of-deathFormat: Web PageTopic(s): DeathKingdom of GodKingdom of GodAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): S M Baugh
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