Christian Post columnist, Dr. Tony Beam, reports that “the Federal Government sees business in America as a target rich environment ripe for takeover.”
If it succeeds, the State could stop the preaching of the gospel and force private church-run schools to abandon Christian principles in hiring, plus change the way these schools hold students accountable to Scriptural principles.
Brethren, if this happens, our freedom of religion, i.e., to worship as the New Testament directs, will be in grave danger.
When I first saw today’s nudge, I immediately thought of the old Clint Eastwood movie, “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.”
Stephen has pretty well summed up my thoughts on the subject of the good and bad of work. The most difficult part of a work environment (the ugly), is not the work itself, but the people with whom we work. For example, it’s very difficult to get along with a boss or co-worker who is a perfectionist, or one who has a bipolar disorder (I worked with one for two years), so there is a lot of forbearance, longsuffering, and forgiveness that must take place in the work environment (Colossians 3:12-13). It’s not an easy task in working with some folks, thus the need for much prayer, not only for ourselves, but for those with whom we work (Romans 12:12).
Signs of the end?
Every day, it seems, after Haiti and Chile, there’s more news about earthquakes around the world, in China, Utah, coming to a fault near you. There’s talk about what all these quakes, and now volcano eruptions, mean. So what about these tremors and belchings of the planet? Do they portend some future disaster? Are they reactions to man’s predations? Divine warnings? Signs of the end?
And what to do? Just watch it all happen? If we should help, what should we do? Any prevention measures for when it’s our turn? Should we all move to Brazil, the land of no quakes, volcanoes, hurricanes or tornadoes? Your perspective is what we want to hear today, and if you have a verse of Scripture with it, all the better.
A good tremor around these parts: my new book is at the printer and we’ve launched a prepub offer to those who want to guarantee their copy. News is here.
Yesterday’s sermon centered around the fact that many of our problems can cause a hardened conscience (Hebrews 3:7-12), or a conscience that is “past feeling” (Ephesians 4:17-19), or a conscience that has been “seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
Some of our problems can be caused by living in an environment where good and right or not promoted (note the contrast of Eli and his sons in 1 Samuel 2 and Timothy’s good influence received from his grandmother and mother (2 Timothy 1:1-5).
Other problems are caused when we associate ourselves with people who are bent on doing evil things (1 Corinthians 15:33). The principle of influence is found in 1 Corinthians 5:6-7; cf. Gal. 5:9; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18.
Thank the Lord, that we can alleviate these problems, by turning our lives around (Acts 17:30-31), and rendering obedience to the soul-saving power of the gospel (Romans 6:16-18; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18).