“I replied to the king, ‘O king, live forever! Why would I not appear dejected when the city with the graves of my ancestors lies desolate and its gates destroyed by fire?'”
The Jewish cupbearer heard of Jerusalem’s condition and wept. He could not keep his sadness concealed from the pagan king, even at the risk of royal displeasure.
How does news about departures from the faith and congregational troubles affect us? Do we feel the connectedness of our being a part of God’s family?
#sadness #news #VOTD
Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.
Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.
Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).
Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!
As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).
Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.
The Bible stories about the first man and creation are not true, according to a new investigation. Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!
How many times must the same headline be printed?
Headlines will come and go and the world will continue to turn, upheld by the power of Christ’s word, and people will continue to make a decision as to whether or not they choose to accept or reject Jesus and the book written about him.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV)
No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.
But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!
“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)
Much like the time Pilate and Herod became agreeable due to their dismissive ambiguity (and by that I mean their lack of interest in the repentance, righteousness and truth of the gospel) toward Jesus (Luke 23:4-12), right has the weird ability to make friends out of wrong.
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You may have heard about Kathy Griffin’s photo by now – you know, the one she thought would make people laugh by holding a decapitated and blood-covered head (or mask) made to look like the current President. This is the same woman who used an expletive aimed directly at Jesus after winning an award a few years back too. She’s a model of the true leftist agenda … preach tolerance but retain none for anyone you disagree with (the photographer of the image has offered no apologies).
Now, the irony of the latest situation Ms. Griffin placed her self in is that somehow she views herself as the victim!
Politics is politics for sure, but make no mistake – when politics takes aim at true morality under the guise of tolerance, the motivation is a lack tolerance for the said morality every time.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)“
Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.
Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!
Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.
“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)