May 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 1)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • What is Sin? (Daniel F. Cates)
  • The Christian’s View of Sin (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Types of Sin (Steven Akin)
  • The Effects of Sin (Todd Clippard)
  • Helping a Brother, Lost in Sin (Rob Whitacre)
  • Helping a Child, Lost in Sin (Carl McCann)
  • Hell: The Eternal Consequence of Sin (Ronnie Scherffius)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Remaining faithful through the “Bochim’s” of life

So it was, when the Angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept. Then they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there to the Lord.” (Judges 2:4-5)

The name Bochim (bo-keem’) means weeping, and in case you’ve never noticed, the children of Israel were well accustomed to shedding tears.

In the particular case mentioned above the children of Israel as a whole were on the verge of resting from war and enjoying the land that had been delivered into their hands. But this moment of great joy was preceded by a day of great pain. And for what reason? What were the words of the Lord’s Angel that had cut them so deeply? What was it that changed their shouts of triumph to shouts of grief? What led them to name a location as a reminder of their pain?

It was because they were told that their children would walk away from their God – from the God!

But despite the fact that their children would turn their sin hardened hearts away from the law and grace of God, give special note to what this generation of Israel did in the face of the dreadful news. They stayed near to the Lord with hearts wide open, refusing to sacrifice their faith for their family. In fact, they sacrificed to the God of Heaven and Earth – the God of their Hormah (devotion) and their Bochim (weeping). They remained faithful through this great time of weeping, this great “Bochim” moment of their life.

As I consider the lesson that this section of scripture contains I can’t help but think of the pain that still comes from watching a loved one walk away from God. It can be stifling. It can lead to a branding of certain days in our life as a “Bochim” that’s difficult to accept much less forget. But I believe whole-heartedly that the Lord understands. He knows the pain of loss! He acknowledges the difficulty that lies ahead. While living upon the Earth, the faithful will always face such hurtful faithlessness and we must be prepared for it.

As those who are closest to us make their own decisions concerning their relationship with God let us not forget that if we stay near to his side, if we remember the sacrifice that he offered for us, if we allow the Spirit of God to produce a faithfulness in our heart, soul, mind and strength that refuses to turn back, then God will take care of the tears that came from every “Bochim” moment in our life as we enjoy the privileges of the promised land.

Stay faithful to the Lord my brothers and sisters in Christ.

for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)

#faithfulness, #family, #parenting, #parenting-difficulties, #trials

They’re Only 15 Mr. President

The President of the United States of America has come out with his “very comfortable” approval of making the Plan B Contraceptive (“The Morning After Pill”) readily available as an over the counter option for 15 year-old-children without the consent or knowledge of their parents.

So Tylenol is too dangerous to take at school without letting someone else know about it but a pill that “prevents” a pregnancy is okay to keep on the down low?

My heart hurts for the lack of guidance, common sense and encouragement to grow up instead of growing old that the last few generations of young people have received from their elected governmental leaders, tax funded school administrators and doctors who have taken the hypocritic oath.

Parents have always had a difficult job of raising children, but in a time when so many influences openly work to undermine their parental authority (if they even try to use any) it is becoming increasingly difficult to reach adolescent hearts and minds on multiple levels.

Efforts addressing the over active promiscuity of America’s minors like the present one presented are a woeful approach to the problem that’s much akin to putting a band aid on a person who’s suffering from gangrene (or gonorrhea in this matter). Fifteen-year-old children should not, do not have the right, or at least they didn’t a few days ago, to do with their bodies as they sexually please.

When politicians begin to pander to the sexual reproduction rights of children and to the organizations of so-called “women” who have been demanding it, it only sadly reveals the spiritual heart troubles that our nation is dealing with due to our rotten diet of sowing and reaping to the flesh.

Cursed are those who give the name of good to evil, and of evil to what is good: who make light dark, and dark light: who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 – NKJV)

#children, #parenting, #parenting-difficulties, #plan-b-pill, #politics