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We have a softening society, one that seems more feminine and less firm and reliable with each passing day. We have bought into the importance of self-esteem, that happiness is essential, and that every man should get in touch with his inner child...or inner female. How's that workin'?
Not surprisingly, while the Bible challenges all men to be sensitive to women and children, it also STRONGLY admonishes them to be neither women nor children.
In this time when "feelings" seem to matter so much, the timeless truth is roles matter so much more. For those who want to see truth prosper and prevail, there is a clear edict, and that from the Most High: Play the Man.
2 Tim. 2:19-22 says:
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
We can only be sanctified as vessels of honor when we are delivered from our fleshly lusts and desires. The Lord is able to deliver us, but we need to be honest with Him and ourselves.
Please join us in the study of God's word.
We need personal honesty, and a lessening of fear, if anything we do will have any chance of pleasing God.
Dave discusses some of the recent controversy at Clemson University involving an atheist group playing the overused and mis-applied "proseletyzing" card. It all boils down to atheists wanting their religion, "the religion of atheism" to win the day, rather than their faux nobility to see that religion is separated from the state. We'll also challenge the atheist to put their evidence on the table to support their worldview and not to blindly rely on atheist preachers. Dave will answer some listener e-mail and wrap things up with a look at the box office. Thanks and God Bless.
Among many human failings the saint of God must overcome is knowiing what is, and what is not, his concern.
It is easy for a man to want to know what God requires of others or, worse yet, to believe he knows and to the point that he believes he should regulate the behavior of his fellow saints.
The truth is somewhat different. While God establishes men as examples for others, no man truly has charge of another. All answer to God...and the questions he answers to the Almighty are rarely anyone else's business.
We are looking at situations, around the globe, which are very disturbing, with many, if not most, of them occurring in very close proximity. These are, whether positively or negatively, exciting times.
Of course, there were warnings regarding this, that before things would ultimately turn out for redemption there would be "birth pangs" preceding the revelation of God's sons.
What I do not know is whether this time will prove different than the many other times that there were "wars and rumors of wars"; there was no catching away of the church at that time, neither did Christ return...though He has promised that He will.
What I do know, from scripture, are those things of which we should be aware, and the manner of persons we should be, at all times, and especially if this is the time of redemption.
This is very straightforward.
Since Adam's fall, trouble and suffering became, and does remain the human norm.
The trouble comes when people believe the same God who brought suffering to the human condition has a grand plan to remove it, for anyone, during their time under the sun.
Pharell Williams has earned retirement money, enough perhaps to support a small city, via a song, in which he encourages people to, "Clap Along, if you feel that Happiness is the truth..." and there is no harm in that.
However, and while the majority of people want and seek happiness, it is difficult to find much suport for the idea that God has much concern for His people's, or anyone's, happiness.
Very few people understand the concepts of heavenly joy and glory, seeing as they can only be grasped by faith, and are rarely experienced in this life; they are part of the promise regarding the life to come. Until then, man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
If you know the nature of people, and the condition of the world in which they live, it is not difficult to understand why God asks few, if any, people to "Clap Along, if you know what Happiness is to you..." Neither is it difficult to understand that, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
The primary thing you want to communicate leaders is how to lead. Relentless focus on the objectives to be achieved is why you have leaders.
Unfortunately, that focus is no longer sharp, because we have sought leaders where God would not have us look, and asked leaders to be attentive to matters of secondary importance.
Unless and until that changes, growing and sustaining the church of Jesus Chrst will be an increasingly difficult task.
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