Monthly Archives: February 2012

Whatever Your Condition: Praying the Prayer of Faith (Part II)

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, [20 ] let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins (James 5:19-20).

Persecution, trials, anger—all of the struggles they were facing wore many down significantly. And some risked and actually did “wander from the truth.” How did they wander? It was a wandering in lifestyle. They had failed to establish their lives in truth—and if you fail in establishing yourself in truth, it will affect the rest of your life.

This is where we must guard ourselves and others in prayerfully helping them. I’m not speaking of judgmentalism where you are going around looking under every rock and pebble for sin and doctrinal wavering. It will all be clear in due course. But the moral wandering in our culture and in our churches is due to a fact that many have ‘wandered from the truth.’

But what a joy when someone “brings him back!” We all rejoice when someone is brought back. You may remember a time when you may have wandered, but someone lovingly but firmly came along and brought you back into the truth and into the fold!

My friends, don’t forsake or write off one who has wandered! Be that instrument of God to go in love and prayer to speak and demonstrate the love of Christ to them.

In Ezekiel 3:18, God tells His prophet, “When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” We are to speak the truth in love, warning everyone, Christian and non-Christian, with tears and not with cheer.

There was a church looking for a minister—a process that ARBC knows so well for it happened so recently. The way their process went was that two men would come in on two successive Sundays to preach. One pastor preached on the subject of hell. He preached with passion and conviction. They wondered what the next man would preach on the following Sunday.

That Sunday came, and wouldn’t you know, he preached on the exact same subject and the exact same Scripture. It didn’t look good for that man, following up in that first preacher’s shoes. But after consideration and prayer, they voted to bring the second pastor in. When asked why, the head of the search committee said, “That first man preached on hell with a gleam in his eye—the second man preached with tears in his.”

Do our hearts break for those who are hurting, suffering, weak, sick, in sin, and wandering from the truth? When we are in that condition, feeling far from God, to we draw near to Him through Christ? When others are in that condition, do we work to bring them and draw them near to Christ?

Be thou my shield and hiding place,
That, sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him thou hast died.

O wondrous love! To bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead thy gracious name.

Poor tempest-tossed soul, be still;
My promised grace receive;
I’ll work in thee both power and will;
Thou shalt in me believe.

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To Understand the Muslims’ Reaction in Afghanistan, You Must Understand This!

 

Joe Carter at The Gospel Coalition put up an exceedingly helpful article in understanding the Muslims’ reaction in Afghanistan to the burning of the Quran.  In fact, he concisely gives some background into what happened, along with an explanation.

Most helpful for Christians specifically and Americans in general is understanding the parallels of the Quran is for that in the Christian faith.  One Muslim scholar succinctly put it this way:

It is not a book in the ordinary sense, nor is it comparable to the Bible, either the Old or New Testaments. . . . If you want to compare it with anything in Christianity, you must compare it with Christ Himself . . . Christ was the expression of the Divine among men, the revelation of the Divine Will. That is what the Qur’an is.

In my opinion, our foreign policy must realize this: whereas for Americans, religion and politics are separate to varying degrees, for Muslims the socio-economic, religious, and political are all intertwined.  Our government in their quest for a solid foreign policy, along with well-informed ambassadors, need more in their braintrust who understand this all-important cog in the machine.  Americans may separate this, but those in Muslim countries do not. 

May God continue to raise up Christians who love Muslims enough to understand them and to minister to them.  If you wish to know more about this, R.C. Sproul and former Muslim Abdul Saleeb discuss the distinctions between the theologies of Islam and Christianity in a series called “The Cross and the Crescent”—eight 23-minute messages.  I purchased these during a recent $5 Friday they have each week—priceless!  These messages have been running this past week on Ligonier’s daily audio broadcast “Renewing Your Mind.”  Here is what’s been posted so far:

The ones coming up to finish out the week are:

  • The Necessity of the Atonement (February 29)
  • Christ: God & Man (March 1)
  • The Authenticity of Scripture (March 2)

Not all Muslims are terrorists—but it is important to go to the foundations of all Muslim groups and subgroups to understand their motivation.  That way, we can more clearly show them the way of Christ. 

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Joe Thorn’s Bearded Gospel Men Series

Joe Thorn has a very unique, keen gospel mind.  I don’t know who else would have considered putting together a series on ‘Bearded Gospel Men.’  I take that back—I believe Spurgeon spurned him on.  So, if Spurgeon believes it’s a manly habit, then . . . .

All kidding aside, this is an interesting series.  Check out the men he has been covering:

It’ll be worth tracking to see who else he covers. 

But if manly men have a beard, then I must be a moderate—sporting only the goatee.

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How to Listen to a Sermon (Ryken)

Phil Ryken gives some great pointers on how to listen to a sermon.  Worthwhile read!

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Whatever Your Condition: The Power of Faith in Prayer (Part I)

(To listen to this sermon in full, go here.  This was preached at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial, CO on Sunday, February 26, 2012.)

As we come to the end of this Epistle to James, we would do well to remember why this book was written to begin with. These were Jewish Christians who had dispersed and were facing persecution left and right. Temptations from the inside, trials from without—and James began with the notion of exhorting them to “count it joy, my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and compete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

This epistle is bookended by prayer. We have received warnings about the misuse of the tongue—quarreling, grumbling, and that the tongue is a fire, a restless evil, a poison, staining the whole body, directing all we do—set on fire by hell itself.

Look at the type of suffering that can happen to a Christian just from the book of James:

  • Trials and temptations (James 1:1-18);
  • Anger (v. 20-21)
  • Being on the wrong end of partiality (James 2:1-13)
  • Inability to control one’s tongue.
  • Quarrelling and divisiveness within the church.
  • Being defrauded by the rich.
  • Persecution for your faith.
  • Sickness

So, whatever your condition, send Him your petitions. (James 5:13-15).

Look with me at James 5:13-15:

13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Notice verses 13 and 14. He brings out three attitudes and conditions: suffering, cheerfulness, and sickness. And in all three areas, where does the Spirit tell us to run? To God! Back in James 4:7-8, James exhorts:

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Those dealing with trials on the outside and temptations from within, the primary solution is coming to God in prayer and praise.

Over this past week, it’s been interesting to talk to people who have rather backstories in regards to their testimonies. Some have been involved in eastern religions looking for spiritual peace; others have been involved with alcohol and drugs looking for a type of peace in that area. Some go to the mountains or were environmentalists, trying to find peace with their surroundings.

All of them have one thing in common: to escape! To get away from the sorrow and conviction of their soul, they look to empty their minds, numb their spirits, or get away from where they believe the issues lie. But we cannot get away from ourselves—nor can we get away from God.

Part and parcel of being a radical, dedicated follower of Christ is undergoing persecution and suffering. And it can come in many ways. We read in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 that faithful men were “afflicted and mistreated” in countless ways (Hebrews 11:32-38). And the more we speak up for Christ, the more we will suffer at the hands of the world and, even like Jeremiah, suffer emotionally and spiritually:

[7 ] O LORD, you have deceived me,

and I was deceived;

you are stronger than I,

and you have prevailed.

I have become a laughingstock all the day;

everyone mocks me.

[8 ] For whenever I speak, I cry out,

I shout, “Violence and destruction!”

For the word of the LORD has become for me

a reproach and derision all day long.

[9 ] If I say, “I will not mention him,

or speak any more in his name,”

there is in my heart as it were a burning fire

shut up in my bones,

and I am weary with holding it in,

and I cannot.

(Jeremiah 20:7-9 ESV)

What do you do when you are suffering? You pray! You ask for wisdom, having faith in the One you are petitioning (James 1:5-8). In Psalm 42: “Why so cast down, o my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:5). God is the only one who not only has the perspective above all that we have, but He is working everything in the world to an appointed end. By connecting with Him, He allows us through the Spirit to tap into that understanding.

Is anyone cheerful? If you are cheerful, what do you do? You glorify God for that situation as well. In what ways may someone be cheerful in the Lord? Remember how James said to “Count it joy when you are facing trials of various kinds?” (James 1:2). God may have blessed, God may have answered a prayer, God may have sent a trial your way—all things being worked together for good (Romans 8:28), knowing that our steadfastness is being worked out! You know that the victory is won (1 Corinthians 15:55-57; 1 John 5:4-5).

The result? “Let him sing praise!” We don’t praise to talk ourselves out of our situation, or praise Him in hopes of Him removing us from our situation. We praise Him because of the strength He provides in the midst of our situation!

Whatever your condition, make your confessions!

James now gets to this third question: Is anyone among you sick?

The word here is for those who are physically sick, to be sure. But it also allows for those who are under such mental anguish that it manifests itself physically. How often have I heard of spouses who, after a divorce or death, lose weight due to an inability to eat, or gain weight to try and salve that comfort? Emotional or mental stress and strain can show itself physically.

Sickness can come from sin. Look at verse 15-16: “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Our unconfessed sins show themselves. Look at Psalm 32:

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity.
And in whose spirit there is no conceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
My strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
And I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
And you forgave my sin.

There are three categories of ‘sin’ mentioned here.

  • Transgression: this literally means a ‘going away,’ or ‘departure—rebellion against God and his authority. Even what we deem the most insignificant act is not simply against ourselves or a person, but against God himself. Psalm 51: “Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.”
  • Sin: “falling short of a mark,” like an archer missing his target. Romans 3:23
  • Iniquity: a corruption, a twisting, a crookedness of our heart and spirit.

The Lord’s Supper narrative in 1 Corinthians 11 also says this:

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).

The broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who atoned for our sin and removed our guilt, justifying us by grace alone through faith alone must never be approached in a casual manner—either at the Table or in our lives!

Notice dear church how your brothers and sisters in Christ are a part of this process:

First, the leaders of the church are part of this process: “Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14b). If I may, there is a word here that every one of us would do well to hear. How often do we hear of people who are sick, but keep it to themselves? They are sick from anxiety, from spiritual or emotional distress about their standing before the Lord, or from countless other reasons. Some even go into the hospital for such issues—but tell no one. They only tell who has to know: their spouse, (maybe) their children, and their doctor (if they go). They don’t want to worry their pastor (he’s so busy as it is) or their small group (they have their own issues—I don’t want to put more on them)—so they keep it to themselves.

The reasons why so many fail to inform are (1) don’t want to be a bother, and (2) do not want the pity, or (3) they are ashamed!

If you are in this boat, consider these two things:

First, God did not create us to be alone, but in fellowship with one another. You will miss the benefits of that fellowship in how they may pray for you and apply the Word of God, through the anointing work of the Holy Spirit. The leaders of the church are the ones who are (or at least should be) the most mature. This is why Paul warns against those who are immature in the faith becoming a deacon or a pastor—they become full of themselves, their position, their authority. They do not handle their responsibility well. In fact, some who are immature in the faith and are leaders begin looking under every rock for sin—even when it’s not there. It’s not enough to be a pastor—they want to be Holy Spirit, Jr.

Secondly, you deprive your brothers and sisters in Christ the blessing of coming alongside and ministering. There is a blessing in being ministered unto and also ministering. Look at 5:16: “The effective prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

What does this mean? When sins are confessed and ones walk with the Lord is strong, what powerful prayers come forth!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together notes:

Confession in the presence of a brother is the profoundest kind of humiliation. It hurts, it cuts a man down, it is a dreadful blow to pride. To stand there before a brother as a sinner is a humiliation that is almost unbearable. In the confession of concrete sins the old man does a painful, shameful death before the eyes of a brother.

What does this look like for the church? In confessing your sins:

  • If it’s a private sin, find a mature brother/sister to confess it to.
  • If it’s a sin against that brother, go to that brother personally.
  • If it’s a sin against the body, go to the body.

It’s not helpful to bring private and personal matters before the assembly—go and find that accountability with someone else. Yes, it’s tough and humbling, but there will be strength in that obedience and confession and accountability.

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Do Not Aim at Sensation and Effect

“Do not aim at sensation and ‘effect’ [when preaching]. Flowing tears and streaming eyes, sobs and outcries, crowded after-meetings and all kinds of confusions may occur, and may be borne with as concomitants of genuine feeling; but pray do not plan their production.

“It very often happens that the converts that are born in excitement die when the excitement is over. They are like certain insects that are the product of an exceedingly warm day, and die when the sun goes down. Certain converts are like salamanders, in the fire; but they expire at a reasonable temperature. I delight not in religion which needs or creates a hot head. Give me the godliness which flourishes upon Calvary rather than upon Vesuvius . The utmost zeal for Christ is consistent common-sense and reason: raving, ranting, and fanaticism are products of another zeal which is not according to knowledge. We would prepare men for the chamber of communion, and not for the padded room at Bedlam. No one is more sorry than I that such a caution as this should be needful; but remembering the vagaries of certain revivalists, I cannot say less, and I might say a great deal more.”

(Charles Spurgeon, The Soul Winner, pp. 20-21)

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HYMN: Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before his feet,
For none can perish there.

Thy promise is my only plea;
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to thee,
And such, O Lord am I.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to thee for rest.

Be thou my shield and hiding place,
That, sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him thou hast died.

O wondrous love! To bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead thy gracious name.

Poor tempest-tossed soul, be still;
My promised grace receive;
I’ll work in thee both power and will;
Thou shalt in me believe.

(John Newton, 1779)

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Dear Christian, We Share the Spirit and His Fruit—Not the GSAs

Albert EinsteinDear Christian:

May we rejoice in the Savior and Lord who redeemed us by His grace and for His glory.  May we rejoice in Christ who has delivered us from our sins and our self.  May we rejoice that He has delivered us not just from our sins, but He has delivered us to Himself and His people.  What a glorious gift God has given us in his body, his bride, his church—through whom is found the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). 

As a part of this glorious body known as the church, He has bestowed to His Church His Spirit!  Our counselor, comforter, our Paraclete!  And by the Spirit, He grants His fruit:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

To each Christian, God has granted this fruit through their relationship with Christ.  To this we as the followers of Christ must work to help keep each other accountable in this area. 

But, dear brother and sister in Christ, while God has called each of us to demonstrate the Spirit in this way, we must not let this mindset bleed over into spiritual gifts!  How much division has been caused in the church when someone who has a spiritual gift that he/she becomes so passionate about—and then expects others to share that passion.  And if they do not?  A sense of spiritual superiority settles in to the spirit of that person.

We must read and heed what the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

Each of us as Christians demonstrate a panorama of gifts, service, and activities on the landscape of the Christian church.  We are all on the same team!  God apportions to each as He wills! 

So I would ask the Christian church to consider the following:

  • Rejoice in Christ who unifies us by His blood for the redemption of sins.
  • Prayerfully consider the area of gifting, service, and activities (GSAs) God has brought before you! 
  • Ask other trusted, mature brothers and sisters in Christ to share with you what they have noticed regarding these GSAs. 
  • In the absence of any sensing of what these GSAs are, don’t sit and wait from a flash from on high—get busy and see where God has you!
  • Work and function in the GSAs God has supplied you (see the picture above);
  • Don’t use your own personal GSAs as a filter by which to look at others.  We are called to help others be like Christ, not like us. 
  • Rejoice in the variety of GSAs God has brought into the church, so we can link arms with each other, strengthened as we advance the gospel with this variety!  We can do more together (read all the “one anothers”) than alone.

The picture at the beginning of this blog post speaks truth.  When we are functioning outside of our GSAs, we grow frustrated.  Often we have our own aims at what we think our GSAs are.  But it’s not our plans, but it’s about the Great Planner—the One who made us to begin with. 

So dear Christian, we share the same Spirit who bears the same fruit—but let us rejoice in our GSAs and in the GSAs of other brothers and sisters in Christ!

Blessings!

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Matthew 18 and Ad Fontes: Third Party Quoting, Its Hazards and Remedies

With the advent of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and all the Internet in general, everyone (including this blogger) has a voice. Through the professional looks that Blogger and WordPress provide, as well as the private space that Facebook gives its owner, numerous ideas (both truthful and not, helpful and not) pervade the marketplace in profusion.

In the midst of getting our views out and being a part of the broader conversation of any particular topic (especially that of a controversial topic), we run the risk of listening to a third party quote someone, then running with it in various directions.

Two Examples from My Own Life

The first example took place during my teenage years in the 1980’s.  Before the Internet (thank goodness), the way ideas progressed in the Christian world (especially amongst us Baptists) were by Christian television, books, and radio. Every event, every headline, every issue that arose in the Middle East that came down the pike had ultimate eschatological implications. Books would be written on these subjects, fly off the bookshelves, and most would be much ado about nothing.

And then sometimes it would get personal. On a particular radio program—a man who talked fast and thought everything that didn’t agree with his own personal philosophy was inherently wrong—called out a Christian artist of the day and claimed that he was a homosexual. Why? Because some third party said so, and he decided to pass it on. It wasn’t true. But I know then that in my zeal to be the doctrinal purifier and policeman of all things I deemed unbiblical and unholy, I would have taken to the Internet on my Facebook page and blog and would have gone hog-wild on this topic.

It turned out to be so ridiculously and, yes, wickedly untrue that this man was found to have said other untruths. Turns out that in his zeal to expose sin in others, he neglected sin in his own heart—gossip, slander, and libel. And the repercussions in my life? Everytime I hear this faithful Christian artist sing, I still remember that slanderous statement about him and have to do mental gymnastics to scrub that from my mind.

Example #2:  The second example took place during my freshman and sophomore years of college.  God had given me a new love and zeal for Christ, during which time He had called me into His service.  I could not get enough of the Bible, could not listen to enough Christian music, read enough Christian books, or quit telling others about Christ.  While this was OK, it was this last item that was over the top.

You see, in my zeal for everyone to know Christ, I became the moral and doctrinal police to everyone I worked with.  I was so obnoxious about it that instead of drawing people to Christ, I turned people off.  Now, I recognize that the gospel is offensive (1 Corinthians 1:18ff).  But there is a difference between the gospel being offensive and our personalities being offensive

And the hypocrisy of it all is that I spent so much time dealing with other people’s sins, looking under every rock and pebble for that, I seemed to be numb to my own sin that I refused to deal with.  It’s easier to look at other people’s sins than it is our own.  It’s also a gigantic sign of immaturity.  Zeal is a good thing!  Being obnoxious and calling it zeal is not only a misnomer, it is deceptive. 

Steps to Take

  1. Breathe: When you read something someone has said about someone else, especially in Christian circles, take a deep breath and wait. Before you press the ‘like’ or ‘share’ button to post it to your followers on Facebook or Twitter, wait! It may be five minutes, an hour, a day, or a week.
  2. Go all ‘ad fontes’ on that quote: Ad fontes is a Latin phrase that means, ‘to the sources.’ If the scenario of the headline of “So-and-so Did/Said This or That,” or if someone comes up to you and says, “So-and-so said/did this or that,” breathe (see #1), then find out for yourself. Does the person who said this person believes this or that really believe it? Don’t simply take someone’s word for it—investigate what that person actually said. Remember how the Bereans of Acts 17 were commended by Dr. Luke: “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Much division and heartache has been caused in the church by not taking the time to see if what others said that person said or did actually happened. Ministries have been annihilated, churches have split, lives have be ruined in many Christian’s overactive zeal to purify that which may not need purifying.
  3. Check your heart’s motives. Are we wanting people to be more like Christ, or more like us? Diotrephes in 3 John 8-9 was one who wanted to be first, and undermined those whom God called to be leaders of a church. We are called to be transformed into the image of Christ, not to be conformed to the pattern of this world. We are like the publican in Luke who desired to look at and deal with other people’s sins so justly, and forget that there must be the mercy factor. God has mercy on us as sinners! When we give the reason for the hope within us, we do so with “gentleness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15)—not wielding the holy hammer! One person once said, “People won’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
  4. Be careful not to spend so much time on what you’re against, that you neglect to tell people what you are for. By telling them what you are for, the opposite will be immediately evident. Christians spend a lot of time saying they are against abortion, homosexuality, pornography, etc. And the world gets what we are against. But do we build a relationship as Jesus did to spend time with them around their tables and in the marketplace to share what we are for? The Christian life is not about ‘doing without,’ it’s about glorying in what God has provided in Christ and all His riches (Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:31). A marriage grounded in Christ is the best thing around out of all the possible alternatives in that area. A life with a child God has given, even in the harshest of circumstances, is a gift from God and a blessing beyond measure! And having a church that is a safe place for people to learn and grow around a people given over to Christ who were once sinners outside of God’s grace (1 Corinthians 6:9-10—“and such were some of you”) is what is most needed in a world lost in the darkness of sin and self.

I write this ultimately as a reminder to myself. I am commanded to speak out against sin, but I am commanded also to speak for Christ who redeems us from sin. With compassion. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to “speak the truth in love.” Let’s make sure we’re speaking the truth in regards to what our brothers and sisters in Christ are saying—not just relying on third parties. Matthew 18:15-17 says for us to go to the person to find out where they are.

So go! Godly love breaks through self-imposed labels we place on others.

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Friday Funny: Victor Borge and Phonetic Punctuation

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