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Christian student expelled for beliefs

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s becoming a sad day in America when a student like this is expelled for her Christian beliefs.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/28/court-university-expel-student-opposes-homosexuality/?test=latestnews

-Mark (pray for this woman, her family, and everyone involved to come to Christ)

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A community of Christian Eskimos

April 16, 2009 1 comment

Recently, I watched a show about a village of Eskimos who hunted whales during a short, specific time which provided food for them for the entire year. It was an amazing show.

What amazed me more was that the show briefly mentioned the faith of these Eskimos was in Christ. The entire village worked together and was likely saved.

I thought, “Why don’t we see more communities in our area transformed by the powerful message of the Gospel?”

One hindrance is that our culture is not very “family-friendly.” These Eskimos spent lots of time together in families and extended families. Not just go to a baseball game time OR meet at holidays and eat turkey time but significant amounts of time each day together. In this way, they lived together and shared their faith in the context of REAL life.

Another reason that I believe this culture shared their faith was that they lived under desperate conditions which called for God. They had to trust God for the provision for food, for basic shelter from the cold weather, and the like. They suffered and lived in a sacrificial way to help others in their village. Everyone was important and needed in that community and they had to pull together.

I found myself longing to be an Eskimo – meaning that I long for the church to live in community like they did: sharing, caring, and loving each other in a sacrificial way – just like Jesus did!

But then, I thought: “I want that, Lord, but I don’t want the cold.” Do I really want to suffer and to totally depend upon God for everything? We really have so many things in our lives that make life comfortable. We are blessed in many ways but are these blessings helpful for depending upon Christ?

I’m still selfish and enjoy the comforts of life too much! “Lord, make me more like the Eskimos – even if that means I must suffer for your glory!”  Philippians 1:29 comes to mind: “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake…” – The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Php 1:29). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

-Mark (believing that God is calling us to be a covenant community for Christ and for His purposes!)

The Family T.R.A.N.S.F.O.R.M.E.D. began last night!

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

To God be the glory! What a great start we had last night!

Thanks to ALL of the volunteers who worked so hard the past few months preparing for this 12 week class that the Lord is going to use to TRANSFORM families!

The reason I believe God is going to work in this program is due to the biblical teaching that will transform the minds of those participating (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23). They will be renewed in their minds by the power of the Holy Spirit. This program is chocked full of Bible verses and principles that are LIFE-GIVING to everyone involved.

I was so encouraged at the grace God granted us last night!

-Mark (I’ve got faith in Christ – NOT in any program – though I know God will work through programs that honor Him at His Word!)

CURIOUS CASE: Benjamin Button

January 2, 2009 2 comments

Last night I had the opportunity to catch a movie with some fellow believers.  We watched the new Brad Pitt motion picture “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. I will preface what I am about to share with the fact that I am NOT a movie critic.  However, I am a Christian who tries to reconcile the things that my eyes see and ears hear through my God given Biblical Perspective.  The movie is centered around a young boy who is born old. As he grows, he actually is becoming younger.  Life in reverse.  As I left this morally lacking movie, I asked the Lord to give me something from the time invested s0 that I can look back on the experience in a positive light as a learning opportunity.

As I began thinking more about it,  it became clear that this movie exemplifies how hopeless we are without a Savior.  As we grow up, in Christ (EPH 4:15) He provides us with hope through the possession of an eternal perspective.  However, if we do not find Christ and grow in Him we only become more fixated on a hopeless world and the end which awaits all of us. 

I am thankful through a healthy diet of God’s Word,the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and God authoring my steps, He protects me from being drawn away, deceived or discouraged with the world’s lies regarding faith, hope & love….

Bottom line, the movie wasn’t enjoyable but the lesson from God was!

 

-Jason  (all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord….Romans 8:28)

Pretend you’re a biblical counselor…(part 2)

November 13, 2008 1 comment

So what did you do? Did you recommend the secular place that uses the 12 steps and psychological techniques? Or did you recommend the Christian place that uses the 12 steps and psychological techniques along with a smattering of Bible verses and a few biblical principles?

Well, this is a tough call for me.

My personal choice was NOT listed: send them to a PURELY biblical program in its approach. I only know of two of them in the entire U.S. – His Steps Ministries in Atlanta, GA, and Vision of Hope in Lafayette, IN. But this choice was not available so…

I would rather send someone to a SECULAR program by warning them that what they are about to enter is going to have some wrong, humanistic teachings that may “brain-wash” them with man-centered ideas IF they are not careful. Why would I pick a purely secular option? Because a so-called Christian program that teaches lies mixed with half-truths CONFUSES people and leads them to more problems. In addition, most people who go to a “Christian program” tend to trust it and its counselors as “experts” so they may believe the man-centered lies and half-truth deceptions without questioning them!

To me, it’s more dangerous to send someone to a false Christian program than to a secular program WITH the warning that the person MUST be careful at the secular place and when they get out, they MUST get involved with the nearest biblical counselor asap…however, the best case is to send the person to a purely biblical program that will deal with the sinful nature issues of addicts. Again, the only programs that I know of that are like that are His Steps Ministries in the (Woodstock) Atlanta, GA, area and Vision of Hope in Lafayette, IN.

-Mark (longing for a purely biblical approach to addiction – grateful to God that He led me to write about one in The Heart of Addiction)

P.S. Please understand, each individual case is different and this was simply a “fun” scenario to think through and to challenge us in our thinking! My answer is NOT “thus sayeth the Lord”!!!

Pretend you’re a biblical counselor…(part 1)

November 12, 2008 1 comment

What would you do in this situation? A mother calls you and is very upset that her son is on drugs. She asks you to recommend a drug treatment center that she can take him to for in-patient rehabilitation counseling. You only have 2 choices of places to send him to (see below):

Do you recommend a secular program that uses the 12 steps and psychological counseling ONLY – nothing from the Bible?

Or do you recommend a Christian program that uses the 12 steps and psychological counseling theories that are man-centered mixed with occasional smatterings of Bible verses and some biblical principles that are Christ-centered?

What would you do if these were your only two choices? Would it matter if the person were not a Christian?

-Mark (my answer to follow)

The Bible found in surprising places! (part 2)

September 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Watch tv for a week and write down every time you hear the word “sin” mentioned on any show! You likely will not hear that word at all during the entire week. Sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the word “sin” is deleted from the English dictionary one day in the distant future.

Recently, I did hear political analyst, Mr. Fred Barnes, on a political show say the word “sinful” which is a word I RARELY hear on tv and when I do, it’s wrongly used or joked about sarcastically.

It was shocking to hear on tv and the other political analysts laughed at him. It was NOT shocking to hear that word from Mr. Fred Barnes who is a committed Christian. In fact, I have attended a worship service with him and have heard him speak to a very solid congregation of biblical Christians!

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by politicians or tv personalities’ Christian comments?

-Mark (wishing our culture would begin to acknowledge God and His Word in the public arena)