OF THE SAME MIND
By lovingly seeking to have the same mind, We’ll find strife and conflict left behind.
Two Christian sisters in the Philippian church had a breakdown in their relationship. It appears that both were diligent workers in God’s kingdom, but somehow a rift had developed between them. This particular church that they were a part of was an unusual group. One member was a wealthy fabric merchant by the name of Lydia. One was a converted slave girl rescued from fortunetelling, and another was a Roman jailkeeper. We can easily visualize the enemy of the church using this situation to bring disunity, with differing opinions and perspectives.
How would Euodias, Syntyche, and the Philippian brotherhood be able to live harmoniously? The advice Paul gave in his epistle to the Philippians contains the solution to their struggles. It will work quite effectively in present-day churches as well. It begins in Philippians 2:4-4: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” It also includes the points found in today’s Scripture reading: rejoicing in the Lord (verse 4), practicing moderation – that is, forbearance of reasonableness (verse 5), offering prayer and supplication with thanksgiving (verse 6), and having the peace of God in our hearts and minds (verse 7).
In addition, our thought need to dwell on what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good repost, along with what is virtuous and praiseworthy (verse 8. We need to be content regardless of our circumstances (verse 11) and to depend on the grace of God to meet our needs (verse 23). If we are transformed by the poser of the Holy Spirit and are living by these Bible principles, we can be confident that our names are written in the Book of Life. By Joseph Kuepfer
Vice President Mike Pence’s Historic Knesset Speech – 1-22-18
Vice President Mike Pence made a historic speech at the Knesset this morning. Speaking to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s lawmakers, the Vice President honored Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary and 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
This was the first time in 10 years that a senior US Administration official addressed the Knesset since President George W. Bush spoke there to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008. The Vice President boldly spoke of the spiritual and political ties between Israel and the United States, and the common bond between our two countries created by people who treasured freedom and the faith of Abraham. He left no daylight between Israel and the United States, a marked change from the speeches we have heard from US officials during the last administration.
We were excited to hear President Donald Trump’s speech in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, and announced that the administration would begin making plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Today, the Vice President reaffirmed the decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem, and he announced that the Embassy would complete its move by the end of 2019.
The Vice President spoke of his hope that we have entered a new era of the peace process, and said the President believes it is possible to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel with the help of Arab leaders. Instead of chastising Israel for the lack of peace, as the previous President and his administration did many times, Vice President Pence affirmed Israel’s efforts to achieve peace and provide freedom for people of all faiths.
In addition, the Vice President strongly condemned the disastrous Iran Deal and stated that President Trump has decided that he will no longer certify this bad deal. Vice President Pence stated that, unless the deal is fixed, the US will withdraw and resume sanctions against the regime in Tehran. He promised that the US will not allow Iran to attain a nuclear weapon, under any circumstances. And he offered the hand of friendship to Iran’s people, telling them the US is not their enemy, and that when the day comes that the people of Iran throw off the oppression of their regime the United States will stand with them.
This historic speech by Vice President Pence marks a dramatic new day in American foreign policy. It also shows that CUFI has a perfect opportunity to seize the moment and work with Congress and the Trump Administration to achieve political victories that will protect Israel for decades to come.
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Jim Ricketts Memorial-Awana Benefit – 3-26-17
WHEN FAITH IS LOST TO SCIENCE
Her loss of faith is a familiar story. As writer Margaret Wheeler Johnson explains it, the personal integrity that religion instilled in her “made it impossible to maintain faith” in religion. A while back, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla made a similar disclosure; namely, the truth that led him to faith was the very thing that led him “out of faith.” Read more…
THE TRUTH ABOUT MOVIE RATINGS
What is the purpose of the rating system?
Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of films to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their young children and at what age. Ratings are assigned by a Board of parents who consider factors such as violence, sex, language, drug use and other adult activities and assign a rating they believe the majority of American parents would give a film. Read more…
HEAVEN’S HIGHWAY TO HAPPINESS
Multitudes are seeking happiness. But for many it is elusive and temporary at best. Is that because they are searching in the wrong places? Real, lasting happiness cannot be found in earthly riches or in abundant possessions. It is not found in prestige, popularity, or positions of power. Worldly entertainments and sinful pleasures do not truly satisfy but result in emptiness, turmoil, and remorse. Read more….
Seven Unbiblical Worldviews Too Many Christians Are Accepting
The Barna Group, in association with Summit Ministries, conducted a survey of practicing Christians to determine if Christians are influenced by false worldviews that oppose a biblical worldview. The results are shocking, and worrisome. Read more….
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO DARRELL WYKE – By David Cook
For too long, the Howard School’s football field has been nearly unplayable. “A dust bowl,” said coach John Starr. “We were playing football and dust was flying up.” Not anymore. Read more
You’re probably familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. It’s a passage of Scripture many believers (and even non-believers) know and recognize. But there’s a key part I think many people don’t understand. Let’s go through the prayer together, beginning in Matthew 6:9 (KJV) …Read more
TODAY – By Gary Miller
Today is unique. There is no other day more special than today. Sure, we enjoy the precious memories of days gone by, and as we grow older, we may even become a bit nostalgic about our childhood memories. But we have only today to do the deeds that will make memories tomorrow.
If we are visionaries….Read more
Let’s thank God for the wonderful rain!
God’s Power in Creation – By Lester Burkholder – click here
The 2016 election has revealed afresh a deep fissure—and a great opportunity. By Mark Galli/ November 10, 2016
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USE GOD-GIVEN GIFT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD – By Billy Graham – 9-13-16
Q: I heard a sermon the other day about how we ought to be using our God-given abilities to help others, but I don’t think I have any particular talents. I’m just an ordinary church member, and besides that I’m getting older and my health isn’t very good. — Mrs. E.M.
A: Don’t think that you’re useless in God’s eyes — because you’re not. Even if you aren’t aware of it, God has given you at least one spiritual gift or ability — just as he has every other believer.
And God wants you to discover your gift and use it for his glory. No, yours may not be as public as someone else’s gift; not everyone (for example) is called to become a preacher or teacher (although some are). But that doesn’t mean your gift is any less important in God’s eyes — because it isn’t. Some people, for example, have a God-given gift for encouraging others, or being kind or merciful, or giving wise advice to those who need it. The Bible says we “do not all have the same function. … We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:4,6).
I can’t help but think, for example, of the men and women I’ve known over the years to whom God had given a special gift of prayer. We’re all called to pray, of course — but some people have been given a special anointing by God to pray. Many I’ve known were older or even disabled — but our ministry would have been impossible without them.
Ask God to show you what gift he’s given you. Then commit it (and your whole life) to Jesus Christ, and seek to use it to help others. The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
CHURCH PROVIDES AID FOR FLOOD VICTIMS – The Associated Press – 8-22-16
WALKER, La. — Outside the small town of Walker, Louisiana, a rural Baptist church has become an oasis for flood victims.
As waters rose amid torrential rains earlier this month, National Guard rescue crews dropped people off at South Walker Baptist Church because it sits on a ridge of relatively high ground in Livingston Parish near Baton Rouge. Even as flooding has receded in recent days, the church — like many other places across hardhit south Louisiana — has continued providing sustenance for the body and soul.
It sheltered 96 people in the days after the storm, and Pastor Mark Carroll said the sanctuary is still a dormitory for more than 20 who lost their homes, including a man who had been living in his car until Saturday. It is also housing volunteers who have come to help people rebuild.
With a congregation of about 100 and with help from the community, the church is offering hot meals, running a pantry stocked by donations from around the U.S. and conducting prayer services.
“It’s been this entire community,” Carroll said by phone Sunday. “We couldn’t have done anything without everyone, and I mean just about everyone, pitching in.”
Obedience. It can be difficult and it can be unpopular, but it is undoubtedly the best way of life for believers. When we obey God, we demonstrate our love for Him and invite His blessings into our lives. Obedience is doing what God says, how He says it, and when He says to do it. Anything less is rebellion. Obedience or rebellion—with God there is no middle ground.
God has the power to turn evil into good – by Kevin Adams
Wanted: A body was found buried in the Egyptian sand. The murderer has fled to Midian and is on the loose. He is armed with a rod and can be considered armed and dangerous.
Wanted: A gang leader of the group known as “Thirty Mighty Men” is wanted for multiple charges…Read more
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