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29 May

Jesus also said that the end times would be like a woman in childbirth. It certainly seems like that since 9-11. We seem to be hit with more and increasingly intense fires, floods, droughts, snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornados. Now we face a major epidemic. That is clearly today. After 9-11, people flocked to the churches but soon, things returned to normal and church attendance dropped off and daily life returned to normal where people take no thought of God. Each time, the time of seeking God’s help has been weaker and for shorter periods of time. People are increasingly looking to the government for help and less to God.

 

Church Ministry-Q

29 May

While I look forward to the second coming of Christ, I do not dwell on it, because there are so many who will die before He comes and will never have another chance to accept Him. However, Jesus said we could tell His coming is near by the signs. He said that it would be like the days of Noah and people would be eating and drinking and taking no thought to their future. God takes up very little of people’s lives today. People go to church but when they leave, they take no thought of God. He has no part in their daily lives. Jesus said He would come like a thief in the night when we least expect Him. Sadly, many will not be ready when He comes and will be left behind.

 

Church Ministry-P

29 May

Having small neighborhood VBS sessions can attract neighborhood kids who can walk to the sessions and do not depend on parents. Children, not used to attending church may also be fearful of meeting a large number of kids they don’t know where a VBS in their neighborhood would include other kids they know. Many kids, bored with staying inside, are already going out to play with the kids in their neighborhood. The same goes for small groups. Many members live a long way from church and don’t feel comfortable inviting their neighbors and the neighbors, not used to attending large groups, and not knowing many people there. Will be reluctant to attend but would attend a small meeting of 8-10 of their neighbors.

 

Pentecost Sunday-A May 31

27 May

Many churches celebrate Pentecost, the second major celebration, on the 50th day after Passover (according to Jewish tradition) which is a Thursday but some churches start the count of 50 days with Easter and celebrate it on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The color is Red symbolizing the fire of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, there appeared tongues of fire over them Acts 2:1-6. Pentecost was a time when the Jews celebrated the giving of the Law to Moses and predicted when God would write His law in our hearts. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost fulfilled the prophecy as the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and dwells in us, teaching us God’s Law, and guiding us in doing all that God would have us do, helping us carry out God’s will. Pentecost occurs during the harvest of the first fruits and is considered the birth date of the church. It was fulfilled when many who witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit joined the church and became the first fruits of the Gospel.

 

Sanctity of Life-A-4-K

26 May

Liberals continue to push their agenda with no regard for the country or its people. Liberals have continually added funds for Planned Parenthood into the coronavirus bills to pad their pockets at taxpayer expense. Fortunately, conservatives have had the votes to block the funding. Planned Parenthood offices still collected a total of over 80 million dollars in funds from small business loans in spite of the fact that many of their offices continued to stay open claiming that killing babies was essential to fighting the epidemic. Not only did they use masks and other supplies vitally needed to fight the epidemic, several of their personnel became infected and infected some of the women who came to them for help due to inadequate safety measures. In addition, liberal governors continue requirements that doctors and nurses can be forced to perform abortions, even when it violates their beliefs in the sanctity of life, even though President Trump signed an executive order protecting doctors and nurses from being forced to perform abortions, ending the policy set by President Obama requiring them to do so.

 

Church Ministry-O

26 May

Many churches are canceling their Vacation Bible Schools this summer due to the epidemic, however many VBS sessions are already doing very little good. Since many churches are no longer in residential areas, parents must take their children to the sessions and pick them up, unless the church has a fleet of busses, which limits participation to those close to the church and whose parents don’t both work. While they often attract kids from other churches, as well as their own, they rarely attract any who have no church affiliation. While big meetings are not wise right now, small meetings may be allowed soon. Even after big group meetings are allowed, many parents may be afraid to send their kids due to fear of the virus. Having small neighborhood VBS sessions can attract neighborhood kids who can walk to the sessions and do not depend on parents. Children, not used to attending church may also be fearful of meeting a large number of kids they don’t know where a VBS in their neighborhood would include other kids they know. Many kids, bored with staying inside, are already going out to play with the kids in their neighborhood. The same goes for small groups. Many members live a long way from church and don’t feel comfortable inviting their neighbors and the neighbors, not used to attending large groups, and not knowing many people there. Will be reluctant to attend but would attend a small meeting of 8-10 of their neighbors.

 

Church Ministry-N

26 May

Many churches lost their fellowship a long time ago and haven’t realized it. Many members feel isolated and don’t feel a part of the group. In times of crisis like we currently face, the church has found strength in small groups even when it has lacked the pastors to minister to them. (See “Reviving the Church part B, The Family of God”) Many people are so changed by their encounter with God that we say they are “born again”. God wipes out their selfishness and fills them with his love, however, like a baby, they need to learn how to walk with Christ. That process is needed if they are to become Christlike like a disciple should be. The pastor can explain what it means from the pulpit, but it cannot be taught from the pulpit, and it cannot be taught through meeting for worship once a week. It requires the same interaction as training a child to walk or learn any other activity. They must be shown how to do it, practice doing it, get feedback, and finally master it. You can tell a child to love their brothers and sisters, but until they see someone living it out in everyday life, they cannot really understand what love is, and it is that way with Christians. (part C of “Reviving the Church”, “The Pastor in the 21st Century” deals with the changing roll of the pastor and part D “The Church in the 21st Century” deals with how the church can minister more effectively.

 

Voting-2-U

25 May

Our country has become extremely polarized because liberals talk about tolerance but only want tolerance for themselves. They exert no tolerance for beliefs other than their own. President Trump will probably be the Republican candidate and will continue to fight for life, liberty, the family, the rule of law, and the right to pursue happiness, but we have no idea yet who the Democratic candidate will be. Whoever it is will promote the party line of death (abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia “mercy killing”), Gay privileges (stripping women and girls of their right to safety and privacy, and breaking down the family), and abolishing the rule of law (ignoring laws they don’t agree with and making up laws that they can use to establish new rights for themselves and restrict the rights of others) in exchange for great financial benefits at tax payer expense. God says that He has set before us life and death, and He urges us to choose life. (Deu. 30:19)

 
 

Publications

25 May

New Release-The War on Poverty-Why We Can’t Win it?” President Johnson declared war on poverty and tremendous effort has been made to eradicate it, yet it is now worse than ever. Why can’t we win the war on poverty?
Now available on request.

 
 

Ascension Sunday Sunday-A

20 May

Ascension Sunday is the prelude to Pentecost when the church should be launching its summer evangelistic efforts. Before it starts, the church should be clear on it’s mission. After Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples, He appeared to them in Galilee-Matt. 28: 16-20 He gathered them and told them to go and make disciples of all nations. A disciple is a student who is training to follow his master. We are to seek the lost and lead them to the Lord. Once they receive Christ, we are to baptize them, symbolically illustrating their death and resurrection in Christ. Then we are to teach them to do all that Christ has commanded us. That involves active training, not the passive attendance which is common in many churches today. Every church board should open every meeting with the questions “What can we do to win souls?” and “What can we do to train our members to be better disciples?” Now is a good time to finalize plans for a summer campaign to reach those who do not know