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Reflections

12 Nov

The pastor this morning, where my wife and I attended,  spoke on the passage about loving what God loves and hating what God hates. He spoke on how God hates sin because it hurts His children, just as you would hate anything that hurts your children. It got me to thinking about politics today. Liberals say Christians are full of hate. Unfortunately, too many congregations today ignore sin in their midst and even encourage it at times. The church needs to take a stand against sin. True Christians love their enemies, as well as their friends, just as God does. God loves the sinner but hates the sin.  Unfortunately many Christians have trouble loving their enemies.  Liberals on the other hand, hate those who don’t agree with them, whether they hurt them or not. You don’t have to say anything. If you don’t engage in their sin, they lash out at you because it means someone can chose not to and that makes them feel guilty because their conscience, whether they admit it or not, convicts them. There are only two ways that they can feel better, they can admit their guilt and take their punishment, which they don’t want to do, or they can accuse you of making them feel guilty and punish you, which they prefer. Don’t take it personally, its the only way they can deal with it. Just don’t let them get away with it. Laws are made to restrict sin and even liberals should not be above the law.

 

 
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Coming Advent Season

10 Nov

Children are beginning to think about Christmas as some stores are ramping up their Christmas advertising. Yet Christmas is more than getting presents.  Advent is a time when we begin to prepare our hearts for celebrating the coming of Christ so long ago and begins on December 2 this year. I have prepared an Advent booklet to help parents teach their children about Christmas. It includes pictures that go with the daily Scriptures that the kids can color, cut out, and glue to construction paper. The pictures can be hung on the Christmas tree or on cords strung around the room. It is an electronic file that I would be glad to E-mail to you free and can be printed off. E-mail me at neighborhoodministriesnwoh@gmail.com and use heading “Advent booklet”.

 
 

Eleventh Sunday of Kingdomtide-Nov 11

09 Nov

Mentoring-B-The Bible says that the older shall teach the younger for good reason. Industry seeks younger workers just out of school who have the latest knowledge and training because technology changes so quickly that what we know is quickly out of date and that is important in keeping companies competitive, however the church has been caught up in the trend and it is creating problems in the church. Many churches are beginning to seek young pastors and board members and ignore older ones, yet man, unlike technology, doesn’t change. Our social climate and how we react to it changes but man does not. Many young pastors are being educated by liberal colleges and seminaries who cater to liberal ideas. AS a result, many are leading their churches astray. In addition, the young pastors lack experience and the wisdom gained only through experience. It is like having children teaching classes to teach adults how to live. The church needs to heed the Bible and return to seeking experienced leadership.

 

Politics-A-V

08 Nov

With Democrats now controlling the House, they can block any further attempts to secure our borders at the national level. They have also threatened to tie up Congress with a lot of frivolous investigations to prevent investigations into the many crimes committed under President Obama. They thought they had the 2016 election sealed and Hillary would prevent any investigations, however with a Republican in the White House, the truth is coming out and Democrats are desperate to protect themselves. Democratic control of the House means that the Speaker of the House, who is third in line of succession, is now a Democrat. If something happens to both the President and the Vice-President, a Democrat will take over the White House without being elected. It is a scary thought with high ranking Democrats like Senator Waters, offering a reward to anyone who assassinates the President. There are plenty of people crazy enough to take them up on the offer.

 

 
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Politics-A-U

08 Nov

This election was upsetting but not a surprise, as divided as the country is. Many people I talk to are being swayed by misleading media reports and do not bother to seek the facts behind the issues. The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. By the same token, believing a lie can enslave you. Unfortunately, the media is not only very one-sided, it is also actively working to suppress the truth behind the issues. Few people today understand how crucial it is for voters to research those running for office. Planned Parenthood, Gay Rights organizations, and gun control organizations poured millions of dollars into this election, in support of liberal candidates who supported their causes. Several news media blocked conservative campaign ads further hampering conservative candidates. Liberals know that President Trump believes in the rule of law and will work through Congress rather than bypass Congress like President Obama did so they put more money into this campaign than they did trying to elect Hillary. With Congress blocked, it will be more important than ever to work through the States to get the necessary laws to defeat abortion and inroads Gays are making to break down the family, as well as  protecting our borders. At least, with a conservative President in office, States won’t face the bullying they did under President Obama to override the will of the voters. It is much better now having a President who threatens to withhold federal funds from States that break the law than President Obama who threatened to withhold federal funds from States that obeyed the law.

 

 

 
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Tenth Sunday of Kingdomtide-Nov 4

08 Nov

Ministry to members going through trials-B The minister must be free to concentrate extensive time to members going through trials (seriously ill or dying family member, job loss, financial crisis, etc). However, the pastor is often so tied up in administrative duties that he has little contact with members and is not aware of members who are going through trials. Most pastors don’t get to spend much time actually visiting and ministering to their members and even working full time, the pastor cannot adequately supervise and minister to a church of more than 150-200 members. Therefore it is important for the pastor to train members to assist him in ministry. Unfortunately, most pastors aren’t trained to do such work, even if they have time. Most schools training pastor provide extensive training in theology but little training in actually ministering to their people. Pastors need to get such training and begin training mature Christians in the congregation to assist them, because there is too much need for the pastor to be able to do it all himself. Some churches are hiring nurses and Social Workers as part of their pastoral staff to provide medical care and Social Services to their members. At the very least, the pastor should know the nurses and Social Workers in his congregation and consult them as needed. Jesus recognized that He would need to concentrate His efforts on training the twelve to take over when He left and pastors need to train lay leaders to help them carry on their ministry when the church becomes too large for them to do it adequately themselves, in the same way that Jesus chose the twelve. The best method is to have each lay leader oversee a small group that is like a family, who he nurtures and ministers to the members under the pastor’s supervision similar to how it was done in the early church. Such small group ministry is proving just as effective today as it was in the early church, however few churches utilize it.-(See “The Living Presence” in “Rebuilding the Kingdom” copyright 2012) x

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Politics-A-T

04 Nov

Liberals also say they care about Women-If liberals care about women, why do they promote abortion? It kills the baby and leaves many women emotionally and often physically scarred. Liberals fight any attempt to put restrictions on abortion to protect women such as requiring licensing and inspection of abortion facilities to verify that they meet minimum health standards. They also fight any ban on abortions for sex selection which results in many babies being aborted simply because they are girls, since boys are more valued in Asia. Liberals also push for men to be allowed to use women’s bathrooms  if they claim to be women, endangering women by allowing sexual predators to enter under the pretence that they are transgender. They also push for men to be allowed to compete in women’s sports if they claim to be women, giving them an advantage over biological women because of men’s superior strength. If they really cared about women, they would seek to protect women, not simply use them for profit and to get  women to vote for them. (for more information, see “Truly in the World But Not of it”)

 

 
 

Politics-A-S

04 Nov

Liberals say they care about immigrants-Everyone should realize that 3000 people in Guatemala wouldn’t suddenly wake up one morning and decide it was a beautiful day to go to the United States. They were recruited by liberal organizations   and promised assistance along the way and a new life in the United States,  yet the liberal organizations knew it was a long difficult journey and there was little chance of them getting into the United States. Even if they did get in, they wouldn’t be free because they would be constantly hiding so they wouldn’t get caught. The people were lied to and used by liberal organizations for the sole purpose of creating a political crisis in order to influence  the elections. The Democrats were losing control of the Hispanic vote and wanted to force President Trump into having to do something that would hurt the chances of Republican candidates in the upcoming election. Liberals don’t care anything about Hispanics, all they want to do is use Hispanics to gain votes. (for more information, see “Immigration-A Comprehensive Evaluation”)

 

 

Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide-Oct 28

02 Nov

Ministry to members going through trials-A The church needs to provide regular supervision of its members to enable it to recognize and minister to members in need. Church members are often so caught up in their own lives that they have little interaction with other members outside church and interaction in church is often superficial. Most members do not know other members well enough to know when they are going through trials. In addition, members do not know each other well enough to confide in other members when they are going through trials. The result is that most members feel isolated and alone in handling trials. They often feel defeated and do not experience victory over trials. As a result, their worship is merely show and no substance.

 

Voting-2-N

02 Nov

Jesus says “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s. and to God that which is God’s.” Yet the government has overstepped it’s bounds and tries to take that which is God’s. Government’s job is to protect us from foreign invasion and from domestic threat. Yet today, there are those in government who are not protecting us from domestic threat, they have become the public threat as they create division and strife between racial groups, between police and citizens, and between religious groups. Freedom of worship and such things as abortion, Gay rights, and other moral questions belong to God. People say that church should not meddle in politics but liberals have made everything political in order to shut the church out of the public  arena. It is time for the church to take back that which rightfully belongs to God. The church not only should discuss morals but will stand in judgment before God if it does not.  The Bible is very clear where it stands on moral issues and to deny the Bible is God’s Word is to deny God. That is dangerous in our current political atmosphere, but Christians in China and the Middle East face far greater threats and continue to live out their faith and preach the Gospel in love.