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Voting-2-R

14 Nov

Saul was a highly polished individual that had the bearing of a king, just as the people asked, but he led Israel astray and did as God predicted. Finally, God gave them what they needed. David was a shepherd boy and was far from polished. He was viewed by society similar to how we view garbage collectors. While there are some fine garbage collectors, society overall does not hold them up as potential kings and presidents. They, like shepherds, are viewed as uneducated and crude. David’s only claim to fame was taking out Goliath. He was a war hero. God looks at the inside while man looks at the outside but that can be deceiving. The Bible says that Satan appears as an angel of light but goes about like a roaring lion seeking who He can devour.

 
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Voting-2-Q

14 Nov

The upcoming elections will probably be the most important we have had in a long time. The lines are drawn and people are lining up, taking sides. On one side is President Trump who many view as crude and self-centered, but has fought to protect life and the family, and to reestablish the rule of law and the will of the American people through trying to reestablish the integrity of our election system. On the other side are highly polished politicians that promise to lavish the American people with all kinds of benefits from free health care to free college educations. However, God doesn’t look at the outside, He looks at the inside. When the Israelites demanded a king, God warned them that the king would take their goods and their children for his own benefit but they continued to demand a king so God gave them Saul.

 
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Twelfth Sunday of Kingdomtide-B

13 Nov

Small Group Ministry. Small group fellowships enable people to get to know each other and their needs and to learn how to minister to those needs as they watch more mature Christians ministering to those in need. As they learn to identify needs and how to minister to those in need in the small groups, they begin to see the needs of those outside the church and can begin to minister to them also, demonstrating the love of Christ to unbelievers. As unbelievers see the love of Christ, they begin to desire that love and are attracted to the small group. People are more willing to join a small group where they know the person that brought them then to walk into a large church where they don’t know anyone. As they get to know the members of the group, they are more willing to attend church since they know the people from their group

 

Twelfth Sunday of Kingdomtide-Nov 17-A

13 Nov

A Small group ministry-The days after Pentecost were days of learning what it meant to follow Christ in a community of believers as Christ would have them live. They ministered to each other like a family and shared their possessions with those in need. Our society values isolation and the church has fallen prey to it. As a result, many members do not have a close relationship with other members and don’t know them well enough to be open and honest, so little socialization occurs in large gatherings. Churches need to make a big effort to help members get to know each other. In the past, potluck suppers were a place where people got to know each other but few churches today organize social times. Many churches today that still have social times are going to catered meals and eating at restaurants but that is only available to those who can afford them and little socialization occurs. Therefore the church needs to organize small groups to help members get to know each other and learn to live like Christ would have them live. (See “Living Presence” in “Rebuilding the Kingdom”) for developing a small group ministry)

 

United Nations-G

11 Nov

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the United Nations International Criminal Court is considering prosecuting American soldiers for false war crimes related to the Afghanistan war. The UN has been hijacked by the Russian, Chinese, and Arab coalition that is threatening to prosecute Israel for trying to defend itself against the unprovoked attacks by the Palestinians. While Israel tries to neutralize the missile launchers that are firing the missiles, the Palestinians are firing indiscriminately at civilian homes, schools, and hospitals filled with civilians that have no military value. The United States is outnumbered because each country has one vote, in spite of the fact that the United States pays the vast majority of the United Nations budget. It is time to pull our money out of the UN and use the money to help people in third world countries.

 

Media-B-C

11 Nov

Censorship has been a growing problem experienced by conservatives willing to challenge the liberal propaganda. Facebook has been harassing conservatives that get too big a following. They have been limiting us because we are getting so many friend requests. While I understand they don’t want people soliciting requests, over 90% of our requests are from people who heard about us by word of mouth. We have been getting 20-30 new requests a day since May but Facebook has been limiting us to accepting a total of no more than 20 a day so we have built a large backlog of requests. Thursday night Facebook cut off new requests. We haven’t got any since then and we cannot access the backlogged ones to approve them. We don’t know if they won’t let people make requests or just are not notifying us that requests have been made. We are nowhere near the 5000 limit so that isn’t the problem. We don’t know how long

 
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Sanctity of Life-G-C

09 Nov

Liberals say it is the compassionate thing. However, there is a need for palliative care. Those who are terminally ill were once doped up to await the end, now they can get pain relief with consciousness so they can live out their life meaningfully. We need to kill the pain, not the person. Killing is the easy way out, fighting pain takes a prolonged struggle but it is worth it. Killing is cost effective but is cost the primary consideration when a person is terminal? Doctors who assist them threaten the moral integrity of the medical profession. Would you want a doctor treating you that will end the next person’s life. Will he consider you hopeless?

 

Sanctity of Life-G-B

09 Nov

Accepting Euthanasia is a Slippery slope. Safeguards are ineffective and often ignored. Accepting voluntary requests often leads to involuntary acts since outside pressure often prevails. It is often difficult to determine if someone a vegetable? People who were thought to be a vegetable in a permanent coma have woke up and said they heard everything but couldn’t respond. Some woke up years later and returned to leading a normal life. Dr Kovorkian started with those who were terminally ill and moved on to those who were only depressed. Some who they think are untreatable may find treatment. The desire for death doesn’t always mean they want help dying. They may feel death would be a release but not want to do it.

 

Sanctity of Life-G-A

09 Nov

Doctors in Canada euthanized a 61 year old man. The man was medically healthy but suffered from chronic depression. An Ontario court had recently struck down the requirement that the person have a terminal illness to be eligible for a medically induced death. The family was not informed of the fact until just before he was euthanized. When informed about it they begged doctors not to end his life, but they did anyway. Since chronic depression is often cyclical, there is no reason to believe that had he not been killed, the man would have changed his mind in a few days. Since socialized medicine rations health care based on whether the government board feels a life is worth the cost of the treatment, it apparently approved ending his life because they didn’t feel that it was worth the cost of continuing to treat him. Our attention is constantly on abortion, but we often forget other issues like assisted suicide and mercy killing. Assisted suicide is assisting someone who wishes to die, while mercy killing is taking the life of one who is terminally ill or suffering, with or without their request. Euthanasia means putting someone to death painlessly especially one who is in a hopeless condition.

 

Notes on publication-F

08 Nov

The Community in the 21st Century-Over the 50 years since I graduated from College, I have served as a pastor, social worker, and college instructor in sociology and have observed vast changes in our society which have had a big effect on the church, its members, and society as a whole. Since you can’t deal with a problem until you recognize it, this paper deals with the changes.
The Family of God-The changes we see in society are not new. The church has faced the breakdown of the family, the breakdown of society, and the breakdown of law and order several times before. Our high mobility and rapid communication have not changed the nature of the problem, they have only made them worse. This paper deals with how Jesus dealt with the problem and how the church has dealt with it since.
The pastor in the 21st Century-When the church is strong and society is highly supportive, very little is required of a pastor. Like a ship in calm water, all it needs is a hand to guide the rudder and a few to help with other things, but in a violent storm, the captain needs all the help he can get. The pastor of 50 years ago is no longer adequate.
There will be a fourth lecture, “The Church in the 21st Century” but since I already wrote a book covering a lot of it, (“Rebuilding the Kingdom” by Lulu Press), I am redoing the lecture to eliminate duplication and deal more with things I did not deal with fully in the book.