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Church Ministry-3-A

24 Apr

I went to the recycling center today. (My wife and I recycle about anything we can, which is about half what we throw out-paper, plastic, cardboard, metal, and glass) and noticed the bin where people throw old books to be recycled. It had about 2 dozen or so Worship books, most looked practically new and unused. I know a lot of churches that would love to have those books. I get requests all the time but we have no funds to purchase them. I list an organization in the resource page of my website that collects old Bibles, Sunday School materials, and other Christian books and magazines and ships them overseas in big shipping containers to be distributed to churches and schools. Our church usually has a collection once a year and someone takes them up to the collection center. Yet few people I talk to know about it. Inner city churches could also use those materials.

 

Politics-the Courts-Q

21 Apr

A Federal judge just ruled that an Indiana law banning abortions due to a possibility of a disability is unconstitutional. It shows how twisted liberal thinking is. The court said it violates the Constitution which bans discrimination. In other words, the judge stated that the rule banning discrimination allows the women to discriminate against a baby who might (or might not) have a disability. Could the judge mean it discriminates because it only bans abortions for babies with possible disabilities and not all abortions, I don’t think so. The only reason for the ruling is that the judge didn’t want any restrictions on abortion. A second problem involves jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over State law unless it crosses State lines which this one didn’t. To argue that women from other States might come for abortions doesn’t cut it. Trucks carrying interstate commerce can be regulated by the State within its borders. The Constitution says anything not delegated to the Federal government is delegated to the States. The only way the Supreme Court would have jurisdiction is if there was a question with how the law was enacted, not the law itself, and there is no apparent dispute about that here.

 
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Third Sunday of Eastertide-April 21

21 Apr

One of the most important ways to find what our gifts are is to experiment in different areas of the church to find what we enjoy doing and do well. This is one of the most neglected areas of the church today. Most churches are run by a small group of people who have always done that. While they complain that no one wants to work, they give very little opportunity for new people to become involved. The church must provide opportunities for members to become involved in various areas of the church so they can find their interests and talents. One way is through a requirement that limits everyone to two three-year terms and requires everyone to take a sabbatical every seventh year. This enables new people to become involved and gives members time to shop around to see if there are other areas that might interest them. There are also interest surveys. There are a number on line that help you select careers which will give you an idea of areas you like to work in. I have written a booklet, “The Important I” which helps with determining what would be a good career, but also outlines areas in the church and community for volunteer work. It can be uptained by E-mailing me at whitefmly2@aol.com and put “booklet” as the topic.

 

Voting-3-B

21 Apr

As the primaries start for the upcoming elections, it is especially vital that voters pay close attention to the primaries this year. With the narrow margin that President Trump has, he is having a difficult time getting things passed. He has accomplished a great deal but a lot remains. Some liberal Republicans are supporting Democratic opposition to President Trump’s attempts to undo the damage former President Obama did. If voters don’t elect a conservative candidate in the primary, they will have a choice between two liberals and have no choice but to vote in a liberal or not vote. To not vote is to help the liberal candidates win. In the Alabama election, many Republicans didn’t vote while others wrote in another Republican candidate. Both helped the Democratic candidate win. The margin was so little that if the Republicans who didn’t vote had voted for Moore, he would have won. Some wrote in an alternate Republican candidate but if they had all voted for Moore, he still would have won, even without the votes of those who didn’t vote. Write-in candidates rarely ever win unless they are very popular, run an aggressive campaign, and face an unpopular opponent but none of them were true of the write-in candidate in the Alabama race.

 

 
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Voting-3-A

21 Apr

Many people ignore the primary elections as unimportant. If we do not elect the right people in the primaries, we will not have anyone good to vote for in the regular election. Republicans vote in the primaries for the person to represent them in the regular election and the Democrats do the same. This year will be crucial for our country. Unless we vote in Congressmen that will protect the Constitution, marriage, and unborn babies, this nation will slide into a Socialist dictatorship. Only the election of a Republican majority in 2014 prevented President Obama from carrying out his determination to establish a Socialist government before he left office. Some Republican candidates are pro-life, some aren’t, some support the Constitution and some don’t. If a pro-life, pro-Constitution candidate is not elected in the primaries, the choice in November will be between two pro-abortion liberal candidates because the Democrats have made it clear they will not field any candidate that is not pro-abortion and who will not work to establish a Socialist government in the U.S.

 

 
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Previous Posts

19 Apr

From time to time people want to access old files without going back through all the postings. As a result, I placed a link at the bottom of each posting with a link to previous postings on that topic. Simply click on the link to access past postings on that topic. To access topics I have not dealt with recently, I posted a series of eleven postings under “Previous Posts”. You can view the whole list by simply clicking on the “previous post” tab at the bottom of this page.  Each page lists several topics and has links to those topics. Simply view the list, select a topic, and click on the link at the bottom of that post to access previous posts on that topic.

I will post periodic links to the “previous posts” series like this one for your convenience

 

Second Sunday of Eastertide-April 15

13 Apr

 Wait and Seek-(Luke 24:49) Jesus rose from the dead and He revealed Himself to the disciples. I am sure they wanted to rush right out and tell everyone, but Jesus told them to wait until they received the power from the Holy Spirit. Just as Lent is a time where we purify ourselves to receive Christ. Eastertide is a time when we should begin to seek God’s purpose for our life and begin preparing to serve Christ. Lent involves seeking to remove anything from our life that would hinder our service and Eastertide involves finding where Christ would have us to serve. As a result, during Eastertide, we should seek to discover our gifts and how Christ would have us use them to further His kingdom.

 

Spiritual Aspects-B

13 Apr

I am often amazed at how many people, even Christians, believe that the government can save this country and the world, and how resistant those people are to listening to facts. The Bible tells us that we should be always vigilant because Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking who he will devour (I Peter 5:8) and that there will arise false prophets who will do many great things so that they might deceive even the elect if possible (Matt. 24:24). Many people, including many Christians believe that government can solve our problems, yet attacking problems without eliminating the cause is a waste of time and money. Liberals propose all kinds of solutions which they say will solve our problems but of course, they will benefit them in the process. While liberals pretend their ideas are based on facts, they reject any facts that don’t support their theories. That is a sure fire way to fail. Christians however, seek guidance from the One who created us and knows how we function. We study the consequences that result from actions to determine those that will do the most good, for the most people. We may not always get it right but if we see it causing problems, we correct our approach. Liberals seem bent on pursuing their course regardless of how much damage it causes, believing it will eventually work out, but it never does, because they attack the symptoms, not the root cause.

 

Spiritual Aspects-A

13 Apr

Many people today fail to realize that social problems often have spiritual aspects, whether the person has a religious background or not. The spiritual problems either cause the physical problems or the spiritual problems develop from the physical need. Formerly most Social Work was carried out through churches and church based agencies who analyzed the needs and ministered to both physical needs and spiritual needs. Now the government has taken over ministering to physical needs and many Social Workers are not from a church background and do not recognize the spiritual aspects of the problem. They meet the physical needs but leave the spiritual needs unmet. As a result, the physical problem is either not solved, or if solved, soon returns, which proves frustrating for the Social Worker. It is like pumping air into a flat tire without pluging the leak that caused it. Depending on how fast you pump in air and how fast it leaks out, you will either never get it blown up or if you do, it will deflate again once you stop pumping air into it. As a result, our social problems have only gotten worse and we are getting to where it is too costly to keep pumping money into solving them. Since the war on poverty began, the government has pumped enough money in it to provide every man, woman, and child in America with a decent living, yet the problem is worse today then when we started. We definitely need a new approach.

 

First Sunday of Eastertide-April 8

08 Apr

Our mission– Jesus appeared to His disciples in Galilee-Matt. 28: 16-20 After Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples, He gathered His disciples and told them to go and make disciples of all nations. The church should be clear on it’s mission. 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 Christ.