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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting- Asking a question we don’t want the answer to…

Posted by Gary on December 18, 2012

The news from the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting has horrified and saddened an entire nation and has left virtually everyone asking “why” or “how” such a terrible thing could happen.

It would be good for us to know that there is a moral obligation that comes when asking certain questions. I don’t mean a question like “What is the price of tea in China?” but when we individually or as a nation ask how someone can enter a school and kill 26 people including many young children we have obligated ourselves morally in the asking. To what are we morally bound? To honestly want the answer. To ask this question and really not want the truthful answer is not only cruel, but is an evil itself for the matter is too important and serious to inquire into and then refuse the truthful answer. Lives are in the balance as we seek the answer. How tragic, how evil it would be to have the real answer to this question available and to pretend to want it but to then refuse the answer when it comes.

If it isn’t clear where this is all heading, let me state it plainly… I am convinced that though America is repeatedly asking why Adam Lanza would murder as he did, I do not believe we want the answer. I’ll wait for the shock and horror to die down as I imagine some will think this a terrible assertion and untimely. But I sincerely, emphatically, believe that we do not really want to know why Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School because the answer is spiritual in nature, involves God and ultimately, you and me.

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God, working and eating-our politician’s convenient use of God…

Posted by Gary on December 1, 2012

2 Thessalonians 3:7-11 “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.”

imageDuring the last election cycle as it has been many times before, God was claimed, summoned and represented by our political parties and politicians. It would appear as you listen to many politicians that God’s only concern is to feed the poor. That God cares for the poor is undeniable and we are grateful for a God who cares about those in need. But does nothing else matter to God? Is this all we can find to say about Him?

Delaware’s own Senator Chris Coon’s wrote an article about God and the political parties shortly after his party’s convention and the stir that was caused over the Democrats dropped reference to God in the party platform. (We would be unfair if we did not make note of the fact that Democrats graciously reinstated God in the party platform). In the article Coons says:

“What matters more than whether in the party’s platform the word “faith” was followed by the phrase “in God” was whether the values reflected in the platform showed an intention to honor God’s call to us for action that shows His preference for the poor, His demands that we care for each other as neighbors and work to heal the sick, feed the hungry and protect those in need.

The Democratic platform fully embraces those values, but they are hard to find in the Republican platform.

Psalm 72 teaches us that to defend the cause of the poor and to give deliverance to the needy is one of our highest callings — a call that is repeated throughout books of the Torah and the New Testament. To reject the great tradition of a circle of protection defies God’s will and undermines America’s values.”

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Our approach to teen sex-love the sex, hate the baby…

Posted by Gary on November 26, 2012

“Pediatricians treating teenaged girls should consider writing just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill,  the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Monday.” (from NBC News)

Today we read that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenage girls be given an emergency prescription by their doctors for the “morning after pill”.

America increasingly encourages teen, unmarried sex with of course, the way to eliminate the children who are often conceived from the sex teens partake in. Sex is good, babies are bad. Yes young teen, you have a right to have sex, even if someone has to die in the process.

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President Obama, America, you, me, take note…

Posted by Gary on November 24, 2012

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni confesses his nation’s sins. Read it here.

If America has a hope it will only come about by her people and leaders repenting of our sins. Will we? Will I? Will you? Yes, you.

The diagnosis and cure…

Posted by Gary on November 22, 2012

Revelation 3:17-19 “Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”

Modern evangelicals in our culture have gotten money, power, and influence, and it has been like giving whiskey to a two-year-old. But the need of the hour is theological, not political. The arena is the pulpit and the (Lord’s) table, not the legislative chamber. The message is Christ crucified and risen for His chosen sinners and now acknowledged Lord of all. This risen and conquering Christ is the Head of the Church. Before we are equipped to proclaim His lordship to the inhabitants of all the earth, we must live as though we believed it in the Church

We must therefore study the Scriptures and reform our doctrines and beliefs according to the Scriptures. We must then pray, seeking reformation and doctrinal renewal from the sovereign Lord Who alone can bestow it. When the household of God has been cleansed, according to His Word, we will be  qualified to preach the triumph of the Lord Christ to the nations of the world. And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). (Doug Wilson from “Mother Kirk” p.22)

“Ditto”-Doug Wilson’s take on Israel and the Middle East conflict…

Posted by Gary on November 20, 2012

Doug Wilson has shared his thoughts on Israel and the recent Middle East conflict. He has said it as I would for myself probably only better. Here is the link.

http://www.dougwils.com/A-Second-Battle-of-Tours/a-brief-for-israel.html

Election loss God’s veiled kindness?

Posted by Gary on

“Behind a frowning providence, God hides a smiling face.” (William Cowper)

How do I as a Christian and pastor view the results of our recent national election in which our nation chose a President that supports infant murder and sodomy over a moral Mormon? Well, I would be lying if I did not say that I am grieved that America chose Barack Obama as its President again. Our nation is determined to perish and is consciously choosing our ruin, even voting for it. May God have mercy on us.

Would I have been comforted if Mitt Romney had won? Only minimally. I am afraid that American Christians have traded gospel righteousness for mere human morality. The simple truth is that Mitt Romney’s morality does not flow from Christ’s righteousness for Romney’s gospel is another gospel which is not from God and is to be condemned:

Galatians 1:6-8 “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”  WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Heights fallen from II

Posted by Gary on November 17, 2012

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…”

Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

In 2009 I wrote comparing President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from that year with President Lincoln’s from 1863. Then and now, God’s people can only lament the heights we have fallen from as a nation in terms of our national reverence for God and it seems in 2012, that we have chosen only more Godlessness in our political leaders.

Today at our church Thanksgiving dinner we read President Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789. It struck me as you will read in a moment, that President Washington reveals that both Houses of Congress requested him to recommend to the people of America a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed to, “Almighty God”.

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I love it! The God of glory thunders

Posted by Gary on July 9, 2012

Psalm 29:3  “…The God of glory thunders…”

Job 40:9 “…do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?”

You’ve got to see this footage from a recent Texas Rangers game. At the top of the fourth inning lightning strikes with a thunder that drives one player to all fours and umpires and players run off the field in fear.

Minnesota Twin Denard Span Tweeted after the game, “That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!”

Watching these  events I couldn’t help but think of Scripture’s description of unsaved man and his reaction to the appearance of Jesus:

Revelation 6:15-17 “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Peter tells us that the seeming delay in Jesus’ return is linked to His patience and His desire for men to repent and be saved (2 Peter 3:9). Man’s response to Christ’s graciousness is an increasing irreverence toward the Son of God. We plunge ourselves deeper into the sin that offends the holy God. It would appear that we do not fear God at all.

This mere thunderclap from heaven dropped a man to his knees and sent many fleeing. Let me assure you, this demonstration of power is nearly nothing compared to what God is capable of. God merely lifts His finger and men tremble. What will we do on the day when He roars from heaven? Watch this three minute video and heed the command of the angel of Revelation:

Revelation 14:7  “Fear God, and give Him glory…”

Taking inventory as Father’s Day draws near

Posted by Gary on June 1, 2012

It’s funny what you think about while you wait for a medical procedure to start. As I waited for one the other day Harry Chapin’s, “Cats in the Cradle” started playing in my mind. Why? Who knows, but I am one who believes that as things come to mind, especially things that challenge it is wise to ponder.

Father’s Day is soon to be upon us. On that day millions of fathers will receive cards and gifts which is all very nice. I am always grateful for the homemade cards I receive from my children and my wife always gives me an encouraging card and nice present. Of course the purpose of Father’s Day is to recognize fathers and let them know we are grateful for them and we should be.

We all know how this works, everyone is told that they are a great father on father’s day. Every father is loving, every father is involved and every father has filled their wife’s and children’s lives with great memories. At least that’s what the greeting cards all say. But is it actually so with us?

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