The Struggle In Today’s Church

Editor’s Note: I ran across this post on Writinggomer’s  blog and wanted to share it with my readers. Greg has some of the same issues I have expressed on this blog before about the state of the church today.  Is the church more like a harlot or the Bride of Christ?

By Writinggomer
Published on his website: Believing God Today

How would you like your eggs today, over-easy, scrambled, fried, sunny-side up, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached, or shirred?? How about your steak; rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done?? Choice of potatoes? This sounds like questions for a meal in a restaurant right?

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A book of discipline

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Why do “they” go to church?

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When you want to hear from God

Editor’s Note: I can’t count the times I’ve wanted (needed) to hear from God and didn’t. I’m an impatient sort, so I feel uncomfortable when God says, “Wait.”  My blogging friend, Kelly Baker, wrote an excellent post on her blog about three things we might consider when we need to hear from God. I wanted to share her insights and thoughts with all my readers.  Be blessed.


By Kelly Baker
Guest author
Blogging at KellyrBaker.com

Don’t we love it when God gives clear direction straight into our spirit? Generally speaking, He doesn’t always do that! One day I longed to hear from God. I worshipped.

Silence.

I prayed. I asked. I went to battle with the Word.kellyrBaker

More silence.

I waited.

Again, exasperating silence.

A Psalm of David. I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Psalm 28:1 NLT

This particular translation of this verse makes me chuckle. I’m sure there is a more productive solution than self-pity.😉 But, what do we do when He says nothing? Why does He say, “Wait”?

We all desire to hear His voice clearly, and when we haven’t we wonder what are the possible reasons. It’s not easy to be at peace with His temporary silence, but we can be sure He has a purpose in it.

3 Actions While Waiting on God’s Answer 

1. Spend time with God daily. Could it be that He wants to fill our hunger and thirst? He desires that we know Him more and more through His Word. When we study the Bible, we begin to know God’s character. I’ve thought of someone in the midst of a situation and said, “I already know what that person would say!” When we know someone well, we can easily hear that person’s voice playing in our head. When we regularly spend time with God, it becomes easier to “know” what He would say in those times when we feel He is silent. We can then more readily relate His Word to our circumstances.

2. Consent to character development. There may be times when we open our Bible while seeking Him for specific direction, and the Holy Spirit will illuminate the words we’re reading. Suddenly, there is an answer staring us in the face, maybe even from an entirely different angle. He might be telling us we need to make an adjustment. It might not have been the answer we thought we needed, but the one He knows we need. He often gives us what we don’t expect, but it’s still an answer. To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet (Proverbs 27:7b KJV).

Gears3. Trust Him. God is getting every detail in place. Have you ever looked at the perfect way gears lock together and turn when they fit properly? When we wait for His timing we see Him properly align every specific, necessary facet. Sometimes we think we are stuck, but if we could take a step back and see His viewpoint we would see the big picture. We aren’t all clock makers. He is working on our big picture. He’s got it covered.

Through His seeming silence, God might be saying, “Come and know Me more,” or “An adjustment needs to be made.” At other times, He may be wanting us to let go of the stress and trust Him. He will fulfill His promises. Let’s not allow doubt to be a hindrance. A prayer of doubt will nullify a prayer of faith.

What are other reasons God may be silent, or say, “Wait”?

The Bible Police

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Does your pastor preach too long?

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“Christian” Is A Label, Not A Life

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No Copyright Limits Here

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Licking The Bowl

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What’s Next For America?

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Readers Respond To “Christian Nation” Post

Editor’s Note: I appreciate all the comments our postscomments receive. Comments let us bloggers know what readers think about what we write. Many comments are good. Some not so good. But I make a valiant effort to answer ALL the comments I receive.

Here are two interesting comments I received last week after my post, Are We Really A Christian Nation?

Hoosierdags wrote:

The world keeps acting like the world and highlights God’s Word told to us in 2 Cor 4:4. The world is blinded by the deceiver and destroyer. Instead of wringing our hands, finding fault, complaining and throwing our money toward candidates or causes that we think will turn our nation toward God (How’s that working for you?), we need to be about the business of changing hearts. Of course, that will only come as a result introducing people to Jesus. We just need to follow in the footsteps of our Lord by fulfilling The Great Commitment – PRAYER (1 Tim 2:1-4); The Great Commandment – CARE (Matt 22:39); The Great Commission – SHARE (Matt 28:19-20). JUST DO IT!

You can read Hoosierdags good words on his Hoosierdags Blog.

Then Mel Wild had this to say:

Amen. We can only imagine the revolution that would happen if we started acting like the Church instead of trying to make everybody else behave. 🙂 Good word, brother.

You can read Mel’s good blog stuff over at his place: In My Father’s House.

Both blogger’s words and insights will bless you.

Click here to read “Are We Really A Christian Nation?” post.

What Do We Do Now?

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Steve’s List Of 10 Things God Will Never Do

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When Do We Own Scripture?

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Leftovers

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Sanctity Of Life Sunday

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Doughnuts Are Bad For You

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Kissing Buttercups

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10 Symptoms Of Inner Peace

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It Must Be True! I Read It On The Internet.

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At The Edge Of The Water

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Homosexuality

By Rob Morley
Co-founder of Light and Life Ministries
Guest Blogger

While I don’t necessarily advocate demonstrations, nor do I support anything less than love for individuals who practice homosexuality, I like the truth in the caption which is a translation of one of the banners: “Say stop to raping our morality under the name of freedom”

You see, many Christians have become confused and soft in their stance toward the sin of homosexuality. While on the one hand many see it as sin, on the other, they indirectly consent to it through not wanting to take away people’s rights to practice their “sexual orientation”. This is further fuelled by the notion that in order to be loving we should “live and let live” as long as it doesn’t affect others. But, is the negative effect of even a monogamous committed homosexual relationship only confined to the two involved?

Let’s consider who gets affected by someone practicing a homosexual lifestyle. Firstly, he is sinning against God and himself by denying the Creator’s design for his life. Then, just like with adultery and fornication, anyone who practices homosexuality is automatically causing his partner to sin and be missing out on God’s plan for his life. Finally, and what is often overlooked, he is sinning against the community by being a very likely, although not necessarily intentional, influence on others to do the same.

By allowing people to have homosexual relationships, whether monogamous or not, they become billboards that reinforce the idea that homosexuality is a viable lifestyle. Effectively we create an environment where other people can be more easily influenced into the same sin. Many people may fall as a result of the appeal that homosexuality may have on their sinful nature, while others may fall to the deception that homosexuality is a normal social way of life.

The permission to practice homosexuality, along with its promotion in the media and the prolific nature of the practice, can confuse and entice many vulnerable youth and adults into embracing what they may never even have thought of. Let alone the influence that it is having on kids growing up in this environment.

A few weeks ago a teenager who is very close to me and who has grown up in a Christian family and environment spoke to me of how he had wrestled with the question of his own sexuality and whether or not he was homosexual. I wonder to what extent the prevailing climate of open homosexuality that exists in this world has been an influence on his thinking.

As the ecclesia we need to be a clear voice of truth to a broken world. Love is telling the truth!

Seriously causing others to miss out on God’s best may be part of the reason for God’s harsh words

Editor’s Note: Rob and Tina Morely co-founded Light and Life Ministries, a teaching ministry in the bodymorley rob and tina of Christ helping people to understand and effectively apply God’s word, the Bible, as it relates to all of life. “While reaching people with the gospel is essential,” Rob said, “the goal of the Great Commission is to have effectively discipled believers. The Bible deals with all areas of life, but if not taught properly, believers remain ineffective for God’s kingdom in those areas.”

and punishments for this crime. These seeds are sown all around. But woe to those whose seeds germinate! And, anyone who condones this practice is an accomplice. “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! (Luke 17:1).

I have a very dear family member who has lived an open homosexual lifestyle for years with one partner. I love both him and his partner and recognize that their sin is no different to mine. Our difference before God is not that I am not a homosexual or that I don’t sin anymore, but that I was given a free pardon for all my sins, past present and future, and am now joined to Jesus.  My sins and wayward nature are not held against me anymore and although I still easily sin, it’s not in my new nature to continue in it. And, God wants to do the same for them.

I don’t condemn any homosexual just as I don’t condemn any adulterer, but I do want to warn against the destructiveness of participating in this lifestyle, both to individuals and societies. It’s not the Creator’s plan for anybody!

Finally, some may need to repent of practicing homosexuality, others of supporting it, and others of not loving those practicing it. Whichever it is, God is willing to forgive.

You can contact Rob or Tina Morley via e-mail at lightandlifebibleministries@yahoo.com

So, what do YOU think? Your opinion matters.

SEX!

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Jesus Used Similes To Describe Heaven

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Winning In The Real World

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For His Glory 2013 Season Preview

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Sabbatical’s over.
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God’s Canning Process: Sealing

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Blissfully Ignorant in My Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 3

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Jesus Loves Homosexuals

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+ELS–Awesome Law Week On For His Glory

What a blog post line up next week on For His Glory!

Monday, February 18 — I Fought The Law And The Law Won

Tuesday, February 19 — When Jesus Broke The Law

Wednesday, February 20 — Big Bad Mr. “If”

Thursday, February 21 — What If No One Saw The Lily?

Friday, February 22 — What Is The Law And Why Do We Have It? Part I

Monday, February 25 — What Is The Law And Why Do We Have It? Part II

We’ve got a great week of God’s Truth posts lined up next week on a critically important topic in God’s Word. Those who are seeking Continue reading

Gay “Queen James” Version Bible. Really.

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God’s Plumb Line

My dad did lots of carpentry work in his spare time. He was an excellent carpenter.

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Homosexual/Christian Comments Take On A Life Of Their Own

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Preparing For Your Calling–Single Minded

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Over The Cliff

By John Ed Mathison
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries

Editor’s Note: This post appeared today, Thursday, December 27, 2012, on John Ed Mathison’s Leadership Ministries blog.

We close out 2012 with our attention on the fiscal cliff. I don’t understand all the dynamics of this, but I do have the image in mind of a cliff and the potential of going over it.

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My Summer Of God — Part 1

In May I decided I needed a blogging break. I called my sabbatical my Summer of God. I asked God to refresh my spirit, replenish me with fresh ideas for devotionals, new references and new ways to blog about His Gospel. To show me what He wanted me to know about Him, and about myself. He answered my prayer in ways I didn’t expect. He did, as the Bible says do more than I could think or imagine.

Meeting A Fellow Blogger

One of my most memorable experiences during my Summer of God was meeting fellow blogger and writer AmandaBeth, her husband, Jay, her sister and Amanda and Jay’s four children (from  toddler to a pre-teen). They were driving through Atlanta on their way to Florida for a vacation after spending a night with Amanda’s sister who lives in Atlanta.

We all met at a Chick-Fil-A for lunch. They told me they had never had a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich. Next to an RC Cola and a Moon Pie, eatin’ a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is about as Southern a food as you can get. Jay said they didn’t have Chick-Fil-A up Nawth where he hails from. So eating their chicken sandwiches was a real treat for the whole family.

They’re a Genuine Godly Family

I don’t think I’ve ever met such a fun and godly couple. Jay has the patience of Job with his kids. He is one of the most mild-mannered, yet caring and loving dad I’ve ever met. His kids listen to him (except the little one sometimes) and he interacts with each of them in a personal loving way. I truly admire him and hope to get to know him better.

Amanda is a sweetheart and a very Godly women. She disciplines her kids with love and respect. All the kids (except the little one sometimes) respect and mind mom and dad.  And Amanda and Jay have one of the most loving considerate relationships I’ve seen in a young couple. It was easy for me to be around them and if we lived closer together I know we’d become lasting friends.

Amanda is a published author

Amanda’s first book, You Can Have A Happy Family is a well-written guide for any family at any juncture of their relationship. It’s not as much a “how to” book as it is the biography of a happy family. One that works day-in day-out. Amanda also maintains a website about her writing, and she writes a devotional blog as well called Sharing The Truths Behind The TRUTH.

Psychologists and PhD’s usually author marriage and family books. They base their information for their books on research and experience counseling clients.  Amanda wrote YOU CAN HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY from the trenches.  When Amanda writes about discipline or sacrifice or intimacy or marital relationships you can take her advice to the bank for two reasons: 1) she lives what she writes every day. As a thirty-something stay-at-home  mother of four (from a toddler to a pre-teen) she writes about her own experiences, her successes and her failures. Her transparent candid informal writing style puts readers in the midst of her life.  2) She writes from a deeply felt commitment to allow the Lord to show her and teach her what His will is for her marriage and family.

You can find her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Daily Resources and on her website. You can also watch Amanda’s video on YouTube about the book and about how she came to write it.

Reading Any Self-Help Books? What For?

Self help is an oxymoron.

A popular quote from folks who don’t know any better says, “God helps those who help themselves.”

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Acceptance is a big deal for lots of folks. We want to be accepted by our co-workers, by our managers, by our friends, our spouses, our children. Some of us crave acceptance Continue reading

“Daddy, Can I Trust You?”

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Are You Ready?

When we prepare for a family vacation, getting ready becomes a major project. Then once we drive off we spend part of the trip asking ourselves, “Did we forget anything?” That uneasiness haunts us most of the trip. Often it’s not until we arrive at our vacation destination and unpack that we discover we left something behind.

That question, “Are we ready?” is an important one to ask when we face challenges or opportunities in our calling and our walk with Christ. Continue reading

Instant Meditation

I ran across a website today that promises “deep, instant meditation.” They begin their spiel with these words, “Did you know that people who meditate are much happier and healthier than everyone else? It‘s true. And they have greatly extended life spans, too.”

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