5 Questions about Homosexuality

5 Questions about Homosexuality

Kevin DeYoung

Q. If the Bible says so little about homosexuality, why do Christians insist on talking about it so much?

A. – The reason the Bible says comparatively little about homosexuality is because it was a comparatively uncontroversial sin among ancient Jews and Christians…

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Sunday Sermon Series – Whose Name is Jealous

Exodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV) For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealo… | Exodus 34, Exodus,  Treasures in heavenExodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV)

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COMMENTS and CONTEXT:

There is no direct parallel quote in the New Testament for this verse. Of course when one reads the NT we find most of it to be just that a New covenant and new information with select quotes from the Old Covenant.

The influence of the Old Testament is seen throughout the New Testament. The New Testament writers included approximately 250 express Old Testament quotations, and if one includes indirect or partial quotations, the number jumps to more than 1,000. It is clear that the writers of the New Testament were concerned with demonstrating the continuity between the Old Testament Scriptures and the faith they proclaimed. They were convinced that in Jesus the Old Testament promises had been fulfilled.Holman Bible Dictionary)

Why the select certain verses over others? My theory (I have yet to do a comprehensive study or analysis) is that since the OT was available in Hebrew and the common Greek; the matter of God was for the most part settled. So the main topics to reinforce were Christ and man’s fallen nature. 

In context here we find our text in the center of a portion of scripture defining the Covenant between God and the Nation of Israel; Exodus 34:10-17. They are called to destroy all other idols, put aside all other practices, and worship the one true God. In return v.10, God promises He will do wondrous works (miracles) such as have not been created or produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations.


SERMON

 

Four things does Rev. Spurgeon call upon his reader to ponder carefully: 

I. Reverently, let us remember that THE LORD IS EXCEEDINGLY JEALOUS OF HIS DEITY.

II. The Lord IS JEALOUS OF HIS SOVEREIGNTY.

III. THE LORD IS JEALOUS OF HIS GLORY.

IV. In the highest sense, THE LORD IS JEALOUS OVER HIS OWN PEOPLE.

A Jealous God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 29, 1863

Scripture: Exodus 34:14 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 9


Additional Sermon

The Lord Whose Name Is JealousJohn Piper

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER the annual 40 Days for Life event began Wednesday September 23rd in Jackson, MS and many cities across America.

Please join us in some manner of  40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Pray, that the women will know the child growing inside them is a creation the Lord has made and that child has a purpose. 

To find out more in the greater Jackson area contact Pro-Life Mississippi  or at  (601) 956-8636.  Or the national 40 Days for Life Organization for a location near you.

Also read the latest Pro-Life Mississippi (PLM) Newsletter Here: Pro-Life MS Sept 2020 News

YOUR VOTE COUNTS:

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WATCH: Leftist students, encouraged by College Dems leader, destroy pro-life display in broad daylight

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WIN: Abortions in Ohio have plummeted 30% since 2009

Tammy Duckworth Accuses Amy Coney Barrett Of Wanting To Ban IVF

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American Medical Association asks Supreme Court to strike Trump abortion rule

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Corporate Coverage Of SCOTUS Battle Shows Reporters Are Extremely Pro-Abortion

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Pro-Life News Report

To read these stories and more visit:  LifeNews.com

Top Stories
 Joe Biden Opposes Death Penalty for Terrorists, Supports It For Unborn Babies
 President Trump: “Every Child, Born and Unborn, is Made in the Holy Image of God”
 White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive For Coronavirus
 President Trump Heading Home to White House: “Don’t be Afraid of COVID”

More Pro-Life News
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 Charlotte Pence: “Abortion is a Violation of Providing Life to a Human Being”

Joe Biden Tells Christians He’s the “Clear Moral Choice,” But He Backs Abortions Up to Birth

Mazie Hirono: Amy Coney Barrett Can’t be “Objective” Because She’s a Christian

Joe Biden: I’m Guided By “What You Do to the Least of These You Do to Me.” But I Support Abortion

Catholic Bishop: Christians Must Vote Pro-Life to Oppose the “Intrinsic Evil of Abortion”

Here’s a List of Democrats Who Have Attacked Amy Coney Barrett’s Christian Faith 

15th Texas City Bans Abortions, Becomes “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

Life Chain Will Tell Americans Nationwide That Abortion Kills Children

Feminist Claims Pro-Lifers are About “Controlling Women and Taking Away Their Decision-Making”

Daily Devotional – Ways to Heaven

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death

(Proverbs 16:25)

I hear it far to often, all “religions” are the same they all lead to heaven.  Yet the bible is very clear man’s “way to heaven” is but foolishness for natural man, that is those unrepentant and unconverted by the blood of Christ can not see the kingdom of Heaven.  

 

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

In this his first letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul, here in Chapter 2  writes about his need for and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.  Paul knew that Christ had left the Holy Spirit for some very specific promises and roles (See series beginning here ) that included Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, and Strengthener. 

Here it is made very clear that true believers are to rely upon the Holy Spirits’ guidance while the unbeliever can not phantom the  truths that He brings. 


BREAKDOWN:

But the natural man – The unbelieving unconverted unregenerate man. 

receiveth not – will not accept, thinks them lies, 

the things of the Spirit of God:  – the teachings and wisdom of the Holy Spirit

for they are foolishness unto him: – the Holy Spirits’ wisdom is but gibberish to natural man making no sense at all to him who remains in sin

neither can he know them, – Only the born again, sanctified in the Blood of Christ can accept and understand things of God 

because they are spiritually discerned. – A  worldly man can not judge Spiritual matters he has no knowledge of such things


APPLICATION:

First to my Christians friends; every time I hear someone say ‘I do not understand how someone could do such a thing’ I want to shout “READ THE BOOK!” Our text makes it clear those who are apart from Christ are going to live in darkness because they do not want to live in the light Isaiah 9:2, John 3:19.  Our job is not to condemn, point out the error of their ways with Grace yes, but pray for conversion, pray for the Holy Spirit to act upon their harden hearts. After all we we want them in Heaven Glorifying God forever too!

To the unbeliever; The phraseknowledge is power is often attributed to Francis Bacon, from his Meditationes Sacrae (1597). It was a favorite quote of Thomas Jefferson used at least 4 times.  One question that everyman asks in some form or another is ‘this all there is’ or ‘where will I spend eternity.’

There are many books claiming to have answers but only one has been published more than any other.  If I was an unbeliever and I knew that the most widely published book in the history of man was available for free to read I would be wondering what all the fuss was about. Then knowing that I was incapable of understanding it on my own accord (see our main Text) I would ask the Holy Spirt to enlighten me with the truth. Unless of course the truth is unimportant to you?  

 

The Persecuted Church in AMERICA

 

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From Communism to Chicago—Churches Under Fire

 

Sep 2, 2020

What happens when an American City threatens to seize and destroy an immigrant church simply for opening its doors? Read on to learn the insane lengths a mid-western governor and mayor took to try to punish our client’s church. -Mat

Pastor Cristian Ionescu knows exactly what it is like to be persecuted for his faith. He grew up in Communist Romania where Christians were financially destroyed, their property seized, their bodies beaten and jailed, or worse for even sharing a Bible, let alone preaching the Gospel.

Pastor Cristian Ionescu never dreamed he would face similar persecution in America…

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Daily Devotional – Who’s Approval

What Does Galatians 1:10 Mean?

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia is both passionate and admonishing at the same time.  He begins it in Chapter 1 with:

a firm declaration of his credentials. He is a servant, more specifically an Apostle, (messenger) specifically chosen and sent by Christ. v.1-2

It is written to all the churches in Galatia not just one specific church, v.3-5.

He is amazed, disappointed and  calls them out for being so easily swayed from the true Gospel, saying anyone who preaching a false Gospel is to be condemned (cursed) by their own words. v.6-9

Paul’s love and concern for the churches of Galatia can surely be seen in the manner in which he addresses this issue. He does not attack the people of the Church but the bearers of the False Gospel. Then he makes the statement in our main text…


BREAKDOWN:

For do I now persuade men, or God? – Paul makes the case why am I writing to you to persuade God of these things? Is there a need to persuade God, to convince the all-knowing, God? If so He does not deserved to be called God and glorified as such. No Paul says clearly I am writing to Persuade, convince you Galatians, that there is only one True Gospel

or do seek to please men? –  Or maybe you think I write to please you and get accolades from you? NEVER!!!  Here Paul makes it clear His intent was not to seek the accolades of the Galatians or anyone else. 

for if I yet pleased men, – Paul had once studied (prior to his conversion) to please man. As a Jewish leader he was expected to fall in line with “party line” of the day. After his meeting with Christ on the Road to Damascus Saul was forever changed, a new creation Paul was now not seeking the approval of man but of God only. 

 I should not be the servant of Christ. – Here is the pinnacle of Paul’s argument. He says ‘one cannot serve Christ while seeking the approval of man.’  This should sound very familiar to all of us, in Acts 5:29 Peter said we must obey God rather than man.


APPLICATION: 

While getting acknowledged for going well, is in itself not a bad thing, the reason you did something matters.  Paul is making the case that he is not admonishing the Galatians to bring praise upon himself, but to bring Glory to God. He seeks not their approval to do this, but God’s.

While we may not run into a situation like Paul where we need to scold an entire region for their lackluster adherence to the True Gospel; none the less the same message applies to us daily. Whom do you seek to please, men or God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says we are to do everything, even eat to God’s glory. A very similar passage can be found in Colossians 3:17 here again Paul reminds us to do all for Christ for we are dependent upon His salvation. 

In yesterday’s devotional, Known Fruitwe discussed how you can know if someone is truly saved by the Fruit they bear. One way to insure you are a Fruit Bearer is to always insure Who’s Approval you are seeking; God or Mans. 

American Evangelicalism isn’t patriarchal or feminized. It’s matrilineal.

Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

American Evangelicalism isn’t patriarchal or feminized. It’s matrilineal

 Anthony Bradley on August 26, 2020

For many years, researchers have pondered the growing absence of men in conservative Protestant churches, especially evangelical churches. In fact, losing men has been a problem for Christian denominations since the late 19th century, which ushered in the era of “muscular Christianity” as a way to win men back to the church. During the early 20th-century, church leaders had deep concerns about the ways in which church life was skewing primarily towards the interests and concerns of women and the ways in which urban life began to redefine men’s roles in society.

Men were falling away from church life. As sedentary life was becoming an industrial revolution norm, due to advances in technology and improving economic mobility, religious leaders introduced sports, fitness, adventure, and social justice as way to reconnect boys and men to the church. This explains the partnering of church life with the YMCA, the Boy Scouts, outdoor camps, and enlisting men in the Social Gospel Movement. As Clifford Putney explains in his book, Muscular Christianity, by 1899 women comprised three-quarters of Protestant church membership and nine-tenths of its attendance. Recent studies on gender disparities in American churches report that women regularly attend church more than men at 61 to 55 percent, respectively…

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Daily Devotional – Bible Preppers

40 Important Bible Scriptures on Preparation – ConnectUS

Luke 21:34

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Strong’s Concordance, translated the Greek word Prosecho, as take heed (KJV), Be on Guard (AMP), watch yourselves (ESV) in v.34 meaning “to turn the mind to, attend to be attentive; to devote thought and effort to”.

Christ’s Return is one of the major theme’s of this Chapter in Luke 21:25-28. This must have been very confusing to the disciples since Jesus was sitting among them at the time and yet telling them of His own return. In order to explain His point Jesus sets out beginning in v.29 to tell them the Parable of the Fig Tree.


BREAKDOWN:

And take heed to yourselves, – Simply put Jesus is telling His disciples Be Prepared, to devote time and effort into preparing their minds and…

lest at any time your hearts – Their hearts, out of which spring froth the true intent of man 

be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, – Being self-indulgent or gluttonous on the excesses of worldly things (here probably food) but any excess to the point of nausea. 

and cares of this life, – Weight down by the care of this world or have your burdens been cast upon the broad yoke of Christ

and so that day come upon you unawares. – Jesus back in Luke 18:8 had asked a question, here he gives the answer to it or the answer to how to avoid it. Only the prepared will be ready and acceptable upon Christ’s return. 


APPLICATION:

Men since the death of Christ have attempted to predict the date of His return, all have failed miserably. All those who claim to know this are false prophets and LIARS, the bible clearly states not even Jesus Himself knows. 

What the Bible does tell us to do is Watch and Pray and as our text shows Jesus Himself encouraged His disciples then and now to Be Prepared. We do this by guarding our hearts, studying daily to show ourselves approved, and praying daily for wisdom and guidance. 

Are you a Bible Prepper? 

 

Do I Need to Go to Seminary to be a Pastor?

‘Because while seminary is not explicitly in the Bible, pastoral and theological training is (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2).”

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Do I Need to Go to Seminary to be a Pastor?

Jerod Gilcher | 

Every seminary-trained pastor who emphasizes the helpfulness of seminary for those aspiring to ministry, at some point, will receive questions like these: “Do I really have to go to seminary to be a faithful pastor? Can’t I just stay home and read books? After all, isn’t that what Spurgeon did?”

These are not bad questions. I even get the skepticism toward an expensive, often residential degree. Put simply, one does not have to go to seminary to be a faithful pastor. After all, seminary training—as we know it today—is not explicitly in the Bible.

There have been faithful pastors for centuries who had no formal training. For many throughout church history, such training was simply not an option. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, pastors who have letters behind their names will receive a crown no more glorious than those who do not (cf. 1 Peter 5:4). At the end of time, what is required of stewards—seminary trained or otherwise—is that they be found trustworthy (cf. 1 Cor. 4:2)…

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Germany to Honor Sophie Scholl

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Today’s BreakPoint: Germany to Honor Sophie Scholl

JOHN STONESTREET

In February of 1943, German university student Sophie Scholl was convicted of high reason against the Nazi regime and executed by guillotine. Last week, Germany announced it will honor this Christian martyr with a €20.00 sterling silver commemorative coin. Scheduled for circulation in time for her 100th birthday, which is in 2021, the coin will bear Sophie’s likeness with her words, “A feeling for what is just and unjust” along the edge.       

Sophie Scholl was raised, along with her older brother Hans, in a nominal Lutheran household. Like most German children at the time, she was a member of the League of German Girls and her brother a member of the Hitler Youth. However, as they grew up, they became more and more disillusioned by the Nazification of virtually every area of German life and Hitler’s tyrannical opposition to much they believed to be good, such as works of art and music considered to be non-Aryan…

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