Today begins our Run for Life

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If Abortions are essential, so is the #DiaperRun!! Coming to a rally or gas station near you, September 9th – 22nd, 2020! 

 

See the full story here: 50CC Diaper Run: Riding for Life

and remember you can track team Pampers and depends in real time via this link: 

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P.S. it’s not to late to get involved and donate to a great cause. 

Daily Devotional – Lives Matter

Unless you do not listen, or watch any news of any kind, you the know rhetoric being taunted about regarding BLM. First do black lives, that is those whose skin color is black lives matter; duh! The problem is biblically they do not matter anymore than white, red, yellow brown, or pink polka dotted. 

Those few peaceful protesters interviewed seem to want just that; goodness and fairness for everyone. Yet the prevailing sentiment we see on the news, being pushed by the mainstream media and far to many elected government representatives is violent mob rules. 


 

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AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

One of my favorite expressions for when things get tough is suck it up buttercup” I have been saying it since my Army days. Maybe it is that Army mentality drilled into me since I was 17 or my type A personality, but I have little compassion (working on it) for folks who throw pity parties and just cry “oh woe is me.”

Yet that is not really what the bible tells us to do here in Chapter 6 of Galatians. Chapter 6 is all about bearing or carrying one another’s burdens. It is worth noting that Paul says (again I cannot emphasise enough that his hand was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) v.5 For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible]. So while we are responsible for our actions (bearing the burden) we can still share them that is confess and have fellowship with others to lesson the impact and restore ourselves James 5:16.


BREAKDOWN:

So then, as we have opportunity,-  Opportunity and Ability go hand in hand here. Sometimes opportunities arise for us to do good; mission trips, special donations, etc. but we physically or financially cannot. I will say that we ALWAYS have the ability to pray.

let us do good to everyone, – ALL means just that ALL. Not just the folks we know; family friends, co-workers, church folks, etc. but all mankind. NEVER should a time come when you decide based upon skin color, creed or any factor not to render assistance to someone in need¹

and especially to those who are of the household of faith. –  Paul makes it clear our first duty is to the family of God. The government has indoctrinated folks with this false notion that it is their job to care for the widows and orphans, the bible says otherwise. 


APPLICATION:

To some he recent violent chaos in the news was cheered and lauded as righteous indignation against and unrighteous nation. They seemed to upset about things that happen long before any of them were born balming folks who have been long dead. I think maybe they should have read the idiom: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegarYou can win people to your side more easily by gentle persuasion and flattery than by hostile confrontation. To others it is just a shocking reminder of how sinful man really is. We watch the violence and destructive protests while innocent children are murdered on city streets and everyone remains silent, while babies are aborted as unwanted trash yet no one cries for justice, or who mourns the 161 police and firefighters killed so as of 01 July this year? 

The answer or response from Christians should be to condemn or maybe better choice of words to rebuke strongly their actions and do good to everyone involved  which likely means unless you personally know someone, pray for them. I would encourage you to pray for them daily, pray for our elected representatives that seem to think the constitution is no longer applicable, and pray God gives you opportunities to serve the least of these Matthew 25:40-45


¹ = There is a H U G E difference here between the biblical teaching of someone in need and what has become the norm in America’s social welfare state. But that is for another posting. 

Zero Tolerance for Divisions

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10

Os ruego, pues, hermanos, por el nombre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que habléis todos una misma cosa, y que no haya entre vosotros divisiones, sino que estéis perfectamente unidos en una misma mente y en un mismo parecer. (RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

With Protestant Christianity making up the bulk of different denominations, counting 9,000 mainstream and 22,000 independent for a total of 31,000¹ it is no wonder there are disagreements among evangelicals. 

Disagreements are one thing, and we should be willing to discuss² by detail examination, biblical doctrine and topics of different denominations. This includes pointing out errors in false (not biblically grounded) teachings.

In yesterday’s devotional, I noted that Paul began this Chapter depending on your version of the Bible with the following:

The CSB and ESV for example divide Chapter 1 as follows:

v.1-3 –    Greeting – From Paul a servant of Christ to the called out ones (Saints) at Corinth

v.4-9 –    Thanksgiving – Paul thanks God for the gifts and knowledge they have of Christ.

But then he cautions them with out text.


Let us break it down:

Now I beseech you,  Paul is communication this with prayer and supplication. This is not a passing comment like “hey by the way” this is written with a real sense of urgency and almost begging or more modern twisting someones arm.

brethren, It is not done to be mean, it is not done to be boastful, it is done with brotherly love, Paul called then brethren that is fellow saints, God’s children true believers in Christ. This leaves little doubt Paul was assured this was a church full of Christians. 

by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, for the 10th time in ten verses (depending on your version) Paul invokes Christ name. He is reminding the church at Corinth that they are first and foremost grounded in Christ. In v.9  …ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Not only as individuals but as a whole body of believers.

that ye all speak the same thing, The church and it’s body MUST be on the same page in order for it to survive. Paul reminds them of this. It is one thing to have differing denominations in the U.S. or around the World but impossible to have in your local church. 

and that there be no divisions among you; That is a hefty order and command to follow. ZERO Tolerance is to be allowed for divisions in the local church. Far to many churches today fail at this, they do not practice or teach church discipline. 

but that ye be perfectly joined together Why so critical, the church is the Bride of Christ as we know all to well, with marriages failing regularly, decisiveness or divisions in a marriage or in a local church just do not work. The almost always end up in a split. 

in the same mind and in the same judgment. Disagreement does not have to mean division, but in the end the body as a whole must be (AMP) “…perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgment [about matters of the faith].”


APPLICATION: 

We can be in disagreement about the smaller theological issues and still be unified under the banner of Christ. 

I hate using myself as an example but it is all I got at the moment so here goes. I am an Associate Member of the Reformed Baptist Network (RBNet), and serve on their Missions Committee as an advisor. At the same time I am a member of Mission M25 Ministries, serving as Chaplain/Medic on the Run for the Wall and am involved in other aspects of the organization. Their parent church is the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC).

Doctrinally speaking our two denominations are VERY different. Accationally we have some lively discussions (I am one of only 2 or 3 members not associated with IPHC). Yet the brothers and sisters I’ve worked with have a common united front when it comes to serving God in our fields. Whether it’s serving Veterans, campaigning against Abortion, helping Native Americans, standing up for Israel or collecting Diapers for a women’s home, we put away all the minutia, and get down to the business of being joined together in the fellowship of Christ for the Glory of God and the betterment of His Kingdom. 

That is what Paul is calling all “TRUE CHRISTIANS” to do. If your church is not unified, first look inward are you the problem? Seek wise counsel of elders. If necessary pray God lead you to a new church. 


 

¹ https://thecompletepilgrim.com/many-churches-denominations-america-world/

² Webster’s Dictionary 1913;  “4. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate.”