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Don’t Abandon Your One True Love

The state of marriage in our world is in extreme danger.

I recently read of a man who has married nineteen times since 1931.  He kept two wedding dresses in his closet for ready use which were two different sizes suitable for his next “spouse”.

A writer effectively expressed the mindset of a large number of people in our world when he said: “All men are born free but some get married”.  It is disheartening that many people(especially Christians) are getting into marriage with such a distorted perception of what should be a holy and joyous union.

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Without Vision the People Will Perish-What does it really mean?

As marketing and business models have had greater influence on the church, new terminology, and ideals have entered into our collective mind.  Churches now have vision, mission, and purpose statements. They have strategic goals and action plans.

I think many of these additions have been beneficial.  I’m convinced God has given us a mission.  I believe God wants us to use our brains in determining how to best fulfill that mission in our world.  Goals, when they are rooted IN Scripture, can be a helpful way of motivating people.

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California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history A California Parent’s Perspective

CNN reported Friday “Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” (CNN.com).  The article goes on to quote the bills author (Sen. Mark Leno) as saying,

“Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans” (CNN.com).

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Totally Committed: Leaving No Place for Satan

There is a well known sermon illustration originally used by a preacher in Haiti.

A certain man wanted to sell his house for $2,000. Another man wanted very badly to buy it, but because he was poor, he couldn’t afford the full price.  After much bargaining, the owner agreed to sell the house for half the original price with just one stipulation: He would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door.

After several years, the original owner wanted the house back, but the new owner was unwilling to sell. So the first owner went out, found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it from the single nail he still owned. Soon the house became unlivable, and the family was forced to sell the house to the owner of the nail.

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Famine in the Land Part 2–Your Responsibility

In the last post I dealt with Famine in the Land laying the burden upon preachers (you can read it here). This was intentional.  When we read Scripture this is often where God places the burden. That being said, in our modern world, where we have access to Scripture, and high literacy rates, there is no excuse for individuals to go without a Word from the Lord.

Below are practical steps to ensure there is never a lack of God’s Word.

Five Practical Steps to Avoid the Famine

  1. Read the Scriptures: The word of God was meant to be read.  God did not inspire and preserve His Word for us to add decoration to our houses and cars.  By read, I do not mean a quick obligatory reading to make sure we get through the Bible in a certain time frame.  Instead, we should read to understand.  This requires slow careful reading, paying attention to context and flow of thought.  Famine is not alleviated by cursory reading, but by truly feeding on God’s word.
  2. Memorize: Memorization can be done in two ways.  You can memorize Scripture itself.  There is great value in memorizing the Words of God.  Second,  you can memorize the basic theme or principle that the text you read taught. Either way you are putting the word of God into your heart.
  3. Meditate: Once Scripture is read and the text itself, and/or the major principle is memorized, then you can begin to meditate. Meditation is focusing on the teaching of your reading with the goal toward application. It means thinking through the implication of the teaching.  This include what it meant for the original audience, and how it can be applied to you today.
  4. Obey: This is the ultimate goal of Scripture.  Scripture is meant to transform us.  This means that once we have read carefully, committed to memory the certain Scriptures and/or their teaching, and thought through how to apply it, we must then begin to obey it.  It is through obedience that Scripture transforms us. God wants us to walk in His statutes and commandments.
  5. Teach: Once we have understood and applied the Scripture to ourselves, we then should teach it to others.  If God’s people would learn and teach others the Scripture, then the word of the Lord would fill the land.  There would be no famine, but rather an overflow of God’s message.

Conclusion

Famine of the Word of God is a serious problem.  Many churches and communities are faced with this very truth.  Preachers will be judged for this.  The burden of heralding the Word of the Lord falls upon their shoulders.  God has given them that specific responsibility.  However, it is not upon their shoulders alone.  The principle of “to whom much is given, much is required” applies today.  With the availability of Scripture, and the high literacy rate, even if preachers fail to do their jobs, all Christians have the ability to keep our land from this devastating famine.

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