“In God We Trust” or Do We?

If we truly trust in God (and claim the name of Christian) why do we allow the world to turn God’s creation of all things in six literal days into a myth and accept man’s theories of evolution? Why – if we accept that God created man in his own image and from man created woman as a helper fit and proper for man – would we not also accept that God created the institution of marriage? One man and one woman for life, an institution intended within which the sexual needs of both the man and woman are to be fulfilled (to avoid fornication, which includes homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, i.e., all forms of sex outside of marriage). An institution by which the population of the world is to be perpetuated, an institution in which children are to be born into and provided for physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Why – if we accept that man was made in the image of God do we allow and accept that abortion (killing of an unborn child) is a right and choice of a woman? Why – if we accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God (God- breathed) do we allow the world to blaspheme its very power and allow the world to continue to create doubt in the minds (faith) of its followers?

For those of you who choose not to believe in the existence of God, for those who choose not to believe the Bible as the inspired word of God -you are entitled to your beliefs and opinions. …and your opinions about evolution, marriage (gay marriage, polygamy, no fault divorce, etc.), and abortion (for medical reasons, birth control, purity of race, whatever your motives) for that too – you are entitled to your beliefs and opinions…

But as for those of us who , in the things we say,  and in the opinions we express about these issues.  Faithful Christians are not entitled to their own opinions but rather are committed to must realize that God has entrusted His followers to teach the Gospel and all teachings of his word  to all who will hear.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.   Romans 1:16

By: Scott Jacques

Pro Choice verses No Choice

If a young girl wants to have sex, she has that choice. If that girl uses birth control or not she has that choice and if she chooses to use birth control many believe the government (the people of our society) is expected to pay for it- NO CHOICE. If that girl gets pregnant she has a choice to give birth or to terminate the pregnancy by abortion. If she chooses abortion, many believe the government (the people of our society) is expected to pay for it – NO CHOICE!

If that girl chooses to give birth she has the choice of marrying the father or at least holding him accountable for support. If she chooses not to marry the father, the government (the people of our society) has the responsibility to provide health care, food, housing, cash payments, etc. – NO CHOICE! Pro-choice is about more than abortion. It’s about living in a society where irresponsible choices leave our society with NO CHOICES. Government is to be left with NO CHOICES.

Personally I am, Pro-choice … Pro Responsible CHOICE… I believe that we as parents and as Christians must choose to be more responsible and more active in equipping our children and grandchildren (both boys and girls) with the ability to make the RIGHT CHOICES.  This begins with our EXAMPLE and with teaching our children extensively about God’s design for sex (marriage) and about personal accountability and responsibility in our choices… and that ABORTION is MURDER! Let’s consider the following statistics:

The GOOD NEWS (?) Abortions are down…  After dropping 25% from a high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually in the U.S. has leveled off  to about 1.2 million a year. That is still over 3000 per day.

The BAD NEWS is that pregnancies are up… Many by CHOICE… A large percentage of this increase comes from women in their 20’s and 30’s…an increase in what is referred to as a “Non-traditional Family”.  Is this our society’s answer to lowering the number of ABORTIONS?

Keep in mind that these statistics are the result of many WRONG CHOICES made by our generation. Our children are the product of a society that beginning in the 1960’s has seen a steady decline in the moral fiber of our country by allowance and creation of the welfare state, practice of free love (shack ‘n up), teaching Man’s Theories of Evolution and the absence of prayer in our schools – a system allowing for no fault divorce, legalized abortion, women’s liberation movement, the devaluing of the father, thus the BREAKDOWN of the HOME as God designed it… turning our Trust and our Faith, from God the Creator, to the created (materialism and humanism).  After reviewing the results of these past mistakes, what can we expect the results of Same Sex Marriages to be?  If we keep doing what we have been doing – we will keep getting the same results.

If we truly put our “Faith and Trust” in God (and claim the name of Christian) why do we allow the world to turn God’s creation of all things in six literal days into a myth and accept man’s theories of evolution? Why, if we accept that God created man in his own image and from man created woman (as a helper fit and proper for man) would we not also accept that God created the institution of marriage, one man and one woman for life, an institution intended within which the sexual needs of both the man and woman are to be fulfilled  (to avoid fornication, which includes homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, i.e., all forms of sex outside of marriage) and an institution by which the population of the world is to be perpetuated, an institution in which children are to be born into and provided for physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Why, if we accept that man was made in the image of God do we allow and accept that abortion (killing of an unborn child) is a right and a choice of a woman? Why, if we accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God (God breathed), do we allow the world to blaspheme its very power and allow the world to continue to create doubt in the minds (Faith) of its followers? For those of you who choose not to believe in the existence of God, for those who choose not to believe the Bible is the inspired word of God – you are entitled to your beliefs and opinions…

…and your opinions about evolution, marriage (gay marriage, polygamy, no fault divorce, etc.) abortion for medical reasons (birth control, purity of race, whatever your motives) for that too – you are entitled to your beliefs and opinions.
But as for those of us who claim to put our “Faith and Trust in God”, let’s truly put our “Faith and Trust in God” and let it be seen in our actions and in the things we say and in the opinions we express about these issues.  Faithful Christians are not entitled to their own opinions but rather are committed to follow and defend the “will of God”.  If we truly put our “Faith and Trust in God” we must realize that God has entrusted His followers to teach the Gospel and all the teachings of His word to all who will hear.

Perhaps the time has come that we as Christians (of all ages) become more Pro-choice and Voice our Choice to avoid having NO Choice!

NO VOICE = NO CHOICE

We all have a VOICE that can be heard…..it can be heard in the way we react, the way we choose to spend our time and our money (and with whom), and in the way we vote in elections from our local School Board to Local, State and National Officials.

By: Scott Jacques

Youth Ministry

These questions have been asked: Why don’t we have a “youth minister?  Do you think it is wrong to have a “youth minister”? Don’t you think we need one?  In fact, I received a call several months ago informing me that one of the nearby congregations had hired a “youth minister” and the caller expressed concern that we might lose many of our young families.

Perhaps the best response to these questions is… Just because we do not have a designated “youth minister” does not mean we do not have a “Youth Ministry“. In fact, this congregation is very involved in providing opportunities for our young children to be taught and encouraged to develop in their faith – opportunities to fellowship with friends of like faith, opportunities to grow in their service to the church…preparing them for the challenges that they may face in this life. Though no one person is designated as a “youth minister’, we can readily see this work of ministry to our youth by our parents who are faithful in their example, in their teaching, in bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,  and in their dedication to attend bible classes as well as all worship services.

We can see this ministry by our dedicated classroom teachers: At this time there are over seventy youth that attend our classes. We have eight classes (Nursery through High School) and don’t forget about VBS – these classes require a large number of teachers.

We can see this ministry in the sermons and lessons presented. We can see this ministry by those who attend and encourage our young men in singing on Sunday evenings. We can see this ministry by those who readily provide food and support for any and all youth activities.  prayers that are offered in behalf of our youth and their families. The list can go on and on. However; the ministering that is most influential on our youth is our example of faithfulness.

Lets’ all encourage our youth and their families to take advantage of all these opportunities. Let’s all let them know we love them, we are proud of them and we will continue to be there to support them as they grow both physically and spiritually.

Remember, we are all here to minister (serve) and encourage one another – not just to our youth, but to members of all ages.

Perhaps we should call ourselves “intergenerational ministers”… Christians of all ages, working together to achieve our common goal, a home in Heaven.

By: Scott Jacques

Faithful Stewards

IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS, THAT A MAN BE FOUND FAITHFUL

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

As we read these words written by the apostle Paul we readily recognize Paul’s conviction in being in example to others a servant of Christ, and a faithful steward being given the charge of bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles. A faithful steward of the hidden things of God.

 

A steward is one given the charge to take care of a possession or managing the affairs of another. A faithful steward is one who is accountable and worthy of the trust given to him.

 

Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:7-11 instructing first century Christians to be sober minded, prayerful, being loving and hospitable toward one another without grudge, being good stewards of the various gifts they had been given, knowing they were from God and were to be used to glorify Him through Christ. Just as we should recognize and use our various talents today.

 

We as Christians have been given the charge to spread the gospel, more specifically the elders of the church have been given the charge to care for, and take the oversight of the congregation, preachers given the charge to preach the word, and deacons given the charge to take care of various works and needs of the congregation.

 

Those accepting these responsibilities are expected by God as well as by members of the congregation, to be faithful, worthy of the trust given them, in carrying out their work, as well as being examples of a servant of Christ, both to Christians and those in the community.

 

Should we not expect the same accountability in those who teach our bible classes, those who lead us in our singing, or lead our prayers, read scriptures, serve on the Lord’s table, work as ushers as well as other duties that may be necessary in carrying out the work of the church.

 

Let us all strive to be faithful stewards by using our talents to glorify God and in our example as a servant of Christ.

By: Scott Jacques

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Advisory – Speed Limit!

IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO TAKE THIS CURVE @ 45 MPH?

 advisory speed limit picture 1

advisory speed limit picture 2As we drive down this stretch of road we may find these signs a little confusing or contradicting.

The posted speed limit is 45MPH yet there is an advisory (warning) that 35MPH is determined to be a safe speed to enter an upcoming curve. It is lawful to drive 45MPH, but it may not be beneficial to you, your passengers or to oncoming traffic. Are you willing to take that risk?

We often see a similar attitude in Christians as they often ask “IS IT A SIN?” Perhaps they have the idea that if there is no specific statement of command or prohibition nothing else matters. Ignoring the “Advisory Signs” in the form of warnings and admonitions. Traveling through life with no regard to the consequences.

In the following scriptures Paul teaches though things we do may not be sinful in and of themselves, and may not violate our conscience, we should use caution in our decisions and give consideration to the outcome both to ourselves and all those involved.

1 Corinthians 10:23-29

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient(best option): all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (Do not benefit ourselves or others)   Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of       another man’s conscience?

See also Romans 14 and it’s teaching about the Weaker Brother…our actions can be a Stumbling Block to fellow Christians and can also bring reproach upon the church as an example to the world.

“IS IT A SIN?”   Is not the question we should be asking….but rather is it BENEFICAL

or is it DAMAGING to the salvation of souls??

Be aware, though our actions may not be sinful we will be held accountable

for the out come of the decisions we have made.

By: Scott Jacques

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“Out Sourcing”

In today’s business environment we hear a lot about “out sourcing” a term that refers to the practice of using outside sources (businesses or individuals) to provide services or products that traditionally would have been provided or produced “in house” such as accounting, recruiting, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing of parts, etc;   The practice of “out sourcing” has proven to be very beneficial and successful in controlling cost and the need for capital, by eliminating equipment cost and the need for skilled personnel, along with the high cost of employee benefits and training, thus enabling businesses to compete in today’s competitive fast paced business world.

The practice of “out sourcing” which became very popular in the 1980s has proven to be very profitable in the short term but its long term effects can be detrimental to a company. History has shown and proven the benefits of promoting from within an organization, taking full advantage of training, experience and loyalty, however “out sourcing” has proved to create a lack of trained, experienced and loyal leaders within a company therefore has created an ongoing dependence upon outside sources, thus giving control of the company’s future to those outside rather than those within, while still assuming all liability and responsibility.

In the past several years we have seen a similar practice of “out sourcing” in many congregations of the Lord’s church, when the majority of the benevolent work is focused on supporting organized Children’s Homes outside the local area, the majority of the evangelistic efforts focus on mission work in foreign lands by organized mission teams instead of local members going house to house in our own communities, our classroom curriculum and teaching materials are produced by Publishing Houses rather than by our own teachers studying and teaching from the Bible, the responsibility of Bible study is left to the preacher hired to do the teaching and preaching, and it is often left to the preacher to do the visiting of the sick, the shut-ins and those who need encouragement. Putting the work and responsibilities of the congregation in the hands of others.

Let us as congregations of the Lord’s church, as well as individual Christians, look within ourselves and give a diligent effort to study and to grow in knowledge, in good works, in our love for one another and for all mankind as we seek opportunity to fulfill our responsibilities in seeking and saving the lost, helping those in need and to build up and edify the church insuring a strong future for generations to come by GROWING AND BUILDING WITHIN.

 By: Scott Jacques

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Murmuring of Moses

Why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land?

I believe many of us would quickly and easily answer this question, qualifying our answer from Numbers 20:8-12 “Moses disobeyed God’s instruction and failed to glorify God in the eyes of the children of Israel”

Therefore God punished Moses by not allowing him to enter the Promised Land.

This is the answer in a nutshell, or is it?

Perhaps we should look deeper into God’s word to find lessons that can apply to us today and we may find the answer is not TRIVIAL(commonplace or of little value) at all.

 

Was it in the character of Moses to be proud and disobedient?

Numbers 12:3 Tells us that Moses was the most meek man on earth.

Beginning in Exodus 3 when God called Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian captivity, until his death in Deut. 34, we see an example after example of faith and obedience to God’s commands.

Moses’ faith and obedience is also referred to in Hebrews 11:23-29

 

So what would cause Moses, the man of God, the servant of the Lord, to do something so out of character?

First of all perhaps we should see what immediately preceded this event. Again let’s look at Numbers 20, in verses 2 and 3 we read that the congregation gathered together and chode (made a continuous noise of murmur) against Moses because they had no water. This is not the only reference to the Children of Israel chiding and murmuring against Moses, let’s look at these scriptures Ex. 15:24, 16:2 (just two and a half months after leaving Egypt), 17:1-4, Num. 14:1-3, 27-36, Num. 16:41 this list of murmuring goes on and on. Perhaps to give a complete answer as to why Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land we must include that he grew discouraged and lost his self-control because of all the murmuring. Ps.106:32-33

Murmuring is associated and described by the following characteristics: envious, greedy, ungrateful, selfish, ignorant, angry, doubtful, impatient, discontent, rebellious, disrespectful of authority, more emotional than rational, more physical than spiritual, therefore creating a negative attitude and atmosphere for those murmuring as well as those hearing. Murmuring is often accompanied by acts of rebellion.

Just as those who murmured against Moses were murmuring against God, those who murmur against faithful church leaders today may also be murmuring against God, creating discouragement to all.

 By: Scott Jacques

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