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Jesus Christ Is The Same Yesterday And Today And Forever – Daily Inspiration, October 9, 2012

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

During the Good Morning America broadcast yesterday morning, the anchors warmly congratulated the weather anchor, Sam Champion on his engagement to another man, Rubem Robierb. One news anchor embraced Champion; another seemed very excited at the prospect of helping him plan the nuptials. There were shots of the two betrothed men during several segments. They appeared very happy and content. Champion thanked everyone for the outpouring of support for his upcomimg union.

I understand the need for Good Morning America to support this colleague and foster a one big happy family persona for its viewers. One, it’s good for ratings. Two, Champion has been with the program for while and is good at his job. He presents himself in a dignified and professional manner while also being very personable. He seems to be a very nice guy annd I am sure the love shown him is genuine.

However, as a Christian, I am disheartened by this current tide of homosexual acceptance. In an attempt to stem the damaging effects of childhood bullying, we are sliding into dangerous territory. Make no doubt that singling out individuals for physical and verbal abuse is wrong and should stopped. However, accepting behavior that God has deemed an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), is not helpful to the person nor is it helpful to the nation as a whole.

The proliferation of wickedness and selfishness in the world has desensitized many to God’s Word. As in Malachi 3: 13-15:

“You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord.
Yet you ask, “What have we said against you?”
You have said, “It is futile to serve God. What did we gain
by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners
before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed.
Certainly, the evildoers prosper and even those who challenge God escape.”

The truth is, homosexuality is wrong. I know that is not a popular sentiment today. I do not support homosexuality, but I don’t advocate violence against them. Although some argue, it is possible to love the sinner but not the sin. God is our example for this as he still showers us with undeserved mercy and grace, though we sin daily – intentionally and unintentionally. I have known and been friendly with homosexuals, but have not and will not support the lifestyle they have chosen. Just as I love various family members who have run afoul with law ennforcement. I love them, but in no way do I support or condone thier actions.

As Christians, we are in the world but not of the world. Social attitudes change, but the word of God stands forever and His promises remain unbroken, as stated further in Malachi (3:17):

“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make
up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion
a man spares his some who serves him. And you will again see the
distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those
who serve God and those who do not.”

As Christians, we will have those who sharply disagree with us and may even despise us, just as our Savior was despised and crucified. We are not people-pleasers, we are servers of God. Do not let your compassion for man turn into disregard of the Word. God’s Word is not old-fashioned; it is timely, relevant and desperately needed.

May the Lord be with you today.

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled – Daily Inspiration, September 13, 2012

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Our Savior is never far from us. While we cannot avoid life’s trials, we can take comfort in knowing Someone is there to Guide us through difficult times. As the notes on John 14:27 in the Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale House Publishers Inc and Zondervan, 2005) counsel: “Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says He will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.”

May the Lord’s peace be with you today.

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely – Daily Inspiration, July 19, 2012

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4: 16

Take a careful inventory of your beliefs. Wrong beliefs can lead one into sin and heresy. Stay on guard against those who attempt to persuade that how one lives is more important than what one believes. We must remain vigilant in our faith to keep from falling into sin that can quickly destroy us. As Paul exhorted Timothy, “…set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 Live so others see the Christ in you.

God bless you today and always.

Jesus Is Our Great High Priest – Daily Inspiration, July 6, 2012

“Therefore we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4: 14-16

Yes, we serve a Lord who experienced the temptations we fight daily during His time on earth yet never sinned. Because He experienced these temptations, He is able to sympathize with us and our trials. Because of His example, we know it is possible to resist sin when being seduced by temptation. Humbly present yourself to Jesus in all of your weakness and receive the strength, mercy and grace to sustain you.

May God bless you and your families.

Homosexuality is a Sin, Despite Modern Convictions

Sometimes you have to take stances that go against common trends and mindsets. This post definitely goes against one growing trend – the acceptance of homosexuality. This is not a rant against homosexuals; rather it is a reminder to Christians who believe there is nothing wrong with homosexuality that they are in direct opposition to the word of God. For those unfamiliar with the Bible and insist it does not specifically address homosexuality, please read Leviticus 18:22: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” It is listed among several other sexual acts Gods declares detestable. In Leviticus 20:13, we discover the punishment for the act: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Is this a call to gather those who engage in homosexual acts and put them to death? Of course not, modern society is radically different from the times this edict was issued. I would also never place a call to kill those who have committed the sins of adultery, fornication, envy or bearing false witness. That would wipe out most of civilization, including myself. We all sin, but it doesn’t make it right because everyone does it. Thankfully, we serve a forgiving God who accepts sincere repentance. We serve a God who took human form, bore our sins and, because of His death and resurrection, allows us to live in His grace. While Jesus exhibited unprecedented compassion for all sinners during his time on earth, he did tell his followers this, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” and, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:17, 19.

So, as Christians, we cannot conform to society’s growing tolerance of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. While we cannot bend, we shouldn’t shut out those homosexuals who seek the truth and a sincere relationship with God. Our example is with Jesus who, after being criticized by the Pharisees for eating with tax collectors and sinners explained, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But, go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Matthew 9: 12-13. This is “loving the sinner and not the sin”.

Free will allows us to believe in God. That same free will allows others to not believe in Him. If you believe in and love God, then His commands should be etched in your heart. God’s Word is unchanging in the face of the world’s ever changing views and morals.