Monthly Archives: September 2013

Maybe The Liberals Will Love You Now! The Bushes and Same-Sex Marriage

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President George W. Bush receives applause while delivering the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. Also pictured are Vice President Dick Cheney and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has widely been reported that former President George H. W. Bush, or “Bush 41” as he is called, served as a witness at a gay marriage ceremony in Maine. The newlyweds were some of his long time friends.

I think most conservatives thought that they could count on the Bushes to uphold conservative Christian values. The AP article I read1 revealed that, other than the two elder Bushes, Laura, her daughter Barbara, and Dick Cheney all support gay marriage (Cheney’s daughter is gay). President George W. seems to have retreated into an “I won’t answer that question because I’m not in politics” mode, and Jeb apparently thinks the state should decide and that we all need to be supportive of non-traditional families. All of this is disappointing but not all that surprising. It is the rare leader these days who sticks to his values in the midst of this headhunting, fragile, self-infested American culture.

What should one do when he or she is called on to attend or participate in a same-sex wedding? Let me answer it this way: By attending, and certainly by witnessing or serving as an attendant, singing, etc., you are saying “I support gay marriage.” If that is your stance then you have your answer. If you do not support same-sex marriage but you participate anyway, then you have compromised your integrity and registered your support. Congratulations, you’re like everyone else!

Abstaining from participating in a same-sex wedding does not have to mean that you do not love the people involved or that you are trying to sever your relationship with that person. It does mean that you have decided to take your friend or friends or family members seriously by loving them enough to be honest and not compromise your integrity. Unfortunately, the voiced lack of support for homosexuality or same-sex marriages is equated with hate, so if you stick to your convictions you will pay.

In our culture today, the thing we dread the most is disapproval. We have therefore practically legalized approval. It is becoming mandatory that all groups everywhere must be approved by all people everywhere. God forbid that someone should voice their disapproval of someone else’s lifestyle, thus causing them to experience the excruciating pain that comes with introspection!

 

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1 http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/26/20701781-george-hw-bush-serves-as-witness-at-same-sex-wedding?lite

 

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Your thoughts on this Tozer Quote . . .

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I recently discovered this quote from Tozer that I think is priceless. What do you think he is saying?

“It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.”

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The Two Questions . . .

The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time (Photo credit: ToniVC)

(The following questions are put forth as concisely worded reminders to help you be accountable to the all-important privilege and opportunity for daily prayer. The key, if your answers are negative, is not to become discouraged, guilty, or to find a way to justify yourself, but rather to consider the questions honestly and on a regular (daily) basis so that the Holy Spirit can carve out a place for prayer in your thinking and in your life.)

Question 1: Did you set aside quality time in a location where you would not be disturbed or disturb others for the intentional purpose of being alone with God in the secret place?

Anyone who has a relationship with Jesus understands the need to pray every day. But because we are frequently pressed for time we may try to turn our commute time into our secret place time. Don’t get me wrong: we should pray everywhere and at all times! But there is no replacement for time alone with God in a place where no one can see or hear you. Why? Well, first of all, it says something about our commitment to our love relationship with Jesus that we spend uninterrupted time with Him. It also allows for us to respond fully. As a Pentecostal believer, there are times in my prayer time when I need to cry, or shout, or clap my hands. I may feel the leading to lay prostrate before the Lord in surrender. I may even feel compelled to dance before the Lord. I’m less likely to feel the freedom to do that when I know others can see or hear me. Finally, if others are able to observe my secret place time they may be inclined to criticize, judge, or otherwise hinder my freedom in the Lord.

Question 2: If your answer to Question 1 was yes, was the balance of your time in the secret place spent pursuing your love relationship with Jesus or did you spend most of the time asking God for His help with needs?

We are exhorted to let our requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). But prayer is first and foremost about our relationship with God! What would any of our other important relationships be like if all we did was ask for things? No! All of our petitions before the Lord must flow out of our close relationship to Him and be led by Him. Sometimes we convince ourselves that because we are praying for ministries that we should spend all of our time interceding for ministries. But that says to God that the mission is more important than He is! If we will delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4)!

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Did You Really Mean What You Said Mr. Pope Francis Sir?!

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By Scott Fowler

In a recent interview with La Civilta Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit magazine, Pope Francis expresses his concern that the Catholic Church, at least as it pertains to its moral credibility, might “fall like a house of cards” unless the church finds a balance between its dogmatic declaration of truth and its love for people. That sounds like the voice of wisdom and maturity. I would say that it reflects a naiveté, but I really think it more reflects bad doctrine.

For one thing, the Pope’s idea that we have to “heal” the wounds of a person before we can speak to him is fine unless the wounds are the sin. There is no healing the wounds of homosexuality while at the same time accepting the homosexuality. There is no healing of the sin of abortion unless the acceptance of abortion is dealt with.

Now, I am…

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Tozer’s Prayer for The Knowledge of the Holy

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By Scott Fowler

In one of his sermons titled, “The God of All Creation,” which I assume was given near the end of his ministry but before he published The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer shares his desire to leave behind a legacy of thinking loftily about God:

“I want you to pray about something for me will you do this? I don’t often introduce personal matters but I want you to pray about something. I wish you’d pray that God would help me and let me live long enough to write a book on the attributes of God devotionally considered. I have that in my mind and I want to do it . . . . I’d like to do this; I’d like to leave to this generation an elevated and large conception of the great God Almighty in His three persons. I’d like to die…

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No Place for Tim Tebow in the NFL? Really

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Heisman Trophy Winner , before he is about to be honored at halftime during the (Dec 23rd 07) Jaguars/Oakland game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, this is just a simple, oversimplified, outsider’s view of the Tim Tebow football situation. (Outsider not because I am uninterested in the NFL. I just don’t have time to let it become a major focus of my life.) I will put it in the form of a question: How is it that a guy who can win the Heisman trophy can’t find a place in the NFL doing something? Does this reflect that the NFL is less of a place where someone can grow and more of a place where everyone must be ready for the show on the day they arrive? Perhaps the competition has gotten so great that everyone else at their quarterback positions (first and second string) are just simply so good that they cannot be challenged? (Is that what was going on with the Jets last season?)

Maybe the problem is that Tebow is too narrowly focused on being a quarterback. Maybe someone close to him should ask him, “Which is the more important dream for you? Playing quarterback or increasing your influence to the personnel and fans of the NFL?” Is it possible that Tebow’s radical Christian faith has hindered any fair assessment of his skills? I’m not saying he should be a starting quarterback somewhere. There’s obviously some evidence that he is a diamond in the rough there. But surely he could be shaped and mentored! Is there any room for that?

Feel free to share your thoughts if you have any . . .

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Socrates in the City: One of New York’s Best Kept Secrets

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By Scott Fowler

I am now a veteran of two Socrates in the City events. (I was there for John Lennox—Oxford scholar and professor and former student of C. S. Lewis!—earlier this year, and last Thursday night for Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, founder of the Discovery Institute and who some are calling the father of the modern Intelligent Design movement.) If you have never heard of Socrates in the City,don’t panic. I will tell you enough here to aide you in getting your Socrates on for the next go round.

What is it?

Socrates in the City (which could be shortened to SITC but won’t be here because I like saying Socrates in the City) is at the very least a forum where important authors dealing with important subjects can come and promote (and sell) their important books, or “move product” as Eric Metaxas, the…

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The Hindu Festival Called Holi and The Color Run

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By now most people have heard of The Color Run. The Color Run company is a “for profit” venture though the runs I have been aware of have been connected with charity as well. The Color Run is a “five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.”1 Then, at the finish line there is a “Finish Festival” where even more colored powder is applied “to create happiness and lasting memories.”2 I’ve seen the pictures and it looks like a lot of fun.

What you may not know is that The Color Run looks a lot like what happens at the Hindu Holi Festival where people are covered in the same colors with the same results. Here’s a description of the Hindu festival:

The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new…

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In Plain English . . .

At a certain, specific moment in time, the Second Person of the Godhead, came down to earth and took on a human form and identity in order to reach the human race that had been lost due to sin. He did not “heist” a human body, but rather was born just like everyone else with at least one colossal exception: He had an earthly mother but no earthly father, since His Father was God.

At birth, He was given the name Jesus.  After living a sinless life, during which He performed many mighty miracles—the accounts of which, if written down, the world would not be able to contain according to John 21:25—He was crucified on a cross.  His death was planned and prophesied:  the ransom necessary to redeem all of mankind.

After being in the tomb for three days, His body took on life again and resurrected.  After spending another forty days on the earth, during which time He taught His disciples and appeared to as many as five hundred at the same time (1 Corinthians 15:6), He ascended into Heaven in plain sight of His disciples just ten days before the Day of Pentecost. He is alive and sitting at the right hand of God the Father. He hears our prayers and He prays for us.

We expect to see Him for ourselves someday.  Of course, in death we expect to immediately leave this body and be in His presence, but, we also expect to see Him return in the air to rapture, or catch away, His church, and again to bring about judgment upon the earth at which time He will insert Himself into history again—the term “insert” used here only to help us grasp the concept since history is actually “His-story” and something He has always been a part of and actively involved in— this time to remain.

Ultimately, all creatures that have ever existed will acknowledge Him as Lord and will bow down before Him (Philippians 2:9-11)!  It is estimated that 107 billion people have thus far existed on the earth1—several billion less than that if you throw out evolutionary hallucinations— and Christians believe that none of them will go to heaven unless they have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

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1 http://www.prb.org/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleHaveEverLivedon Earth.aspx

 

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