Daily Archives: April 12, 2014

Three models for mercy ministry

Yesterday  I argued that mercy ministry that is done through the local church is not only biblical, but it is more effective than other alternatives.

For starters, every biblical instance of mercy ministry from the ascension forward is in the context of the local church. In the case of famine, food is collected by the church, for the “saints in Jerusalem” (Rom 15:25-31).  In the case of widows, support is collected by the elders, managed by the deacons, given to only those who are devoted to prayer and serving in their church (Acts 4:37, 6:1; 1 Tim 5:5-10).  

Believers are called to meet the needs of poor believers around the world. If there are any Christians in physical need, it is every Christian’s obligation to meet those needs (Matt 25:40, Mark 9:41, 1 John 3:17, James 2:15).  And it is obvious that the group best equipped to know the needs of other believers in the world is the local church.

This is true not only because it is biblical, but also because it is practical. If the goal is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor in the global church, then the means has to be the global church. Churches have (or at least they should have) elders and accountable leadership. They have discernment. And most importantly, they have the gospel. They know what the real needs are better than a multinational aid organization, and they come hard-wired by God for the pastoral tasks of evangelism, follow-up, discipleship, and fulfilling the Great Commission.

If there is a physical need in a part of the world, the first step is always: find a trust-worthy church that is there, strategically positioned to meet that need. If there is no church, then before step-1, you need to plant a church. If the church there has no leadership, then before step-1, you need to raise leadership up. This is not a flash-in-the-pan clothes drop, or a one time food truck we are talking about here. This is long term, difficult, Great Commission kind of work (this is also exactly why it is so frustrating to hear organizations that are ostensibly on the front-lines of mercy ministry pooh-pooh the importance of theology).

So how should this look in the practical lives of Christians in wealthier cultures?

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (11 April 2014)

 

  • It’s always a sad thing when a pastor falls. This week, Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, citing moral failure. If you’re not familiar with Coy, we last mentioned him here at DNBS.
  • Speaking of resignations, one World Vision board member has resigned after the entity reversed its policy regarding hiring employees in same-sex marriages. So…am I the only one who is wondering why she didn’t seem to have a problem for the 2 years she served on the board with the same policy in place?
  • Rob Bell is going on tour with Oprah.
  • I was going to make a comment about the validity of so-called ‘prophetic words‘ from a man who dares to wear red skinny jeans, but I don’t want to be mean.
  • After reading this review of Noah, written by Tom Patton, who is the Pastor of Congregational Care at Grace Community Church, I am convinced that Patton needs his own blog. I want to read more stuff like this.
  • Fred Butler has given us the review of chapter 10 of Authentic Fire, the last in what has been a helpful series. We thank Fred Butler and Lyndon Unger for all the hard work they’ve done on this review in these past weeks.
  • The audiobook of Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul is free through the month of April.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Argh. Now I’m hungry for graham crackers and I feel like I should buy Keebler instead.
  • Ten years later, Colton Burpo still thinks he went to heaven.
  • I wonder if CNN knows that when they condemn Islamic child marriage as “inhumane and cruel,” they really are condemning Muhammad and Allah.
  • Miracle tears‘ from a statue of Mary! Wow, that’s so believable, so real!
  • If you haven’t already, you need to read Justin Peters’ testimony. Wow, can I ever identify with him! False conversion is a scary, all-too-prevalent thing.
  • The reconciling gospel:

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Best Stock Market Indicator Ever: Weekly Update

The $OEXA200R Monthly (the percentage of S&P 100 stocks above their 200 DMA) is a technical indicator available on StockCharts.com used to find the “sweet spot” time period in the market when you have the best chance of making money.

According to this system, the market is now Un-Tradable. The OEXA200R ended the week at 72%, down from 90% last weekend.

All three secondary indicators are negative.

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Thought police on patrol – Charles Krauthammer

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.

The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced.

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Wall Street crash ‘even worse’ than 1987 is coming, says Marc Faber

Don’t be surprised if four horsemen start riding down Wall Street. US technology stocks suffered their sharpest dive in more than two years on Thursday night, setting the scene for an equities apocalypse, Swiss investor Marc Faber says.

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You Know, You Need to Read This!

I and other writers have spoken of this before and it should be to the point of exhaustion. Why is it that so few are catching on to this passage of Scripture? It must be understood; they are “asleep” and unaware of the issues at hand. There are sirens and alarm bells going off every- where and yet so many do not hear them. Why is that? It falls back to another passage of Scripture:

2 Peter 3:3-6:”Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?’ For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

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CultureWatch: America, Christianity, and Secularism

“We are NOT a Christian nation. The Constitution IS NOT based on the bible. It IS a secular document.” This comment – so very typical of the secular left – was thrown at me recently on another site. It is all part of the secular humanist attempt to rewrite American history and blot out all mention of the decidedly Christian foundations of the United States.

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Can Good Works Prove Salvation?

There is every reason to think that those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and are consequently born into God’s family will experience a changed life to some degree. Some would say that this changed life is evidenced by good works which proves they are saved. If that is true, then the converse is true: if there are no good works, then there is no salvation. In this view, good works (sometimes called “fruit” or evidence of a changed life) prove or disprove one’s eternal salvation.

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Creation Vs The Big Bang

New evidence now strongly suggests that there was a beginning to our universe. CNN.com recently published an article on a remarkable discovery that rocked the world of science and faith, offering strong support for biblical beliefs. The new discovery of traces of gravity waves affirms scientific concepts in the fields of cosmology, general relativity, and particle physics …….. Click here for full story

What New Poll Findings About Adult Millennials May Mean For American Society

As America’s most racially diverse generation, the milliennials (ages 18-33), enters into adulthood, this transitional group portrays a shift in attitudes, lifestyles and trends not nearly as strongly present in older generations, nor present during the years when the older groups were the same age as millennials are now …….. Click here for full story

Higher Food Prices On The Horizon As Record Drought Continues

In many parts of the world, from California to Southeast Asia, the land is parched from growing and persistent droughts. And that means higher prices for many foods Americans like to put on their kitchen tables………. Click here for full story

On The Edge Of A U.S. Retail Apocalypse

There are those who believe the U.S. economy is getting better, but unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Major retail chains are closing their doors all over the United States of America. If the economy is improving, this would not be the case……….. Click here for full story

Podcast: Lawson Interview on Prophezine (Escaping Dangers In The Church Today! – Yoga, Reiki, the false “anointing” and more…)

Ray Gano ‘Watchman on the Wall’ Interview (Prophezine Radio) with Chris Lawson (SRN)
Aired on April 9, 2014, WSVS AM 800, Crewe, Virginia

CLICK HERE: Direct download: 005-Lawson-RayGano-04-09-14.mp3

CLICK HERE: Chris Lawson/SRN Podcast Directory

Ray and Chris discuss major root problems confronting churches today, such as the ignorance of Scripture, lack of discernment, lack of accountability, sensory overload, the fear of man, Yoga, Reiki, Contemplative Spirituality, the false “anointing” and more. Other subjects discussed include properly defining terms, the Occult, the New Age, and how to lovingly warn people who are involved with these things.

“Thou therefore…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1)

Chris Lawson
Spiritual Research Network

World Vision, Christian organization?

Marsha West probes for answers to some of the questions World Vision supporters have been asking since the organization shocked the Christian community by announcing its plan to help advance the gay agenda:

The dust has settled a bit since Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision’s March 24 announcement that it would hire gay couples who are legally married in the state in which they reside. Since “World Vision-gate” remains a hot topic, it’s time for some introspection; likewise to do some digging to find out if WV truly is a Christian organization, as it claims.

When WV announced its decision to hire gay people, not surprisingly Bible believing Christians found the decision unsettling. Clearly, WV’s Board of Directors chose to ignore the plain teaching of Scripture regarding homosexuality. As a result, a large number of believers, including some high-profile evangelical leaders, took to the blogosphere in protest and thousands stormed WV’s website. Board members hadn’t counted on the huge uproar their unbiblical decision would cause. Certainly they expected WV’s financial support to take a minor hit from unhappy sponsors. But evidently no one anticipated just how big the hit would be. According to one source, 10,000 sponsors pulled out.

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