The first test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage begins Monday in a Kentucky courtroom, where a county clerk plans to argue that her Christian faith prevents her from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The case is reviving memories of the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling in Loving vs. Virginia striking down laws across the country forbidding interracial marriage. Waves of resistance that rippled across the South then took years to dissipate.
Legal experts suggest history might hint at how the coming months will unfold, as some defiant clerks refuse to abide by the gay marriage ruling. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Other clerks have rallied behind her, demanding the government protect Christians from having to issue gay marriage licenses.
Christians in public office will now have to decide whether they are Christians first or employees of the Government first and…
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For those of us that are involved in the apologetic endeavour, we are always trying to come up with new strategies for how to get apologetics into the local congregation. We all know it can be a challenge to get our local pastors and ministry leaders to see the urgency for apologetic training. I am convinced that the leadership of the local congregation sets the tone for the people. So I would like to list some of the hindrances and obstacles that we face in attempting to implement apologetics into the local congregations:
It is important to remember that asking questions about what you believe is not necessarily the same thing as doubt. For example, when I was a new Christian, I had all kinds of questions. And I still have questions to this day. Asking questions is a part of spiritual growth.
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“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.” Matthew 6:22
These words of Jesus tell us how important our eyes are, and how diligent we must be to watch what goes into our mind through our eyes. God’s word shows us several ways to do this:
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1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:1-2 NASB)
I spent the week in Denver at our corporate headquarters for a project kickoff in which I will be the Database Administrator. The day before my flight back home my wife texted me that a good friend of ours who was suffering from brain cancer had died. He had been in hospice care for several weeks. He was a godly man. His battle with cancer lasted about a year. We attended his funeral today. My brethren, it is not a tragic thing to be there for the family at the funeral of their lost loved one when that loved one…
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