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THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
Judges 20-21


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On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Many of us have spent the last few days reading and watching the various responses to this historic decision. Many are celebrating. Perhaps they are thankful for the opportunity to marry legally or just thankful that others they know can now do so. Others are saddened. They believe that God has defined marriage in the Bible as between a man and a woman and the Court’s decision is a marked departure from that understanding. As a follower of Christ who believes in the faithfulness and inerrancy of Scripture, I side with the latter. I am burdened for those who believe that joy and contentment can be found outside of faith and obedience to Christ. I am not angry at what they believe, just further burdened at the steps our culture has taken to further normalize those beliefs. Such actions cannot help but have grave consequences.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2015 )
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Judges 19: A Look into Darkness Print E-mail

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Some days make it easier to believe in humanity’s depravity and need for a Savior. We had one of those days this past week. Think about it with me. You get up on a Wednesday morning, you get ready, you go to work, you come home in time to make it to Church, and you even notice a visitor in the back of the room. You spend time in prayer and study of the Word and all feels well. Until the visitor stands, takes out a gun, and begins to kill the people around you. Before you can even get over the initial shock and confusion, he is aiming at you.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2015 )
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Judges 17-18: Worship in Our Own Eyes Print E-mail

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We cannot worship God however we want. We might think that God does not really care how we worship Him as long as we are worshipping Him. But God’s glory and goodness and worth do not just demand that we worship Him, but that we worship Him according to His instructions. We don’t have the right to make things up. The One who is worthy of worship is worthy of our obedience to His instructions concerning worship. He has given us His Word so that we can know Him and behold His greatness and so that we can respond faithfully in worship.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2015 )
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Judges 15-16: God Is Always Winning Print E-mail

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The Lord invites us to laugh at our enemies this morning. Do you think the evil of ISIS will be able to destroy Christianity? Are you afraid that the sin of homosexuality or pornography or abortion will overcome the Church? Does it feel like God is losing at times? If so, the Lord calls you to consider something: has the enemies of God ever been able to thwart His plan of rescuing a people?  Of course, the obvious answer is ‘no.’ In spite of all the times that it appeared as if the Church was going to fail, the gospel is still being proclaimed throughout the world this morning. Make no mistake, our enemies are fierce. The sinfulness of humanity is great. Satan is like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). Death is threatening us all. And the Lord is laughing and inviting us to laugh as well. Not because He makes light of tragedy and difficulty, but simply because He knows that their threats against His own are hollow. They will never get past the blood of Christ. His laughter is not the cruel mocking of an arrogant tyrant, but the certain hope of the victorious King. And He invites all His people to join in the merriment.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 June 2015 )
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Judges 13-14: Expect the Unexpected Print E-mail

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Some characters are more memorable than others. The most memorable character to me in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series is not necessarily Frodo, the main character.  Many would argue that Gollum is the most memorable or Gandalf, the wizard.  But for me, the most memorable character in the series is Sam, Frodo’s faithful companion.  I will never forget sitting in a bookstore reading “The Two Towers”, the second volume in the series, and reading about Samwise’s choice to finish the task even though Frodo was dead (or so he thought).  He had been a weak, bumbling character up to that point, but when the moment came, he did what he had to do.  He became a memorable character to me in that moment. Probably all of us could make a list of characters that were memorable to us.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 June 2015 )
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Judges 11:29-12:15: Forsaking God (Part 2) Print E-mail

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There is much to be learned from the mistakes of those who have gone before us.  We are not the first to live life in a fallen world.  We are not the first to be given the title: ‘People of God.’  We are not the first to be tempted to forsake what God has revealed through His Word.  The particular issues that we face in our day may be unique, but the allure of disobedience is as old as the sun.  The story of redemption, which is contained in the pages of Scripture, gives us many examples of people making mistakes.  Paul tells us in the passage that we read to open our services that these examples were written down for our instruction.  We are to learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before us.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 June 2015 )
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