The Athenians prided themselves on their arts and philosophy. So when Paul ministered to them about God, he used examples from their own Greek poets, Aratus and Cleanthes. Paul taught that as God’s children, those who abide in God, live, move, and exist in Him. We live because as Creator of all things, God is the source of all life. We move because as Ruler of our lives, our hearts, thoughts and actions are directed by Him. We exist because God alone is the giver and taker of life, and everyday He gives us is a gift. And when we live in the Lord and He in us, we have the joy and confidence of knowing God is always near.
Throughout history there have been false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Those who deny the authority of Jesus and spread false doctrines. John tells us to watch out for such people. Because following them and their twisted scriptures can cause us to lose our rewards. Not the reward of salvation, for that is secure through the blood of Jesus, but instead our spiritual rewards. John cautions that we need to always be on alert and check all we hear against what the Bible actually says. Abiding in Jesus means abiding in His Word. And the knowledge of God’s Word is the best defense against any attack of deceit from the Enemy!
God is the great Architect. And as God in the flesh, Jesus is the Master Builder. And those who receive Christ as their Savior, become joint builders, living stones in the house of the Lord. As heirs of Jesus, we are active participants in enlarging the household of God. We do this by spreading the Good News, and telling the world of the hope we have in Jesus, our High Priest. A hope that will not go unrewarded. For to those who put their confidence in Him, and hold fast to the end, the prize is eternity in paradise at the side of our Savior. And there could be no good greater reward!
Israel had turned away from the Lord. They rejected His love, choosing instead to chase after foreign gods and live in rebellion. To show the people how far they had fallen, God commanded the prophet Hosea to choose a prostitute and marry her. …
In the greatest example of humility, Jesus left His glorious throne in heaven to be ridiculed, persecuted, tortured, and crucified. He set aside His royalty to redeem all who call Him Lord. Such selflessness, grace, and sacrifice stands as a model for all Christians. Instead of focusing on ourselves, our needs and wants, we are to put others best interests before our own. Now that doesn’t mean thinking less of ourselves, but rather thinking of ourselves less. If we truly abide in Jesus, then we should follow His golden rule. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
Popular Atheist Says Aborting Babies With Disabilities Is Wise
In a disgusting and warped statement, Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, has stated that it is “immoral” to bring a child with Down’s Syndrome or other disabilities into the world. In 2014, Dawkins, in response to a woman saying she would be faced with “a real ethical dilemma” if she were to become pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, tweeted, “Abort it and try again.” This comes after The American Humanist Association took back its humanist of the year award from Dawkins after he tweeted a comparison between trans people to Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist who posed as a black woman for years. Read more about Dawkins here.
Planned Parenthood Sues To Overturn Ordinance That Calls Abortion Murder
A Lubbock, Texas ordinance that bans abortion and received overwhelming approval by voters is facing a court challenge. After the city declared itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and Dr. G. Sealy Massingill, filed suit, claiming the city’s “Ordinance Outlawing Abortion” is a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The complaint came on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court said it would take up a challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. In that case, Mississippi seeks to revive a Republican-backed state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read more about the lawsuit here.
A New Study Shows 43% Of Millennials Don’t Believe Or Care If God Exists
A new study from Arizona Christian University suggests that there are significant, statistical differences between generations in regard to spiritual beliefs and behaviors. ACU’s Cultural Research Center recently conducted the American Worldview Inventory 2021, a survey of the philosophy of life on American adults. Each generation differed greatly when it came to specific beliefs and practices. The CRC research shows that some of the biggest differences are in definitions of success in life, abortion, Biblical practices things like and karma and horoscopes. Millennials and Gen X beliefs align more closely to one another, while Boomers and Builders hold more similar beliefs. Sadly, 43% of Millennials stated they either don’t know, don’t care or don’t believe God exists compared to 28 percent of Boomers. Read about the study here.
Delaware College Cancels $730,000 Dollars In Student Debt
Knowing how hard covid-19 has effected everyone, Delaware State University canceled more than $730,000 in debt for over 200 recent graduates who are faced with financial hardship. “We got money from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan, and there’s a number of things that we can do with that money as it relates to COVID-19,” said Carlos Holmes, a spokesperson for Delaware State University. “This is one thing we’ve decided to do with this money, to help our students and help defray the costs that they’re leaving here with.” For many, this money made the difference between being able to graduate. Read more about the generous gift here.
The Bible makes clear that once we receive Jesus as our Savior, our salvation is secure. And although nothing can separate us from His love, sin breaks our precious fellowship with God. A fellowship that remains broken until we come before the Lord with confession and repentance. When we come to God with contrite hearts that truly seek to draw near to Him, He too will draw near to us. For God loves us beyond comprehension. And washing our hands of sin, and purifying our hearts and minds, paves the way for us to abide in the Lord. This in turn allows us, to enjoy a perfect fellowship with God, filled with peace, joy, and love.
Although we no longer live under the Law, Jesus still calls us to keep His commandments. What are His commandments? The Lord asks that we believe, ask, obey, abide, and most all, love. Believe in Him as we do the Father. Ask for all things in His glorious name. Obey the Word of God. Abide in the Holy Spirit. And most of all, love like Jesus. The last the greatest, for Christ gave it at His last meal before His Crucifixion. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) By abiding in Jesus and keeping His love commandment, we in turn demonstrate our love for Him, and show the world that we belong to the Lord.
Israel needs our prayers. In a conflict as old as the ages, Israel is once again under attack. After weeks of tension during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hamas launched dozens of rockets that it said were to avenge Israel’s actions in the contested holy city. With both sides refusing to back down and rebuffing international calls for a cease-fire, fears have risen about an outright war. But we know God will protect his chosen people, and woe to those who go against Israel. Read more about the conflict here.
Supreme Court To Hear Abortion Case Challenging Roe vs. Wade
In what pro-life supporters call a win, the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion. The verdict could upend the legal right to abortion laid out in the court’s 1973 landmark Roe v Wade ruling. In announcing the decision to hear the case, the Supreme Court said they would review whether “all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” If Mississippi’s ban is upheld by the Supreme Court, it could pave the way for further abortion restrictions and could upend the legal right to abortion per the Roe vs Wade ruling. Read more about the case here.
Mega Church Pastor Olu Brown Retires
Reverend Olu Brown of Fulton County’s prominent Impact Church announced on Sunday that he plans to retire as lead pastor. His retirement from the progressive church takes effect in June 2022. Brown, a native of Lufkin, Texas, said he is leaving to pursue entrepreneurial and consulting opportunities full time with churches, businesses and nonprofits. “Now that part of God’s call on my life has come to an end, it’s time for me to normalize next,” he said. A successor has not been named and will be determined by United Methodist Church officials in the North Georgia Conference. Read more about his retirement here.
Utah Climber Rescued From Area Called “Certain Death”
A climber who suffered an injury in Utah was rescued from a region known as “Certain Death” after a rock the “size of a refrigerator” rolled on top of him. Officials said rescue crews reached his accident site around 4pm, responding to a call that a climber had had an accident in the Gate Buttress area of Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is a part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The region is located about 15 miles from Salt Lake City, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue division. rescued by helicopter, officials did not provide further comment on the climber’s injuries or his condition. Read more about the rescue here.
Have you ever prayed to God and been absolutely blown away with the abundance of His answer? The apostle Paul tells us instead of being surprised, we should anticipate our Father to go above and beyond what we ask of Him. For we serve a God who loves to bless exceedingly those who abide in Him in faithful obedience. The Lord wants us to come to Him in prayer with all of our needs. Because He cares about every detail of our lives, both great and small. And when we do, we need to be bold, expectant, and prepared for an answer that will be far greater anything we could imagine!