Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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Not ashamed ( A Bible principal for children )School board rejects Common Core
Mexico helping its poor get help from the U.S?
lesbian mayor changing tune on pastors’ sermon subpoenas
States that accept Medicaid expansion are accepting rising costs, too
Young basketball player with brain disease to play ‘one last game’

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Not ashamed ( A Bible principal for children )

Hi boys and girls: Uncle Billy here. How would you act if you got punished or were about to be punished for telling others about Jesus. In today’s story a little boy suffers because he loves Jesus. Here it is.
Jen Snow and her 10 year old son Jack were just leaving church.
“What did you learn in Sunday School today?” Mrs. Snow asked her young son.
“That we need not to be ashamed of Jesus and should not keep him to ourselves,” Jack answered.
“Son, that is so true.”
“I wish daddy would follow Jesus.”
“Jack we just have to keep praying for him and being a light.”
That night when Jack went to bed he prayed for his dad to embrace Jesus and for his friends from school and those on his baseball team to see their need for the Lord.
The next day Jack felt like the Lord wanted him to start telling others about Jesus.
( Listen to the rest of this Bible principal by clicking here. )

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School board rejects Common Core

Following the wishes of disgruntled parents, a school board in Louisiana has voted to dump Common Core math.

The St. Tammany Parish School Board will do away with the Eureka Math component by the end of the school year, though some educators and others have urged the board to give it more time. Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project finds this move to be gratifying.
“They went with what the parents wanted,” she notes. “They said, ‘We don’t really care whether you think it’s wonderful. We’re supposed to be making the parents happy, and the parents are not happy, so we’re going to change it.’ So I thought that was very good. That’s an indication that they’re answering to the correct people.”
( LA school board ‘answering to the correct people’ )

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Mexico helping its poor get help from the U.S?

An immigration enforcement advocacy organization says it is clear that the government of Mexico cares more about helping its poor citizens live illegally in the United States than helping the poor within its own borders.

( The story is right here. )

Houston’s lesbian mayor changing tune on pastors’ sermon subpoenas

(October 16, 2014) – The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the city’s lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, and her city attorney, David Feldman, are changing their tune on subpoenas the city issued against five city pastors opposed to Houston’s equal right’s ordinance.

The proposed “bathroom bill” ordinance passed 11-6 in May despite vocal opposition by the Houston community, which was led by local churches and their pastors.

Among other things, it would give men who say they feel like women the right to use female washrooms and vice-versa.

The Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom says the city issued the subpoenas in defense of a lawsuit against the ordinance. The subpoenas demand that the five pastors turn over sermon notes and private communications with church members.

On Tuesday, Mayor Parker and Feldman said the sermons were fair game. But yesterday, they admitted the subpoenas were “overly broad.” Feldman also said the city will be clarifying their request.
( More )

States that accept Medicaid expansion are accepting rising costs, too

Read the story.

Young basketball player with brain disease to play ‘one last game’

Read the story.

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Yesterday ( Friday’s Posts , until next week here on the blog )

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Truth or Love
Trick or treat for pot on HALLOWEEN
She was raped but trusted and said yes to life
15 year old girls
Christian apologist: Obama ignoring truth about Islam
Seven reasons not to enroll in ObamaCare
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Never quit ( a thought on the Bible )

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Truth or Love

Some churches and some people have love but no truth and some have truth but no love.
2 John 1
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

Walking in the truth means…
A. Focus on the doctrine where there is no room for debate:
1. Jesus has come in the flesh.
2. Jesus is God, and the only way to heaven.
3. The Bible is the inspired word of God and can be trusted in all matters.
4. All have missed God’s mark and have sinned but forgiveness of sin is possible for all through Jesus.
5. There is a real heaven and real hell.
6. Jesus died for our sins, and God raised him from the dead.
Today there is a lot of talk of unity and bringing all faiths and churches together. In my home town they are putting together a tri-faith campus. The goal on that campus is to have a church along with a mosque, and a synagogue. I got a letter in our local paper to do with the tri-faith campus. Here is the letter.
“The majority members of Countryside Community Church who voted in favor of looking into joining the tri-faith site might want to check out the Bible which says the duty of every follower of Jesus is to proclaim that all need to embrace Jesus as Lord. Yes we should be friends with those of other faiths or of no faith but we must always be willing to share the truth. However according to a Michael Kelly column ( World Herald June 26 ) there is to be no telling Muslims or Jews of their need for Christ on the tri- faith campus. That doesn’t sound like tolerance for us who follow the Bible. Romans 1:16 in the Bible commands us not to be ashamed of the good news. If there is no truth there can’t be unity.
Followers of Christ can disagree on non key doctrine. Such as church government, and the gifts of the spirit.
B. Obey God’s commands:
Matthew 22:37 says to love The Lord your God with all your heart, and mind. Obeying God’s commands means to put The Lord first. Some folks today want Jesus as their savior but reject and want nothing to do with the Lordship of Christ.
What are the commands of God..
1. Make disciples: what does it mean to make disciples. Too often today we put the focus on making converts not disciples.Matthew 28:19-20 says 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
To make disciples means..
To teach the word. New believers need to hear the words of Christ. There are spiritual leaders today that are preaching false doctrines and rejecting the word of God. One lady who co Pastor’s a church with her husband said this in a sermon. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God we’re not doing it for God — I mean that’s one way to look at it,” she said from the pulpit. “We’re doing it for yourself, because God takes pleasure when were happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning … just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy.” What would this so called preacher say to somebody who has cancer, somebody who has lost their job. The chances are they are not going to be happy. God wants us holy and not happy.
So what does it mean to love others.
C. Accept others as they are: This is not to imply that sin is ok. We need to let God take care of the sin in others. By the way sin is not what man defines it as. Some churches and believers have made it a sin to go to the movies. Some have made it a sin to listen to music that is not Christian. We need to call sin what God has called sin. We don’t need to add to God’s list of sins. If God didn’t make the rule forget the rule.
Romans 14 reads…
14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
So how do you accept others..
1.Allow difference of convictions on non key issues.
2. Discern essentials from non essentials.
A non key issue might be the day you worship. There is a group of people who believe Christians should worship on Saturday instead of Sunday. They will attack those who worship on Sunday. I think the key is not what day you worship but the key is having a day to worship.
D. Address issues of sin with those you are close to: If somebody you know or are close to are in known sin address it with him. People may say you are not to judge but we are to judge others or make judgements which we do everyday. We have a right to judge sin and that comes from the Bible.
How do we address sin in the lives of others..
1. Speak the truth to them in love.
2. Show them what the Bible says about the way they are living. The issue is not one’s feelings. The issue is what the word of God teaches.
3. Remind them because of the power of Christ they can turn away from sin in their lives. Give them verses from the Bible they can claim
4. If they are a true believer in Jesus the issue is not if they have a relationship with Christ the issue is there fellowship with God. I don’t believe a true child of God can lose their salvation but they can lose their fellowship with God.
5. Commit to pray for the person in sin. Sin is a spiritual battle. The battle is not with the person but with the devil.
Addresses sin in the lives of others is an act of love. What kind of parent would not deal with the wrong his or her child had done. We who are believers should act the same way far as our brothers and sisters in Christ goes.
Inclosing let me say we should love others but above all we need to love the truth which is Jesus Christ and his word.
Lord help us to know your truth and to love others above all help us to submit ourselves to the Lordship of your word. Amen.

Billy David Dickson All Rights Reserved, 2014

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Trick or treat for pot on HALLOWEEN

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