GOD or Government:  Which Do We Obey?

GOD or Government: Which Do We Obey?

Government was ordained by God. It has substantial power to protect and punish. But what if it begins to protect the wicked and punish the just? What should Christians do if the Government outlaws obedience to God?

Americans have been blessed to live in a county with freedoms that allow us to worship God according to the Bible and our conscience. But what if that changes? Who would we obey?

In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John healed a lame man in the name of Christ in a popular public place. A crowd gathered, and they preached the Gospel. Over five thousand souls were saved! 

This is the age-old question: What should Christians do if the government outlaws obedience to God? Click To Tweet

While the Christians and the new believers rejoiced, the civil authorities moved to stop the work of God.  The disciples were detained and ordered by the religious and civil governing body (the Council) to halt all preaching in the name of Christ. 

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CONQUER COVID – A Bible Plan For Churches During COVID-19

CONQUER COVID – A Bible Plan For Churches During COVID-19

The COVID-19 scare shocked the world.  Our government’s response to it was unlike anything we have ever seen.  Who would have thought just a few months ago that our nation would lock down and the American way of life would change so dramatically?

The coronavirus shutdown halted the economy, put citizens on house arrest, and closed many churches.  The politician’s liberal leanings were unmasked as they prioritized liquor stores and abortion clinics above small businesses and churches.

The will of God doesn't change with circumstances. Current events did not come as a surprise to God.  He has equipped us for the task ahead. Click To Tweet

Churches have suffered.  

Most assemblies went three months without meeting in person.  Some churches had weeks with no offerings.  Since then, giving has diminished as Christians struggle financially. It may take time to build offerings back up for churches with many members out of work.  

Outreach ministries that take the Gospel to the lost halted.  Public soul winning, bus ministry, street preaching, nursing home, and prison ministries stopped.

Some churches are meeting again with restrictions.  Fed up with government overreach, some churches are meeting despite state restrictions.  Pastors are getting tickets, fines, jail threats, and court dates for holding church.  

Who would’ve thought this travesty could happen in America?  This unthinkable turn of events is shocking.

Churches all over America are struggling.  Faithful Christians are looking for leadership through this unprecedented trial.  God’s men must lead with wisdom, faith, compassion, confidence, and love.  We must rest upon the fundamentals of our faith and focus on the basics of Scriptural ministry.

The burning question is, “Where do churches go from here?”  How do we move forward?  As always, we find comfort, courage, and direction from God’s Word.

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Escape The Global Pandemic

Escape The Global Pandemic

There are frightful things on the horizon, my friend.  God has made a way of escape.  Will you accept it?

The coronavirus outbreak of 2020 changed the world.  It brought the dangers of viral infection to the forefront of our collective consciousness.  What was once a plot for sci-fi movies is now a reality.  A pandemic, like COVID-19, is the global outbreak of disease.  

It is terrifying that an undetectable virus can infect millions with devastating effects.  Most virus pandemics are the work of influenza (flu) viruses.  The most well-known pandemic in history was the Spanish flu of 1918.  That virus infected one-third of the world’s population, and an estimated 50 million people died worldwide.

Unfortunately, the worst is yet to come.  Jesus Christ foretold that the last days would include “pestilences.” A pestilence is a contagious epidemic disease of catastrophic proportions.

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The True History of God & America

The True History of God & America

God and America are linked.  Some try to change history to deny this extraordinary relationship.  If America hopes to survive, she must turn back to God. Consider these ignored historical facts and God’s plan for the salvation of a nation.

America is a great nation because of her great God.  We wouldn’t even exist as a country if it were not for the miraculous work of the Lord.

After years of religious apathy, moral decay, and ungodly attack, America is fighting for her life.  Will she remain a Christian nation, or reject her God?

American history is linked to the God of the Bible and Jesus Christ.  We have been uniquely blessed as we have followed Him.   Click To Tweet

God’s plan of salvation for individuals is simple faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for remission of sins.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse explains God’s plan of salvation for a nation.  God deals with nations in the Scripture.  They can be blessed or cursed.  They can be built or destroyed.  The only hope for America is a religious revival according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.  

Before we look at our text verse, let’s view  our nation through the light of God’s Word.  Consider these facts.

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A Wise Son Maketh A Glad Father – Proverbs 10:1 & 15:20

A Wise Son Maketh A Glad Father – Proverbs 10:1 & 15:20

Being a Father is a big job.  Having a wise child makes the job easier and more joyful.  Learn how to be a wise child and make your parents glad with this advice from the Bible.

Proverbs 10:1

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Proverbs 15:20

A wise son maketh a glad father: But a foolish man despiseth his mother.

 

Dad’s are under a lot of pressure.  They are a husband to a wife.  They are called by God to be the spiritual leader.  They are tasked with providing for the needs of the Family. They are trusted to protect the family.  

Raising children is a tremendous blessing.  To have children is one of life’s special gifts.  To raise children is one of life’s most daunting tasks.

Rarely is a child wise enough to have compassion and empathy for his parents.

The word child in this message/article is used in the wide sense of the word.  Sometimes it speaks of age and other times of relation.

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Often, when a child is old and has children of his own, he can truly appreciate his parents.  But why wait until we are old?  Set yourself apart from most of the world and value your parents today!

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Confidence In Soul Winning

Confidence In Soul Winning

Here are seven ways to have confidence in Soul Winning.

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The world needs Jesus. Learn how to share your faith confidently with these simple, but powerful tips.

Mark 16:15

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

God has given us the responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. What a commission! What stewardship!

However, the average Christian rarely speaks a word regarding Christ to sinners. This sad fact says more about the state of our nation and the condition of our churches than any poll or questionnaire ever could. If God’s people are not going after sinners, the lost have no hope of salvation!

Are you confident a confident soul winner? You can be. If you were the only hope of salvation for the people in your life, what would be there chances of going to Heaven?

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Each Christian should work to be skillful in the Word for the salvation of souls.  

If you are confident in anything in this life, make it the glorious work of bringing sinners to Christ.

Here are seven ways to have confidence in Soul Winning.

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