Midweek Perseverance

It’s midweek and some of us (me!) need a little push to make it the rest of the way.  Maybe some of you need a little inspiration in an area of your life.  An area where you don’t want to give up.  No matter what, keep pushing to make it up that mountain.  Here are some verses that might be able to help each of us along our way:

James 1:2-5 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

II Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Lifehouse Skit

This is an amazingly powerful skit performed at a retreat in Tennesse.  Even if you’ve already seen it take a look again. For those who haven’t, I think you’ll like it.

  • 1/2 of youth are not virgins
  • Over 1500 youth kill themselves every year
  • 1 in 4 youth use illegal drugs
  • 40% of youth have self-inflicted wounds
  • 1/3 of youth have been drunk in the last month
  • 1 million are pregnant
  • 8000 get an STD everyday

Time to take a stand Christian. Reach out to the youths in your life and make a difference.

Making sense of the first week

Has anyone else been paying attention to the first week of the new administration?  I know in my post the other day http://voiceoftruthblog.com/?p=49 I said this wasn’t a political blog, but in my opinion it’s difficult to separate religion from politics.  After all, wasn’t Jesus crucified as part of a political agenda?  Wasn’t Pilate more interested in the opinion of the people?  Matthew 27:19-24 

So what’s been going on this past week?  Well, certainly we’re all aware of the big stimulus package that’s awaiting approval, but did you know it includes several hundred million dollars for family planning contraception?  Speaker of the House Pelosi was quoted on ABC’s “This Week” as saying that, ” the family planning services reduce cost” and that “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government”.  Pelosi went on to say that “we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.” http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87161 This on the heels of a bill that reverses a previous ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortion (post to come later). 

If that “family planning services” quote from earlier sounded familiar, it should.  Family Planning Services have been practiced in China since 1979 and The Population and Family Planning Law took effect September 1, 2002.  http://www.china.org.cn/english/2002/Oct/46138.htm Scary huh!?

Ok, now let me get this straight.  First we open funding for abortion.  Then we state that birth control will stimulate the economy and that caring for babies is actually a consequence of the downturn in our economy?  I know!  It sounds even dumber when you say it out loud.  Without question each of these programs goes against the fundamental truths of the Bible.   

The Apostle Paul discusses sex outside of marriage throughout many of his letters, but one such passage is especially applicable.  Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (For an in depth discussion from Paul see I Corinthians 7:25-40)

I think there’s a better solution than going the family planning route and promoting contraceptives.  Perhaps a return to fundamental family values and the promotion of abstinence outside of marriage would be a better alternative.  It’s a biblical concept that just might make a difference

Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"