THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 8th
Choir: A Mighty Fortress
Preacher: Mike Lewis (this week: peace)
HURRICANES, VOLCANOES, EARTHQUAKES, WILD-FIRES, MASS KILLINGS, GLOBAL CONFLICT, CORRUPTION, and the list goes on…
My friends, while it is true that, “like birth pains,” our world continues to break down in anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ, our world is no more “evil” now than it was in antiquity. What’s different? Due to social media & modern technology, we’re made, almost immediately, aware of the epidemic of evil that envelopes our world. John wrote, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
However, as we’re inundated with bad news on a seemingly daily basis allow me to, again, draw your attention to the scripture cited at the top of this post. The Amplified Bible provides nuances associated with the original Greek. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
Jesus is whispering to his children, “I’ve got this.”
Pouring concrete for floor/ceiling over courtyard. View from FLC/east hallway. Perhaps this would be a perfect area for a square-dance after church this Sunday.
I’m told the kitchen may be good-to-go next week. View from north exit.
Tile down in both restrooms near FLC.
I missed you last Wed. evening. Christ moved powerfully in the lives of students in Olton but it’s always good to be back home.
This week: Addressing the No. 1 argument for atheism: The Problem of Pain (how a good, all-loving God can allow evil, pain, hurricanes, mass killings, etc.)
I will not insult your intelligence by offering a simplified response to this “problem.” There’s a reason this is, by far, the most often used argument against the existence of God. We will navigate this issue carefully and biblically. Please consider joining me. 6:30pm. Wed. evening.
PREVIEW: Our next preaching/teaching series – beginning either 10/11 or 10/18: A Systematic Study of Revelation and Eschatology (the study of last things)
THE REALITY OF HUGH HEFNER’S LEGACY
I’m well aware it is not necessary for me to tell you that, despite the adulation for Hefner pouring out of the celebrity community, this man’s legacy is littered with depravity. Nonetheless, this editorial from the New York Times – a normally left-leaning, liberal news source – caught my eye. The author, a Christian, is not only employed by the NYT, but is well respected in non-Christian journalistic circles. His editorial on Hefner is graphic, sadly realistic and a strong response to those who try to portray Hefner as a hero for modern sexuality.
Lee Strobel records in his book, The Case for the Real Jesus, that he sat down with Hefner once and shared the Christian faith with him. Hefner, at that time, had no interest in the claims of Christ. We don’t know if he ever did prior to his death. A sobering reminder: “…people are destined/appointed to die once, and after that [comes certain] judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
Should you have interest in reading the editorial you can access it here.
QUOTE of the WEEK
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
I saw this and thought it was brilliant. Someone, someday, is going to have a heart attack. (This is also my first of several upcoming “Halloween humor” entries.)
GRACE NOTES: Finishing Strong
God is reminding us on a daily basis how fragile human life is. Our lives are “a mist”, James wrote. In light of this, we must focus on the fact that everyday may be our last opportunity to finish strong. Read the very brief blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick