I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
As we renew our efforts at the beginning of the year to "be constant in prayer" (Rom 12:12) we're often confronted with difficult issues that leave us wondering "how do I pray for this situation?" This reality is especially true as we seek to pray for God's work among the nations. Take for example India and its surging population of 1.2 Billion people made up of over 2,500 distinct ethnic groups.
Like spending time in the prayer closet, voting is not likely to happen unless a person makes time for it, making it a priority in the election day’s schedule.
To help make it a priority, consider this application/re-working of a line from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6: “When you vote, go into the booth and shut the door and vote before your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
God bless you as you get out of the salt shaker and into the voting booth.
This is the audio from the Marriage Amendment Apologetics presentation given by Bethlehem member Jim Ballentine at the North Campus on September 12.
Your numerous signs promoting the film Indecent Proposal are harmful to our society and a symptom of irresponsible business ethics. This sign pictures a headless woman lying in a pile of money almost naked. I know that your team of advertisers is capable of some very clever and even enjoyable creativity. However, this billboard reveals only an apparent aim to make money at the cost of spreading prurient interests. There are reasons why this kind of indecency is harmful.
One of the ideas now spreading in contemporary American society is that religion is dangerous to public life. And the more religious people are, the more dangerous they are. There is some reason for this. Witness the appearance of “Christ” in Texas with his cache of weapons. And religious mutilations in Pakistan and India. And the murder of homosexual men by an unstable religious man in Minnesota.
My son Benjamin is a junior at Roosevelt High School. So I have been watching the tensions. Homecoming activities were cancelled recently because of fear of violence. School was closed early one day and cancelled another day because of dangerous friction. A meeting was held Saturday, October 10 involving dissident students, parents, administration and school board personnel. For over three hours there were charges and criticisms and argument. In general there was a good deal of disrespect, impatience, impoliteness, rudeness, disorder and lack of courtesy.
Stephen B. Young published a piece in the Minneapolis StarTribune (July 28, 2012) in which he says, “We have now lost the comprehensive vision of our founders, and no one has yet appeared who can save us from our self-indulgent divisiveness.”
America experiences division in part because she fails to observe other divisions that make a difference:
the difference between long term self-interest and short-term selfishness
the difference between tolerance toward persons and tolerance toward error
the difference between needs and wants
Bethlehem’s social network host was recently covered in an article in the Star Tribune.
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Whether a person is able to participate in any of the prayer events located around the region or not, one can make time to pray for the city of man and the various jurisdictions in which one lives—city, county, state, federation.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.—1 Timothy 2:1–2
When I taught in the public schools, I encouraged students to take advantage of their civil liberties before they graduate by getting involved with some particular moral issue in some public way—a letter writing campaign, demonstrating with signage at a public site, canvassing, stuffing envelopes, working a booth at the county fair, providing rides for voters, and so on as would be appropriate for a given issue. Public involvement is in addition to private involvement—praying, making donations, stating your views to a friend.