Do you know…
… the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution or any other founding document?
… our Founding Fathers were not deists or pluralists; but instead were Bible-believing men who prayed and gave thanks to God publicly?
… that every original state preamble referenced God?
… the Massachusetts state constitution still states that it is the “duty of all men to worship the Supreme Being?”
… that early public school text books included the following statements: (1) God has made two great lights, the sun and the moon. (2) It is a solemn thing to die and appear before God. (3) Prayer is a duty. (4) It was once a practice in France to divorce for incompatibility of tempers, a practice soon found to be incompatible with social order.
… that, in 1789, Congress requested the President to request the people to dedicate a day to praying to and thanking God?
… in 1811, the US Supreme Court convicted a man for blaspheming Jesus Christ and sentenced him to jail for three months and fined him $500?
… that sodomy used to be illegal in every state of the country, was punishable by death in four states, and continued to be illegal in some states until the US Supreme Court struck down such laws in 2003?
These are just a very few of the many proofs of our Christian heritage that are offered by church of Christ preacher Dave Miller in “The Silencing of God” DVD. If you want to know more about the attempts to remove God and Christianity from our history and the modern day secularization of our nation, this DVD will interest and inform you. A copy is located on the bookcase in the front lobby if you wish to borrow and view it.
As with every other aspect of life, God cares how you vote. It influences the morality of society, aids in retention of our religious freedoms, and shapes the parameters of societal behavior. For Christians, the policies of the people we vote for should be in keeping with God’s will. In 16 days, each of us will have the opportunity to vote for the individuals who best represent our Christian morals as prescribed by God in His word.
At conception, a human is created (Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5). The intentional killing of innocent life is condemned by God (Exodus 20:13, Matthew 19:18, Romans 13:9). Under the Law of Moses, the unintentional harming of a pregnant woman was a punishable offense. The unintentional loss of a child that resulted from harming a pregnant woman was punishable by death (Exodus 21:22-23). The process by which a woman can kill her unborn child is called abortion and is a heinous sin. God cares deeply for every human life, including those in the womb waiting to be born.
In Genesis, God created Adam and Eve and provided the family model (Genesis 2:24). One man + one woman = God’s plan. Anything that deviates from His plan is sin and should not be supported by Christians. The gay marriage agenda is being fiercely pushed by certain people who are opposed to God’s will. Homosexual practice is sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:24-27). Homosexual marriage is sin.
God cares how you vote. Be sure to research the platforms of each party (web links below) to learn which candidates best reflect God’s will on these matters.
Fifteen of the Change for Children cans have been returned. Some of them are very heavy. Others, while not so heavy, have either folding bills or checks in them. Thanks to everyone for your generosity.
I noticed that there are six cans left over. What are we to do with them? We could send them back empty or maybe just throw them away. I have a better idea. Why don’t six of us just take them home and continue to put our excess change in them for next year?
I nearly always have too much change in my pocket, so my plan is to, each day, begin with no more than four pennies, two dimes, two nickels, and one quarter in my pocket. This way I’ll have a small amount of change if I need it, but my pocket will not be weighted down with change. With the amount of change I accumulate, I am sure one can will not be enough.
You come up with your own plan. And if the six leftover cans are not enough for all of us, just put the change in a jar. On behalf of the orphans, “Thanks again for your generosity.”
People often wonder why we sing a cappella, that is, without an instrumental accompaniment. Has anyone every said to you, “But didn’t David play the harp?” He certainly did – God told him to. But God has not told Christians to – so we don’t.
King David is the one who arranged for the use of instruments of music in the temple worship of the Old Testament. The Bible says: “And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.” (2 Chronicles 29:25) So David really did inaugurate the use of musical instruments in temple worship but he did so at God’s command.
Christians, however, have not been authorized to use instruments of music in church worship. We have been instructed to sing and make melody in our heart. The scriptures say: “Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19; see also Colossians 3:16) Furthermore, the scriptures say that the “sacrifice of praise” that we are to offer to God is “the fruit of our lips.”