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cpMiss California Carrie Prejean stood before a national audience this past week and stated that marriage is defined for her as being between a man and a woman. Some think that this kept her from being crowned Miss America. As I looked at several interviews with Carrie I notice that there is no regret from her taking a stance that she believes in. Those who are Disciples of Jesus should be encouraged by Carrie’s bold response. Never should we have any inclination to back down from what we know to be the Truth of God’s Word. I think that Carrie deserves applause for the kind way she delivered her response and the way that she has handled herself. Perez Hilton on the other hand seemed like a crazed man out of control on his video blog. It seems to me that the Homosexual Community cries out for equal rights and says that those who protest are filled with hate. What I see coming from this group is nothing but hate for those who stand on the Word of God as the source for morality. May all of us have compassion in our hearts, but may we never back down as Christians from what God’s Word teaches about sexuality. God created them in the beginning male and female. His design is for a man and woman to be together. He is the Creator and He is the One who has the only right to define what is morally acceptable. Thanks Carrie for taking a stand in a immoral climate.

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esv-1At the beginning of the Lent Season this year I gave our congregation a challenge of reading through the New Testament over a 42 day period. Sunday we finished this with great results. The 3 weeks leading to the end of the challenge I started to hear scripture indirectly quoted. I cannot remember a time when scripture was quoted more by a congregation during my ministry. People who had not gone through the New Testament in a long time or who never have been through it systematically before had a lot of praises during this time. The overflow of this challenge is still to be determined, but I have received emails, phone calls, and letters about what a blessing this has been for each individual. At a crucial time for our congregation I believe that this challenge will have positive impact on our Church through the rest of this year. When people start getting into the Word of God interesting things begin to happen. As a Pastor I have experienced first hand what happens to a Church that functions from a worldly perspective. But when the Word is our foundation we begin to see a change in our lives which impacts the body of Christ.

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JS1262311It is official in Vermont! Same sex marriages have been approved by their legislature which over rides the Governor’s Veto! The vote was 100 to 49 which was shocking to me. This is another blow to our Country and God’s standard which clearly states that a marriage is between a man and a woman. My hope for any Church that is sold out to Jesus and the Word that it will stand its ground when discussing this issue with those who are for gay marriage. This is just another problem that I see with the “homosexual agenda.” They are demanding rights and getting them which frightens me. What will be next? Could we see the Church be silenced for preaching what the Word of God clearly says is a sin? This issue is not going away so if you are a Christian I hope you are discussing it inside and outside of the Church. There is a tear in the Church in small ways over this issue already. The generation that is in its early 20’s is more accepting of this because they have been taught that it is “normal.” May those who belong to Christ stand their ground on this issue. We have the right to be heard as much as anyone else in this Country.

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Know Your Faith

carmIt seems that people are more confused than ever about their faith and what is right and wrong. Sometime this past week I received and email from a friend asking me about a nationally known teacher that I do not agree with. When I told them why they said something like “I knew there was something wrong with their teaching, but just couldn’t put my finger on it.” I have located an apologetic (defense of the faith) site that I can endorse after reading through it. If you are a Christian you need to understand basic doctrine and be able to distinguish the truth from what is false. I hope this site will help anyone interested in knowing and understanding the Christian faith better.

CARM

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