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Bible StudyA Pastor in San Diego was informed by a County Official that he was in violation of the county code with his “religious assembly” for having too many people over for a Bible Study. Fox News has the full story here;

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,522637,00.html

When I read about this story I was in shock. What about Christmas time, family barbeque’s, or just hanging out watching the Super Bowl? I find it strange that a problem with a gathering that violates a county code has something to do with the Christian faith. I see persecution coming our way in this country and it is troubling. First we have a Hate Crime Bill (HR 1913) and now this. Maybe this is a wake up call for the Church that has taken its faith in Christ for granted. Maybe this will be a means for us to evangelize and defend our faith in greater ways. Whatever it is we need to wake up and take a look around. Every group in our country is being accepted with the exception of Christianity. However the San Diego problem turns out will be interesting.

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QuestionToday the California Supreme Court took a stand against same-sex marriage. This decision by the California Supreme Court should be applauded. We are living in a time when there seems to be no definition of what true morality is. There must be some reference point that dictates true morality. For me that reference point is the Word of God. The reason that I am happy about this decision to ban gay marriage in California is that I see a homosexual agenda that is relentless right now. It goes beyond the marriage issue and it is trying to infiltrate many other areas of our lives. From the schoolroom to the proposed hate crimes bill the homosexual community is trying its best to promote itself and get the nation to accept them. This is still a free country and while freedom of speech is still my right I will choose to stand my ground upon the Word of God that this lifestyle is sin and unacceptable. My hope is that the Church will discuss this issue and not just sit this one out.

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RTThe book Sensitivity of the Spirit by R.T. Kendall who is the former Pastor of Westminster Chapel in London is an outstanding contribution to the work of the Holy Spirit. In the Church today we have confusion over the Spirit of God which is c0-equal with God. He is a part of the Trinity and yet He is not sought or discussed like he should be. Kendall in this work describes the leading of the Spirit and addresses the way in which Christians can quench Him from their lives. The premise of drawing closer to God is present with the pitfalls that many Christians fall into and the reason why the Spirit is not guiding them. If you care about holiness and want to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in greater ways I recommend this book to you. This is not a treatment on tongues but being sensitive to the leading of God in your life. Too much of the time Christians think that they have a handle on God when in fact we are just going through the motions. I do not readily recommend every book on the Holy Spirit that I read, but this is one I will be passing along for a long time.

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