Living Faith

Sermon given at Casey White Oak Church of God on 09/22/19.

The world is watching and wants to know if we, as Christians, can authentically live out our faith. They are quick to point out our hypocrisy and the abundance of media and social media makes it very easy to spin doctor our words and actions to point out that hypocrisy.

In light of this, knowing we are sinners in need of a savior, flawed people trying to serve a perfect God, how can we live as salt, light, and leaven to the glory of our God?

Have faith, do good, show love, and do the next right thing!

Listen to see how this plays out in our Christian walk.

Purpose in Pain

One of the great questions we, as humans, always have in regards to God, is this…

If there is a loving God, why is there some much pain and suffering in the world?

One answer is obvious, free will and sin. We are free to make any choice we want and our choices affect others in good ways and bad ways.

There is another answer we don’t talk about a lot… growth.

As human beings, we usually hate change. For better or worse, we are happy not to have to change. We will not change unless our current circumstance becomes unbearable. It is said, pain is the great motivator to change.

Pain, suffering, trials, tribulations, sickness, death, and temptation; all these spur us to change. God’s great purpose is to change us to be conformed to the image of his son, Jesus.

Sometimes, the negative situations we go through are motivation for us to change. Sometimes, it is our responses to these situations that are examples to others of how great our God is, to bring us through the change and to work all things for good.

God, in his sovereignty, allows us to go through all kinds of pain to bring us, and those around us, closer to him.

See also, Romans 8:28-30 and Romans 5:3.

Read also,

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Craig Gross Has High Praise for the Idea of ‘Christian Cannabis’, and is flat biblically wrong!

I am sorry Craig, but on this issue, you are flat biblically wrong.

I had great respect for the ministry this man has, and he continues to do good work in the name of the Lord, but he is way off base here.

Throughout the Old Testament and the Book of Acts, you will read where, in the KJV, witchcraft or sorcery is condemned. For New Testament study it is found listed in Galatians 5:20 as the works of the flesh, but here both our modern and archaic English translations fall short.

In Greek, the word is φαρμακεία, it is where we get our English word pharmacy and the word pharmaceuticals. In ancient times, it was drug use to induce higher realms of thought and induce a spiritual trance to commune with the gods. Basically, getting high! But, not just getting high, getting high to talk to god better.

Sorry Craig, you can put whatever “Christian” spiritual spin on it that you want, but you are still endorsing exactly what our both our Old Testament and first Christian leaders called SIN; no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

There is no spiritual benefit to any Christian in getting high, and God will never require us to sin in order to get into closer contact with him.

Period!

https://churchleaders.com/podcast/355555-craig-gross-space-talk-christian-cannabis.html

20 Biblical Reasons For Unanswered Prayers

This article also addresses the question we answered Sunday morning…

Check it out!

Are you saying to yourself why is God not answering my prayers? Here are many reasons why prayers go unanswered?

Source: 20 Biblical Reasons For Unanswered Prayers

A Good Defense 05/12/19

This is part 3 in the series, On Mission, On Purpose: Carry The Message, entitled “A Good Defense”.

‘ But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. ‘ 1 Peter 3:15 https://my.bible.com/bible/107/1PE.3.15

Today, we answered three questions from the congregation regarding the Christian faith that both believers and unbelievers alike ask.

  1. What is a biblical definition of faith?
  2. Why isn’t God hearing my prayers?
  3. Why is God punishing me?

To hear these answers from a biblical perspective, listen to this week’s message…

 

For questions of your own, please comment below.

Interesting video… Comments welcome

I encourage everyone to watch the video and ask these questions of yourself.

I will share my own thoughts and biblical support for each question in a week or two, but I want to see what kind of response this gets first.

These are the statements that the guests are asked to identify with… agree or disagree?

I like Christian music.

I have doubted my beliefs.

I support the LGBT community.

God loves everybody equally.

I would date someone who was not a Christian.

I am waiting to have sex until marriage.

If I died, I know I would go to heaven.