Who to vote for!

by Richard Rose 12. October 2012 07:01

Last Sunday I preached a message on how to discern the will of God and applied it to the upcoming election. I outlined 5 steps that were shared with me by David Chotka from Canada at our Central District Conference a few weeks ago, on how to do that. The steps are to Know the Word of God, Listen for the Witness of the Spirit of God, Get the counsel of other Workers of God, Worship God in the process, and finally Do the Will of God. In this message (Posted under Sermons), I mentioned that the Democratic party has adopted a "platform" that contains several elements that are clearly contrary to the Word of God. I received a You Tube video clip this week of Rev. E. W. Jackson addressing the Press Club in September shortly after the Democratic National Convention. In the video clip, he calls all Christians, Jews, and blacks to leave the Democratic Party because of their clear stance against the Word of God and Biblical morals. I believe this should certainly be something that all of us should consider as we go to the polls. If the Democratic Platform is clearly against the Bible on several points (Same sex marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc.) shouldn't everyone considering voting for a Democratic candidate find out where the individual candidate stands on the issues? I believe we should. Check it out a be much in prayer for the upcoming election.



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Encouragement for the Day

by Richard Rose 4. September 2012 03:57

As we move into another Fall season of Church activities and programs, I am excited to watch God work in our hearts and lives. At times we may feel as if our lives aren't making a difference, but it it good to be reminded that by investing in people and programs with a view of introducing them to Christ or helping them to understand Him better is no small matter. As Christ followers we have a head start on those who have not yet come to understand events within a biblical world view. The more time we spend praying, studying His Word, fellowshipping and learning in church, etc., the better prepared we are to answer the questions people may ask us.

Not too long ago I was asked what happens to people when they die. That is a great question and it allowed me to talk about God's promise of eternal life to those who will follow Him in relationship and obedience. It also gave me the opportunity to speak about those who chose not to: the Bible proclaims that they will be eternally separated from God and that will include conscious suffering. Knowing the Bible allows us to speak with compassion and authority to issues that concern people.

Thanks for being involved and may I encourage you to continue on the path of following Jesus and leading others.

 



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2012 Presidential Prayer Breakfast

by Richard Rose 24. August 2012 06:32

I just watched Eric Mataxis' speech at the 2012 Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was givin in Feb. 2012. What a tremedously clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is the YouTube address if you'd like to view it. Make sure you watch it to the end. What a tremendous finish to a great speech.

http://youtu.be/jotOExbddI4



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Outrageous!

by Richard Rose 18. August 2012 02:16

This truly is outrageous, but I thought it would be good for you to read! Pray for Pat Robertson and his ministry!

 

Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption

— Friday, August 17th, 2012 —

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, a woman sent in a question about a man who wouldn’t marry her because she has children who were adopted internationally. If they were her “own” biological children, he would have no problem, she said. But because they were adopted, he saw too much risk. Host Pat Robertson’s female co-host bristled and said he was acting like a “dog.” Robertson disagreed.

He said the man “didn’t want to take on a United Nations,” and that, after all, you never know about adopted children; they might have brain damage and “grow up weird.”

I am taking a deep breath here and reciting Beatitudes to myself. I had promised never to mention Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. He blames 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on gays and lesbians, cozies up to the Chinese coercive and murderous one-child policy, counsels a man that he can divorce his Alzheimer’s-riddled wife because she’s “not there” anymore.

Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil.

The last go round, Robertson “clarified” his statements on a man leaving his sick wife. Didn’t mean to say it was right, he said, just that the man’s got to have some companionship and a divorce is better than adultery. Please. Robertson’s defenders said to me in letters and calls and emails that Robertson is just not what he used to be mentally and that you ought to hold him to a lower standard. That would be true if people were tapping his phone, or going to his house and recording conversations. However, the man is on television, representing to millions of people what Christianity is about.

The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.

Jesus was, after all, one of those adopted kids. Joseph of Nazareth was faced with a pregnant woman he could easily have abandoned. He knew this child wasn’t his, and all he had to go on was her word and a dream. He could have dismissed either. But he strapped on his cross, provided for his wife, and protected her child. Indeed, he became a father to her child. God called this righteous. The child Jesus seemed to be a colossal risk. His own family and neighbors and villagers thought he’d turned out “weird” (Mark 3:20-21). Maybe he was demon-possessed, they speculated, or maybe even “brain damaged.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is present with the weak and the vulnerable, the “least of these,” his brothers and sisters. When one looks with disgust at the prisoner, the orphan, the abandoned woman, the mentally ill, the problem isn’t just with a mass of tissue connected by neural endings. The issue there is the image of God, bearing all the dignity that comes with that. And, beyond that, the issue there is the presence of Jesus himself.

Christians are the ones who have stood against the prophets of Baal and the empire of Rome and every other satanic system to say that a person’s worth doesn’t consist in his usefulness. Christians are the ones who picked up abandoned babies, who wiped drool from the dying elderly, who joyfully received developmentally disabled children, and who recognized that our own sin has made us nothing noble or powerful. We’re all just dead and damaged and, well, “weird.” But Jesus loved us anyway.

I say to my non-Christian friends and neighbors, if you want to see the gospel of Christ, the gospel that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television. The grinning cartoon characters who claim to speak for Christ don’t speak for him. Find the followers who do what Jesus did. Find the people who risk their lives to carry a beaten stranger to safety. Find the houses opened to unwed mothers and their babies in crisis. Find the men who are man enough to be a father to troubled children of multiple ethnicity and backgrounds.

And find a Sunday School class filled with children with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. Find a place where no one considers them “weird” or “defective,” but where they joyfully sing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

That might not have the polish of television talk-show theme music, but that’s the sound of bloody cross gospel.

Moore To The Point

By Russel Moore

http://www.russellmoore.com/



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Speaking into today's young people!

by Richard Rose 16. August 2012 03:12

One of my concerns for a long time is how we can speak into the lives of young people today. This article does just that.

We Are Young
The Anthem of a New Generation?

John Stonestreet - August 16, 2012

Earlier this summer, I kept hearing this song with a very memorable sound – and not the “if I can’t get this song out of my head I may jump off a cliff” memorable sound of “Call Me Maybe,” the most popular song of the summer. No; this one reminded me of the rock anthems of the 80’s and 90’s.

So when I heard a commentator suggest that this song, “We Are Young,” by the band Fun, could work as an anthem for the Olympics, I looked up the lyrics. I already knew the chorus: “We are young; so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.”

As someone who often played sports with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” playing in the background, I assumed this was one of those “seize the moment” and “we can do it” songs. But the rest of the lyrics were anything but: “My friends are in the bathroom getting higher than the Empire State” and “If by the time the bar closes, you feel like falling down, I’ll carry you home tonight.”

That’s what setting the world on fire means? Scottish writer and politician Andrew Fletcher was right when he said, “If a man were permitted to write the ballads of a nation, he need not care who writes its laws.”

My friend David Eaton, who leads a terrific worldview ministry for students called Axis, says “We Are Young” is like so many other songs that focus on the here and now: dissassociating actions today with consequences tomorrow. Get drunk, get high tonight, but no worries about waking up tomorrow with a pregnant girlfriend, or a drug habit, or being unable to hold down a job.

This sort of postmodern fantasy—that ideas don’t have consequences—dangerously resonates in the minds and hearts of young people. In fact, Rolling Stone called the performance of “We Are Young” the defining singalong moment of one of the largest music festivals this summer.

But the immorality is only part of the problem, and celebrating the drunken bar scene isn’t what bothers me most about “We Are Young.” Most troubling is how this lifestyle is portrayed as not even really meaningful, but as all that’s left because there’s nothing significant to live for.

In fact, another song by Fun called “Some Nights,” is no better. The video utilizes something as historically significant as a Civil War battle in order to sing, “So this is it? I sold my soul for this? Well, that is it guys, and that is all, five minutes in and I’m bored again.”

The rebellion of the past was a way of expressing youthful independence or personal toughness. The rebellion of today is doing anything in order to feel something, to cope with the sickening sense that life is ultimately meaningless.

Ravi Zacharias suggests that God created us with a sense of wonder that is ultimately only fulfilled in the wonder of Him. A generation without wonder, that has lost purpose, is one that needs a new anthem.

But what can we do about it? After all, you say, songs that promote immorality and nihilism have been around for decades. But folks, today’s songs are more blatant and more accessible than ever before. We went from “I want to hold your hand” in the 60’s to “I want to sex you up” in the 90’s to lyrics I can’t even mention today.

So please, talk with, not just at, your students about their entertainment. And if you need help, check out the work of Axis. David Eation and his Axis teams are more effective than any group I know in confronting students’ apathy toward ideas. Go to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and we’ll link you to their website.

We’ll also link you to today’s Two-Minute Warning, where I call on Christian professionals and business people to step up to the plate and engage culture. Because if we don’t, it won’t be long before faith will be banished from the public square. Again, that’s my Two-Minute Warning at BreakPoint.org.


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Christian Persecution in the U.S.

by Richard Rose 5. August 2012 08:16

This morning I metioned a couple of incidents of Christians being persecuted in our own country. When I got into my study this afternoon, this article was on the front page of Fox News webpage. What do you thinkg?

 

A Phoenix pastor who was jailed for holding a Bible study group on his private property is now holding one behind bars.
Michael Salman is serving a 60-day sentence in Maricopa County's notorious Tent City jail for allegedly violating his probation by holding religious services on his property in violation of zoning and building codes. He was arrested July 9, after authorities charged the one-time gang member hosted Bible sessions for as many 80 people on his 4-acre property, which he tried to claim as a tax-exempt church.
'I'm sure he'd do it all over again.'
- John Whitehead, lawyer for Michael Salman
"And I'm sure he'd do it all over again," attorney John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, told FoxNews.com.
In a sense, he is. Salman has assembled a Bible study group on site that has been attended by as many as 30 inmates, according to Whitehead. On Thursday, he was chosen to lead inmates in prayer for the anniversary of the Tent City jail, just before they dined on moon pies, according to a report.
The married father of six is an ordained pastor of Church of God in Christ and founder of Harvest Christian Fellowship. He and his family believe he has the right to worship at home on his private property.
"The only people who came to our home were family and friends," Salman said in a video posted online before he reported to jail this week. "Our home was not open to the public; it was private."
His wife, Suzanne Salman, said her husband's constitutional rights have been violated.
"Christians deserve the right to gather at their homes privately just like every other American has the right to gather for their reasons," she told FoxNews.com.
But the city rejects the idea that Salman is doing time for saving souls.
"The case is about the building that is used for regular assembly does not meet construction and fire code requirements for assembly," Phoenix officials said in a statement.
The outdoor facility where Salman is now being held was incorporated with the county jail in 1993 in order to house a growing number of inmates. Whitehead said the conditions are hellish.
"It's like a Guantanamo facility," Whitehead said. "It can get up to 140 degrees out there ... putting someone in Tent City for violating zoning laws is insane."
Salman has done hard time before. The former gang member was arrested for a drive-by shooting as well as being charged with impersonating a police officer. His neighbors say the physically imposing Salman makes them nervous, despite his status as a changed man.
Homeowners Association President Mike Simms told FoxNews.com Salman applied for a permit to build a game room on his property, but installed pew-like seats and a pulpit. Salman has responded by saying "game room" was the best description available for what they were building.
Salman is scheduled to be released Sept. 9, but Whitehead hopes to win an early release for his client.

 



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Sexuality from a Biblical perspective

by Richard Rose 2. August 2012 03:34

It seems as if we are in a battle in America to define sexual practice. Well, this article addresses the issue for us.

 

A Better Road Map
God's Plan for Sexuality

Eric Metaxas - August 02, 2012

My friend and mentor Chuck Colson used to say over and over that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is “the great proposal.” Not only is it, as he wrote in his book “The Faith,” an invitation for “one and all — black, white, rich, poor,” to the great wedding feast; it’s also an invitation to human flourishing, to a better way of life, here and now.

That’s because the Christian faith understands human beings for what we truly are: Made in the very image of God, possessors of a weighty and eternal dignity, but nonetheless fallen. And, left to our own devices, we are prone to, well, mess things up.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of human sexuality. Just take a look around. I’ll spare you all the statistics, but you know the carnage the sexual revolution and sexual “liberation” have left in their wake: soaring divorce rates, the breakup of families, abortion, teen pregnancy, AIDS and a host of sexually transmitted diseases, and on and on.

And of course our culture has become astoundingly vulgar when it comes to sexuality.

You’d almost think a group of particularly bad eighth-grade boys were making most of the decisions about what TV shows, movies, and songs were being made.

Part of the reason for the mess, of course, is that modern culture denies that we humans — our bodies included — are anything more than a mere product of random chance, a potpourri of atoms, molecules, and stuff. With nothing beyond this life, pleasure becomes the main goal; use your body however you want.

This is so beneath the dignity of human beings made in the image of God. Human beings whose very bodies — like Jesus’s body — will be resurrected at the last day.

But maybe the worse part about all of this is that sex is actually one of the truly precious and great gifts that God has given to us. It is part and parcel of His road map to human flourishing and human happiness. Yet we humans decided to blaze our own trail.

And, because we’ve strayed from the map, we’ve messed things up.

This is a hugely important topic these days, which is why my BreakPoint colleague John Stonestreet has spent four weeks on the "Two Minute Warning" discussing sexual brokenness. And today, he talks about the road map back to sexual wholeness — for us as individuals, as a Church, and as a society. I urge you, go to ColsonCenter.org to hear and see what John has to say about God’s plan for human sex and about cultivating virtue and accountability within the Church.

If you’ve missed John’s other three installments, not to worry. We’ve gathered his “Two-Minute Warning” videos onto a flash drive. And we’ve included a brilliant series and small group study written by Colson Center theologian T. M. Moore. T. M. lays out the biblical understanding of the goodness, the richness, and the beauty of human sexuality as God intended it — and how it ultimately points to God’s love for us.

We’ve called the series “Sexual Brokenness,” and you can get it at ColsonCenter.org.

The goodness, the richness, and the beauty of conjugal love between a husband and wife, within the context of God’s loving plan for families, for society, and for the Church — these are the things we Christians simply must model for a sexually broken world. And for the sexually broken within our own ranks.

That, of course, is only a part of the great proposal of Christianity that Chuck talked about. But now more than ever, it’s an extraordinarily important part.


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by Richard Rose 27. July 2012 23:33

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Thanks to the "Faithful"

by Richard Rose 27. July 2012 00:28

I could not express this better so here is a blessing to all faithful Christians, and especially those who are Dover Alliance Church.

 ULY 27:
Good but Not Great
 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
 —1 Corinthians 4:2



Then there are the men who are good but not great, and we may thank God that there are so many of them, being grateful not that they failed to achieve greatness but that by the grace of God they managed to acquire plain goodness.…
Every pastor knows this kind—the plain people who have nothing to recommend them but their deep devotion to their Lord and the fruit of the Spirit which they all unconsciously display. Without these the churches as we know them in city, town and country could not carry on. These are the first to come forward when there is work to be done and the last to go home when there is prayer to be made. They are not known beyond the borders of their own parish because there is nothing dramatic in faithfulness or newsworthy in goodness, but their presence is a benediction wherever they go. They have no greatness to draw to them the admiring eyes of carnal men but are content to be good men and full of the Holy Ghost, waiting in faith for the day that their true worth shall be known. When they die they leave behind them a fragrance of Christ that lingers long after the cheap celebrities of the day are forgotten. GTM099

    Thank You, Lord, for the host of good people in our church! May each one be richly blessed of You today. Direct me to some today who I could thank for their faithfulness. Amen.


Tozer, A. W. (2001). Tozer on Christian leadership: A 366-day devotional. Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.



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The Real Church

by Richard Rose 23. July 2012 23:25

A.W.Tozer really nails it this morning. This from Tozer on Christian Leadership: a 366 Day Devotional. "


Without biblical authority, or any other right under the sun, carnal religious leaders have introduced a host of attractions that serve no purpose except to provide entertainment for the retarded saints.
It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments.
This has influenced the whole pattern of church life, and even brought into being a new type of church architecture, designed to house the golden calf.
So we have the strange anomaly of orthodoxy in creed and heterodoxy in practice. The striped-candy technique has been so fully integrated into our present religious thinking that it is simply taken for granted. Its victims never dream that it is not a part of the teachings of Christ and His apostles. MDP135–136

    Help me to demonstrate a God so real that no one could ever be bored with Him. Amen.


Tozer, A. W. (2001). Tozer on Christian leadership: A 366-day devotional. Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.



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