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A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions. A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions. Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their pastors on controversial topics. Long-standing mottos like "In God We Trust" get challenged.
All around us, the church is challenged and squeezed by a culture that…Continue
According to Christianity Today, the United Methodist Church's General Session this weekend will be determining the church's stance on LGBT/gender issues. At stake are questions like whether to ordain LGBT ministers, whether to perform gay marriages, etc. (1)
The stakes are high in all of this, and there are believers on many sides in this issue. Words like "love" and "grace" get tossed around a lot, with definitions being assumed and never really spelled out (if you don't…Continue
I watched a message from David Jeremiah today on the question of "Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?" He covered all the typical answers - cherished sin, praying with wrong motives, praying outside God's will, lack of faith, etc. Nothing he said was scripturally wrong, but I confess that I have difficulty with the hidden premise behind this approach to prayer.
The premise seems to be that prayer is a means to get what we want from God. And if we remove all the obstacles,…Continue
As we head to the polls today to vote in the mid-term elections, here are a few final thoughts for prayer:
Thank God for the process
Pray for the elections
Pray for the candidates
As the midterm campaigns enter their final couple of days, one way we can impact the races for God's glory is to pray specifically for the candidates and those who are campaigning on their behalf. This may be the hardest part of prayer for the elections, because it can be difficult to separate our own preferences from God's leading. But there are some Scriptural principles that we can use to pray God's will into…Continue
Contrary to what some may say or believe, the mid-term elections will not determine the future of the United States. To be sure, the elected officials will have a significant impact. But God is ultimately in control.
A large part of how God controls the affairs of men is through the prayers of his people. In fact, God has repeatedly called his people to prayer for their country:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be…Continue
Why doesn't God answer prayer immediately? Why does he seem at times to hold back, to keep us in difficult circumstances when he could bring healing, relief, finances, reconciliation, and more - all with just a word?
There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to this question. First and foremost, we must acknowledge and agree with God that His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours, and we're not going to understand them all the time (Isaiah 55:9). With Paul, we cry out, "Oh, the…Continue
Crisis situations often make us wonder if God sees our suffering or hears our cries. God can seem distant and unconcerned with our troubles. But Scripture shows us over and over that nothing could be further from the truth.
Joseph must have wondered if God cared about his ordeals as he was carried off into slavery and again as he languished in prison. He must have questioned why God would allow his brothers to sell him into slavery, why the lies of Potiphar's wife could land him in…Continue