Monthly Archives: March 2014

Update to the WorldVision decision

WorldVision has heard the outcry from the Christian community and has reversed its previous decision click on the link to read

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/world-vision-why-hiring-gay-christians-same-sex-marriage.html

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World Vision

World Vision has decided to allow legal same-sex married couples to be employed at their company. Click on the link below for the story

Hobby Lobby is the Supreme Court case to watch. Click on the link below to read the story

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/march/why-hobby-lobby-is-this-years-supreme-court-case-to-watch.html

I wonder what Jesus would say, do, or think in this age of media information? Would he take on the government or cave to the pressures of society? What do you think?

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

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Americans Divided on the Importance of Church – Barna Group

Americans Divided on the Importance of Church – Barna Group.

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Baylor basketball’s ‘extraordinary’ season has left lives changed

This is a link to an incredible testimony of the power of our Lord Jesus!

Baylor basketball’s ‘extraordinary’ season has left lives changed.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Bilingual evangelistic event set in El Paso

I grew up in El Paso, Texas in a small modest home located in the Northeast section of the city. El Paso is unique place where culture, military, and desert reside together. I am very excited to know the Franklin Graham as made El Paso one of his stops to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is very well known in El Paso. He is called upon for many different occasions, holidays, and other events. This time though, Jesus will be called upon for a real relationship in order to transform lives, and to make Him known throughout the greater El Paso area. I have posted below the crusade so that you can let others know.

Bilingual evangelistic event slated in El Paso. The April 5-6 Greater El Paso Festival of Hope will feature messages by evangelist Franklin Graham, translated live from the platform by Galo Vasquez, director of Latin American Ministries with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Vasquez has served as Graham’s translator during evangelistic events in Central and South America, but the 2011 Festival de Esperanza in Los Angeles marked the only other occasion in the United States when he has provided on-platform translation. One-third of the churches involved in the El Paso festival are Spanish-speaking congregations. The festival will be held at the University of Texas-El Paso’s Don Haskins Center.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

 

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Young minister describes journey in and out of Calvinism

Today as I was skimming the latest edition of the Baptist Standard, I came across this really really really good article that says so much of what I went through as a young seminarian full of 5 point Calvinists. This young man describes the God I have personally come to know; a loving, just and great God! Check out the article by clicking on the link below.

Young minister describes journey in and out of Calvinism.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Feeding Your Soul

This Sunday, I will be preaching from John 6:25-40, Feeding Your Soul. I am posting Jim Denison’s morning email as it goes hand in hand with what God has been teaching me.

Pope Francis a year later: how does he do it?

On March 13, 2013, Argentinean Cardinal Mario Bergoglio was introduced to the world as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Much has happened in a year.

Pope Francis’ work ethic has become legendary. His day is crowded with liturgies, meetings, and public appearances. His humility is striking: he schedules his own appearances, lives in guest quarters, and forgoes the trappings of his office.

His humor is remarkable as well. On St. Valentine’s Day last month, for instance, he presided over a service blessing 10,000 engaged couples from 40 countries. He said to them, “We all know there isn’t a perfect family, neither a perfect husband or a perfect wife. And let’s not talk about the perfect mother-in-law.” He was named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” and became the first pontiff to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It’s been quite a year.

What’s the secret to the pope’s stamina, humility, and humor? Consider his priorities. He begins the day at 4:45 AM with two hours of prayer. He makes time through the day to stop for prayer and Bible study. He finds in his personal communion with God the power he needs to serve his Lord.

I’m reading John Eldredge’s Walking With God. Eldredge makes a point early in the book that I had never considered before: “there was a paradise called Eden. In that garden of life as it was meant to be, there lived the first man and woman. Their story is important to us because whatever it was they were, and whatever it was they had, we also were meant to be and to have.” The intimacy they knew with God, we are created to know with him. As Eldredge notes, “It is our deepest need, as human beings, to learn to live intimately with God. It is what we were made for.”

I’d like to suggest a step in that direction. The prophet Daniel was marked by this daily commitment: “he got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God” (Daniel 6:11). This three-fold prayer commitment has been common across Jewish culture from his day to ours. Every day, faithful Jews stop for morning prayer (called Shacharit), prayer at noon or early afternoon (called Minchah), and evening prayer (called Ma’ariv or Arvith). It is no surprise that the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost during the time of morning prayer (Acts 2:15).

If we would experience the intimacy with God for which we were created-if we would change our culture as did the Pentecost Christians-don’t we need to meet with God as they did? I invite you to make time for God in the morning, at noon, and during the evening, every day for the next week. After that week, I believe you’ll be so blessed that you will want to continue this lifestyle. You don’t have to begin at 4:45 AM with two hours of prayer like Pope Francis does. But as your body needs food at least three times a day, your soul needs nourishment as well.

Meeting with God three times a day for the next week—will you join me in this commitment?

Stay In The Light,

Pastor Larry

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