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Monday, September 26 2016

The first Presidential Debate is tonight.   Mrs. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump will stand across from each other and tell the American people why they should be the next President of the United States.  It will be fascinating.  

What can Christians learn from these candidates tonight, subsequent debates and speeches?  

Do they support Israel? A few thousand years ago, a promise was made to Abram.  That promise made by God still holds today just as it did the day it was made.  

Genesis 12:2-3
[2] And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
[3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
 
We as a country are not immune from this promise.  If we bless Israel, we will be blessed!  It makes me wonder if the turmoil that our country is experiencing is directly related to money given to a country that has sworn to eliminate Israel.  We have cursed Israel with that financial transaction so are we being cursed?  The things that make you go...hmmmm!

Do they uphold Christian values? I have no idea the religious leanings of the candidate.  This lack of knowledge does not disturb me because there are many moral people that exist that have Judeo-Christian values that do not have the same doctrine.  My concern is where do the candidates stand on the following issues:

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Abortion
  • Education

Do they support religious freedom? The freedoms to worship and particular preach/teach the Bible are under attack everyday.  If you do not believe that Christians are under attack please follow @toddstarnes on Twitter.  He will educate you on the daily war on Christianity in our country.  The separation of church and state is something that is used to combat Christians and is not Constitutional.  

As Christians, our hope is in Jesus Christ and not a political candidate.  As a pastor, I will not endorse a particular candidate (not because I am scared of the IRS), but I believe that people should research and form their own opinions.  

The Bible says, "For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes."  Pay attention to the fruit that these candidates bear and pull the lever at the voting booth.  You may have to hold your nose as you do it, but it is essential that every eligible Christian vote.

 
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 11:42 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, September 19 2016

When you google "offended news", this is what you will find in the mainstream media:

  • National Anthem author's descendant offended at NFL players anthem protest
  • Trump supporters offended by Hillary Clinton remark
  • Italian women offended by 'Fertility Day' push to raise birth rate
  • Jonah Hill offended when a joke in an interview goes wrong

There are others and this is not the only blog that recognizes that the word offended is overused.  There may be an explanation other than people are too sensitive although that seems logical.  People have every right to be offended, but we cannot control the thoughts and actions of others.

If we truly lived by the teachings of Jesus, we would be less offended.  Jesus was rejected by those in His home town.  He was betrayed by a follower that lead to His arrest, torture and execution.  He had every right to be offended, but His response was to pray for them.

Luke 23:33 - 34

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

There is another explanation that could explain everyone's hyper-sensitivity.  It is found in the teachings of Jesus.  In Matthew 24, the disciples asked, "and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"  As Jesus taught, he spoke of wars and rumors of wars and famines among other catastrophic events.  It is in verse 10 that Jesus says something that should catch the attention of the church.  Jesus said, "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

Most Christians believe that we are in the "last days" or "endtimes".  The spirit of offense that is in the world was prophesied by Jesus 2000 years ago.  We need to be careful not to allow it in the church.

 

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Monday, September 12 2016
Based on a sermon preached on 9/11/2016
 
 
John 13:4-5,13-16 
[4] He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 
[5] After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 
 
[13] Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 
[14] If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 
[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 
[16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
 
The setting for the scripture is at the time of what we commonly call the "Last Supper".  The plan to betray Jesus was being hatched in the mind of Judas Iscariot.  It would be just mere hours before the Savior of the world would be hung on the cross between two criminals.
 
The disciples finished dinner.  They were on the precipice of history as they would be the witnesses to the greatest moments in history - the death , burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
 
In just over 50 days from the Last Supper, in the very room that they sat that they would be participants in the birth of the church in Acts 2.
 
Life would never be the same.
 
John documented that Jesus takes a towel and a basin.  He pours water into the bowl and begins to wash the feet of the disciples.  He would wipe them with his towel.  
 
The washing of feet was a reserved for the lowliest of servant or slaves.  Rarely was this act performed by a peer or social superior (such as a teacher).
 
The Bible records Peter's refusal of Jesus to wash his feet, but no where does Bible record that the disciples started to wash each others feet or attempt to wash the feet of Jesus.
 
Perhaps, it was their pride that kept them from following the Lord's lead at that moment or they viewed it as "not their job".
 
But, it was in that moment that Jesus revealed to us a model servant and an excellent attitude willing in anyway to honor and glorify God.
 
Jesus reveals His purpose for washing their feet.
 
John 13:13-17 KJV
[13] Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 
[14] If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 
[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 
[16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 
[17] If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
 
What was his goal in washing the feet of the disciples or what Lesson can be learned from Dirty feet?
 
Extend his mission on Earth after he was gone
 
John 5:20 KJV
[20] For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
 
But also, these men were to...
 
Serve God
 
Matthew 6:24 KJV
[24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 
Serve each church
 
Galatians 6:2 KJV
[2] Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 
Serve Others
 
Matthew 25:35-40KJV
[35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 
[36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 
[37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee ? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 
[38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee ? 
[39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
[40] And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 
 
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