Hear O’ Lord

Hear O’Lord the sound of my call,     Hear O’Lord and have mercy     My soul is long for the glory of You       O hear O’Lord and answer me  [Chorus]

Every night before I sleep, I pray my soul to take – Or else I pray that loneliness is gone when I awake.        

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Why do I no longer feel,  like I’ve a place to stay?  O take me where someone will care  so fear will go away.

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In you O’Lord I place my cares,  And all my troubles too.   O grant, dear Lord, that some day soon I’ll live in peace with You.

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What does the Bible have to say about same-sex marriage?

 

The Bible addresses homosexuality without explicit mention of gay or same-sex marriage. Seen as an unnatural and immoral sin, the Bible condemns homosexuality. First Corinthians 6:9 says “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceivecd: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes not homosexual offenders.” Vs. 18-19 in the same chapter says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit……You are not your own” – Leviticus 18:22 say “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman: that is detestable”. These are some very harsh words, along with Romans 5:26-27, to say about homosexual intimacy(you can’t even call it intimate)calling it an abomination, a detestable sin. This being said makes homosexuals unrighteous. As stated earlier, they will not inherit the kingdom of God. The actions and desires of same sex partners is declared to be lustful, shameful, indecent, and unnatural. Such condemnation makes it clear that this type of “marrying” is not the will of God and would be sin. Even nature and human nature say it is sin because man and woman were made differently. The sexual union between a man and a woman is what God intended so that man may increase and multiply. There is no such practice or union in same sex relations so reproduction is not possible the way God intended. Old Testament law even said (as in Deut. 22:5) that “a woman should not wear men’s clothing nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this”.

What did Jesus do when anyone violated any moral laws: He forgave them and He loved them as a basis for establishing a relationship with them.

Men and women do have unique and very different roles in marriage and Paul touches on that in his epistles; “Wives, be submissive to your husband….Husbands, love your wives”. Fathers also have a role in child rearing – “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”. Proverbs 1:8 says “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching”. Proverbs 3:11-12 talks about despising the Lord’s discipline and resenting His rebuke – the Lord disciplines those He loves as a father delights in his son. (Jos.1:8)

Treatment of homosexuality is handled in several ways. The Old Testament has the ten commandments. They are either exiled or put out of the city. Hate the sin but love the sinner! In some cases they are put to death(Sodom and Gomorrah). The NT has the Beattitudes – the behaviors and the attitudes we should have as Christians. Again, hate the sin but love the sinner which is exactly what Jesus did.

The Spirit is A-movin!

Refrain:  The Spirit is a-movin all over, all over, this land.

The Spirit is a-movin all over, all over, this land

  1. People are gatherin’, the church is born,
    The Spirit is a blowin’ on a world reborn.
  2. Old ones are dreaming dreams,
    and young men and women see the light.
  3. Old walls are falling down,
    and people all over are speaking with each other.
  4. Filled with the Spirit, we are sent to serve,
    We are called out together, we are called to work.
  5. The Spirit fills us all with pow’r,
    To be God’s witnesses to all we meet.

Inequality / Injustice

Income inequality is alive and thriving in todays society/economy. In otherwords, it is on the rise. The Bible speaks to the topic of money in both the O.T. and N.T. – Proverbs being the most notable of the old testament.

The distribution of unequal income – is it inherently unjust or un-Chrtistian? Whether it is wrong or right, income inequality is not inherently unbiblical. Discriminating between natural inequalities (those that come from human gifts and talents) and unrighteous or unjust inequality – this is the challenge. Isaiah 1:17 states – “Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Income inequality can be the result of many different issues. In the case of the fatherless and the widow, that could be one of any number of reasons.

There are other types of inequality as well. Afew of them are social and racial inequality. These could also be called an injustice. There is one social injustice that tops all of those that are out there and it happened over 2000 years ago and is still remembered to this day. This is none other than the Crucifiction of Jesus Christ and it is remembered every year on Good Friday. The Crucifiction paved the way for an even greater event – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Celebration Sunday or Easter Sunday. These two days in history } the Crucifiction and Resurrection } are the consummation of God’s redemption today and the restoration of man from sin.

Now, how did we get from income inequality to Easter? To be honest, I do not know – it was just a progression of thought.