Moral Absolutes

Written by Tom Shepard on .

We just celebrated Independence day. There was a time when the values Americans shared were in one accord across this country. Indeed the scripture says the early church grew because they were all of one accord (Act 2:42-47).

I believe our church is one of the fastest growing churches in Louisiana, not because of the preacher, or the music, or the children’s or student ministries, or the counseling center, or the outreach to soldiers suffering from PTSD, or the two dozen other ministries we have for the family and community… No, It is because we are a family that pays no mind to how we are dressed, or from what side of the tracks one is born, or from what socio-economic background one has.

We are a family of like-minded believers that have the same concerns and values America had a long time ago - God, family and country.

At this church we try to instill values that a good church is not pious and standoffish, but rather, we are to try and see what we can do for each other (Love your neighbor as yourself). We believe the government is NOT supposed to take care of you, but rather WE are to take care of each other! We teach an honest days work for an honest days wage.

America needs to come back to its roots. We need to teach that there are moral absolutes!

Indeed the cry of liberalism across America is, “how dare you teach moral absolutes, you hypocrite!” Well let me tell you something, you are right, I am a hypocrite. We are all hypocrites, in the church and out of the church. However, it does not change the fact that there is a right and a wrong or moral absolutes.

What America needs to get away from is watered down values. Our children need to see us strive for those moral absolutes, and yes, we are going fall down at times, but those children need to see us get back up and try again!

They need to know mom and dad are trying to do what is right. The difference between trying and not trying is settling.

1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know you all run the race but only one wins the prize? Run in such a way as to win.”

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To hallow the day

Written by Richard “Sarge” Garwood on .

I don’t normally write on holidays. I believe there are so many more people capable of expressing what they feel of the specialness of the particular day made holy by custom and/or design; by conscience and by commerce. But now I’ll make an exception.

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The Heart Test

Written by Shedrick Winfield on .

The Heart Test (cont.) Mathew 6:11

Give us this day our daily bread

Our Father's Prayer is not just a prayer recitation, it's an attitude of the heart which pleases the father.

"Give us this day our daily bread," meaning the father gives his children a voice to petition Him for physical provision while they wait for Him to return in this temporal life.

One of the greatest characteristics of a father is his ability to provide for his children no matter where they are in life resulting in the child's confidence and/or attitude in their father’s ability to provide for them.

Being that we are creatures of habit, desiring independence rather than dependence on the father, we have the potential to disconnect when the pressures of life are nonexistent; but thank God the Father knows best and His desire is to affirm us as his child every day!

This principle is clearly seen in the life of the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness for forty years. They would trust God in hard times and threaten to leave him when the pressure was lifted, which was actually never.

They never got the lesson the father was teaching them, that they couldn't live off of yesterday's faith, that every day their heavenly father wanted to affirm them as His own; that He could provide for them no matter where they were in life; and they could trust and not doubt that:

1. They belong to God

2. To know how much He cared about them and

3. He was able to meet all of their needs!

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