August 19, 2018

Is Everything We Do Worship? By Harold Hancock

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

A Christian should try to please God in everything he does, but everything a Christian does is not worship. For instance, a Christian may travel, work, rest, and sleep with God’s approval, but he is not worshipping God when he does these things.

In the New Testament, the Greek word proskuneo is most frequently translated worship. Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines it as “to make obeisance; do reverence to,” and says, “it is used of an act of homage or reverence.” There are several other Greek words used in the New Testament which are sometimes translated worship and at other times translated service. One should study the context of these words before concluding all service is worship.

Many Bible passages make it clear that not everything that we do that is pleasing to God is worship. On one occasion Abraham told his servants, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you” (Gensis.22:5). Abraham and Isaac went into the mountain, worshipped God and returned to the servants. Going to and returning from the mountain was not worship. When David learned of the death of his son, he “arose from the earth, and washed, and changed his apparel; and he came into the house of Jehovah and worshipped” (2 Samuel 12:20). What David did before entering the house of the Lord on this occasion was not considered to be worship. The Ethiopian eunuch “had come to Jerusalem to worship” (Acts 8:27), and Paul “went up to worship at Jerusalem” (Acts 24:11). It is obvious that both the eunuch and Paul had come to Jerusalem to perform specific acts as worship. Worship and service may be closely associated with one another (Matthew 4:9-10). Naturally, we desire to serve the one whom we worship. Service, however, is broader than worship. All worship is service, but not all service is worship. We are right, therefore, to determine that worship is specific acts done with humility and with reverence and separated from the normal activities of the day.

 

 

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August 5, 2018

Homosexuality Has Consequences – Don R. Patton

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Homosexuality Has Consequences

Now And Forever

Don R. Patton

Many are influenced by the drumbeat of our liberal media, continually preaching their interpretation of morality (allowed if against the Bible). They militantly demand that the public accept their false claim that the practice of homosexuality is a natural, inborn, genetically determined, un-chosen behavior.

The journal Science has reported, “But many genetic screens have failed to turn up genes that are responsible for sexual orientation….why someone is attracted to a person of the same sex is a question for which science may never fill in all the blanks.” (December 11, 2012)

Of course, particular fleshly temptations are stronger in some individuals than in others, but the obligation to resist and control is shared by all.

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. We need to be reminded that James, the brother of Jesus, wrote:

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy;…” (James 4:12)

The apostle Paul told the Athenian philosophers that God …

“…has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

Jesus himself said…

the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” (John 21:48)

That word was divinely revealed and recorded by the authorized ambassadors of Jesus. (II Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20). They made the will of The Judge very clear.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,… For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” (Romans 1:18, 26-27)

The last phrase in Paul’s inspired warning is intriguing. These individuals will receive a “due penalty.” He doesn’t describe the nature of the consequence but says it will be “in their own [physical] persons.”

Physical consequences do not compare with eternal, but the fulfilled predictions of Scripture may serve to validate our conviction that the Bible reveals divine wisdom. In spite of powerful, brutal opposition from those supporting the homosexual agenda, reluctant reporting of the physical consequences of homosexuality is leaking out. The following revelations from the scientific community are sobering.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

“In 2015, MSM [Men who have Sex with Men] had 68% of all new HIV infections, even though they made up only around 2% of the population.”

MEDICAL PRESS -August 1, 2018,

One in three youths who break the law identify as LGBTQ

Report on Study By University of California, San Francisco

Adolescents who identified as non-heterosexual are significantly over-represented among first-time offenders, according to a new study …

The study also found that depression, self-harm, and drug and alcohol use were more prevalent among youth who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) or other sexual minorities, as compared with straight youth. …

… the sexual-minority group, whose ages averaged 14, 46.6 percent had used alcohol, versus 26.6 percent of the heterosexual group. They were also approximately twice as likely to use drugs, including synthetic cannabis, cocaine and injection drugs as the heterosexual group—20.2 percent and 10.3 percent respectively.

The study publishes in the Journal of Adolescent Health on Aug.1, 2018.