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  1. It seems that in the last 30 or so years our churches have taken on a whole new look and atmosphere. As these changes were being made to attract more people to church, more and more people are having a hard time finding a church to call home? Recently, I attended the Baptist Church that I grew up in. While growing up, this church was a very conservative church. Never would they have entertained the thought of having anything other than a piano or organ on the stage. Upon this visit, I noticed that everything has changed the last 30 years. No longer did the church look like a place of worship, but rather an entertainment center. Ironically, the crowds were smaller now than 30 years ago. So what happened to my church? As I reflect back, I now see some signs that was there that started the shift of entertainment rather than worship. What has divided the church? It seems that is almost always starts with music. Not many churches minds some guitars to help accomplay the music, but not too long ago ear plugs were being handed out as one enters the into some church sanctuaries. Some churches now open with a secular song, dim the lights, add in fog machines, and have an atmosphere that represents a local rock concert. All of this is to enhance repetitive choruses that will be sung over and over by church members that seem hypnotized. In an effort to attract unchurched people, the “Seeker Sensitive” movement suggested that churches should cater to the comforts of the “seeker”. Bill Hybels admitted that he came up with the term but later confessed it didn't work. Hybels states: “We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.” The founder of the “Seeker Sensitive” movement now states that he should have taught people to read their Bibles and take responsibility for their own spiritual walk. This church that I grew up in, used to teach me how to read the Bible on my own. Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” When this music shift took place, Some churches catered to the older crowd with an early a.m. traditional service for those with gray heads. That trend began "the great divide" between generations. Preachers started preaching only about love and tolerance. Everything and everyone must be accepted. Sin must be accepted. People loved having their ears tickled. The goal was to leave church with that "feel good" feeling and have their self-esteem built up. Sound doctrine was being set aside and ignored. Issues like marriage, abortion, and hell apparently divide so the preaching ceased on those things, although rock music in the church apparently was not a dividing issue. Having said all of that, the gates of hell are trying like crazy to penetrate the church,change its message, change its purpose, and to distort the gospel. Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If anyone else has seen that music has changed your church, please let us know and comment below. What happened to your church?
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  2. If you are a member of a sound, Bible believing church, this inquiry is addressed to you. We know without asking that modernistic pastors or cult leaders are “evil men and seducers.” (11 Tim. 3:13). We’re asking this question because in every good church there are a number of critics who feel their pastor, no matter how faithful, is a lemon and should leave soon. Why is it? Well, first of all “Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God bath chosen the foolish . .. the weak . . . the base … and the despised, hath God chosen . . . ” (I Cor. 1:26-28). This passage discusses preachers and it is clear there are few supermen in God’s ministry. The critics feel their pastor is “below average.” So was Moses, who was “very meek” (no personality), Numbers 12:3; and the Apostle Paul who was “less than the least of all the saints” (no prestige), Eph. 3:8. The God of grace usually chooses humble men “that no flesh should glory in his presence” but rather “glory in the Lord”. (I Cor. 1:29-31). The root of criticism is usually PRIDE which is hindering blessing and causing trouble for “only by pride cometh contention.” (Proverbs 13:10). If your pastor exalts Christ as God and Saviour and preaches Bible-centered messages then he is definitely the kind of a pastor God wants in your church and he deserves your hearty support and cooperation. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake, And be at peace among yourselves.” (I Thes. 5:12-13). Remember that a pastor is not the church’s hired man, paid to please the members — rather an “overseer” appointed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) and Christ’s “gift” to each local church, “for the perfecting of the saints to do the work of the ministry.” (Eph. 4:11,12). Concerning faithful pastors, God commands: “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” (Heb. 13:17). Don’t demand too many visible results for your pastor’s calling is to faithfully sow and water the seed of God’s Word and the Lord “gives the increase” (I Cor. 3:5-10) which may or may not be visible to your eyes. May we express appreciation to the many consecrated church members who prayerfully support and encourage their pastor in these difficult days. When the critics also develop a Scriptural attitude toward the pastor we predict that the church will enjoy many new blessings and greater progress; the pastor’s efforts will bear more fruit and everyone’s soul will be filled. What kind of a pastor do you have? You probably have the very one God wants you to have the very best man for your particular church to fulfill God’s purpose there at this time! By L.E.A. _______________________ Tract # D-513 Order From: TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 1911 34th St., E. L. Bynum, Pastor P.O. Box 3100, Lubbock, Texas 79452
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  3. The Democratic Governor of Michigan, Whittmer, says that VP Kamala Harris is treated badly because of her ethnicity and skin color. I find this very hard to believe. During her run for the White House in 2019-2020, VP Harris was oft confronted about her actions as the California States Attorney General, keeping innocent people in jail and for her lifestyle as a woman of low morals. Today, as VP, she is treated the way she is for her inability to take seriously the border crisis between the United States and Mexico, her complaining about not having enough space in the home she is in, and many other things. She shows a true lack of leadership ability, and continues to laugh like "The Joker" of the Batman series of movies. She has proven herself unable to handle the simplest tasks for the administration. Even the people who work under her has stated with many expletives that she is messing the Office of Vice President up, creating a hostile work environment. Lord help us all if this administration gets a second term. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gretchen-whitmer-says-kamala-harris-is-unfairly-treated-because-of-race-and-gender/ar-AALUMDG?ocid=chromentpnews
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  4. BrotherTony

    Just a Thought

    Just A Thought Volume 1 Issue 1 June 8, 2021 Anthony J Lanius ©Copyright All Rights Reserved It has been many months since the new administration took over in Washington, DC., and I find that many still are laying their hopes on a man named Donald James Trump. In a way, this bothers many of us, because it seems that the former POTUS has developed a “cult” following. Many others (I’m speaking mainly to my Christian brothers and sisters) are still hoping to put him back in office in 2024, dividing the Republican Party. They aren’t on the “cult” bandwagon yet, but, they are close! Yes, the former POTUS did keep many of his promises where previous administrations had made the same promises and failed. Yes, the former POTUS did help the economy. But, I find that those who are placing their hopes in Mr. Trump are also claiming to put their faith in God. There is nothing wrong with appreciating a person for what they have done for our country. I voted for Mr. Trump in both 2016 and 2020, though I am NOT a Republican. My wife and I are neither Socialist Democrats nor Republicans. The Republicans left us many years ago. We did not leave them. We became moderate Independents. We also are Christians. Yes, we DID appreciate all that the Trump administration accomplished during their tenure. The Trump administration was good for America. I know that many blame the Trump administration for the divisiveness found in this country today. That simply IS NOT TRUE. The divisiveness grew in the previous administration, that of Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Biden. Their unwillingness to work with the Republican party and to advance the leftist ideology in this country over the will of the people was far more divisive than the impolite Tweets of Donald Trump. I am not a fan of the current administration and it’s return to the political ideals and practices of the Obama Administration. It is terrible to think that our political process could have been tampered with to put the Biden/Harris administration into office. I’m not saying that there was or wasn’t tampering. That’s not my job. I’m first and foremost a Christian, not a political advocate. The Bible tells us that GOD is the one who puts people in power…regardless of how we vote, God will put whom he wants into positions of power. We are commanded to pray for those who are over us, and I do, daily. I pray that God will work in their hearts and minds, and that if they’re not going to follow the Biblical examples given them, that he will thwart their plans to push an evil agenda on the people. I’m told that as a Christian, I am an Ambassador for Christ. An “ambassador” follows the commands of the person who he/she represents. We, as Christians represent Christ. We’re told to “preach the Word,” and to “go and make disciples.” We are to be building the kingdom of God. We cannot effectively do that and follow a man to the point of distraction. So, for the thought? I believe that we should be praying for this administration in spite of how many believe they gained power, or how most of us believe that their agenda is far less than Godly. Why don’t we join together as brothers and sisters, take our eyes off of who is running the country, realize that our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES! Why don’t we put on that “whole armor of God” and deliver the Word to a lost and dying world, and trying to bring those who have lost hope back into the fold? Satan is the “Master Deceiver!” If he can get our attention away from the mission that Christ set before us, then HE HAS ALREADY WON! The Bible tells us plainly to be “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith! How many of us can and will follow what the Lord Jesus Christ has told us to do instead of putting our eyes on a man…ANY man, whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump? Is anyone willing to stand with us? That’s my thought for today. Just a thought! AJL
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  5. Just Everyday Things Volume V Issue XXII May 26, 2021 Bell Buckle, Tennessee It’s a beautiful morning here in rural Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The sun is rising and shining brightly across the large lots here in our small subdivision. Just watching the bright orange color rising over the treetops and listening to the birds chirping make m heart want to sing of the goodness of our Lord towards us! We awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock shortly before 2 AM. Our good friend, Mr. Coffee® was just finishing up his morning routine, and the smell of Folgers® was wafting through the whole house! I’m so thankful that the Lord has let our dear friend serve us as long as he has. He’s been a good and faithful servant. The Lord constantly used this inanimate object to remind me of just how important it is to do the job the Lord has put us here to do, and to do it well. I pray every morning during my quiet time that I will be strong enough to let go and let HIM take control of the day, and that nothing will get in the way of serving Him faithfully. As many of you know, I have had some challenges with my ears. These challenges have included me being out with vertigo, tinnitus, and unsteadiness. You also may know that I have recently been taking decadron (generic version) injections to try and calm these challenges down. I have experienced fewer vertigo attacks since the injections started, and they have been less severe. I have also had some temporary relief in the area of tinnitus. Many people don’t realize just how hard it is on a body to have a vertigo attack, or to feel unsteady for long periods of time. But, for those of you willing to do a little experiment, I would suggest that you take two 10 lb bags of potato’s, putting one bag in each hand, holding them out straight away from your body. Then turn as fast as you can in circles until you feel as if you’re going to fall. Come to a quick and complete stop and let go of the potato’s. Feel how dizzy you feel? Do you feel like you could walk a straight line? Have you fallen down yet? Those of us who suffer from Meniere’s Disease or Bilateral Meniere’s Disease go through this several times a month or year. It is not an incurable disease, but it is very disabling disease. Yet, I have found that the Lord God has used it for His own glory. It breaks the ice with many who suffer vertigo attacks, tinnitus, unsteadiness or other maladies, and gives me a chance to spread the Word of God, that great news of Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord! I used to hate having this disease, and I cannot say that it’s fun in any way, shape or form. But, I truly believe it is a GIFT from God, not so much a “thorn in the flesh,” as Paul calls it. It makes me rely more and more on the strength that only Jesus Christ can give. His strength is made perfect in my weakness. What a humbling experience. I have been praying for many things to happen in my own life and ministry to people. The Lord is opening and closing doors. It’s just an everyday thing. God will guide us through the doors he opens if we will listen carefully and follow HIS direction instead of what we THINK his direction is. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish who’s voice is who’s. But, God will always reveal himself if we seek his face. I’m so thankful that over these past ten months, I have been able to start learning some new things and refreshing some others that I had learned already while I was in college. During the beginning months of my recovery from prescription drug addiction last March, a friend of mine introduced me to the Cowpunchers Cowboy Church of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Vivian and I already attend a small SBC church (North Fork Baptist Church of Shelbyville) and we love the church and people there. But, there needed to be some extra help from people who had experienced some of the same things I had. This man and his wife came and sat in the driveway of our home until I agreed to go with him to a Tuesday evening men’s Bible study. I did so with much hesitancy, but found that it was quite a necessary step for me in recovery. I built a small network of friends there who have helped encourage me and keep me away from the pain medications. The Lord has been so good to me through this group. I became involved in a learned process through a program called the “Ministry Diploma Certificate Program” with the Cowboy Church through the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches. Most people believe that these churches are just a fad, but I have found that they are Scripturally sound, preach the Bible, though many of them don’t use the King James Translation exclusively, and they have helped ground me even further in my will to study, preach, witness and “stay the course” for the Lord. It has been a time of refreshing for me. I have been in recovery and free from the prescription medications now for over 14 months. I praise the Lord for this! It’s a victory for the Lord, and a victory for my wife and I. I pray that all of you are having a great week! I know many of you have experienced loss, heartache and pain this week. But, I also know that God has a reason for all things. I pray that He will comfort, lead and guide you through the challenges you face every day. It’s so important to rely on Him. He alone is our strength and our stay. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. May you all have a blessed day in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Blessings. © Copyright 05/56/21 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Brother Anthony J Lanius
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  6. The third pastor, and first Baptist, has been arrested for holding church services beyond capacity in Alberta (capacity is currently 15). Although this is a Reformed Baptist church (and our church is definitely not Reformed), it has hit close to home as Pastor Tim is the older brother of our assistant pastor. https://www.rebelnews.com/calgary_police_arrest_fairview_baptist_church_pastor_tim_stephens?fbclid=IwAR34m1IZP13ZZpcQ11Jz8UjiysndMnVwz1Wk0fSb0-zSAoGkeL79EwiXUTA
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