Sticky Wickets #2

By Pastor Regier
 
What Does God Say About Marriage?
 
What we feel or think about this topic needs to be subjected to the Word of God. The real issue here isn’t whether we sense that things might work out better in a new marital relationship; the real issue is what does God say about this? Our opinion is not the issue. Culture is not our standard. God’s Word is the final Word on all matters of faith and godliness. Here are some guiding principles:
  • Marriage is good and instituted by God (Gen 2:24). He is the Author/Designer of it.
  • Marriage is a covenant purposed by God to be life-long. (Matt 19:6)
  • Stay Married! Marriage broken by any reason other than death is hated by God. (Mal 2:16)
  • He takes the vows seriously because it is a covenant “until death”. It is a picture of God’s unconditional and sacrificial love for his bride. (Eph. 5). Problems in marriage must be traversed together without the option of escape.
  • Because of the hardness of sinful hearts, God allows only 2 exceptions to break the marriages vows. I say allows because even in our differences and frailties, God’s ideal is to stay married and reconcile if at all possible. Here are the two biblical exceptions:

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Sticky Wickets #1

By Pastor Regier
 
Version Aversion
 
Pastor Regier will begin a series of articles/blogs that will consider tough topics like social drinking, cremation, tattoos, gambling, church music, divorce/remarriage and so on.
Today’s topic is, perhaps, the most fiercely contested of all, especially in some circles. Can reliability and readability co-exist in a modern translation of the Bible?
“Pastor, with so many Bible versions available today, how can I choose the best one? What should I tell a friend who is looking to buy a bible she can read and understand with more ‘up to date’ language?”
Dear Friend, Thank you for your honest questions about translations of the Bible. It’s a great question and certainly one that deserves a thoughtful reply.  I know I am probably going to give you much more information than you ever wanted, but I hope it helps. The long answer that follows may read more like a book than a blog but I wanted you to understand my heart on this. It is very important to “get it right” when it comes to the Bible we read. You may have your personal favorite version of the Bible or you may know a new believer looking for a Bible they can read and follow in their walk in Christ.  I applaud you for your honest question.
 

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Senate Dems Vote to Block Infanticide Bill

 
By Dr. Fred DeRuvo
 
In a vote of 53-44, the Senate has failed to pass the
Born-Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act. Consider this action. A total of 44 Democrats voted NO on this bill, with three GOP senators not voting.

The failure of this bill’s passage into law is absolutely immoral and unconscionable. If one considers the actual ramifications of the failure of this bill, which was designed to force doctors and healthcare officials to provide care and nurturing for babies who actually survived the abortion process, it’s clear that some see murdering children as an actual option and permissible under the law. It isn’t. In 2016, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated that the “unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.” [1; emphasis added] The absurdity of the above statement should be plain to everyone. First, she actually referred to an unborn child as a “person.” Second, she states because it had not been born (was still inside the womb or had been aborted); the “person” has no rights under the Constitution. That is illogical.


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Attacks on Christianity and Conservatism

Attacks on Christianity and Conservatism
 
By Dr. Fred DeRuvo
 
Government in Crisis: We’re going to cover two subjects in this particular article. The first is what the Democrats of the new majority House of Congress are attempting to accomplish since they took office this past January 3, 2019. The second has to do with the fact that so-called social justice curriculum is making inroads into many Christian schools and even home school curriculum. Parents and administrators need to be on their guard now more than ever. Now that the Democrats have gained the majority in the House of Representatives, their agenda has been made apparent. On the very first day, the following was put forth:
  • Move to protect Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump[1] in spite of the fact that the President of the United States has the power to fire and remove Mueller from his position overseeing a special counsel.

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Dying or Looking for Signs of Life?

By Pastor Loren Regier
 
In my office are the relics of an old hobby I used to enjoy – taxidermy. In fact, right before college I toyed with the idea of just skipping college and starting a taxidermy studio called, New Life Studios, Inc. – I even had a motto – ‘We bring dead things to life” which was a little take-off of GE’s former tagline, “We bring good things to life. It didn’t work too well for GE. The problem is life, both physical and spiritual is the sole domain of the God of Heaven who is the giver of real life and all that is truly good. No one can really create anything. Especially life. The animals in my office have no breath, no pulse. They simply serve as dusty curiosities to those in the 3-6 year old range. They are only representations of life, merely imitations with glass eyes. This is a day in which the church’s eyes are “glassing over”. The new expectation from the young (aged teens-mid 30’s), is that church should be full of life. Amen to that! Where the Spirit of God is there ought to be life. Real life. I get that. I want that. We need that. Those under 40’s so often leave fundamental churches looking for more life, vibrancy, and sense of God’s power and presence. Though I detest the departure, I applaud anybody with a real hunger for the living Lord. This should be a wakeup call to all those who take pride in cold orthodoxy alone. Churches should have a pulse.

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Elijah’s Biggest Battle

By Pastor Loren Regier

“But [Elijah] went a day’s journey in to the wilderness and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, it is enough now, O Lord, take away my life. . .” I Kings 19:4 Did you know that your biggest battle will not be confronting false prophets on the top of Mount Carmel? It won’t even be facing the hot breath of the Devil himself. Your biggest enemy, dear friend, is you. Elijah’s tired and discouraged voice rose up from the desert sands. “Can I just quit? May I kick the bucket, Lord? Please, go ahead and take me out! I mean it, Lord – I’m through!” Overwhelmed by the odds against him, Elijah’s spirit was exhausted. Are you there today? Counting your sorrows and not your blessings? Tired of the scarce harvest that living for God seems to bring? We all have them. Elijah moments. Prophet Elijah’s desperation took him to the point where he said, “O Lord, take away my life.”


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Bible Baptist Christian School

By Dr. Mark Cronemeyer
 
BIBLE BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, a ministry of Bible Baptist Church, has been in existence since 1980 and exists for a very specific stated purpose: “to grow Christ-like character that is Scripturally disciplined, others-serving, God-loving, Christ proclaiming, and focused above.”  Our K4 – 12 school just recently went through a rigorous re-accreditation process through our Christian school association, the Georgia Association of Christian Schools.  This accreditation site visit occurs every five years and reviews twelve clearly defined standards, ranging from the establishment and implementation of our philosophy of education, to the teaching procedures our educators implement and a verification of our operational manuals as well as evaluating how well we follow our own operational manuals.  The process of preparation for this re-accreditation takes over a year and in reality takes the entire five years from one accreditation cycle to another to be ready for the actual site visit.  The process concludes with a site visit by five experienced educators who interview students, parents, board members, and faculty members as well as observe classes. Our school was thrilled to not only be re-accredited by the committee, but also to receive many positive comments by the team members.
 
 

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When Children Walk Away from Truth

By Tim Lee
 
In 3 John 1:4 we read that John had no greater joy than to hear that his children walked in Truth. We know John was speaking of those he had led to the Lord. All of us parents who love the Lord and raise our children to do the same can apply this verse to our children. Of course, on the flip side, there is no greater sorrow then to see our children walk away from the Truth. In every church and every ministry, we find parents who are hurting over a “wayward” son or daughter. Even though the sorrow of a wayward child will remain with us as long as that child continues to stray, I have come to some conclusions that have brought me some comfort. Perhaps sharing these thoughts may help others who are enduring this sorrow.

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Millions and Millions of Years

By Pastor Loren Regier
 
The Church is sick, and the cancer that is eating us alive isn’t the theory of Evolution. I would never diminish the far-reaching effect that evolution’s farce has had upon the church, but the greatest enemy of the life of the church today is a much more silent and deadly killer—not evolution but pollution. Most men with any shred of reason understand that “nothing comes from nothing, and nothing ever would.” Stupidity does not become more plausible when dressed up as so-called science. Deep in the heart of any thinking person is a God-fashioned skylight pointing to a Creator who is both divine and sovereign. God has placed eternity in the heart of every soul. Curse God if you will, excuse him with “millions and millions of years” if you dare, yet the echo of all such nonsense is the unquenchable whisper of the conscience: God is, and you will meet Him some day. No exceptions. No escape.

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The Eyes Have It

By Pastor Loren Regier
 
The eyes have great power to communicate. Some of us can still remember how our hearts jumped when the look of love first came our way. Remember the love-look? It was the look from across the room reserved for us or, at least, that was our hopeful interpretation. It was the “I think I found my love of a lifetime” look. The eyes met and lingered for just a longing moment. Ah, what a world of hope was forged in that glance. All your young life you were waiting for “the look”…when your eyes met, your head spun, your heart melted, and your knees buckled. The air was sweeter, birds sang in unison, and even the stones cried out, “She loves me!” All this from just one look. Mutual admiration sparked and still nurtures this look. It continues to be the special look between lovers that says, “I love you and this look is reserved for you.” It should be a look that stays alive as long as your marriage does (you did marry that looker, didn’t you?).

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