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This article has sat in my 'Must do something about this' box for a few months!
J. Lee Grady speaks about Christians needing to have some backbone. He says we have rejected those who use hateful language and actions - but contends we have gone so far to the opposite extreme that "Now, we are afraid to confront sin"....
He notes that many ministers have diluted the gospel with ‘feel-good’ messages. He writes, "This temptation to dilute the gospel has produced a new recipe for a trendy sermon. We start with some great motivational speaking (“Your past does not define your future!”), add a few quarts of cheap grace (“Don’t focus on your sin!”), pour in some prosperity gospel (“Run to this altar and grab your financial breakthrough!”), flavor it with some trendy pop psychology (“It’s all about you!”) and voila!—you end up with a goopy mess of pabulum that not even a baby Christian could survive on."
I'll let you read it... if you haven't time to read it all, can I encourage you to read the introduction below and the concluding (4) paragraphs!
29/5/2013. J. Lee Grady
“The apostle Paul not only confronted sin but named specific sins when he preached. Why can’t we?
People often complain about angry preachers. I don’t like them either, and I agree that if a person mixes a sermon with hateful language (or if he believes God has called him to picket other churches), he’s in the wrong profession. Yet today we’ve jumped to the opposite extreme. Now we are afraid to confront sin.
We can’t preach about materialism because we might offend rich people in the audience—as well as the poor people who buy Lotto tickets every week. We can’t preach about fornication because there are people in the church who are living together. We can’t preach about domestic violence because there are deacons who sometimes hit their wives. We can’t preach about homosexuality because our culture says it’s hateful to call that a sin.
And the list goes on. In fact, some preachers are avoiding the word sin altogether because it’s too negative. And we all know that the latest polls show people want a positive message.
This temptation to dilute the gospel has produced a new recipe for a trendy sermon. We start with some great motivational speaking (“Your past does not define your future!”), add a few quarts of cheap grace (“Don’t focus on your sin!”), pour in some prosperity gospel (“Run to this altar and grab your financial breakthrough!”), flavor it with some trendy pop psychology (“It’s all about you!”) and voila!—you end up with a goopy mess of pabulum that not even a baby Christian could survive on. . ."
This article was posted on the Manhattan Declaration blog last year - the Manhattan Declaration affirms the importance of marriage and family and opposes homosexual 'marriage'. Eric Teetsel recounts his friendship with Tim and shares about Tim's struggles with same-sex attraction.
Then Tim talks about his own story in a 9 minute video... his focus is on God, not on man.
I saw the video just a week or so back - and wanted to share it with you...
Denny Burk writes about the story and posts Tim's video- click here.
Read the article - and watch Tim tell his story on video...
'My Gay Roommate'
Eric Teetsel, November 28, 2012.
"Tim and I met a few years ago at a 24 watch party. His natural intelligence, unabashed geekiness, and “Snaps” skills made us quick friends. Plus, he managed a Starbucks so there was free coffee in it for me.
Before long, I needed a new place to live and so did he. With a third friend, we rented a house together. Our friendship grew. Soon, I discovered that Tim is a serious Christian whose poignant reflections on faith and life set him apart from the pack. He was an usher in my wedding. One day, Tim told me that he had been in a years-long battle with same-sex attraction. Thus began a new aspect of our friendship.
I don’t know if my feeble attempts to support him helped at all, but Tim’s transparency was important for me. I learned a lot about the many different ways individuals experience homosexual inclination, the extent of sexual promiscuity amongst gays, and what is and isn’t helpful for those of us seeking to love our friends and family members grappling with homosexuality.
One lesson in particular stands out from the rest. Tim vacillated between acceptance of his sexual inclinations and the greater calling of his faith for years before finally finding rest in the decision to let Jesus be enough. That arduous journey was made much, much more difficult by voices from within the Church encouraging him to embrace his inclination to homosexuality. . ."
Watch Tim telling his story... the video on Vimeo...
This interesting article 'Why dads matter' was printed in a mainstream paper - The Australian.
Adam Shand,a writer and journalist, talks of his experiences with his daughter and how a father's relationship with his daughter models what her relationship with her boyfriend (and husband) will be as well as what she looks for in an man!
On his own blog, he calls the article 'Daddy's Girl'!
Researchers in one study found that these girls learn to create secure attachments with their dads, which enable them to create relationships based on trust and clear communication.
It's worth reading!
"IT may seem a little creepy but the old adage holds true: a father should be his son's first hero and his daughter's first love. In fact, the relationship with her father is the most important of her life, according to the experts. The connection with a mother's womb is clear and enduring while the father's influence is more abstract and fragile, yet crucial.
"For men, playing the hero comes naturally because a father was once a boy, but the relationship with a daughter is less straightforward. Men live their whole lives never grasping the infinite mysteries of women yet here we are responsible for creating the attitudes of our daughters. . ."
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The Commonwealth has made a submission to the High Court, asking that the High Court rule that the ACT same-sex ‘marriage’ Act is INVALID.
The High Court will hear the appeal on 3-4 December, 2013.
The Submission is 24 pages long and makes very interesting and enlightening reading!
The High Court has a WEBPAGE relating to this case - click here.
The SUBMISSION is online - click here.
The SUMMARY of the Commonwealth’s submission is under 'Part V - Argument' on pages labelled 1 and 2.
If you just read these TWO pages, you will have a good idea of the argument...
The final paragraph of this Section states:
The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT) (ACT Marriage Act), in purporting to clothe with the legal status of marriage unions solemnised in the ACT between the persons it identifies (including but not limited to its purported extension of marriage to same-sex unions), is:
5.6.1. inconsistent, within the meaning of s 28(1) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cth), with the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act; and
5.6.2. repugnant to the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act (Sections 5 and 6)."
The Commonwealth's submission provides a very insightful overview of the law regarding marriage in Australia – there are sections on marriage pre 1901 (and the beginning of the Commonwealth), 1901-1960, the 1961 Marriage Act and the 2004 Amendment which stated that marriage is the “union of a 'man and a woman' to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
The Commonwealth Government's submission re the ACT legislation can be
found at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/cases/c13-2013/Cth-ACT_Plf.pdf
Please pray that the High Court upholds the appeal by the Commonwealth and overturns the ACT law on 'same-sex marriage'.
We were sent a link to this video – which shows children being asked what they think about same-sex ‘marriage’. The video was done as part of the ‘Kids React’ series for You Tube by the 'Fine Brothers'. They do a wide range of subjects, with responses from teens and elders as well as children.
In this film about same-sex 'marriage, they interviewed 13 Californian children between the ages of 5 and 13.
The video, which is 15 minutes long, has already had 6.4 million views!
The children were shown TWO PROPOSALS of ‘marriage’ by same-sex couples and then asked their views. Most of the children support the idea, focusing on the love and romance. Some are a bit confused about the subject.
The FULL Kids React video on You Tube (with proposals and 'Facts')
– 15 minutes.