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Faith, Fear, and Prudence! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:47

In the Old Testament, God gave provision for dealing with plagues and illnesses. If one had leprosy or came in contact with a corpse (as well as a few other issues), he or she was ceremonially unclean and had to be separated from the camp of Israel. For leprosy, a person was quarantined until cleansed. For other infirmities, a person was quarantined for a week. This quarantine absolutely affected a person's ability to participate in corporate worship. But in this, we see that God not only accepts segregation in the event of a plague, He mandated it!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:07
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Historical Note on Epidemics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 10:00

Interesting historical note. In the early 20th century, Flint River took a break during the flu outbreaks. I also found a historical notes that they took brief hiatuses during small pox outbreaks, when the Flint River flooded, and even due to Union occupation during the Civil War.

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Is God Impressed? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 09:59

When the disciples commented on the amazing architecture of Herod's Temple, Jesus wasn't so impressed (Mth 24:1-2). In fact, His reply was to inform them that not one stone of that structure would be left standing after God sent His judgment on Jerusalem, a judgment that would come in the siege of General Titus in AD 70.

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Segregated Worship Saddens Me PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 20 January 2020 12:09

God never intended families to be segregated in worship. In fact, God disapproves of divisions in worship because Christ is not divided. Therefore, there is "neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female," but all one in Christ. The simple analogy of the church being the "body of Christ" is enough to tell us this. To be a body, it has to be together.

 

Nothing saddens me more than to see a worship service in which the children are rounded up and led away so as not to inconvenience the rest of the congregation. Sure, there's a time for a parent to take out a fussy little one and I'm thankful we have a "cry room" for such occasions (complete with speakers and a TV feed so mom or dad misses nothing). But children belong in worship. Scripture says preaching is powerful. Reading from a story book, playing a game, or hearing a talk in a separate room isn't the same.

 

I want the little ones to hear the name Jesus early and often. I want the hymns to be etched into their little minds. I want them to learn the reverence of God's house. Entire houses came together in worship in the New Testament. We rob our children if we segregate them.

 
Empathy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 03 January 2020 13:04

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." - Romans 12:15

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