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Are We Already Judged? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:22

While having lunch with a pastor friend a couple of days after SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage across the USA, we were conversing about how we should react as believers who happen to live in America. Of course, subjects such as the Kingdom of Heaven, our true citizenship, God's judgment, and how much - if at all - we should involve ourselves in the civil affairs of our physical nation.

 

I have mixed feelings about it and discourage obsession and extreme involvement. After all, we are citizens of Christ's Kingdom, a Kingdom not of this world. At the same time, Paul utilized his rights as a Roman by protesting being beaten uncondemned and also by appealing to Caesar. So there is a balance one must aim for. As Jesus said, we must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

 

But one comment my friend made sparked a lot of thought. Have we already been judged?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:22
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A Week Later - Gleanings from Acts 4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 13:54

It has been just over one week since we saw the disappointing, historic ruling by the Supreme Court on same sex marriage. Reactions to this ruling among Christians have been widely varied. The two most predominant reactions that I have seen are complacency and anxiety filled with aggression. It is greatly disappointing that some disciples are completely apathetic, some even supportive, of the ever growing acceptance and normalization of lifestyles that the Bible explicitly condemns. Yet it is equally disappointing that many turn to aggressive anxiety while adopting a demeanor that is not Christ-like at all. Neither reaction should be the standard for the believer in Christ. Sadly, this often seems to be the case. Please take no offense to this observation. There are certainly those who have calmly drew closer to God during these events, but the above observation is the most evident reaction in our culture.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2015 14:56
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Setting in Order Things Wanting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:00

 

After the terribly disappointing national events of late last week, my reading this week has been in what are known as the “Pastoral Epistles,” Paul’s writings to two other ministers, Timotheus and Titus. I was reminded this morning while reading through Titus of something I’ve intended to write about for the past month or so, namely, a lack of new ministers as the result of the failure of local churches to engage in personal evangelism.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:07
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A Comforting Old Hymn - Be Still My Soul PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:57

Take a moment to read the poetry of this old hymn by Ka­tha­ri­na A. von Schle­gel, entitled Be Still My Soul. It is featured in most hymnals used by Primitive Baptists. In light of our uncertain future and the recent troubles in our particular culture, I believe it will give you a blessing. I'm serious - take the time to read it. You'll be glad you did.

- Ben

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Sunday Sermon Outline in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 17:44

So I am sure there was a lot of pulpit talk today about marriage, government, politics, and maybe even an occasional charge to "take back America." I'd like to share the basic breakdown of my sermon this morning at Flint River Church in Huntsville Alabama. I might also mention that following lunch, those who could stay late reconvened in the sanctuary and the men of our church led us in an extended time of prayer, also called a Prayer Meeting.

I had six major points in my sermon I'll share with the body of Christ for your consideration.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 08:53
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