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He Gave....I give?

by David Baird on 06/26/13

We all know it.  There is really nothing new about what I'm about to say - relationships are important.


God knew it first.  He told us all when He gave His two greatest commandments - Love God - Love others, i.e., relationships are important.

Throughout His Word (God's love letters to you and me), "relationships" are highlighted: 1) our spiritual gifts are given for the common good; 2) we are encouraged to never forsake the gathering of the fellowship of believers; 3) we are urged to enjoy the breaking of bread often with one another.  Relationships are important.

Christ demonstrated how important relationships were to the Father by spending quality, intimate time with His disciples.  Just think about the last supper - Jesus served them and washed their feet; He broke bread with each one; He shared His last time with them; He prayed with them.

God proved once and for all just how important our relationships where to Him as our Heavenly Father - He showed us the depth of His love relationship - For God so loved the World...He Gave!

For God so loved you and me....He Gave...His Word to express His love to us.
For God so loved you and me....He Gave...His church to encourage us.
For God so loved you and me....He Gave...Himself in the Holy Spirit to be with us.
For God so loved you and me....He Gave...His one and only Son to die for us.

God, the Father, and Christ, the Son, what a love relationship with us.  Looked at all that has been given to prove it!

Now, in return, what will you give?

For I so love you Lord, I give...my time, my effort, my energy, my best.
For I so love you Lord, I give...my affection, my faithfulness, my loyalty.
For I so love you Lord, I give...my devotion, my resources, my stuff, my life.

For I so love my Lord & Savior, I give....

Who determines "Normal?"

by David Baird on 03/17/12

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 5:30 that warns us about people who "call evil good & good evil," who "put darkness for light & light for darkness," and who " put bitter for sweet & sweet for bitter."  In other words, beware of people who try to define normal with things that are not.

Today, we are constantly bombarded with a "new normal."

 

First, we are told what it is “normal” to do:

Many try to define “new normal” regarding our sexuality.  Young people are encouraged to have sex before marriage.  Schools hand out condoms to have “safer sex.”  Counselors take children to abortion clinics without parental consent.  Society suggests its okay to live together before marriage to see if  "it's right."  But research shines the light on the foolishness of these ideas.  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

 

Many suggest that it’s “Your choice” to make and the consequences of that “choice” don’t matter.  Have an abortion…it’s your choice.  Love & cherish a person of the same sex…it’s your choice.   Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

 

Hollywood produces TV shows and movies that are full of inappropriate language, nudity, and violence selling it as art.  Images that society would not have allowed on our airwaves 50 years ago are not commonplace even on children’s programming.  Woe to those who put darkness for light and light for darkness.

 

Next, we are told what it is not “normal” to do:

 

You can’t pray in school.  You can’t mention God @ graduation.  And, as a result of taking morality out of our schools, kids are being raised amoral.  Human Secularism is the new normal perpetuated in the education culture.  Research bears out the foolishness of this “new normal.”  Woe to those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

 

At Christmas, a holiday to celebrate Jesus birthday, it’s now “normal” to say “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas.”  It’s now normal to decorate your yard with Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph in place of The Nativity.  Woe to those who call good evil and evil good.

 

During the 2011-2012 football season, pundits tried to convince us that it was not normal to mix faith & football.  Tebowing was not normal.  Being a player of high moral character was not preferred over drug addicts, dog fighters, or wife beaters.  It just wasn’t normal to be humble, to remain pure, and to give glory to God.  Woe to those who put darkness for light and light for darkness.

 

If you are like me, you should feel “abnormal” when compared to the world.  In fact, the Bible suggested that you should be “in the world but not of it” and that you would in fact be an “alien.”  No, the place to go for what normal should be, is not society or culture, but the place to go is God’s Word.  Research will bear out the wisdom of this decision!

As posted on the Mike Gallager Facebook page...

by David Baird on 02/09/12

I have to chime in on the discussion. For me, the homosexual lifestyle is one of sin. The discussion you had with your listeners is not about being "gay" and "Christian" per se', but one regarding sin in the life of the Christian. This debate is as old as the hills and is most often called, "Once saved, always saved." I believe a murderer can be saved. I believe a thief can be saved. I believe the adulterer can be saved. But all of these, as defined by the 10 commandments, are sin. So, the next question is, "Can you continue to go on "sinning" using your Christianity as a "get out of hell free card?" Paul asked that rhetorical question at the end of Romans Chapter 4. His answer in the beginning of Chapter 5 was, "By no means." For me, Hebrews (10:26-27) lays it out in a distinct way, If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of truth, no sacrifice for sin is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God." Do we, as mere mortals, continue to have sin in our lives? Yes. But do we do live our lives in a deliberately sinful way? Do we continue to murder? Do we continue to steal? I'd say not. But, praise be to God for the grace to forgive us when we do fail. In closing, let me also offer the words of Christ in John 14:21, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me...." As our relationship with Jesus Christ grows, so will our understanding of Truth (the person of Jesus Christ - John 14:6), and we will begin to make the adjustments necessary in our lives in order to be obedient! Thank God for forgiveness!

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