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WMBI Listeners: A Letter to My Dad and WMBI Notes Monday June 13, 2016

Dear Dad,

You have been gone five years from my life now. I must tell you that each and every day of my life I miss you so much. I keep a picture of you as a five year old boy on my desk. I have another of the last time we were together. I still see that patient, kind and always grateful expression on your face that characterized your 87 years on this earth.

Your lack of complaining, your deep gratitude and constant thanksgiving to God for the life He gave you, and the focus you had on serving others amazed me then and continues to inspire me to this day.

For Dad yours was not an easy life. You were born in a sod house on the windswept plains of North Dakota, you nearly died of diphtheria when you were less than three months old, you grew up in the grinding poverty of the Great Depression and the suffocating Dust bowl storms that buried the land in silt, you lost your godly mother to rheumatic fever when you were just 17 and at her graveside you pledged never to do anything to dishonor her memory, then just a few years later you watched as other planes exploded in flames right next out your window as you piloted your heavy bomber over the wicked anti-aircraft fire of Nazi Germany, you then returned home from the war only to learn you had lost your share of the farm to a cynical relative, you went on to build your first home for our family from a house you bought and literally pulled out of a river after a flood swept through the town, later you no doubt felt helpless as your youngest daughter struggled with a childhood disease for four long years that nearly took her life, later you sold shoes at a department store and pumped gas during summer months so you could support us and put yourself through school for an advanced degree…

And the list goes on…no Dad, yours was not an easy life.

Dad despite all this I never once heard you complain, feel sorry for yourself or blame God for all your hardships. Instead you took us all to church each and every Sunday, handed out bulletins faithfully an usher for decades on end, read devotions at the supper table, welcomed an array of missionaries and pastors to our home, and served our church whenever, however and for as long as they asked you to.

Even though you struggled to raise a family of four children on a modest teacher’s salary (and salaries were very modest in those days) you chose to take in a foster child in need of a home. He stayed with us for the rest of his growing up years and he went on to become a youth pastor that is still serving kids even to this day.

When I told you I felt called to the ministry as a senior in high school you supported that decision every step of the way. You helped pay so I could go to a Christian college, you gave me a car to go to a seminary some 800 miles away, you came to all my graduations, my ordination and you visited every one of the churches I ever served.

When Mom suffered a stroke and was about to die after 55 years of marriage, you took me aside in the hospital and said, “Son, loving someone means there is a time to hold on, and love means there is a time to let go.”

So on this Father’s Day Dad I say thank you for showing me how a man of integrity should live, for modeling that it is better to give than to receive, and for loving my Mom, we five children and later on our spouses and our children, and most of all for loving Jesus.

I shall never forget one of the last days you and I spent together on earth. It was at the Holy Land Experience in Florida. You sat in a wheelchair as you, my brother and I watched their version of the Passion Play. And when they hung Jesus on the Cross and He cried out “It is finished…” I looked over and saw the tears running down your face. That said it all to me.

And when you unexpectedly died one evening a few months later living in another state, my heart was broken. I had suddenly lost my life-long friend, my example and my earthly father. Yet even that night I knew you and Mom were together again…and after your 70 long years of patiently waiting and believing, you were now reunited with your own sweet mother once again as well. For that I could only rejoice.

Dad I’ll admit there are so many days I wish I could pick up the phone and ask you what to do. But at times like that I look over at the picture of you on my desk and somehow I know what you would do — and therefore what I must do.

I look forward to seeing you again, more so with each year that passes. Until then thank you for leaving me and the others in our family an example of a life well lived. By the way, you’d be pleased to know that just the other day one of my own grown sons told me when he has a boy he’s going to name him after you — Homer.

Dad we all miss you but as 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 promises, we shall meet again and this time never to separate again. Until then thank you for everything. Love, your son. Bob

 

Morning Show Notes

Why Father’s Day can be hard for many people including yourself…

  1. Your father is now gone (and you loved him very much) – never got to say goodbye.
  2. Your father is in failing health or doesn’t know you any longer.
  3. Your father and you are estranged from one another.
  4. You father left or abandoned your family when growing up.
  5. Your never knew your father (and the man living in your home doesn’t like you and vice-versa).

What are some key ways to begin healing…or at least cope…

With a death…Live in the hope of being reunited found in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

With unresolved issues…live in the complete acceptance of who you are found in Matthew 3:16-17

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

With abandonment…live in the certainty God wanted you found in Psalm 139: 13-18

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

With sexual abuse…live in the promise of the healing of your heart found in Isaiah 61:1-6

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God.

With verbal/emotional abuse…live in the freedom of God’s bigger plan for your life of Genesis  45:1-7

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]

 

 

With disconnection…live in the prayerful expectancy of the fulfillment of Malachi 4: 5-6

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will [e]restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a [f]curse.”

Encouragement for Father’s Today…It’s never too late..1 Thessalonians 2:10-12

You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Mom’s Advice to their Children…

Honor your father…

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12

Obey your father…

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-2

Respect your father…

If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spiritsand live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. Hebrews 8:10-12

Love your father…

Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. (Genesis 50:1-3)

 

 

 

 

HEY WMBI Listerners, July and August Healing the Heart Through Prayer Identical Conferences

July Healing the Heart through Prayer Training Conference
Use as a training conference or personal retreat
Monday through Wednesday, July 18-20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison Street
Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Do you carry personal pain?
Are you open to God’s healing work in your heart?
Are you willing to pray for others in need of God’s healing grace in their lives?
Training to Heal the Heart Through Prayer is a three day conference on the power of God’s grace to heal the broken areas of our hearts. You will learn how to soften your heart toward God and others, how to minister God’s healing grace to others, and how to walk with others from a place of emotional hurt to wholeness.

Healing the Heart through Prayer
A Spiritual Approach

Session One:  The heart is the heart of all relationships.

Session Two:  How pain and sin can damage our hearts.

Session Three:  Conducting our own personal heart exam.

Session Four:  Writing your heart’s autobiography.

Session Five:  Who damaged your heart and how did it happen?

Session Six:  What is your core pain?

Session Seven:  The importance of forgiving those who hurt you.

Session Eight:  Resolving our pride, moral failure and other spiritual issues.

Session Nine:  Drawing a roadmap for Bible-centered healing prayer.

Session Ten:  Using the Biblical Counseling Personal Evaluation for tough issues.

Session Eleven:  A day by day plan to continue healing for the heart.

Session Twelve:  So when am I ready to begin caring for others?

It’s training, but you are welcome to also use as a personal retreat.
Please join us for one of the training conferences this summer, expectant for God to work in your life through revival, repentance, and renewal, allowing you to reach out to others.
Conference notes provided
Lunch is on your own. Go out or bring a sack lunch.

 

Register

August Healing the Heart Through Prayer Training Conference

Monday through Wednesda, August 15 to 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison Street
Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Do you carry personal pain?
Are you open to God’s healing work in your heart?
Are you willing to pray for others in need of God’s healing grace in their lives?
Training to Heal the Heart Through Prayer is a three day conference on the power of God’s grace to heal the broken areas of our hearts. You will learn how to soften your heart toward God and others, how to minister God’s healing grace to others, and how to walk with others from a place of emotional hurt to wholeness.

Healing the Heart through Prayer
A Spiritual Approach

Session One:  The heart is the heart of all relationships.

Session Two:  How pain and sin can damage our hearts.

Session Three:  Conducting our own personal heart exam.

Session Four:  Writing your heart’s autobiography.

Session Five:  Who damaged your heart and how did it happen?

Session Six:  What is your core pain?

Session Seven:  The importance of forgiving those who hurt you.

Session Eight:  Resolving our pride, moral failure and other spiritual issues.

Session Nine:  Drawing a roadmap for Bible-centered healing prayer.

Session Ten:  Using the Biblical Counseling Personal Evaluation for tough issues.

Session Eleven:  A day by day plan to continue healing for the heart.

Session Twelve:  So when am I ready to begin caring for others?

It’s training, but you are welcome to also use as a personal retreat.
Please join us for one of the training conferences this summer, expectant for God to work in your life through revival, repentance, and renewal, allowing you to reach out to others.
Conference notes provided
Lunch is on your own. Go out or bring a sack lunch.

Register

On a Different Page (Bob Moeller Notes On Chris Fabry Live! Today)

How did you work out the conflict in marriage over a parenting or financial or health or other issue?
When you’re on a different page than your spouse…

What are some important biblical principles of parenting?

  1.  For children to prosper there must be oneness in the marriage (Malachi 2:15)
  1.  Teaching our children to love God with all their hearts is our first and foremost
    responsibility as parents(Deuteronomy 6:4)
  1.  The prayer of Jesus is for all believers to come to unity (this particularly has application to
    believing parents — John 15:23)
  1.  For peace in our family and with our children to occur we must it must be sought and
    pursued (it is not going to happen all by itself — 1 Peter 3:8-12)
  1.  We know we will have found the right solution when it seems good to the Holy Spirit and to
    both of us (we should not stop working on the matter until we find this agreement — Acts
    15:28).

So how does this apply to parenting issues?

  1. Spouses should seek harmony in their parenting not necessarily unison (we aren’t always
    going to see things exactly alike yet we can always find solutions that work for all of us).
  1. We need to decide if the parenting issue dividing us fits into the category of:

 

A:  A moral absolute (no question as to what the Bible teaches);

  1. A faith conviction (a strongly held belief that sincere Christians may legitimately
    disagree over in Scripture); or
  1. A family or cultural preference (something you were taught to do growing up but is not a
    clearly taught Scriptural moral or spiritual issue).
  1. Therefore depending on the nature of the issue:
  1. If it’s an absolute it requires parental unity (a united front);
  1. If it’s a non-essential it allows for liberty (freedom to disagree and to work out a mutually acceptable solution);
  1. If it’s simply a preference we particularly need to practice charity (humbly and lovingly allow for a different outcome than what we might prefer for the sake of peace).

(We need to remember rules without relationships produces rebellion.)

 

 

How can we make peace with our spouse on parenting issues?

 

  1. Define the issue(s) and separate that issue from the person.
  1.      Decide if you as a parent are leaning more toward trying to uphold a goal or preserve
    the relationship (usually one parents leans more one way than the other).
  1.  List all the various possible solution to the problem (don’t critique at this point).
  1. .  Keep co-laboring at it until you find a solution that preserves both your goals and
    relationships (a win-win).
  1.  Then support what you both helped to create.

 

What if your spouse is not a believer and you are (or you are divorced)?

  1. Follow the steps above of peacemaking to see if you can come to a mutually agreeable solution (it’s better for your children to see you in agreement than division).
  1. As a believer determine if the issue to you is a biblical absolute, a faith conviction or a personal preference.
  2. Explain your position on the issue and its importance without judging your partner.
  1. Even if you disagree find as much agreement as possible between you.
  1. If it comes down to a matter of a moral absolute you need to be willing to act on your
    own even without your partner’s consent.
  2.   If it’s a faith conviction make your case to your spouse, pray that God will change their
    heart but realize that ultimately you may not prevail or you may only have your way
    when that child is in your custody or care.

 If it’s merely a personal preference share your feelings but be willing to let it go.

Finally, ask God to give you His peace if it’s something you cannot change, courage if you can change it, and the discernment to know the difference.

by Bob Moeller

 

Future Events for Singles with Bob and Cheryl Moeller

OCTOBER MSG MOELLERS’ SINGLE ADULT GATHERING

Sunday Evening, October 11, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Topic:
“Daniel:  A Power Single from Scripture Who Changed His World”
Please R.S.V.P.  to cheryl@forkeepsministries.com
No admission fee
Please purchase a dinner through the cafeteria line at Fuddruckers.
There will be a love offering taken for For Keeps Ministries.
Please R.S.V.P. below.  Click here

Categories:

 

Divided Parenting (Bob Moeller notes on Chris Fabry Live! today)

What are some important biblical principles of parenting?

  1.  For children to prosper there must be oneness in the marriage (Malachi 2:15)
  1.  Teaching our children to love God with all their hearts is our first and foremost
    responsibility as parents(Deuteronomy 6:4)
  1.  The prayer of Jesus is for all believers to come to unity (this particularly has application to
    believing parents — John 15:23)
  1.  For peace in our family and with our children to occur we must it must be sought and
    pursued (it is not going to happen all by itself — 1 Peter 3:8-12)
  1.  We know we will have found the right solution when it seems good to the Holy Spirit and to
    both of us (we should not stop working on the matter until we find this agreement — Acts
    15:28).

So how does this apply to parenting issues?

  1. Spouses should seek harmony in their parenting not necessarily unison (we aren’t always
    going to see thingsexactly alike yet we can always find solutions that work for all of us).
  1. We need to decide if the parenting issue dividing us fits into the category of:

 

A:  A moral absolute (no question as to what the Bible teaches);

  1. A faith conviction (a strongly held belief that sincere Christians may legitimately
    disagree over in Scripture); or
  1. A family or cultural preference (something you were taught to do growing up but is not a
    clearly taught Scriptural moral or spiritual issue).
  1. Therefore depending on the nature of the issue:
  1. If it’s an absolute it requires parental unity (a united front);
  1. If it’s a non-essential it allows for liberty (freedom to disagree and to work out a mutually acceptable solution);
  1. If it’s simply a preference we particularly need to practice charity (humbly and lovingly allow for a different outcome than what we might prefer for the sake of peace).

(We need to remember rules without relationships produces rebellion.)

 

 

How can we make peace with our spouse on parenting issues?

 

  1. Define the issue(s) and separate that issue from the person.
  1.      Decide if you as a parent are leaning more toward trying to uphold a goal or preserve
    the relationship (usually one parents leans more one way than the other).
  1.  List all the various possible solution to the problem (don’t critique at this point).
  1. .  Keep co-laboring at it until you find a solution that preserves both your goals and
    relationships (a win-win).
  1.  Then support what you both helped to create.

 

What if your spouse is not a believer and you are (or you are divorced)?

  1. Follow the steps above of peacemaking to see if you can come to a mutually agreeable solution (it’s better for your children to see you in agreement than division).
  1. As a believer determine if the issue to you is a biblical absolute, a faith conviction or a personal preference.
  2. Explain your position on the issue and its importance without judging your partner.
  1. Even if you disagree find as much agreement as possible between you.
  1. If it comes down to a matter of a moral absolute you need to be willing to act on your
    own even without your partner’s consent.
  2.   If it’s a faith conviction make your case to your spouse, pray that God will change their
    heart but realize that ultimately you may not prevail or you may only have your way
    when that child is in your custody or care.

 If it’s merely a personal preference share your feelings but be willing to let it go.

Finally, ask God to give you His peace if it’s something you cannot change, courage if you can change it, and the discernment to know the difference.

by Bob Moeller

 

Future Events for Singles with Bob and Cheryl Moeller

OCTOBER MSG MOELLERS’ SINGLE ADULT GATHERING

Sunday Evening, October 11, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Topic:
“Daniel:  A Power Single from Scripture Who Changed His World”
Please R.S.V.P.  to cheryl@forkeepsministries.com
No admission fee
Please purchase a dinner through the cafeteria line at Fuddruckers.
There will be a love offering taken for For Keeps Ministries.
Please R.S.V.P. below.  Click here

A Plan to Save Urban Marriage

Let’s Start with What Went Wrong

“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”  1 Timothy 5:8

A youth pastor who works in a major Midwestern urban neighborhood recently told me that many of the kids in his youth group were shocked to learn that the government did not pay his salary. In fact at first they didn’t believe him. He had to gently explain that he and the other pastors on staff make their living from an offering plate that’s passed around each Sunday morning at church.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” was their collective look on their adolescent faces.

“Yup,” he went on to inform them, “When there’s no offerings there is no salary for me.”

He was greeted with stunned disbelief. He might as well have told them he didn’t have an IPhone as a kid – he actually had to pick up a receiver and dial something.

How is it we have raised a generation of young people to believe that everyone makes their living from a government check? How is it that so many of these same kids often end up growing up without a father at home?

It likely started with someone’s good intentions.

Some sociologists believed you could help the poor and disfranchised out of poverty by guaranteeing them a monthly check and other benefits. As the idea caught on in the decades that followed the entitlements industry grew to include ever expanding medical care, food stamps and much more. Some politicians soon discovered to their dizzying delight that they could hold office for an entire lifetime if they just handed out more government money and benefits than their political opponents.

Now there was just one catch. To get the largest amount of cash possible in most cases you had to be a single with children. If you were married you got slapped in the face with a tuna in the form a hefty penalty of slashed government benefits and increased taxes. This was true from the hills of rural Appalachia to the lakes of Minnesota to the streets of inner-city Los Angeles.

It doesn’t take a Jeopardy champion to figure out what happened next (read Marvin Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion for the rest of the story).

Fathers and married men, no longer needed and now often an economic liability, began quietly exiting the scene like discouraged fans heading to the exit doors when their home team is losing by 12 runs in the bottom of the ninth. The disappearing husband and father phenomenon soon began to spread across the whole spectrum of ethnic backgrounds and geographical communities in America (and continues apace to this day). As married-for-life husbands and fathers started vanishing from hard-hit communities often many of those remaining were relegated to (or chose) the role of simply begetting children.

Sinful human nature being what it is, begetting soon became forgetting as well. And with that generations of children would be born that would rarely or never get to meet their actual biological father.

Let’s pause and ask, “Are there still a large number of responsible fathers and loving husbands still raising their families in urban communities?”  Answer: Of course there are and as a group they are men to look up to.

A second question, “Aren’t there some situations beyond anyone’s control such as chronic medical conditions, aging issues, economic layoffs, or even the death of a provider where temporary government help is warranted?” Answer: Yes. Even then the church should be the first ones to help, but in some cases government assistance is warranted. The real problem starts when what is designed to be temporary assistance morphs into life-long subsistence living.

This is particularly true when government entitlements target the urban young and unmarried women. For example, many teenage girls in communities feel enormous pressure to make the wrong choices.

Often having been raised without a father they wonder, “Should I really try to wait to finish high school, get married and then have my children, or should I do what others are doing to get out on my own? Or should I become sexually active, have a child now, start receiving benefits and that way get my own place and start my life?”

The answer is often predictable. If the government teaches teenage girls that having a husband is no longer needed to start a family — then he’s also no longer needed to raise one either. Case closed.

The social engineers may have sincerely believed massive government entitlements would resolve most problems in urban communities. (People also once believed filling gigantic airships with hydrogen and flying them over the ocean was pure genius. That is until the Hindenburg blimp exploded over New Jersey making the return flight very difficult to book.) The social engineer’s grand theory overlooked one inconvenient truth:  children need a father to grow up whole and healthy. Without a dad in the home their heart hurts, and eventually it breaks. No government program can fill that aching wound.

And as we have seen over and over desperately lonely and hurting children vent their frustration and anger over male abandonment in the form of violent gangs, drive-by shootings and a tidal wave of unwed pregnancies, STD’s and abortions.

In the next article I write, we’ll look at the role of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s in helping to nearly destroy urban marriage. We’ll see how the “Just Say Yes Whenever Revolution” has led to grinding urban poverty, whole-sale economic abandonment of communities and street violence on a scale that today in many places is almost unimaginable.

And despite all that generational pain and upheaval – we believe God still has an answer.

Statement on Supreme Court Ruling by Bob Moeller

 

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born ofGod overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” 1 John 5:3-4

The Apostle John is often described by scholars as the “Apostle of Love” because he continually emphasized the love of God toward all humanity. He even reminds us that the world will know we are His disciples by our love.

But what does John mean by love? A romantic emotion? A sentimental longing? An erotic desire? Our culture (and now the Supreme Court) has adopted a very different definition of love that film director Woody Allen once expressed this way, “The heart wants what the heart wants.”

The Apostle of Love believes love finds its highest expression in keeping God’s commandments. That’s because everything that God has commanded is for our good and is motivated by His caring, wise, just, merciful and holy intentions toward us. Whenever we violate those commandments we move farther away from God, whenever we honor them we are drawn closer to Him.

Sadly, a secular Court today announced by a vote of 5 to 4 that the biblical understanding of marriage – and thus the heart of God — is wrong.

While entitled to their opinion they will never amend the character of God or change the timeless truth of Scripture. To quote Jesus, “…At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”Matthew 18:4-5

So while we respect the Court as an authority God has instituted, we must respect His commandments even more. Why — because that’s the loving thing to do.

Remember, the same God who said marriage is exclusively created to be between a man and woman showed us the true extent of His love, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Jesus Wept by Cheryl Moeller

I don’t mind Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook glowing with many people weighing in on their disappointment on the recent same-sex marriage Supreme Court ruling.

Why?  If we have the heart of Jesus, we weep in the face of sin.

The morning after the abortion ruling (Roe vs. Wade) in 1973, my friend’s college roommate, went to the hospital for an abortion. If it were illegal, she said she would not have decided on death for her baby.  She regrets the abortion to this day and sees her baby’s face on every street corner. Although she is forgiven by God’s grace, a baby’s life was taken and she admittedly feels it every day.

Stats don’t lie.  The abortion rate went up.

Another woman friend of mine was the casualty of divorce because of no-fault divorce. No-fault Divorce at the very least sped up the process.  She was served unwanted divorce papers by her husband, which eventually, even though she worked very hard, lowered mom and kid’s standard of living significantly (No-fault Divorce started in some states in the 1970s and was finalized in all states in 2010).

Stats don’t lie. The divorce rate went up.

A pastor told us he could get his own personal No-fault Divorce and leave his wife and three children because the marriage vows are not in the Bible.

It’s okay to cry.  Jesus gave us permission to cry when he wept over the city.   “And when he drew near and saw the city (Jerusalem), he wept over it,”  Luke 19:41

Though we cry out in the grief over our sins, we do not despair for we have Hope.

An Evening with Clayton Kershaw and Chris Broussard

Azusa Pacific University is pleased to host Cross Training: A Conversation of Faith and Sports with Chris Broussard, Clayton Kershaw, and A.J. Ellis on April 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Felix Event Center.

Guest Speakers
Chris Broussard is a sports analyst and columnist primarily covering the National Basketball Association for ESPN, and is also a motivational speaker.
Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner and the reigning National League Most Valuable Player. He’s also heavily involved in humanitarian work, and is a two-time winner of the Roy Campanella Award, given annually to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Brooklyn Dodgers catcher.
A.J. Ellis is the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he has played his entire 11-year career. He won the Roy Campanella Award in 2012.

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