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I wrote a Daily Devotion on Monday that described the grief I experienced with the loss of my grandfather, C.M. Brown. That’s him below.CM BrownYou also see a photo to the left of me with my grandpa when I was turning 11 years old. (My dad is in the right corner of the photo). That devotion seemed to strike a chord and resonated with many. I received several emails indicating as such. And let me tell you…when you get 7 or 8 emails on a topic, you know you hit something solid…because the politicians will tell you…for every email or phone call they get it actually could represent the sentiments of hundreds (and in their case…thousands).

I’m glad my feeble attempt to describe my battle with grief seemed to help. I will share it below and hope it might do the same here.

https://dkevinbrowndailydevotions.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/your-tears-arent-wasted/

Did you know the Lord stores our tears in a bottle?

Say what?

Yes, it’s true! The Bible teaches that the Lord stores every one of our tears in a bottle and records each one of them. See it…

Psalm 56:8

You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

Now tell me if that’s not amazing to you! It’s certainly amazing to me! Can you fathom the fact that God has chronicled each and every tear you’ve ever cried. That’s beyond what the mind can comprehend. How does He do that? Don’t ask me! I can’t fathom how the Lord said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Therefore, keeping our tears chronicled in a bottle is not a problem for Him.

Have you every tried to think about how many tears you’ve cried? When was the time you cried the most? Was it a death? Was it a break-up? When was it? How did it happen? Were you a Christian at the time or were you lost? Think about that season of time in your life.

I’m thinking of when my grandfather died when I was 17 years old. I honestly didn’t think I could get past it. At that time in my life I had never experienced such grief and pain. It was crippling. My grandfather played such a huge role in shaping my life. He impacted me in almost every way imaginable as a young man. When he died I was angry, frustrated and quite honestly very disillusioned that God didn’t heal him. He was only 66 years old and I prayed for all I was worth that the Lord will bring him back from the cancer that was ravaging his body. But, God (in His providence) chose to take him home to heaven.

To say that I cried would be an understatement. I cried until I had no tears left. You know what that’s like don’t you. We all do. And the truth is…I’ve never lost a child or a spouse and I acknowledge in my heart and mind that would have to be worse to a degree that I’m certain I can’t comprehend. Yet, some of you reading this know what that’s like. You’ve lost your spouse or a child. The grief and pain almost took you under and held you down like being drowned in the ocean. Gasping for air…gasping for life…and when you think you can’t even survive to take the next breath…the Lord comes and delivers you to the next moment. The next minute… The next hour and finally… a day passes… a week passes… a month and then it’s a year.

The hurt and the pain never goes away…it comes back at times with such a vengeance that you’re left dumbfounded because you thought “I’m beyond this.” It even happens months later or even years. It’s a smell… It’s a flash of a memory… It’s a place on the highway or a season (Christmas) and it all comes rushing back and you cry and you hurt and you… Well…you know what you do, because it’s your life. You’ve lived it. And in all those terrible times…the Lord is there chronicling your tears. He knows. He feels the pain with you.

Never forget the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). And when Jesus cried at the tomb of Lazarus, the Father in heaven chronicled those tears as well. Jesus knows… God knows… and I’m comforted by that! I’m comforted that He knows my pain…your pain…our pain. And one day…He’ll wipe away ever tear. There will be no more mourning and no more crying. Hallelujah!

What will the Lord do with those bottles of tears? I have no idea. That will be something that we’ll learn together. Just know that in the meantime, God gave you those tear ducts to be used to bring comfort while we’re here and not a single one of them are wasted because they’re in God’s bottles.

Hey…

Did you hear about the school system in Florida that sent home notes to the parents asking permission for their children to be able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Yep. As dumb as that sounds…it’s happening right here in the good old U-S of A! Amazing. Here’s the note:

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Hey folks…if you are offended to have to recite the pledge of allegiance…you might consider moving to another country. True? I mean, come on people! Have we lost our ever-loving minds? I literally just shake my head.

I guess nothing should surprise me anymore. We have seen so many abhorrent behaviors normalized now in this country. Gay marriage has been normalized by the media, entertainment, music, TV, colleges and universities and our politicians. Even our so-called “Christian athletes” are drinking in the anti-biblical messages of our day. Russell Wilson, (according to himself: a devout Catholic) is quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, (who said several months ago that he would not have sex with his girlfriend until they were married), was just married. Many don’t realize this is his second wife. Ashton Meem, was Wilson’s wife of two years until 2104 when he divorced her. He is now married again. This time to pop star Ciara Harris. Here’s the wedding photo.

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Where is that? Not in NC…where he originally planned to have the wedding…but, in Europe at a medieval castle outside of Liverpool, England. Why? He was embarrassed by the HB2 bill.

Oh Come on Russell! That seems a bit hypocritical to me Which Biblical passages are you going to adhere to sir? Will it be just the ones that suit you or the ones that aren’t politically correct? It’s almost crazy that he would take a stand not to have heterosexual sex with his girlfriend, Ciara (as was reported on numerous occasions, until they were married) but is okay with men coming into women’s bathrooms. Maybe he’s okay showering with women in the Seahawks locker room…but I wouldn’t be and I doubt his new wife will be either.

Here’s my point: we’ve seen the “normalization” of almost every type of aberrant behavior in this country. Anything goes. Do what you want! It’s all about FEELINGS! And this kind of deviancy is blasted in our faces on TV and in the news and in our schools and universities, on social media and the like…non-stop…24/7. There is simply no escaping it. And it’s engrained n our society now. And what is more… If you don’t bow down to the “sex gods” of our day, you’re on the wrong side of history. I’ve been told that so many times over the last year that I need to: “move on” when it comes to gay marriage and transgendered rights and people baking cakes and t-shirts and taking pictures… (forcibly against their consciences)… that I can’t keep up with it all.

Well folks…I’m not MOVING ON…because I can’t. I can’t teach and preach God’s Word for a living and say that these “normalized” lifestyles are “right” and biblical any more than a 2nd grade math teacher can teach 1 +1 = 3. It’s wrong! Period. And these kinds of lifestyles have been for thousands of years in every society on earth…from the tribes of Africa to the plains of the American west to everywhere in between until the last 25-30 years. Even Obama and Clinton both said “same-sex” marriage was wrong, until just a few years ago.

Folks, somebody has to teach the truth! Somebody has to hold up the Word of God as the authority for life. Somebody has to say, “Every man doing what is right in his own eyes” will lead to sufferable consequences. So, will you stand or will you wilt?

You know, even so-called Christian sites that send me emails are wilting. They are falling in line with the mantra of today to accept all of this politically correct stuff and they are nothing more than like the proverbial sheep being led to the slaughter. Don’t fall for it folks. Be encouraged.

Be encouraged there are still vestiges of good. Did you hear about the ruling out of Texas yesterday?

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fc9eb93fd45f4629b7813bdb5f5f1821/texas-judge-temporarily-blocks-obamas-transgender-directive

I’m grateful for the judge, Reed O’Connor (appointed by George W. Bush…that ought to tell you something… because it would have been a different story with an Obama appointee)…

Reed-OConnor_bigHe stood on principle versus political correctness. But, again…you know where this is going don’t you? Yep…Supreme Court. The court that’s split 4-4 with a vacant seat. Again…that’s why November is so important.

So stand good people…stand in love and stand in compassion…but stand. And don’t ever forget…what people need is Jesus. They need Jesus. Not a pat on the head to continue to live a lifestyle that the Bible teaches as sin. People need Jesus. Let’s never forget that.

Kevin

Here’s today’s Two-Minute Tuesday.

http://subsplash.com/mpbc/v/27962ab

Here’s the upshot of it…

I saw recently, first-hand how a Christian got hammered on every side (most notably from so-called “Christians:) for saying what the Bible teaches on a particular subject. They were kind and genuine, respect and gracious. It didn’t matter. They got hammered anyway for being out of touch. Can I be honest folks? It just gets old. It wears a person out. When you keep taking it and taking it and taking it on the chin. At every turn…bang…bang…bang. It makes a person want to retreat and say, “It’s not worth it!”

Yet, that’s why the Scripture teaches that we are soldiers and athletes…even farmers. Each of these examples show how we must persevere in the face of great struggle and conflict. The question is: Will we? Or will we abandon the fight altogether. You see, the ultimate goal of Satan is to beat us into submission where Christians cower in fear and keep their mouths shut. Where Christians no longer engage the culture but retreat.

I know I speak of this a lot and forgive me for beating a dead horse, but it’s a tremendous burden on my heart for what the future holds for our children and grandchildren. It’s sad that we are leaving them in such a mess. It’s like we went and had a steak dinner and we left them the bill and only the fat scraps. Sorry kids! Sorry grandchildren! You pay the bill! It burdens my heart and that’s why I pray and ask the Lord to have mercy on us. I hope you continue to pray too. Pray for our leaders. Pray for the Church in America to stand for truth and continue to take the Good News of Jesus to a pagan culture even though we are going to be misrepresented and mistreated. Pray for endurance and courage. Pray for stamina and a heart of compassion for those who persecute us and despitefully use us.

I read this article and found it interesting… http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/what-social-media-doing-our-childrens-morals?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6406765&utm_content=newsletter(6406765)&utm_term=newsletter

On another note, I ask you to pray for Andrew. This was him before one of his previous surgeries on his feet.

Andrew before surgeryHe has another surgery on his feet on Thursday. I believe it’s #4. The truth is…I’ve lost count.

We have to take him to the Shriner’s Hospital tomorrow for pre-op. He’s surgery is Thursday and there’s the possibility he could come home on Thursday evening. Worst case it will Friday. He’s a tough little fella, but we appreciate the prayers. Another screw is needed in both (inside ankles) of his feet to correct his feet from dipping in as they are now. Thanks for your prayers!

Kevin

I just read an article by Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was talking about how to engage the culture in the post-Christian country we find ourselves in today.

Here’s his thoughts (below). Just a quick excerpt. Really good stuff:

The test will be if we can engage the culture without losing the gospel. If we ever were a moral majority, we are no longer. As the secularizing and sexualizing revolutions whir on, it is no longer possible to pretend that we represent the “real America,” a majority of God-loving, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth cultural conservatives like us. Accordingly, we will engage the culture less like the chaplains of some idyllic Mayberry and more like the apostles in the Book of Acts. We will be speaking not primarily to baptized pagans on someone’s church roll, but to those who are hearing something new, maybe for the first time. We will hardly be “normal,” but we should never have tried to be.

I believe Moore is right. Honestly, the younger generation will embrace the Gospel better than my generation. Much of my generation is weak. We were handed the Gospel on a silver platter and we’ve done little with it. I’m sorry to say the next generation is being handed the Gospel on a napkin, but I believe they’ll run with it. Yes, there will be fewer self-identified “Biblical” Christians going forward in this nation, but that’s good. We’ll see the true Christians versus the cultural Christians. It used to be easy to be a Christian in this country. Not any more. It’s going to cost Christians to be “Bible-believing” Christians going forward.

I read another interesting article last night from a college professor at Notre Dame. His name is Patrick Deneen and he teaches political science at Notre Dame. He also taught at Princeton and Georgetown. He described his students as “know-nothings… devoid of any substantial knowledge.” As I was reading his article, he quoted an essay titled “Exercises in Unreality: The Decline of Teaching Western Civilization,”Anthony Esolen, who describes a university climate today in which many students and professors no longer possess the knowledge and skills that their peers of previous generations took for granted:

“But what if you know hardly anything about anything at all? That is an exaggeration, but it does capture much of what I must confront as a professor of English right now, even at our school, which accepts only a small fraction of students who apply for admission. Nor, I’m afraid, does it apply only to freshmen. It applies also to professors.”

He explains:

“I now regularly meet students who have never heard the names of most English authors who lived before 1900. That includes Milton, Chaucer, Pope, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Tennyson, and Yeats. Poetry has been largely abandoned. Their knowledge of English grammar is spotty at best and often nonexistent. That is because grammar, as its own subject worthy of systematic study, has been abandoned. Those of my students who know some grammar took Latin in high school or were taught at home. The writing of most students is irreparable in the way that aphasia is. You cannot point to a sentence and say, simply, ‘Your verb here does not agree with your subject.’ That is not only because they do not understand the terms of the comment. It is also because many of their sentences will have no clear subject or verb to begin with. The students make grammatical errors for which there are no names. Their experience of the written language has been formed by junk fiction in school, text messages, blog posts, blather on the airwaves, and the bureaucratic sludge that they are taught for ‘formal’ writing, and that George Orwell identified and skewered seventy years ago. The best of them are bad writers of English; the others write no language known to man.”

Is that sad or what?

I’ve been reflecting lately a lot about what it means to remember the Lord’s goodness in times of hardship. I wrote this yesterday in the Daily Devotion:

Yet, these are the times that we must remember the goodness of the Lord! These are the times when we must not let our circumstances dictate how we choose to see the situation. These are the times when we must not rely on our feelings, but on what we know. We must CHOOSE to “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” We must CHOOSE to reflect on how He has delivered us in the past and that “his steadfast loves endures forever.” We must remember to “utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,” because it’s when we do that we’ll be reminded that the Lord is unchanging and steadfast in His love for us. It’s when we praise Him in the midst of uncertainty and pain that He receives glory and honor. It’s when we lift our hands to heaven as the tears flow down our cheeks that we can sense His power filling our lives slowly but surely. It’s in the defeat that we can sense victory! Do you see that? You must see that?

Listen, this life is a training ground. It’s not heaven and we’ve got to stop trying to make it heaven. When sin came into the world, it destroyed paradise and brought devastation. And with that devastation comes pain. The question is: WILL WE CONTINUE TO GIVE THANKS IN THE PAIN? Can we fight through our emotions and our broken dreams or bitter defeats and still see that Jesus is enough… Jesus is faithful… Jesus is worthy.

Do you agree? Is Jesus worthy?

Here’s a picture of the church.

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It’s hard to believe we’ve been in this building for 10 years. We’re getting it close to being paid off. We owe just under $677,000. That’s not bad since we started out owing close to $3 million. We should pay it off in about 3 1/2 years at our current rate of giving. Thankfully the church continues to operate in the black. That’s saying something for a place where, when Pastor Brad and I took over, we had $12 in the General checking account. Most don’t know we were on the brink of collapse. Attendance was dropping and things were looking pretty bad. I really thought to myself “What have I done!” That will be nine years ago this Thursday, (August 12th). I was named “Senior Pastor” that day. (I hate that title…and I refuse it…I’m simply just a pastor/elder like Dale Jennings and Brad Cordray. The Senior Shepherd of this church is Jesus Christ :))

Yes, the Lord had mercy on us and has shown His favor and we’re now averaging 607 people for our three services combined. We average right around 300 people on Wednesday nights. How crazy is that? Our attendance since going to three services is up 10.4% and we’ve added 68 people in the last year. Folks, the average size church in NC is 75 people. So, we’ve added almost an entire church in one year. I think going to three services was a success, don’t you?🙂

Here’s how the church looked in our second service before we went to three services last October 2015.

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And for all the money people… You know who you are!🙂 Our total giving year-to-date is currently $103,000 over budget and that’s with a budget increase of over 10% last year. Hey…you add people…it’s just like adding a baby to your family…your budget goes up. Our projected budget in the coming year is projected to be just under one million dollars.

This is all taking place while the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is shrinking. According to the Annual Church Profile Report, last year attendance in the 46,764 churches across America decreased by 97,381 to 5.6 million people. And here’s the sad thing. There are 15.3 million members of SBC churches. Do you get that? Only 36% of the membership attends church weekly and only 23.6% attend Sunday School.

Why do I tell you all of this? Simple. The Lord is blessing and He is to be praised! This is a work that He is doing! How long will it continue? Will we continue to grow? I have no idea. I’m not seeking growth. None of our leadership is seeking growth. It’s just happening. What I want to do is to be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus and preach the truth of His word. Our music is impeccable and is such a tremendous draw! I’m telling you…the talent the Lord has blessed us with here is beyond belief. Pastor Brad does an unbelievable jump of putting together our teams and leading them. I don’t think people realize how talented he is to do this. He’s not only gifted musically, his organizational skills are truly wonderful!

Hey…do you think you don’t have much to offer the Lord? Think again… Here’s today’s “Two-Minute Tuesday.” (By the way, we had a family here this past Sunday who said they came to visit because of the TMT’s.)

http://subsplash.com/mpbc/v/8cd80d5

Blessings!

Kevin

I never cease to be amazed at what is called: “the truth” as reported by the media. The national, mainstream media is so biased and so liberal it’s beyond my comprehension. If you read the headlines on CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, et al… you would think Donald Trump is Satan-incarnate and Hillary Clinton is Mother Teresa. You would think Black Lives Matters is the greatest thing since sliced bread and that people like Franklin Graham are bigots and hate-mongers. Isn’t it amazing how things are so upside-down?

How has this happened? Simple answer: slowly and subtly. If you begin to investigate a bit about those calling the shots in the major news organizations, you’ll find many of them espousing the progressive liberal teaching they received in Ivy League universities and very liberal colleges. This kind of thinking and teaching started in the 1960s and those college students are now (by and large) college the shots today.

Watch the nightly news. Pick a station. NBC, ABC, CBS…all liberal. They say that the world is melting, Christians are a bigger problem than ISIS (because we don’t want men in our wives’ and little girls’ bathrooms) and anyone who is a conservative thinker is a moron. The animus is so blatant and raw, it’s almost beyond comprehension.

A prime example of this kind of skewed thinking came from Katie Couric, (reporting for Yahoo News), who interviewed former Republican Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. This segment is less than 3-minutes and well worth your time. Watch the bias and watch how Carson calmly and carefully defuses the liberal agenda of Couric.

Now Katie Couric is a nice lady. She graduated from the University of Virginia and was raised a Presbyterian. Yet Couric has been drinking the Kool-Aid for so long that she can’t see the world through the lens of Scripture…she sees it through the lens of the culture. Today it’s all about feelings! It’s all about what I want to do. Carson hit the nail on the head when he said “Tolerance works both ways.”

You see, here’s what I believe we need to understand today. We need to understand WHERE DOES AUTHORITY COME FROM? Is the authority: God and His Word, or is the authority Man and his ways. Ever man does what is right in his own eyes. Folks, we’re sinners. We are in desperate need of God’s authority in our lives. But to receive that authority means we must humble ourselves and submit (yes, SUBMIT) to God. That means we die to ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. Yet, people don’t want to do that! No sir! They want to be the authority! They want to be the captain of their ship! Who are you to tell me how I’m supposed to live? I’m not going to listen to what some preacher says or what some bloviating idiot says from a book that’s thousands of years old (the Bible). I’m the authority! I’ll listen to what man says. I’ll listen to the “experts” from Harvard or Yale or UVA. I’ll listen to what the scientists say at MIT or UC-Berkeley. They are the authority! Not God!!!!

Over time (decades now), people have now exchanged the knowledge of God for the knowledge of man. Just remember folks, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Mankind is wallowing in sin. The answer: Jesus. And the further we try to remove ourselves from Him, the further we fall into deeper and deeper degradation and sin. Look at where we are as a culture today. We’re sick! The Bible says in Proverbs 1:7, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In light of this, let me share about a very thought-provoking piece I read recently titled:

“President Obama’s Sex-Driven War on Science”

By: Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School 

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What I want to do is share a few paragraphs from the article that I believe helps give insight into the line of thinking that is permeating the media, the courts and many of our national leaders today. As I go through this (and this will take a couple of minutes…I believe it will be worthwhile if you will hang in there). There is significant insight here. And parents of teens, you need to help your children see the truth of what is happening in the world they’re living in today. They are the ones who are inundated with social media that espouses almost non-stop a left-leaning, liberal dogma that could ultimately destroy your children. Why? Because most of it is unashamedly anti-God and anti-Bible.

Here’s and excerpt of the article below (PLEASE NOTE: I’ll add comments in bold.)

For years, Obama administration lawyers argued for “gay rights,” including same-sex marriage, on the basis that sexual orientation was an inborn characteristic, and that it was contrary to our constitutional traditions to treat anyone adversely due to a trait over which one had no control or choice. In his 2011 letter to Congress announcing that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, for instance, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that “a growing scientific consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable.” That claim was unsupported by scientific evidence when Holder made it.

Do you understand that folks? Holder’s claim that according to science that people are born gay is “unsupported by scientific evidence.” 

That claim is certainly false, as a recent review of the scientific literature by Clifford Rosky and Lisa Diamond (neither a friend of traditional sexual ethics) conclusively shows.

Okay, this is the part I really wanted you to see. This is unreal!

Even so, in April 2015 the president called for an end to what he called “conversion” therapies for same-sex attracted youths.

This means that a therapist or counselor or psychiatrist can no longer try to help a teenager who is struggling with same-sex attraction to potentially have a desire for the opposite sex. In other words, if a young 15-year-old boy is having same-sex attractions for other young men…he can’t be counseled in any way to potentially consider that (since he was created a young man that he might simply be going through some confusing times and might need to talk about his sexual feelings, which might could lead to a place where he could be attracted to girls.) No way! That’s not allowed by the Obama Administration! You’ve got to tell that young man… “Yes…go for it…embrace your same-sex attraction…of course you are a homosexual young man.”

In fact, the president would ban a lot more than any sexual orientation change regimen. He would effectively make it illegal for a psychologist or psychiatrist to discuss with anyone under eighteen the conflicts between his or her sexual feelings and that person’s own long-term goals and interests. The president would brush aside a teen’s expressed desire to develop stable heterosexuality. He would ignore overwhelming scientific evidence that the vast majority (80-90 percent) of teenage boys and more than half of teenage girls who report same-sex attractions (and in some cases, a homosexual or lesbian identity) turn out by age twenty-five or so to be peacefully heterosexual, in favor of a policy to make professional assistance during these passing difficulties illegal.

Friend, if that doesn’t burn you up, I don’t know what will. This kind of thinking says: “You can’t even help a teenager even discuss the possibility of being a heterosexual. You can only talk to them about embracing homosexuality.” Folks, do you see the agenda here? There is no care and concern for the young adult. No sir! Just pat them on the head and leave them in their confusion and pain and watch them struggle potentially for the rest of their lives because no one was allowed to roll up their sleeves and try to help them in their struggle. The audacity of this type of thinking is disgusting!

The president’s policy would entail that the traumas and pathologies that so often underlie these expressions of homosexuality and lesbianism be left untreated, all so that the afflicted youth can be “affirmed” in their self-reported sexual identity.

In this case, the president had much of the scientific establishment behind him, for it too has bought into the ideology of sexual subjectivism and has sought to marginalize those professionals who engage these teens in discussions to get at the root of their issues. In his remarks justifying repression of these professional efforts, Obama relied on the bane of scientific research—the anecdote, salted heavily with gratuitous attributions of a cause-and-effect relationship to coincident facts. Obama cited the case of a transgendered youth who committed suicide, sometime after his parents refused to consent to his “transition” to female. The parents also insisted that he undergo therapy to help him accept his male identity. The president implied that this resistance to “transitioning” to female led this young man to suicide.

Now folks, how in the name of heaven could Barak Obama know that? Is he God?

It is obvious from a glance at the facts surrounding Joshua “Leelah” Alcorn’s death that he suffered from a variety of psychological difficulties, including depression and deep social alienation. No competent professional—much less the commander-in-chief of the United States—could diagnose the etiology of his suicide.

Amen and amen!!! 

It is curious that President Obama marshaled support for his opposition to sexual orientation counseling by citing this case of gender dysphoria (a state of unease or general dissatisfaction with life). The imagined connection seems to be that “Leelah” Alcorn was a boy who was attracted to boys, and may have sought to “transition” to female partly in order to become heterosexual. The president’s position is evidently that a boy who wishes to become attracted to girls should not be allowed professional help to do so, but that a boy who wishes to actually become a girl should have access to all the professional help he desires.

Okay…you’ve got to read that sentence again. Read this carefully…

The president’s position is evidently that a boy who wishes to become attracted to girls should not be allowed professional help to do so, but that a boy who wishes to actually become a girl should have access to all the professional help he desires.

Man oh man…is your blood boiling yet? Did anybody really care about that young man or did they just want to make him a statistic for their cause! Did they care about his pain at night when he probably wrestled with who he was and why he was here? What if a Christian counselor could have talked to him about God and His plan for the young man’s life? What if the young man could understand that he was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)? What if the young man could have known that Jesus died for Him to see Him free? What if the young man could have known that the pain inside could have been lovingly and carefully dealt with and prayed through with someone who really cared?

Now the Obama administration has gone all in on its pro-transgender ideology. The federal government recently sued North Carolina and threatens it—and school districts and state agencies across the nation—with draconian penalties unless they toe the administration’s line on how to treat teens who believe that they were “assigned” the wrong sex at birth. The administration has decreed that civil rights provisions about “sex” discrimination must be informed by a definition of “sex” dictated not by the facts of nature but by the self-interpretation of the relevant fourteen-year-old.

See it? “Not by the facts of nature, but by the self-interpretation” of a 14-year old. Folks, I won’t let a 14-year-old pick out a car on their own…much less changing their sexual identity.

The administration would thus require every municipal recipient of federal funds to make the girls’ restroom available to boys who “self-identify” as girls. No accommodation of these troubled teens short of that—say, by making sure that there is a unisex restroom readily available—will do. The basis for this uncompromising stance is clearly that using the restroom of choice makes these conflicted boys feel like they are being accepted as girls, and that this is a happy outcome for the afflicted teen.

It is not. There is no scientific evidence that treating boys as girls solves these teens’ genuine, and usually serious, psychological and emotional problems, as the research and clinical experience of Dr. Paul McHugh (among others) reliably shows. Gender dysphoria—unease with one’s sex as male or female—deserves to be treated compassionately and competently.

Yes…yes…yes…amen and amen and amen… “treated compassionately and competently.”

But affirming the desire of anyone suffering from it to be treated as if he is a she, and vice versa, leaves the emotional and psychological problems hidden behind the claim untreated. (And in no case is sex-reassignment surgery ever medically indicated.) The compassionate and professionally competent approach to treating those with gender dysphoria is to help them to solve their underlying problems, and so to help them to come to live peacefully as the male or female that God created them.

Hallelujah. There’s the answer: “help them to solve their underlying problems.” Yes…yes… “help them to come to live peacefully as the male or female that God created them.” You see, that’s God’s authority over man’s authority. 

President Obama has not said that science is to be the alpha and the omega of government policy. Nor should he: science by itself does not have the capacity to generate the moral norms, including norms of justice, that are essential to finally justifying any purposeful human action. But science very often generates information and insights vital to deliberation and choice of social policy. This is true with regard to what today might be called “adolescent sexual health.” And in spite of his triumphalist advertisement of fidelity to scientific fact, Obama has sacrificed the well-being of our nation’s youth on the altar of ideology.

Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, where he is Chair of the Academic Committee of the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution. 

Full article here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/08/17479/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=780f5e1514-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-780f5e1514-84178373

Thanks for reading a longer than usual blog post, but I felt this one was so important and so vital. We must, must, must understand what is slowly and subtly happening in our society regarding “the truth and knowledge.” If we don’t, we’ll all be like sheep led to the slaughter.

Kevin

I just got back from a Men’s Conference in Nashville where I heard this man:

IMG_0814That’s Tim Tebow. Man is that dude famous! Truly he is a popular guy! It was funny. He was actually staying in the same hotel we were. We were four doors down from him. That was a hoot for me and my family. Pam and the kids saw him in the elevator. To say they were awe-struck would be an understatement. Yes, yes…he’s just a man…but, he’s huge when you see him in person. His biceps were as large as my thighs. Of course with “bird legs,” that’s not saying much!🙂

Andrew and I had a wonderful time at the conference. We made great memories together. I decided to do this conference just with him because I’m normally leading everything I do and my family gets lost in the mix.

At one point we locked hands while singing…

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Father and son… And so, we sang together and smiled and laughed and ate hot dogs and shared nachos and cheese! I will long remember this event.

We enjoyed immensely listening to Tim Tebow and Nick Vujicic (a man with no arms and legs who loves Jesus supremely).

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I was humbled and reminded of Psalm 78, which teaches the simple fact that fathers are responsible for passing our faith in Christ down to our children. The problem is: as men, we’re so stubbornly tied into the world system, that most are hiding the truth from our children and we don’t even realize it. Look at the commands given to the fathers…

Psalm 78:5

5 He established a testimony in Jacob
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
    to teach to their children,

Did you see it? As a father, I’m commanded to teach the ways of the Lord to my children. That’s the only way the next generation is going to know the teachings of the Lord… watch it…

that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God…

That the next generation MIGHT know the commands of God. MIGHT… It’s on us, dads. And did you see? “That they should set their hope in _______.”

What did the end of verse 7 say? Should we teach our children to set their hope in their education? Their athletic ability? Their good looks? Their work ethic? Nope! All of those things have their place… But, that’s not the primary goal of a father. The Word of God doesn’t say any of those things. Hey dad…the Bible says we are to teach our children to “set their hope in GOD!!” Do you get that?

Now, if that’s true…what action plans do you have in place to accomplish that on a daily basis? Yes, ACTION PLANS. I know you have plans for your business or career. I know you have plans for how the All-Star team can score more runs and how you can do a better job this fall scouting out for the “big one” in the woods. But, I’m talking about action plans for your family and children, SPIRITUALLY. Does anything come to mind?

The truth is for most of us the answer: NOTHING. Most fathers have ZERO action plans for their children spiritually. NOTHING! They take them to church. They say a prayer over their meal (maybe) and that’s about it. There’s no Scripture reading in the home. There’s no time for the things of God because we are so BUSY. And this is what that kind of lifestyle leads to…

and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;

So many homes are “forgetting the works of God.” The home is devoid of any teaching. Instead it’s full of entertainment, sports, social media, movies, TV and games.

Hey Dad…it’s summer. We have few excuses right now. There’s no school. There are no games and few practices, if any. When will we step it up and make it happen? When will we look at our family and say, “Lord, what do you want me to do to lead my family spiritually?” You and I can honestly and truthfully ask that question or we can live like this…

and that they should not be like their fathers,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Does that describe you? STUBBORN!!! Believe me…I’ve been there. And honestly, I still find myself slipping back into that stubbornness when I choose to let things slide in my home like exhibiting a balance between kindness and loving discipline and giving time with the Lord as a family a priority in my home. It’s summer! Let’s make it happen. Let’s live like the Psalmist teaches…

4 We will not hide them from their children,
    but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

If you have unknowingly been hiding the teachings of God from your kids because of apathy or busyness or simply because you weren’t aware of your responsibility, then why don’t you join me and make up your mind RIGHT NOW to change that. Dads, let’s work together and tell of the GLORIOUS DEEDS OF THE LORD! It’s time men! Let’s do it! Grab your kids’ hands and tell this generation! They are counting on us!

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Kevin

PS: If you would like to receive more of these “Daily Devotions,” click here: http://mpbc.ws/emailsubscriptions/ and sign up. An email will be sent to you Monday through Friday and this would be a great way to establish 10-15 minutes of devotions in your home daily.

Well, we got power back on yesterday afternoon after almost three days without. Wow! What a ride! Take a look at these pictures my daughter Kandace took as a massive storm built above us.

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Being a weather nut, I knew what I was seeing.  A shelf-cloud was forming as the leading edge of a front that was screaming our way. Straight-line winds dominate these fronts with massive 40,000 to 50,000 feet tall cumulonimbus clouds. As we looked at the sky Friday evening around 7 pm, it looked like a time-lapse video from the Weather Channel, but it wasn’t. It was happening live! The clouds were blowing up right before our eyes. They were building thousands of feet in seconds and then BANG…it was on us!

There was tremendous destruction in our community of Purlear and Millers Creek. Trees down everywhere, along with power lines and debris strewn over yards and roads and houses. The next 54 hours were without power. This was the culprit right below my house.

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Just 54 hours without power. But, it seemed like forever! Why? Because I’m spoiled…that’s why! I’m spoiled rotten to be exact. I’m used to my 72 degree house and the A/C Unit sucking moisture out of my house to keep the humidity level around 45% not 80% and 85 degrees. I’m talking about sweating while you take a cold shower kind of muggy! Thankfully, my home has city water from West Wilkes Water Assoc. Therefore, we at least had water. But, many neighbors didn’t. They have wells and they are powered by pumps. They had it doubly worse.

Are these modern conveniences all they cracked up to be? Instant A/C, TV, microwaves, etc? Well, once again…I’d have to say, “No.” We survived just fine, thank you, without them. In fact, the kids said (after the power came back on), “Aw Dad…that was kind of fun!” No don’t get me wrong, they were glad to see the power was back on, but I knew what they meant. We had spent more time just hanging out and talking. We played UNO on the front porch by candle light. We slept with the windows open and heard the sounds of the summer nights: crickets and tree frogs and even an owl.

It’s amazing how the cool night air would eventually chill the house down from the mid-80’s to the mid-60’s. God’s creation in action. And to think that people lived like this for thousands of years with no AC. And many still do throughout the world. God made it palatable for His creation. In fact, before the Fall of Man, there was no hydrologic cycle and Adam and Eve were comfy (naked) with no threat of storms, snow, cold or winds. Yet, sin ushered in the change of even the climate. (Talk about Climate Change…sin did a number on the climate as storms appeared on the earth.)

We also worked hard as families. My dad did a fantastic job of keeping generators going for our houses. We alternated them between houses to keep the freezers and refrigerators going and thankfully, we lost nothing in our four houses, (Dad/Mom, mine, Josh/Katy, Craig/Kim). We were blessed to say the least! Even in all of that, it was a blessing. Once again, my dad and I had the chance to spend time together and work together. Difficulties (as trivial as they might be) have a way of bringing us together as a people. I had so many people asking if I needed help and offering their homes for our family to stay in, etc. But, it was good for us to grunt it out in our home in our sticky, humid house. It’s something that my kids will remember forever. They will not soon forget July 2016 when the windstorm came through and we didn’t have those modern conveniences. And they will remember saying, “Aw Dad…that was kind of fun!”🙂

Kevin

PS…I love this picture…

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I’m going to make a bold statement (that shouldn’t be strange to you).🙂 Most Americans are truly ignorant of our history as a nation, or they are believing the “rewritten history” that’s being postulated as history in our schools and universities today.

This is President Woodrow Wilson…

He was president in 1913 and he said:

“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.  We are tying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we have come from, or what we have been about.”

So, where have we come from?  What have we been about?  Do we, as a people remember the ancient paths that we once walked?

Jeremiah 6:16a says: 16 This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Many Christians have been duped into believing that we must somehow compartmentalize our faith.  Therefore, we have a compartmentalized view that allows us to express faith and values in church but then divorces that same faith and values from the civil arena.  The teachings of the Bible reject this compartmentalized approach to life.  We are called to be salt and light in all areas of life.  We must not hide our light under a bowl.  And what we are seeing today is that indeed, our history demonstrates that for generations Christians embraced a viewpoint that we must assert the principles of Christ in all facets of life.

Benjamin Franklin not only drafted a statewide prayer proclamation for his own State of Pennsylvania, but also recommended Christianity in the public schools and he even worked to raise church attendance in his state.  He also worked to start a colony in Ohio with the help of Rev. George Whitfield to “facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen…”  Franklin said, “In such an enterprise I could spend the remainder of life with pleasure, and I firmly believe God would bless us with success.”  It was Franklin who called for the establishment of chaplains and daily prayer at the Constitutional Convention when the Constitution was being developed, discussed and ultimately written.  And these actions by Franklin (well documented as one of the “least religious” Founding Fathers) show you his grid for living.

Do you know this man?

That’s John Jay. He was the original Chief-Justice of the US Supreme Court…now think about that…he was the first Supreme Court Justice (let that set the context of what a Supreme Court Justice might say today). He said this: “Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son…Blessed be His Holy name.”

This is Roger Sherman, a signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution and he declared: “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…and that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”

Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence declared: “I subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion and I exhort that the course of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state.”

There is no mention of Buddha, or Confucius or Mohammed or Islam in the founding documents of this nation.  There is no mention of Hinduism or Joseph Smith or Charles Taze Russell. Bottom line: This nation was founded on Christian principles and on the teachings and tenets of Jesus Christ.  The faith and belief in Jesus Christ of our Founding Fathers permeates every document written from the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence.

But something happened in the early 1960s. In 1962, our nation allowed a simple, non-denominational prayer in public schools to be declared “unconstitutional.”  This was the prayer:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.”

The people of this nation should have demanded the impeachment of Chief Justice Earl Warren…

He’s in the middle of the picture seated and surrounded by the other 8 men of his court.  But, nothing was said or done.  So, in 1963 Bible teaching in public schools was banned, and again…we did nothing.  In 1980 the public schools were ordered to remove the Ten Commandments from students’ view, and we did nothing.

Friends, from the Revolutionary War through the 1930s our school children learned to spell and read from passages from the Bible via McGuffy’s Reader.

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Mr. William McGuffy, the author of the Reader died in 1873, just two years before the church I help Pastor was established. This Reader was basically the “Bible” of the schools and it taught principles from, guess where? THE BIBLE!

Did you know Our Continental Congress approved on September 11, 1777 the purchase of 20,000 copies of the Holy Bible in order for people in our nation to have a Bible who didn’t currently own one? In the word of the Special Congressional Committee in 1777:

“The use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great…the committee orders the Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles for distribution in the states of this Union.”

Yet, today, the great heritage of our nation is being removed from our history books by progressive, liberal, humanists who are re-writing history to suit their agenda.  One day…if we don’t point our children back to Scripture and to the true history of this nation…all of the true history of the founding of this nation will be lost.

What must we do?  We must pray for our nation and its leaders.  I encourage people to speak up for truth and to get involved in the public forums of our day. Get involved with the local school boards, county commissioners and state and government politics. I, for one, am going to do my civic duty this November and vote. So many suffered and sacrificed to give us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not placing America above the Lord Jesus. I’m not even speaking of American exceptionalism. I don’t believe in that. The Lord sees people, not national borders. But, we as a nation have been blessed by God because (in my opinion) we sought Him and as a nation, had a desire for what pleased Him.

As we look to celebrate our Independence as a nation next week, this is my overriding prayer for our nation and for the world:

2 Chronicles 7:14

14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Oh how we need another Great Awakening in this nation and that can only begin as we humble ourselves and seek the face of God and repent of our sins. Then, and only then, will there be any real hope for this nation. Oh that we would remember!

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