Society Needs Truth

Society Needs Truth

We are so blessed to know and worship the Creator God who has established the universe by the power of his Word. What he formed was right and good and true and was to his glory. Eventually though, we chose to believe a lie instead of the truth.  When mankind rebelled against the Creator, and twisted and misused the creation, the deadly virus of sin entered the system and an ongoing cycle of chaos ensued. 

Fortunately, we can still know, worship, and obey our Creator because he has revealed his truth to us in the Scriptures. In the Bible we see God’s design for how people and societies can thrive, albeit imperfectly, in spite of the curse. When we live according to God’s plan, our individual lives and our society will function better than when we ignore his blueprint for living. 

Thinking people have to recognize that we reside in a country that is becoming increasingly more secular. That means that much of our nation is moving away from belief in God and denying his design and authority.  As a result, we are becoming progressively immoral.  The world and its leaders deny the Creator God and set themselves up as little gods instead.  Because of this worldview, secular society says that the building blocks of civilization are just man-made constructs. Therefore, these revolutionaries are working to dismantle what God has established; even on things as basic as gender, sexuality, marriage, and family.  Any country that tries to undo these foundational elements will see their society begin to crumble. 

The primary way that we as citizens of God’s Kingdom can reveal the beauty of the Creator’s design to the world is by lovingly proclaiming the truth about God and about his Son.  We must also be a people who are living out and demonstrating the beauty of His truth. Instead of being silent, we speak into the culture even when it is not popular.  In Matthew 14 and Luke 3, John the Baptist pointed out King Herod’s sin of divorcing his own wife in order to marry his brother’s wife.  This so infuriated his bride so much that she eventually connived to have John the Baptist put to death.  This was an inconvenient truth.  When we see our culture abandoning the pattern that God has ordained we must raise a warning of the harm that is to come.  We don’t do this from a place of arrogance but from a heart of grace. 

Generally speaking, when a government embraces God’s pattern for humanity and society, that culture will be blessed.  Christians should seek the good of the cities and countries that God has sovereignly placed them in.  We can do this in immediate ways by loving our neighbors and in far-reaching ways by guiding our society to function in ways that follow God’s design.  One way to do this is by installing government leaders that will observe the Creator’s pattern for living.  No politician or person will ever do that perfectly!  Of course, leaders and laws might change behaviors temporarily but they cannot change people’s hearts.  As a people grow more secular and godless they will eventually install leaders who represent their desires and affirm their lifestyles. 

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As time moves forward, those of us who choose to believe God and follow his ways will seem like relics to a progressive society. Even though trusting God’s structure for mankind and for society is a loving thing to do we will be viewed as ignorant and hateful.  But let us remember and rest in the fact that truth does not change. As a church, we will continue to subscribe to the truth of the Bible even when it is unpopular. 

I’d love to hear from you! What questions or concerns do you have about the church and government during this election season? What things are you hoping that we will cover in this current sermon series?  Send me your questions in the form below and maybe it will show up in my next sermon or letter. Praying for the continued unity of the church underneath the Lordship of King Jesus,

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King Of My Heart

King Of My Heart

Over the following 30 days, the nation will be focused on who will fill the highest office in the land.
According to polls, the country is divided down the middle on this topic and so many other important
issues. It is possible for this division to slip into the Church and for followers of Jesus self-segregate into
camps of blue and red and purple. But we know that the Lord’s desire is for His people to be united; to
be one. That was His prayer just before He went to the cross in the life-giving, sacrificial act that would
allow us to be baptized into one family of faith.

Jesus reminds us in Mark 3 that a Kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. It will fall apart.
Although the politics and elections of our nation are important, we must not allow these things to divide
us. Instead, we must stand united under a higher authority than a president or governor. We stand
united under the Lordship of King Jesus. Ultimately, He is the one who places and controls leaders of
nations.

How should we as Christians approach these times? The first place we must start is with an examination
of our hearts. Like King David in Psalm 139 we must say, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test
me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the
way everlasting.” What kind of hearts should we as believers have in turbulent times? Not
hearts that are anxious or angry but hearts of Trust, Unity, and Prayer.

1. A Heart of Trust
Psalm 146:3 says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no
salvation.” Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding.” It is easy for us to unknowingly begin to shift our trust from God to a political
party or leader. Although it is good for us to be informed and to raise our voice for truth we
should do that while at the same time keeping our ultimate hope in the Lord. Psalm 146:5 says,
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” One of the
best ways to keep your heart grounded in the right place is to be in God’s Word of Truth daily.
Make a commitment, for the next 30 days, to meditate on the good news in God’s Word
before tuning in to the not-so-good news of the world.

2. A Heart for Unity
In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul writes from prison and he tell the believers in Ephesus, “I therefore, a
prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been
called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to
maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Often we find it easy to distance ourselves from
other believers who have different views than we do. Worse, we might even find ourselves disparaging
them behind their backs or on social media. These actions do not show that we are ‘eager to maintain
unity’. Let’s put the unity of the body ahead of our own desires to vent or be heard. Instead of
throwing shade or blasting others on social media, let’s go old school and meet with people in person.
Make a commitment, for the next thirty days, to share your opinion ‘with all humility and gentleness
and patience.’

3. A Heart of Prayer
In I Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul urges that “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may
lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in
the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
the truth.” When we pray for our leaders, we are obeying God and showing that we trust Him to
guide those in authority. Depending on where you live, you may feel like your vote won’t make
that big of a practical difference. But when you pray, you are accomplishing more than you
could ever do on your own by asking God to be the difference-maker. Make a commitment,
for the next 30 days, to pray for those in authority and in ‘high positions; that the Lord
would direct their hearts to make wise and godly decisions.

My prayer for the Church as we approach the end of 2020 is that we will be more united than ever
before and that the peace of King Jesus will reign in our hearts!

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WayMaker Lyrics

You are here, moving in our midst
I worship You
I worship You
You are here, working in this place
I worship You
I worship You
You are here, moving in our midst
I worship You
I worship You
You are here, working in this place
I worship You
I worship You
You are

Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
You are

Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

You are here, touching every heart
I worship You
I worship You
You are here, healing every heart

Healing every heart
Oh, I worship You
Jesus, I worship You
You’re turning lives around
You are here, oh, turning lives around

I worship You
I worship You
You mended every heart

You are here, and You are mending every heart

I worship You, yeah
I worship You
And You are

Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
Yeah You’re the way maker
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
Yeah sing it again You are, yeah
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working (oh)

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop (yeah oh), You never stop working

Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
Yeah, yeah

Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

Glorious

[Chorus]
Glorious, shout it out and
Glorious, make it louder
Jesus, we shout Your name
Jesus, we make Your praise
Glorious, You are glorious
God, You are glorious

[Verse]
My God You reign, forever and ever
How great Your name
Your love remains, forever and ever
You stay the same

[Pre-Chorus]
Shout it out, shout it out, if you know He’s good
Sing it out, sing it out, for the Lord is good
Shout it out loud, You are glorious

[Chorus]
Glorious, shout it out and
Glorious, make it louder
Jesus, we shout Your name
Jesus, we make Your praise
Glorious, You are glorious

[Verse]
My God You reign, forever and ever
How great Your name
Your love remains, forever and ever
You stay the same

[Pre-Chorus]
Shout it out, shout it out, if you know He’s good
Sing it out, sing it out, for the Lord is good
Shout it out loud, You are glorious

[Chorus]
Glorious, shout it out and
Glorious, make it louder
Jesus, we shout Your name
Jesus, we make Your praise
Glorious, You are glorious

[Bridge 1]
Shine Jesus
You shine for all the world to see
You are glorious
Shine Jesus
You shine for all the world to see
You are glorious
Shine Jesus
You shine for all the world to see
You are glorious (You are glorious)
You are glorious (You are glorious)

[Bridge 2]
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious

[Chorus]
Glorious, shout it out and
Glorious, make it louder
Jesus, we shout Your name
Jesus, we make Your praise
Glorious, You are glorious

[Bridge 2]
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh, God, You are glorious

Every Praise Lyrics

By: Hezekiah Walker

[Chorus 1]
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God

[Bridge]
God my Savior
God my Healer
God my Deliverer
Yes He is, yes He is
God my Savior
God my Healer
God my Deliverer
Yes He is, yes He is
God my Savior
God my Healer
God my Deliverer
Yes He is, yes He is
Yes He is, yes He is

[Chorus 2]
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Is to our God
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship, with one accord
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise

[Outro]
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise, every praise
Every praise…

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