“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
May 6, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“LEAD ME TO THE ROCK”
“UNDER THE SHADOW”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon – MIKE BREAUX
“AMEND MY RELATIONSHIP”
“I LOVE YOU WITH THE LOVE OF THE LORD”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
For you, O Lord,
have made me glad
by your work; at the works of your
hands, I sing for joy.
How Long Will I Be Allowed
To Remain A Christian?
By Douglas MacKinnon | Fox News
“How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?”
That was the deeply dismaying question posed to me by a friend with four young children as we discussed the plight of the Christian faith in America and around the world.
With each passing month, that shocking question becomes more relevant and even more disturbing.
To say that Christians and Christianity are under a withering and brutal attack in certain areas of the world would be an understatement.
In various parts of the Middle East, there is a genocidal cleansing of Christians being carried out. Women, men, and their young children are being slaughtered because of their faith and world leaders and most of the media turn their backs in bored indifference.
Here in the United States, Christians and Christianity are mocked, belittled, smeared and attacked by some on a daily basis. This is a bigoted practice that is not only increasing exponentially, but is being encouraged and sanctioned by a number on the left.
Too many of those who worship at the altar of political correctness have deemed that Christianity should no longer be respected. Rather, they assail it on a regular basis in a coordinated campaign to weaken the faith and its base.
The prevailing view in much of the media is that Christianity is aligned with Republicans, conservatives, or the views of President Trump – and therefore must be diminished and made suspect.
The New Yorker just described the opening of a few Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York City as “Pervasive Christian traditionalism,” and a “Creepy infiltration of New York City.”
Christianity is an “infiltration” to some on the left. In college, they now teach about the evils of “Christian Privilege.” On Broadway and in theaters around the world, mocking Christians has become a massively profitable money-making venture.
In name, on the crucifix, and in art, Jesus Christ is desecrated in the most twisted and obscene of ways. In movies, on television and online, Christians are portrayed in the most dishonest, prejudiced and insulting of ways.
Across the country, Christian colleges are under constant assault from “social justice warriors” seeking to strip their accreditation and put them out of business.
Christian groups on campus are at times being persecuted, their offices and handouts vandalized, with members even being physically assaulted.
In a nation that is still majority Christian, those who follow the faith have been litigated or brow-beaten into being fearful to utter the words “Merry Christmas,” or to display a Nativity scene celebrating the one and only reason there is a Christmas Day.
Want to stay true to your Christian faith in the most innocuous and giving of ways? To do so is becoming more perilous by the minute, when you stop to ponder just a sampling of the negative consequences. For example:
A high school football coach is fired for taking a knee in prayer. A teacher is fired for giving a Bible to a student who requested it. A Marine is cursed at and then court-martialed for not removing a Bible verse from her computer. Another Bible verse posted by sailors in a military hospital is labeled “extremism.”
For me personally, I continue to be ridiculed for writing and speaking about a vision I had regarding the 40 days after the resurrection.
If you are a practicing Christian in the United States and open about it, you, your congregation and your organization will become a target of some sort. It is only a matter of time.
Ironically, in some very real and ominous ways, it’s as if we are being transported back to ancient Rome.
Will we soon have to meet with fellow Christians in secret? Will we have to whisper our beliefs from the shadows? Will those Christians with “traditional” beliefs lose their jobs and livelihoods if discovered?
As more and more of the mainstream media, entertainment, academia and the hi-tech world continue to purge or discriminate against Christians, what future job fields will be open to young Christians?
Will those Christian children eventually be forced to renounce or deny their faith in order to get a job and provide for their families?
As a Christian, I truly do have the deepest respect for every faith. The vast majority of people of every faith are beyond good and do seek to follow the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Why do so many on the left, in the media, entertainment and academia not practice that most simple, loving and humane of rules when it comes to the Christian faith?
[Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the memoir “The Forty Days: A Vision of Christ’s Lost Weeks.” (Simon & Schuster, 2016).]
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
No doubt most of us have heard the term “Fake News”. In case you haven’t, let me quote a definition from Wikepedia: “Fake news consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. It is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership.”
Rick Shallenberger, our Regional Pastor, recently began a FaceBook posting of “Fake News Theologically”. Here are two, along with a couple excellent comments. May these help you pause and think about our God and His Life & Love for us.
FAKE NEWS – is believing God’s love is based on what you do rather than on who he is.
Rick Shallenberger My point is he loves us first as John points out. Many believe God doesn’t love them because they are too soiled, too hopeless, too whatever, and they are afraid to seek God. If we point out that God is Love, as John tells us, people might just change the way they think about him. That’s repentance and leads to living in the truth of Who God is, which leads to loving him.
Jeff Chandler (GCI pastor in Arkansas)God is LOVE and He looks like Jesus. We all know Jesus has our back – God the Father is no different. Jesus died for ALL – those that like Him and those that don’t. That’s love. And after all, the Father sent the Son for ALL the world because of His unconditional Love for us.
More FAKE NEWS – Forgiveness is based on our response to God’s Grace
Rick Shallenberger – The truth is that God’s grace is unmerited, undeserved. It is a gift given to us “when we are still dead in our trespasses” and determined to be that gift before the foundation of the earth. (Eph 1 & 2) Forgiveness is the gift Christ gives us. To experience that forgiveness, however, one needs to know the Forgiver!
Rejoicing That Jesus Is Alive & Loves Us – Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
JW Holmes-(Vicki’s friend) leukemia – hospitalized with blood clots.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Doug Whitlock – (Laf) Prayers for health issues
Dorothy Johnson (GCI Indy) Recovery from recent hospitalization for health issues
Oscar Brown (GCI Indy) having more tests…headaches and other medical issues
John Nelson (GCI Indy) Still dealing with health issues
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) She started Cardiac Rehab.
Peggy Perry Due to tiredness after all the chemo and radiation, she has decided to retire. She thanks all for their prayers that guided her.
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers that they can remodel their current building, raising it above flood waters. (See update in this bulletin)
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love