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John 14:6

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Right and Wrong, A Case for Moral Absolutes

Such dialog about the nature of truth is more than a matter of historical fiction When Allan Bloom wrote the Closing Of The American in 1987, he described a similar perspective which he said is characteristic of young Americans. According to Bloom, “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: Almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative, (p,25). Bloom went on to explain as far as today’s student is concerned, “The relativity of truth is not a theoretical insight but a moral postulate, the condition of a free society, or so they see it.” They believe that for Roman Catholics, Baptists, Hindus, and Atheists to live together in a free society, they must commit themselves to the overriding virtues of tolerance and open-mindedness. Bloom observes that in such a world, “The true believer is the real danger. The study of history and culture teaches that all the world was mad in the past; men always thought they were right, and that led to wars, persecutions, slavery, xenophobia, racism, and chauvinism. The point is not to correct the mistakes and really be right; rather it is not to think that you are right at all. (p.26)

This is the mindset of the world in which we live. The values and logic of a relativistic age are so woven into the fabric of our culture that it is easy to forget the story of history. We might not want to believe that Moses got his moral principles from God. But it is hard to deny that we break the Ten Commandments, they end up breaking us. Rejection of sexual absolutes alone has resulted in sexual addiction, incurable diseases, unwanted pregnancies, betrayal of trusts, broken marriages, confusion of gender, loss of heath and death.

(RBC Ministries, pages 4-5, Herb Vander Lugt, Martin R. De Haan II, 1995, 2002,


Christians around the world profess the Apostle’s Creed.

We do so to join with others as a statement of our beliefs in God.



Apostle’s Creed



I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

The creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead

.He ascended into Heaven,

And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.





Let us lift up in prayer the following in the Name of Jesus:

We pray, LORD, that people will open their eyes and stop the violence that is happening in this country. We pray that people will accept our president, who was elected according to the laws of this country and that those who lost would not be trying to overthrow this government that was duly elected. We pray for those who were shot, that you would heal them.  We pray that people will stop spreading the lies of the devil and that people will listen to YOUR truth. We pray for the children who are abducted and abused, who are homeless and hungry. We pray for our loved ones who are sick. We lift up those who have lost their jobs and their homes and have given up. Give them Your peace, O Lord. Father, help us to let Your grace flow in all parts of our lives. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus.  God send us revival and spiritual awakening in our Christian churches that will set our nation aright, that radical Islam would stop their assaults, religious intolerance of Christianity, Mariam, Stephen, Edwin & Sherie & Eric & Ethan, Ester, Cindy, healing for Kathie, Shirley, Wayne and Shawna, safe travels, that Christians would seek Your Word daily & learn and seek Your way, Your truth and Your life in all areas of their lives and not allow the lies of the devil and the people he uses to spread his lies about You, especially the lie of the queen Bible that removes Your Words about homosexuality, and that Your truth about all things will be revealed & that people will see that You ordained marriage between men and women, let Christians rise up and declare their faith in You and Your Word and stop believing the lies of the liberal agenda,  Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Joseph Prince, Kirk Cameron, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, Michael Youssef, Oral Roberts Ministry & the many other ministries that preach the Word Of God in truth & spirit, that people will tune in and watch in order to learn about you and that people would live in Your ways Father, for those trying to open new businesses will be successful, spiritually curious people, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haran, Syria,  Sudan, Iran and many other lands, President Donald Trump and those he has chosen to serve with him, that they will bring good changes to the United States, that people will realize that we are all YOUR children and as such we are brothers and sisters and to treat each other in YOUR amazing love, Christians United for Israel, stay-at-home moms and dads, we pray for the children who are homeless and hungry, aborted and are victims of pediphiles and sexual slavery, we pray for our loved ones who are sick. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus, for those who suffer with addictions, for peace in Israel, that Your chosen people would come to know You Lord Jesus as their Savior. Pray for those who are out preaching the gospel both here in the United States and all around the world, that seeds of faith may be sown to bring glory to our Lord God. We pray for all who love the Lord that they will completely abandon themselves to YOU. We pray for those who do not know the Lord that they will come to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness and give their lives to God. We pray that they will learn that only through Jesus can they find eternal life, Michele & Dana & family, Carey & Martin & family, Michelle & family, Deanna & Josh & family, OJ, Anna, Ethan & Serenity, Sherie, Tommie, Mark, Bill and Bev, Hyma & family, Glenn, Dee Dee, Nancy & Dave, Emily & Joseph & Jamie & Kacie & Melissa & Phil & Mila & Karen & Kenny & family, Prodigals to come back, Robert & Elizabeth, Donna & Johnny & family, for those that are working to keep us safe and provide emergency services, Home Churches all over the world, for those who kill through abortion, prayer requests, Felicia & Campus Ministry, those affected by the weather and natural disasters, fires & drought, Aspen & AJ, for the children who suffer from disease or abuse, CJ & mom April, Callie & Cozy & Noah & parents Karen and Joe,  Bowen, Patty, Nathan & Erica & Sophie, Anna & Craig & family, Andrea & Jason & Ian & Ava, Barbara, those suffering from cancer and mental illness, Michael, Middle East, Israel, for judges to not make laws, Elaine & Tony, Jeanine, Beth & Eric & Isaiah & Alliyah & Addyson, Chrissy & JD & Noah & Ashton & Konner & Elle, Henry & Monica & Isaiah & Branson & Flora, Nora & Chris & Ethan & Jocelyn, John & Carol, Kat, Kim, Marie, Craig, Michael & Gina, Toni & Angel, Kevin & Ro, Monica, Bill, Mike, Shannon, Johnny & Jamie & Mikey, Becca, Allie, Harry & Sandy, Sara & Bella, Emily, John & Cheryl & family, Kathy, for our families and friends, for those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, Patt and Ron, Melanie & Nick, Sean, Scott, Kathie, Scot & Fran, Caity & Corey & Aiden & Tristan, Krissy & Travis & family, Renee & LA, Dwight & Brandy & Savannah & Blake, Brenda, Sebastian, Kathryn & Sean & Julian & Hunter, Suzette, Mike & Erin & Nathan & Michaela & Colin, for all those who loved ones have passed on, Donna & Erick & family, Melissa & Aaron & Patrick & Kailyn & Macey & AJ, Crystal & Luke & son, Mary, Maureen & daughter Nicole & child, Janet, Henry & Noreen, this church & ministry & the Journey, peace, Christians who are persecuted & killed, our men & women in the armed forces and our veterans & their families, for all those who have asked for prayers (Your prayers and petitions)


We thank You Father for hearing our prayers spoken and unspoken. We know that You are the way to life. We believe that by following Your way that when we ask of You, we will receive; that when we seek, we will find; and when we knock the door will open. So with faith we humbly ask You to answer our prayers and grant our petitions and prayers according to the Father’s Will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Therefore, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your FATHER in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Matthew 11:24-26



Readings


Psalm 56:1-13

1 Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
   all day long they press their attack.
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.

 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  4 In God, Whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

 5 All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
7 Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;
   in Your anger, God, bring the nations down.

 8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll[d]—are they not in your record?
9 Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.
   By this I will know that God is for me.

 10 In God, Whose Word I praise, in the LORD, Whose Word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?

 12 I am under vows to You, my God; I will present my thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.


Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy

and find grace to help us in our time of need.                                                              

Hebrews 4:16


Revelation 3:1-6

These are the words of Him Who holds the seven spirits[b] of God and the seven stars. “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of My God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

   4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with Me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge that name before My Father and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”


By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.

1 Corinthians 3:10


Matthew 24:3-14

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

   9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”


“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in                 

to him and dine with him and he with Me.”                                                                                                                    

 Revelations 3:20


Weekly Way


Watch and See That No One Deceives You

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Matthew 24:3-8

The message that you are about to hear over these next few weeks may cause some to change their whole lives immediately, some to laugh and walk away, some to ponder and see if there is any worth in this message and some who know how important this message is and will grow in their faith and bring this message to others. It is a wonderfully, fearful message that the Lord has brought me to write about, one that will invoke fear in many, but joyful fear in others. It is above all a message of hope, because those who wait upon the Lord will rejoice because they do not belong to this world and long to go home.

In my life I have seen such a slow fade of what people live as right and wrong. Most people do not even know that they have been deceived for so long. They have abandoned God in their lives because the devil has caused them to become immune to all the evil that is going on in their lives. They do not see how over the years the devil has slowly changed their way of thinking from God’s way to the devil’s way. We have lost our fear of the LORD. There are those who have been blessed in so many ways and teach others that they only need themselves to succeed in life. The power of self.

We have been deceived. We have not watched out. We do not know what God wants in our lives and so we live selfishly, desiring whatever makes us happy. We have no self-control, no desire for God; we allow the devil to twist the Word of God for the devil desires your very souls and yet most people think that all is well, that we don’t have to follow the way of the LORD. They think that the “good” things that they do are fine, that they do not have to live according to God’s standards. And so we have millions of standards that people live by and many of them think that all is well and that when they die, they will go to heaven, not realizing the truth of where they will go when they die. Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:21-23) We have to live our lives in the way of the LORD and His standards are far from the world’s standards.

We have to know that living our way is not the LORD’s way. God does not change, and His law teaches us what we are not to do and what we are to do. But people do not even look at the LORD’s law. I ask you when was the last time you read the commands of the LORD and mediated upon them? There are those who tell us that Paul said that we don’t need to live under the law but fail to know that Paul said that benefit of the law was to learn what one was to do or not to do. In Romans 6:11-14: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”

Let’s step back a moment to understand this Scripture. We have to count ourselves dead to sin. How do we do that: Simply by beginning our lives in Christ as a child. Jesus said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17) Jesus is telling us that we have to learn to know how to follow His way and to do so is to begin as a child. Jesus said we must be born again, so we begin our lives over, starting as a baby and learning from His Word. Paul speaks about being fed with spiritual milk and to grow and learn. Babies start with milk before they go onto solid food. And even their first solid food is thin and watery. As we grow, we are able to consume food that is more solid and then we can get to the meat and potatoes of God’s way. We take these baby steps so that we can put to death in our lives the sins that Jesus paid the price for on the cross. And just like babies, there are going to be times when we fall but we ask God to pick us up and begin again. Because we are reborn, we are alive to God in Christ Jesus. We cannot let sin be a part of our lives any longer. We can no longer let our bodies be chained in sin that the devil is trying to keep us as slaves in. We have to surrender our lives to God and realize that we cannot do this on our own. We have to invite God into our lives and let His grace cover us and ask God to let His Holy Spirit dwell in us and guide us and teach us.

So how do we learn? First we come to the LORD and ask Him to fill us with His Spirit and to go to His Word, the Bible and learn from Him. Just as we first learn from our parents, and then we go to school to learn for 13 more years and then we must become lifelong learners. We have to first learn from our Parent-God and then we can learn from God’s ministers and others. Church is always a good thing. Make certain that you find a Bible based church that will teach from the Word and not a church who will teach you their way. You are learning about faith in God. Many churches teach their religion before the Bible. We teach faith in Christ Jesus, not following a bunch of man-made rules. There is a big difference between faith and religion. Once you learn the way of the Lord, you will be able to discern what the Lord is saying and find a church that follows the Bible. One thing that I want you to know is that we have to be reading and studying the Bible all the rest of our days. Just like our faith in God, it is a life-long thing, not something to be read once and put on a shelf. It is only through reading and studying that we can put together as it were, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Think of the Bible as our daily Bread that will nourish us with God thoughts and His way for our lives.

Let’s look at some of the things that have changed or faded away over the years. There was a time when we did not put pictures or words on our cars. Now we see things that are so offensive and that children should not see. We forget to protect our children from the things of the devil. Sure there are some cute things that people put on their cars. We have to say no to the offensive things and teach our children that what they see and read on a car is wrong and that the cute cartoon flipping off is something that we who live in Christ will not copy. We have to choose not to buy these things. Cursing is the norm nowadays. I was in the store the other day and I overheard a couple talking behind me in the frozen food section. The woman wanted to buy something and the man was not interested and as she asked him to try it, he said, “There is no ------ way I am going to like that.” The conversation went on for several minutes and all the while this man used that word to describe his dislike even though he had never tried it. Let’s look at TV. Wow, I can’t even think of where to begin with this. There is so much garbage on the TV. Evil thoughts, slander, adultery, sexual immorality and yes that includes living together and homosexuality, theft, murder, greed, malice, lewdness, envy, arrogance, false testimony, slander and folly, all these things are even in children shows. The devil has slowly faded all these things into our everyday life. He has made these things the norm so that we do not even question them. These things defile us, they make us dirty and sinful and they will keep us out of heaven. Government has been replaced with people who are greedy and self-centered. Because the devil has caused those that we elect to commit all the above sins and to keep God out of our lives so that we can separate church and state.

I could go on and on but there is much too much to list. We have been deceived my dear friends and many of us are not aware of it. Some of us are afraid to speak God’s truth because the devil wants his way and so he enters into peoples’ lives and teaches them that if we don’t let people pursue whatever makes us happy we are wrong. If we teach that living together is a sin, if we teach homosexuality is a sin, if we teach adultery is wrong, we should go to jail for being judgmental towards others.

There are signs out there that we are ignoring because we want to bury our faces in the sand and not keep watch for the time of Jesus’ return. People are asking if the Mayan calendar is right and that the end of the world is coming. Even Christians who say they believe in Jesus ask about the Mayan calendar and do not even know what the Bible says. As Christians, the Mayan calendar should mean nothing to us. There is so many wars going on, and we are threatened with rumors of wars. These things will happen and we do not need to be alarmed. Nations are rising against nations, there are famines and earthquakes are happening more and more. Jesus said that these are the beginnings of birth pains. The heavens and the earth are going to be reborn to what God wants and He will judge us according to our words and how we lived. Jesus said that He came to bring division, that brother would be against brother, sister against sister (Luke 12:49-53) and that is what has happened. Jesus knew that there would be those who would choose to follow the devil instead of Him.

But God loves us so much that He chose to become human and show us personally how to live the life He wants us to live. His perfect love will not make us choose Him, but He will make His perfect judgment on each of us and for those who have chosen to forsake Him, they will go to hell. We have all been warned and hiding your head in the sand and saying you do not know is a lie. Let’s be honest with ourselves. We have heard about Jesus. Christians are talked about everywhere, how evil they are because they believe in the Bible. Playing dumb will not get you a pass to heaven. Those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and have chosen to walk in the way of the Lord will go to heaven. But there are those of you who are deceived into thinking that your way is good enough, but it is not. For example if you say that God has lied in His Word and that homosexuality is not a sin, and that you can be living a life of homosexuality or telling others it is okay, that is against God’s way. It’s not that God does not love you, because God loves all His creations. That is the message of the cross. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and took His punishment and died for our sins. We have to choose to surrender our lives to Him and to repent of our sins, even the ones that we don’t consider sins. God will deliver you out of whatever sin we may be in but you have to choose to be saved. He will not force your Salvation upon you.

Anyone who teaches the truths of the Bible can face jail for preaching God’s truths. Jesus talked about this: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:9-14) In fact the gospel has been preached to the whole world. Arthur Blessitt has brought the gospel to every nation in this world. And TBN broadcasts to ever country in the world. Another example, KLOVE radio station is on the internet and can be listened to anywhere someone has access to the internet. Many people have lost their faith in God and betray each other. There is so much hatred that it can be very scary. Muslims kill Christians because they will not convert and that they believe that they are the religion of God. But they are not. They teach hatred and kill and Jesus did not come so that we would force people to believe that He is the way, the truth and the life and that only in following His way will we be able to come to the Father. In so many countries, Christians are killed every day by Muslims. And there are other religions that teach things that are not of God. There are ministers, churches, and religions that preach hate which is a gospel other than what is in the Bible. Love has grown cold. There are those who are standing firm in their faith putting on the breastplate of righteousness and shod our feet with the gospel of peace. We have fitted ourselves with shields of faith so that we can protect ourselves from the arrows from the evil one.  

For the next week, begin to ask the Lord to look into your heart and allow yourself to honestly begin to open your heart to the Lord. Take time to read Matthew 24. We will continue to look at how we are being deceived by the evil one.

 

              


The Lord’s Supper



(You will need bread (or unleavened bread) and wine (or grape juice) for the Lord’s Supper. Place bread in a bowl or platter and wine (grape juice) in a wine glass or nice cup. Use the same bowl and glass each week, reserving it only for the Lord’s Supper out of reverence for the Lord. Place the bread and wine on a table. You can stand or sit around the table. You can have candles if you would like.)



Whenever two or three are gathered there is God among them. Jesus tells us: ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand there praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” As Your children, Father, teach us and let Your Word become for us, a living part of our lives. Teach us to love one another and to forgive one another.



Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins.

Christ have mercy on us, teach us to forgive others

.Lord show us Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children. Devote yourselves to the apostle’s teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Father, before us sits bread and wine. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”


He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by You, His heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love.As Jesus and His disciples were reclined at the table, He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”


And while they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, and giving a prayer of thanks to the Father, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, He took the cup, again giving thanks to the Father and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “Drink it, all of you, this is My blood, which seals Gods covenant, My blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”



Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain,

To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

And honor and glory and praise!


To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

Be praise and honor and glory and power,

Forever and ever!


And by His stripes we are healed!



Teach us, Father, that in celebrating this Supper given to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ, how we are to live our lives. The greatest should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. And Jesus will confer on us a kingdom, just as You Father conferred one on Him, so that we might eat and drink at His table in heaven. Teach us to live out our Salvation in the way we live our lives.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Communion (sharing {eat and drink} the body and blood)



Prayer after Communion


May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor

,Rest upon us from above.


Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.Amen.

By Rev. John Newton, 1779



Lord’s Prayer (please join hands)


Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.


The LORD make His face shine upon

you and be gracious.


The LORD turn His face towards you

and give you peace.



Concluding




Right and Wrong A Case For Moral Absolutes (cont.)


Individual Christians can by their own example promote morality and justice in their culture. But we should demonstrate Christ-like values in such a way that our words and actions promote our overriding interest in every person’s eternal destiny. In the process of seeking the highest good of others, we need to avoid ridicule and disrespect and the kind of attack mentality that leads others to conclude that we are not for them but against them.

We must make it our goal to be winsome, honest, and civil as we express our spiritual and moral concern for others’ welfare. Our conduct should be such that even if others tell us to mind our own business, they will have to acknowledge our sincerity. Even when we are unjustly attacked or intentionally misrepresented, our response must reflect the spirit of Christ. The words of the apostle Peter are appropriate when he writes:

Who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is for the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:13-17).

If we can maintain such an attitude, we will be salt and light in our world. When we hold ourselves accountable to our own principles, we will be good for society. John Adams, a founding father of the United States, said, “We have no government capable of contending with the human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governing of any other.”

Today, secularists and some religious leaders are arguing for the legalization of same-sex marriage, prostitution, and abortion on demand. Christians must by their own example and loving actions warn that such practices will only deepen the pain and confusion of society.

All too often, however, the church has lost its power of persuasion because its own leaders talk the talk without walking the walk. This was the problem of the Pharisees. They saw themselves as the defenders of moral purity because they could articulate the laws of Moses. But because they themselves did not live by such standards, they ended up in a hypocritical posture that made them enemies of Christ.

But let us not, for fear of being pharisaical, throw in the towel. The need of the hour is not for capitulation to the darkness. The need is for the kind of repentance and love that will rekindle the flame of truth in us.

(RBC Ministries, pages 25-27, Herb Vander Lugt, Martin R. De Haan II, 1995, 2002,

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