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I am going to start a weekly post on Fridays of some of the most interesting articles that I have seen over the past week. I may or may not agree with the article or everything in it but I have found it interesting enough to pass along to you. If you have an article that you would like to see on here, contact me and let me know.

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The Shattering of Jars of Clay – Charisma News

Beginning on Tuesday, April 21st, Dan Haseltine, front-man for the popular Christian band Jars of Clay, took to Twitter to announce his apparent support for same-sex “marriage.” And for the life of him, he can’t figure out a single good reason to oppose it.

It is for reasons like this that we have been sounding the alarm these last 10 years.


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responds to religion complaint – USA Today

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney has responded to the letter of complaint the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent to the university on April 10 citing “constitutional concerns about how the public university’s football program is entangled with religion.”


Does Your iPhone Believe In God? – Huffington Post

My iPhone can do almost anything. But could it help me find God? An interview with Siri, the virtual assistant inside many Apple products, reveals that the spiritual teacher you’ve been looking for may have been in your pocket all along.


Is It Time to Remove ‘Under God’ From the Pledge of Allegiance? – The Blaze

Aside from prayer at government meetings — an issue TheBlaze has covered extensively – there are few First Amendment issues more contentious than the Pledge of Allegiance.

Atheist activists have long opposed the pledge, because reciting it allows for “God” to be invoked in public venues. But there’s another factor at play making the issue even more complex: that public schoolchildren are often the ones instructed to say it.

Four Directives

Jul 19, 2013 — 2 Comments

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In the first chapter in the book of Jeremiah, God says,

Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you (vs. 7-8 ESV)

God continues in verse 9,

Behold, I have put my words in your mouth…

Then God clear give Jeremiah four directives for him to follow:

But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. (v. 17 ESV)

Four Directives:

  1. Dress yourself for work – literally means to “gird up your loins” or prepare yourself for work
  2. Arise – he was told to get up and get ready
  3. Say – he was only allowed to say those things that God told him to say
  4. Do not be dismayed – as he works, God told him to not be troubled or to lose heart

Chapter one closes with some powerful words from the Lord,

They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you

POINTS TO PONDER:

  • Are you preparing yourself each day to do the work of the Lord?
  • Are you willing to get up and go to work for Him?
  • Do the words you say show you are allowing God to speak through you?
  • Are you allowing other people or circumstances to trouble you or to cause you to lose heart?