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Same-sex Marriage?

Objections Same-sex Marriage? Proposals for governments to recognize “same-sex marriage” should be evaluated in light of the Bible’s teaching that one role of civil government is to “praise those who do good” (1 Pet. 2:14). Government recognition of a relationship as a “marriage” carries with it the endorsement and encouragement of that relationship by a society. Married couples enjoy many protections and benefits (legal, financial, and interpersonal) that society has granted in order to encourage marriage and signal that the institution of marriage brings benefits to society as a whole. So the question is really whether a society, through its laws, should give approval and encouragement to homosexual relationships that both the Bible and most cultures throughout history have considered to be morally wrong rather than “good,” and that also bring significant harmful consequences. Governmental recognition of “same-sex marriage” would imply a requirement to allow homosexual couples to ad…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 7 JOIN ALL THE GLORIOUS NAMES Isaac Watts, 1674–1748 Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. (Psalm 72:19) “Wisdom,” “love,” “power,” “prophet,” “priest,” “king,” “almighty Lord,” “conqueror,” “captain”—these are the names and titles used throughout the stanzas of this hymn to describe our Lord. But the conclusion is this: The most glorious names that either men or angels could devise would still be “too poor to speak His worth.” Words are limited in their ability to convey the deep feelings of the soul. We can and should extol our Lord with great hymns of praise such as this, especially during this joyful season. But beyond our verbal expressions there must be a life deeply devoted to His person and the extension of His kingdom. “Join All the Glorious Names” was first published in 1707 in Isaac Watts’ Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 1. This hymn is generally regarded as one of Isaac Watts’ finest among his more than 600 hymns…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Childlike Faith For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 Growing up in a preacher’s home had some advantages and disadvantages. Like most PK’s (Preacher’s Kid), I wanted to be a “regular guy,” with my own identity. I hated the fact that the adults in the church thought they could tell me how to act or behave just because my Dad was the preacher. But, being a PK had its advantages too. Many Sundays, someone from the church would have us over for a Southern fried chicken dinner or homemade ice cream. When I reached “working age,” some of Dad’s members would hire me to mow their lawn or chop their weeds. As I look back on it now, the greatest advantage was getting to know some great men of God. Traveling evangelists, denominational workers and other pastors all seemed to find their way to our home to put their feet underneath my Momma’s table. The exposure…