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Mega Church Pastor and Dr. Spock

Posted by wordforit on November 20, 2007

As far as Dr. Spock, I never did understand what was so attractive about allowing someone else to have so much influence in raising ones’ children. It’s odd that when many parents were given an excuse for not being responsible in addressing misbehavior ( as it essentially amounts to) they also began to refuse to take responsibility for misbehavior. (All due respect to those who are, and were, abused).

It takes courage to admit being wrong, as Bill Hybels has done. Pray sincerely regarding the wrongs of any church, especially when it affects astronomical numbers of individuals.

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A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church
By Bob Burney

If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:

We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren’t firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn’t realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self-assurance of parents.

Oops.

Something just as momentous, in my opinion, just happened in the evangelical community. For most of a generation, evangelicals have been romanced by the “seeker sensitive” movement spawned by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. The guru of this movement is Bill Hybels. He and others have been telling us for decades to throw out everything we have previously thought and been taught about church growth and replace it with a new paradigm, a new way to do ministry.

Perhaps inadvertently, with this “new wave” of ministry came a de-emphasis on taking personal responsibility for Bible study combined with an emphasis on felt-needs based “programs” and slick marketing.

The size of the crowd rather than the depth of the heart determined success. If the crowd was large then surely God was blessing the ministry. Churches were built by demographic studies, professional strategists, marketing research, meeting “felt needs” and sermons consistent with these techniques. We were told that preaching was out, relevance was in. Doctrine didn’t matter nearly as much as innovation. If it wasn’t “cutting edge” and consumer friendly it was doomed. The mention of sin, salvation and sanctification were taboo and replaced by Starbucks, strategy and sensitivity.

Thousands of pastors hung on every word that emanated from the lips of the church growth experts. Satellite seminars were packed with hungry church leaders learning the latest way to “do church.” The promise was clear: thousands of people and millions of dollars couldn’t be wrong. Forget what people need, give them what they want. How can you argue with the numbers? If you dared to challenge the “experts” you were immediately labeled as a “traditionalist,” a throwback to the 50s, a stubborn dinosaur unwilling to change with the times. “…

Full Article (townhall.com~new window)

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God Does Not Call the Equipped, He Equips the Called

Posted by wordforit on November 5, 2007

The Next Time You Feel Like God Did Not Make You For A Grand Purpose, Remember:

Noah got drunk, Genesis 9:20-22.

Abraham was too old, Genesis 17.

Jacob was a liar, Genesis 27:19.

Leah was considered ugly, Genesis 29:17

Joseph was abused, Genesis 37:24-36.

Moses stuttered, Exodus 4:10.

Gideon was afraid, Judges 6:21-23.

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer,

Judges 14.

Rahab was a prostitute, Joshua 2:1.

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young,

Jere.1:6-7 and 2Timothy 1:2.

David had an affair and was a murderer,

2Samuel 11:3-27.

Elijah was suicidal, 1King 19.

Isaiah preached naked, Isaiah 20:2-4.

Jonah ran from God, The book of Jonah

Naomi was a widow, Ruth 1:3.

Job went bankrupt, The Book of Job.

Peter denied Christ, Matt.26:69-70.

The Disciples fell asleep while praying, Matthew 26:40.

Martha worried about everything, Luke 10:40.

Mary Magdalene was cleansed of seven demons,

Mark 16:9.

The Samaritan woman at the well had five husbands, John 4:18.

Zaccheus was too small, Luke 19:3.

Paul was too religious, Acts 8:1. (note: I left this in, but am dubious about “too religious”…)

Timothy had an ulcer, 1Timothy 5:23.

Lazarus was dead! John 11.

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God desires for you to reach your full potential.

Are you available?

You are not the message. You are the messenger!

His Eye is On the Sparrow… Matthew 10:29

God Bless and Keep you and Yours. Amen.

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Addendum: This was an old e-mail but I looked up scripture before posting and deleted some because it was just WRONG! I am very leery of things that are all over the internet…

The e-mail I received actually starts off that Noah was a drunk—no indication of that whatsoever but scripture does say that he was a husbandman Genesis 9(gardener/farmer) and he kept vineyards, then drank too much one afternoon. Likely the heat is why he was in his tent naked, but there is a whole other story behind him being seen naked by Ham (son) [or] Canaan (grandson)…a curse ensued… ~  

1Corinthians 3:9~ we are the husbandry (fields).

Mary Magdalene Luke 8: 2. Also, John 20 (11-18 the discourse w/ Mary [of Magdala] after Jesus’ resurrection). It’s also all over the place that MM was a prostitute but the only thing I am aware of is that she was relieved of seven evil spirits…

Woman being condemned for adultery (“you w/out sin cast the first stone”) ~ John 8: 1-11

Woman was a sinner and washed Jesus’ feet Luke 7: 36-50 “thy faith has saved thee”

Mary, sister of Martha Luke 10:38-39

Woman at the well (Jacob’s Well, incidentally) ~ John 4 She went back and told the others of meeting Jesus (who knew all about her, although they had never met) and He tarried/ ministered there two days (see verses 39&40 of John 4 in which the citizens became believers due to her testimony)…What always grabs me about that story is that He knew she’d had five husbands, was cohabitating with another guy, and still welcomed her to the family! Tells us much, huh?!? Some of us cannot even get past simple mistakes and this woman must have had a complex life…

Luke 10: 25-37 ~The Good Samaritan (different story all together from the woman at the well). The footnote in my Bible shares this:  “The Samaritans were descendant s of colonists whom the Assyrian kings planted in Palestine after the fall of the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.C. They were despised by the Jews because of their mixed Gentile blood and their different worship, which centered on Mt. Gerizim John 4:20-22.” (The Assyrians were the ones running things in Nineveh during Jonah’s time and he despised their cruelty to his people…) Sound familiar?

His Eye is On the SparrowMatthew 10:29

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Father Wins Lawsuit Against Church

Posted by wordforit on November 1, 2007

The article below is indicative as to why there is so much dissension in the realm of “religious doctrine”. If this church family (thank God there are ‘only’ 75 in membership) were the sole impression from the outside looking in, I would not want to be associated. The lunacy of anyone picketing in this manner and claiming to be under the banner of Jesus is the worst I have ever seen and makes it more difficult for those of us who truly have the love of Jesus Christ and want to share it with others.

I saw the churchs’ website several months ago but did not take it seriously. I never knew or thought they were capable of going to such extremes. I am not saying they are wrong in the actual technical biblical doctrine, but the language and activity they impose is Whacked! It would be difficult to pinpoint one sin as the cause of an entire country’s problems; God knows the seen and the unseen sin! What these people are doing is wrong on any level!

2 Peter 1: 5-7~   5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

I also do not know why so many quote only Leviticus as the scripture that speaks against homosexuality. Several verses in the New Testament speak against same-sex relationships. Why do we make unclear that which is clear and strive to “de-clarify” that which is clear?

1Corinthians 6:9-10~ 9“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 1:24-28~24“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.

 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

 28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”

It is beyond this writer to fathom how the Phelps family justifies going to a funeral, screaming and proclaiming how much God hates us.

God hates sin, not the sinner and we can get so far from Him that He turns away, but it grieves His heart because He loves us, none-the-less.

Conversely, make no mistake about the wrath of God…

The following does not exemplify Christianity.

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Man Wins Against Funeral Protesters

Father of slain Marine awarded nearly $11 million dollars in compensatory, punitive damages

By Matthew Dolan and Julie Bykowicz~ Sun Reporters

Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore federal jury awarded nearly $11 million Wednesday to the father of a Marine killed in Iraq, deciding that the family’s privacy had been invaded by a Kansas church whose members waved anti-gay signs at the funeral.

It was the first-ever verdict against Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist Christian group based in Topeka that has protested military funerals across the country with placards bearing shock-value messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

They contend that the deaths are punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and of gays in the military.

Relatives of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder wept and hugged at the jury’s announcement, which came a day after closing arguments in the civil trial in federal district court.

“Now I know it’s going to be harder for them to do it to anyone else,” said Albert Snyder, who mourned at his son’s funeral in March 2006 while seven Westboro members waved signs nearby.

The compensatory damage award alone, $2.9 million, was nearly triple the net worth of Westboro and the three members on trial, their attorney said.

Fred W. Phelps Sr., Westboro’s founder, vowed to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in Richmond, Va.

“It’s going to be reversed in five minutes,” he said. This case, he added, “will elevate me to something important,” as it draws more publicity to his cause.

The jury found the defendants liable for violating the Snyder family’s expectation of privacy at the funeral and for intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

Snyder’s lawsuit spurred a constitutional debate over how far the First Amendment should extend to protect the most extreme forms of expression.

Some legal experts said the judgment could be a setback for those who believe in broad free-speech protections.

“I think when speech is a matter of public concern it still has to be protected, even when by social standards it is extraordinarily rude and outrageous,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

University of Maryland law professor Mark Graber said the size of award, which included $8 million in punitive damages, could have a chilling effect on speech.

Continued…

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