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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
By Bill Powell
2020 was a tumultuous year to say the least. When you have lived as many years as I have, it is hard to grasp the depth of depravity our society has sunk to. It seems every day the society is accepting as normal things that for hundreds, if not thousands of years, were identified as deviant behavior. Since the founding of this nation, many have died to protect our freedoms. We were once a city on a hill founded on Christian principles and blessed as no other nation ever before us. Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to bear arms, freedom to assemble, freedom of speech. These are vanishing right before our eyes. I have not begun to scratch the surface of how devastated I am- and I know many of you are as well- by what is happening, things we never thought possible in this country.
Since I am speaking to the choir, where do we go from here? What I am going to lay out for you, please do not accept as trite. We need to keep the faith. Let me explain. Should we just accept what has been taking place right before our eyes? Should we take the approach of “It’s time to compromise and heal the nation”? Should we conform? I think we should grieve at what has taken place. To accept or capitulate to what we know to be wrong is to abandon the faith. We need to keep the faith. Keeping the faith is how we respond and how we act. (Jud 1:3 NASB) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
We must fight, but not a physical fight. It is time to put on the armor of God and become devoted Christian soldiers. Our warfare is a spiritual warfare. It’s OK to be upset, angry, and to grieve. It is what we do about it as Christian soldiers that will matter. I must say, if you’re OK with the world, you need to get acquainted with the Lord of the universe.
(Eph 6:11-17, NASB)Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(1Pe 3:8-11, ESV) Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For "Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
Here at the Cornerstone, we are going to continue to do the work we were all called to do and fight the Christian fight. Next month is our annual Sharathon. Please consider the importance of this radio ministry and its value to the community and give generously.
COME AND FOLLOW ME
By Chris Johnson
In a recent seminary class, Dr. Ernie Baker said, “Jesus is not simply a person to believe in he is the person to follow.” That statement resonated with me and I’ve thought about it so many times since he said it. How often do we say that we believe in the Lord Jesus, but our lives reflect that our actions aren’t really lining up? Throughout the gospel accounts, we find Jesus calling people to follow him. To follow Christ meant more than merely believe but entailed action and faithfulness to the call of discipleship. The Lord often warned of the cost of discipleship and summoned those who heard his teaching to count the cost and consider the reality of what a life of faith in Jesus truly looks like.
When was the last time you took some time to evaluate your walk with Christ? Some might shy away from that question or even that kind of an action because it would shed some light on a walk that’s neither hot nor cold but kind of lukewar