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November 6, 2013


Pray For MY HOPE

Pray For MY HOPE

SCRIPTURE

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

~Matthew 16:24, NLT

QUOTE

“We are becoming a nation of the uncommitted”

~Billy Graham

[The Reason For My Hope, page 105]

COMMENTARY

Several years ago, the president of Harvard University had the privilege of talking with Billy Graham. Dr. Graham asked the president this question, “What appears to be the thing that young people are looking for the most?” Without a moments hesitation, the president of Harvard answered, “They want to belong.” In October of 2102, just a little more than a year ago, Forbes reported Facebook had topped a billion users–one out of even seven on the planet. Some think this phenomenon is driven by our craving for social acceptance. The most popular feature of Facebook, is the users ability to include or exclude: it is called “Befriending” and “Defriending.” Reuters reported that a young couple was murdered in their home by someone they had defriended.

A recent article in USA Today reports…”Young adults appear to be uninterested in correct doctrine. Their god is too big to be bound by scripture; there is less emphasis on ‘believing’ and more on ‘belonging.’ What they are saying is that their religion is governed by what they choose to believe. I think tithing is a perfect example: they believe their god is not bounded by the law of the Old Testament. Therefore they do not commit to a tithe and justify their actions by their beliefs. Tithing has nothing to do with what you believe: it is a principle born out of the heart of God and taught throughout the word of God. It is the biblical way to finance His work in this world. I think the world is turning to Swamp Johns but that is not God’s way. Tithing involves a commitment and herein lies the problem.

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EXTRA

I’m not sure how many professions of faith, I think seven. I went a head and got the baptistery ready. We will be baptizing the next few Sundays I hope. We had 225 total last night and the youth section was full. Last service tonight; pray for it to break wide open. Roger Burcham has surgery today in Huntsville.

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