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God Bless Barronelle Stutzman!

Hurray for Barronelle Stutzman, the florist of 37 years in Washington state!! I applaud her for taking a stand for what she believes. Barronelle refused to provide the arrangements for the wedding of a male gay couple (Roger Ingersoll and Curt Freed) who then promptly sued to have her shut down. A Benton County Superior Court Judge had ruled that her decision was a violation of the Law. Afterwards, a bone was thrown to her by the States Attorney Generals office in the hopes of making this go away, asking her to pay a $2000.00 fine, a $1.00 fee for services, and a vow to never discriminate again. Her reply in writing to Bob Ferguson (AG) was as follows:

“You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.”

Again, HURRAY for Barronelle! She is setting the example--forging the path--for other Christians to show the world that they truly believe in Christ and take His word, the B…

Persecution and the Great Divide

It's no secret that the church of Jesus Christ was built upon the blood of martyrs. It's a fact often forgotten, unknown, or overlooked. The Christianity we grew up with in the in the Western nations has flourished because of its faithfulness to God's word and its commitment to a moral and ethically based society built upon solid biblical principles. Let's face it, we have gotten used to it. We've become accustomed to living in peace and flourishing with our religious liberties and freedoms of speech. But when these become threatened, as the current tide seems to suggest, how will we react? Will we still follow Jesus?

Excerpt "The Sifted Generation" Chpt. 3 (Tweet this)
The Apostle Paul declared, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12, emphasis added). (Tweet this) This is an important statement considering the theological spectrum of the sliced and diced church today. One may ask why this is so…

Are We Moving Toward a "State Church" in America?

I write today for the sole reason of giving warning and scriptural edification. Now more than ever the church of the Lord Jesus Christ must stand up and make our voices heard across this land concerning the states involvement in the affairs of the church and Christian conscience and conviction. To begin we need to understand the context of the phrase "Separation of Church and State." For too long non-Christian movements have ran with this banner as a way of pushing back Christian expression and practice, but that banner is a two-way street. It's time the tables were turned and we say to the State that they have no right to dictate the conscience of the church. So where did the phrase originate and what was it's context?

In 1802 the venerable Thomas Jefferson wrote the following words to the Danbury Baptist Association:

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Ten Tasks of the Church: Task four-Discipleship

μαθητής, mathētḗs, “a learner,” from manthánō, “to learn”

The American Tract Society states: "A disciple of Christ may now be defined as one who believes his doctrine, rests upon his sacrifice, imbibes his spirit, imitates his example, and lives to do his work."

Websters 1828 Dictionary: "A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts."

A disciple is a convert to Christianity but it is important to understand that not all converts are disciples. As disciples we are to bear our cross daily (Matt. 16:24). This means to live and die for Him if necessary (Matt. 16:25). Discipleship is one of the major tasks of the church. In Jesus' call of the "The Great Commission" Matt. 28:18-20, He emphasizes that we are to go into all nations and make disciples. In John's g…