God's truth for today's world

027_a_washdcThe Presidential election campaign of 2016 has been one of the most interesting and frustrating campaigns in memory. When the dust settled from the primaries, we ended up with two candidates. Each representing one of the two major parties. Many Christians are confused and distressed about how they should vote. They rightly reason that neither candidate would qualify as a pastor of a Bible-believing church.

Many still have no idea who they will vote for. Others have decided not to vote for anyone. Yet others are debating whether to vote for a third-party candidate or write-in a candidate. Even among Christian leaders, there is great confusion and even double-mindedness, with leaders switching their views back and forth. Emotion drives more of the rhetoric than a biblical analysis of a Christian citizen’s responsibility. So, this post will address a Christian citizen’s responsibility to vote for President from a biblical perspective.

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While growing up in Ohio, Sarah Mourer kept a secret she refused to divulge to anyone: she felt like a boy trapped in the wrong body.

Although those feelings eventually dissipated, the sensation of gender confusion and being different didn’t.

“I felt like something was terribly wrong with me,” Mourer says.

On the surface, Sarah seemed to have it all together as a straight-A student who finished first in her class. No one at the local Assembly of God church she and her family attended had a clue that the girl involved for three years in Junior Bible Quiz as well as youth group had serious problems.

As early as her elementary school years, Sarah battled suicidal thoughts. In high school she went binge drinking with friends. When she began injuring herself in college by cutting, friends convinced her to seek medical treatment.

In counseling, a psychiatrist prescribed antidepressants. However, Sarah didn’t reveal the homosexual feelings behind her struggle. Her parents, Duane and Marla Mourer, never suspected anything amiss.

Read more of the incredible story of Sarah Mourer, who was delivered from same-sex attraction through the power of Jesus Christ. As her lesbian wedding approached, Sarah Mourer says Jesus instantly saved her from a destructive path. Source: Deliverance from Same-Sex Attraction | PE News

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court released their decision to allow same-sex marriages in all states, regardless of the decisions of individual states. This decision has profound negative implications, far beyond what most people understand today. The dissenting opinions on the Supreme Court give an indication of the total disregard for law and thousands of years of history by the majority judges in the 5-4 decision.

It is important for the church to respond to this decision and give a clear understanding of what God’s Word has to say concerning these matters. Churches have an obligation to speak up for the God-ordained institution of marriage between one man and one woman, which remains blessed by God. Churches that celebrate this lawless decision are obviously not true churches of Jesus Christ. We call on believers who are unfortunate enough to be part of such false churches to leave and find a church that stands on the truth of God’s Word and offers love and forgiveness in Christ. Churches that are silent on the issue are hiding their light under a basket and not taking this opportunity to stand for the truth of God’s Word. We call on believers in churches that are silent on the issue of same-sex marriage to encourage their leaders to speak out for righteousness in this critical time.

Following is an official statement from the Assemblies of God, the largest Spirit-filled denomination in the world, concerning the recent Supreme Court decision. As part of the Assemblies of God fellowship, Life Church St. Louis will be speaking out and giving further clarity on godly responses to this decision in the future.

George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, releases a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages.

Read: Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision | PE News

Christian marriage is under attack in our time from many different angles. Some of the attacks are external attacks on God-ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Other attacks are internal attacks on the individual spouses.

In a Christian marriage, the marriage is strengthened as each spouse draws closer to God. As each spouse builds their relationship with God, their relationship with one another grows stronger.

Sometimes, hidden secrets can devastate a marriage. Read the following story about a devastated marriage that God graciously restored.

In his mid-40s, David Hartshorn’s life appeared no different from most men. In his own words, it was a “vicious cycle of doing business, working hard, making deals …” Except that there was more to his story. His need for success was an addiction. So was sex. But David […]

If you want to strengthen your marriage, Marriage Encounter weekend is coming to St. Louis on May 1-3. This Marriage Encounter weekend is open to all couples, whether you are part of Life Church St. Louis or not. For more information and to sign up, see: www.agme.org/weekends/st-louis-mo-2/.

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Despite the wonderful advances in medical technology, there are still many cases where medical doctors do not have the answers to bring about healing. In these cases, believers in Jesus Christ are to pray to God in faith for healing.

Faith for healing grows strong in churches that teach God’s Word still applies to our lives today, just as it did in the past. The examples of healing in the ministry of Jesus and the history of the early church are not just dusty history. Those stories are case studies for believers of faith to follow today. Jesus Himself said in

John 14:12 (NIV)  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

At Life Church St. Louis (Assembly of God), we believe that God is still in the healing business. We pray for people to be healed every Sunday and see many wonderful answers to prayer. Read the following article for many more stories of supernatural healing today.

Many sniff at the mention of miracles, citing deception and charlatans rather than an all-powerful, but compassionate Creator God. As for the multitude of reports coming from missionaries in third-world nations, scoffers easily discount them due to distance and difficult documentation.

However, documented, confirmed John Smith-type miracles cause a problem for those who dismiss the possibility of divine healing. Was Smith’s miracle the rare exception?

Within days of the John Smith story breaking, stories of other documented miraculous healings started coming to light.

Complete story at God is Still in the Healing Business | PE News.