God's truth for today's world

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/.

Getting Good Counsel Introduction

Today, we continue in our message series “Need Direction?” Life is a journey. Life begins at birth and continues until our time on earth is finished. On the journey of life, we must decide what paths to take in life. What path we take in life will determine what we accomplish in this life and where we’ll end up in the next. On the journey of life, there are a lot of forks in the road. Places where we must decide whether to turn to the right or the left.

Sometimes, we know that we are at a big decision point in life. At other times, a series of seemingly small decisions can lead to a huge life change. The decisions we make in life can have eternal consequences, both for us and for others around us. In this series, we want to learn how to make the decisions that God wants us to make.

How do people make decisions? Oftentimes, people make decisions based on their feelings and emotions. They make decisions based on what they want to do. At other times, people make decisions based on what other people are doing. Following the crowd seems like a safe way to make decisions. Sometimes, people make decisions based on what an influential person has said or written. However, these ways of making decisions will often lead you astray, because emotions, the crowd or an influential person may not help you choose the right path.

Today, my message is entitled “Getting Good Counsel.” If you look at my title, you will realize that if there is good counsel, there also must be bad counsel. In today’s world, there is a lot more bad counsel readily available than good counsel. Everything you see on television or read on the internet is not true or good counsel.

Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

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Priorities in life are important. The things that you prioritize are the things that you get done. If you don’t have priorities, than you won’t achieve God’s long term goals for your life. Our current message series if called “Four Priorities for Life.” This summer we’ve looked at the priorities of Loving God and Loving God’s Word.

Today, we’re going to begin to look at the third priority, the priority of Loving God’s People. My message today is entitled “Loving All of God’s People.” When I speak of God’s people, I am talking about those who are believers in Jesus Christ. Now, many of the principles that we will be talking about apply to our interactions with non-believers as well, but in this message we are talking about God’s people. In the Old Testament, God’s people were primarily the Jews of the nation of Israel. Even there, God opened the door for those of other nationalities to become part of Israel.

In the New Testament, God’s people are the church, comprised of both Jew and Gentile of every nation. The church is to be an all-inclusive community of those who believe in Jesus Christ, irrespective of language, race, nationality or appearance. When the church was birthed on the day of Pentecost, we read …

Acts 2:5 (NIV)  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.

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We’re in a message series called “Four Priorities for Life. Last Sunday, we talked about Loving God through Worship. I hope that you grew in learning to worship God throughout the week. Last week, three of my boys and I attended an Assemblies of God Faith and Science conference in Springfield. We learned from a number of eminent scientists from around the world, how God’s greatness is seen in nature. From remote galaxies to the genetic codes in our cells, God’s incredible design was seen. God’s handiwork was a great opportunity for worship.

Today I’ve entitled my message “Loving God by Serving Others.” This message is going to show how two of our priorities for life are interrelated. In the future, we’re going to be talking about the priority of Loving God’s People. Today, we’re going to talk about how we can express our love for God by serving those in His family. Of course, serving is an expression of our love for people.

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about what is going to happen on judgment day. Jesus will sit on His throne and divide people into two groups that He calls the sheep and the goats. The sheep will go into eternal life with Jesus, whereas the goats will go away to eternal punishment. How does Jesus say that He will decide who is a sheep or a goat? To the sheep Jesus said …

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)  “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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