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A Biblical Mother

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The first example of a mother in the bible is, Eve.

Adam, created from dust, was later given a partner from the other half of his rib. Genesis 3:20 states, "The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living." 

In the garden, Eve and Adam lived amongst each other and were given the permission to "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it." Genesis 1:28.

We see the example of being fruitful and multiplying throughout the bible with mothers birthing children born who later became great leaders. One great leader that we have come to know is King Solomon who asked the Lord for wisdom.

Solomon went on to write Proverbs and later speaks about how a woman should carry herself in Proverbs 31. This example of the Proverbs 31 woman is still used today especially when it comes to raising a family.

Proverbs 31:26 speaks about the characteristics of a mother’s speech and how it should be. "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." 

God also instructed mothers to take care of children in Deuteronomy 6:6–7, which further speaks about setting an example for children, "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." 

Mothers should be honored for raising children who will one day raise their own children and the generations to come. Mother’s Day is a day where we celebrate mothers who lead and set biblical examples for us to follow. These women have given us a firm foundation that has followed us into adulthood and has helped lead us on the path to Christ. This leadership has continued to inspire girls who later become mothers and is inspiring those of us who want to become mothers in the future.

Proverbs 31:31: "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

Thank you to the mothers who continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Posted by Javannah Evans

An Eternal Hope

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The past few weeks have been nothing short of unprecedented, both here in the United States, and across the world.  The effects of Covid-19 on society have been massive as "social distancing," has become common place.  Schools have closed, church gatherings have ceased, and businesses have all but shut down, as unemployment has skyrocketed.  Covid-19 has now become part of our lexicon.  We are regularly inundated with statistics about new positive tests, and rising death tolls every time we turn on the television.   

 So what is Covid-19 exactly?

The Center for Disease Control describes Covid-19 as a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  Patients who have Covid-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The most severe cases have even resulted in multi-organ failure and death.  The virus is certainly more contagious than the common flu, and in some cases, far more severe.

 It is important to note that Covid-19, just as any other illness or malady, is a constant reminder of the world’s broken state.  The very moment that sin entered the world, it's effects were immediately felt by humanity.  Genesis 3 details how both man and woman went from a perfect form, to one that experienced pain, toil, and hardship.  While woman was cursed to experience pain in labor, man was cursed to experience pain by the work of his hand.  As sickness and disease followed, they were only the beginning, as an eternity apart from God was the ultimate consequence of sin.

 So where does the Christian find hope? 

What’s comforting is that the bible makes no illusions about our mortality.  A physical death is not only inevitable, it is to be expected.  Fathers of the faith like Abraham experienced a physical end just as much as the most villainous characters of the bible.  In regards to our eternity though, the bible is clear that apart from the intervention of God, we are in fact, hopeless.  The bible describes salvation as a gracious gift through Christ Jesus.  By putting on the righteousness afforded to us by Christ, we are counted as redeemed.  1st Corinthians paints the picture beautifully in the following verse:

 “For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in the victory.”  - 1 Corinthians 15:53-54

Though our earthly bodies will continue to be susceptible to this virus, and any new ailment that comes down the pipeline, we find peace in the fact that we as Christians have been clothed with something that is imperishable.  Yes, this flesh will diminish in strength and eventually wither away, but we who have put on immortality through Christ Jesus have been reconciled to God, and have a hope beyond this world.  Our hope is alive and well, and that is something no virus can take away.       

Posted by Shawn Thomas

A Day in Wittenburg

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     Amidst all the interest in hurricanes, perceived rampant police brutality, and political strife, a seminal event in history will soon be commemorated. October 31st will be approximately 500 years since Martin Luther, the German theologian and protestant reformer, posted his 95 thesis on the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany.  The importance of this event cannot be overstated, as it changed the landscape of Christianity as we know it.   As October 31st approaches, we must ask ourselves, does today’s body of believers really understand what the Reformation represents? According to recent polls done by the Pew Research Center, the answer is a resounding, “no”.

 Numbers Don’t Lie

     A poll conducted by Pew in May of 2017 among U.S. Protestants and Catholics showed that 41% of U.S. Protestants believed that their religion was different than that of U.S. Catholics. 57% of U.S. Protestants though, believed that their religion was similar to that of U.S. Catholics. What do these results tell us about the beliefs of today’s typical churchgoer? Could It be possible that 57% of the church body believe that they have similar beliefs to Catholics, and if so why? Before attempting to answer that question, what was the Protestant Reformation and why was it significant?

      The Protestant Reformation took place in 16th century Europe. It literally pulled believers from a system in which salvation was purchased from the Catholic Priesthood through, “indulgences,” into a faith-based salvation. Salvation was no longer a concept based on works and the good deeds of man.  The Reformation was focused more on the scripture as authority, rejecting concepts like justification through deeds, and purgatory. Obviously, the reformation and its initiators were not well received by the Catholic Church at that time. The conflict between the two led to the origins of The Thirty Year’s War, which was the most deadly European religious war of all time. Clearly the differences between the two stances on faith were worlds apart. They were so different that blood was shed. So why have those differences softened over the years?

 The Blame Game

     The initial tendency would be to blame the culture that surrounds us. The real blame though should likely be placed somewhere else, the pulpit. Scripture says the following…

 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; - with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

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      Paul makes it very clear to Timothy that there should be an emphasis placed on preaching the word.   He warns that a time will come when people will seek out those who will preach a gospel that pleases their ears. From the looks of the current landscape, that time is now. With televangelists, prosperity preachers, and recent movements that have been designed to attract youth, false doctrine is running rampant. The danger is that a gospel that pleases the ears is not the gospel at all. Paul places that onus of responsibility on the preachers to preach the word in all seasons. It’s easy to understand that people who are subject to poor theology would think that their beliefs are similar to that of Catholics. Sermons that are solely designed to put smiles on faces would not bother with concepts like sovereignty, human depravity, and salvation through faith alone.

 Where Do we Go From Here?

     As Christians in today’s church, what is our response? One of the most beautiful things about that day in Wittenburg was that it represented the believer’s ability to read the scripture and cross-reference what they heard from the pulpit for themselves. As we come closer to October 31st, let us recognize that theology is important. It’s not something that should be left to those in seminary. It is literally the responsibility of every professing believer. A deeper understanding of God will ultimately lead to a deeper walk with Him.  

Posted by Shawn Thomas