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The River City Wellness Group | Donations

Here is some basic info on a non-profit I am rolling out in Louisville, Ky to serve the “under-served”.

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Our Father In Heaven | My Sermon (Podcast) July 23, 2011

On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 people who were camping on an island in the region of Oslo Norway. This linked podcast is the sermon I preached on the following day. The introduction to the sermon

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McKenzie Wrote | My Other Blog Using Evernote And

I plan to begin blogging again, here, on The Jericho Road. However, I have started a new blog called McKenzie Wrote and invite you to visit me there as well, where you’ll find

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Seventh-day Adventist and Politics

For those wondering, these Biblical passages and the following counsel to our church are primary reasons why I do not create or participate in political discussions. Nor do I vote for politicians or political parties, though I would vote on well-defined legal referendums on their own merits.

This is also why I support as far as possible, within the will of God, those in authority, whether it be church or state and whether or not I agree with them.

I do believe in civil disobedience when it is a matter of conflict with God's revealed will (Acts 4.19,20); I also believe I must pay the price for such disobedience without complaining.

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."
- Romans 13.1

"Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."
- Titus 3.1,2

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
- 2 Tim. 2.1-4

"The government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses—extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Saviour attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart."
- Ellen White, Counsels to the Church, p. 566

"Those who teach the Bible in our churches and our schools are not at liberty to unite in making apparent their prejudices for or against political men or measures, because by so doing they stir up the minds of others, leading each to advocate his favorite theory. There are among those professing to believe present truth, some who will thus be stirred up to express their sentiments and political preferences, so that division will be brought into the church.
The Lord would have His people bury political questions. On these themes silence is eloquence. Christ calls upon His followers to come into unity on the pure gospel principles which are plainly revealed in the word of God. We cannot with safety vote for political parties; for we do not know whom we are voting for. We cannot with safety take part in any political scheme.
Those who are Christians indeed will be branches of the true vine, and will bear the same fruit as the vine. They will act in harmony, in Christian fellowship. They will not wear political badges, but the badge of Christ.
What are we to do, then?—Let political questions alone.
There is a large vineyard to be cultivated; but while Christians are to work among unbelievers, they are not to appear like worldlings. They are not to spend their time talking politics or acting politics; for by so doing they give the enemy opportunity to come in and cause variance and discord.
God’s children are to separate themselves from politics, from any alliance with unbelievers. Do not take part in political strife. Separate from the world, and refrain from bringing into the church or school ideas that will lead to contention and disorder. Dissension is the moral poison taken into the system by human beings who are selfish."
- Ellen White, Counsels to the Church, p. 570

A Day of Salvation For All Who Believe

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “ Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God." ~ Gal.4.4-7.NASB

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “ Cursed is everyone who hangs on A tree”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ~ Gal. 3.13,14 NASB

God is always present with us and for us to meet our deepest need, reconciliation with Him. He presents Christ to us by the moving of His Spirit that faith might spring up in our hearts to lay hold of Christ. His saving presence is perceived and accepted by all who feel their need, believing that He alone paid the price for their salvation. Not all, in fact only a few, come to appreciate what Paul called, "the unsearchable riches of Christ". Yet He will be present again today for all who will put their trust in Him. Our hope is in Christ, not ourselves, therefore if you hear His voice calling you in the word of the cross do not harden your hear,t but believe. Today, if you hear His voice, is the day of salvation.

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