Christians In Orissa (India)

November 20, 2008

A report out today says that Hindu extremist groups are offering rewards for the killing of Christians. They are offering as much as $250 to kill pastors. Offers include foreign liquor, chicken, mutton and weapons.

Orissa has suffered a series of murders and arson attacks in recent months, with at least 67 Christians killed, according to the Roman Catholic Church. Several thousand homes have been razed and hundreds of places of worship destroyed, and crops are now wasting in the fields. In recent weeks, the violence has subsided but at least 11,000 Christian refugees remain in camps in Kandhamal, the district worst affected.

Pray for Believers in Orissa, India.

 

Legalism

November 18, 2008

Legalism is self-atonement, for the purpose of self-glorification, ultimately of self-worship.

– CJ Mahaney

What comes to mind when you hear the word legalism? Maybe a better question is “how do you define legalism?” I suspect that many of us think of a fiery old fundamental Independent Baptist preacher railing against the evils of card-playing beer-drinking, R-rated movies, men with long hair and women who wear pants to church on Sunday. For the longest time I understood legalism to be the moral check-list that demonstrated the validity of one’s faith. It was the establishment of moral fences or boundaries that defined what good Christians did and did not do. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Veterans Day

November 11, 2008

Gene Veith said it well:

If you can vote, exercise free speech, criticize your government, or practice your faith openly, thank a veteran.

And thank God too, who used our veterans to fulfill his design for America’s existence and boundaries (Acts 17:26).

How to Pray for Our Leaders

November 4, 2008

By this time tomorrow the United States of America will have voted on a new President-elect as well as a new Congress. Many people will be celebrating. Equally as many will be mourning because their man didn’t win. Al Mohler offers some helpful advice on how to pray for our leaders regardless of who is elected to office on November 5.

1. We should pray that God will bless America with leaders better than we deserve. Democratic systems inevitably reflect the electorate’s decisions, and these decisions reveal underlying worldviews. And, truth be told, all we can expect from democracy is the government we deserve. We must pray for a government and for leaders better than we deserve. May God grant us mercy as he reigns and rules over all things, including this election. 

2. We should pray that Americans will be motivated to fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship, yet also that we will be stripped of an unhealthy and idolatrous confidence in the power of government to save us. God has given us the gift of rulers and governments in order to restrain evil, uphold righteousness, and provide for civil order. No human ruler can save. No government official or office holder can heal the human heart, solve the sin problem, or accomplish final justice. These powers belong to God and God alone. Read the rest of this entry »