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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

– Jesus | John 14:27

Heavenly Father, our hearts are troubled and we are afraid.  Please grant peace to Boston and to us all.  We turn to you in the name of your Son, who was killed and rose again.  Amen.  

Said Musa is an Afghan father of six, a Red Cross worker, and a prisoner of Christ Jesus.  Musa was imprisoned because of his conversion to Christianity.  A judge recently warned Musa that he would be hanged within days if he does not recant his Christian faith and reconvert to Islam.  You can read one of the latest articles here.

What should we pray for Musa during this fiery trial? Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s what Pastor Terry Jones could say on Saturday, in front of the worldwide news media:

Like many people in America, I’m concerned over what I perceive to be a growing threat of radical Islam in the world.  I thought that by burning the Koran, my church could make a statement that we will never back down to fundamentalist Muslims.  I realize now that, even if my convictions remain, my approach was wrong.  Not only have I caused potential harm to our military troops, whom I wholeheartedly support, but I have also added unnecessary offense to the message I want the whole world to hear: that Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God in the flesh, was crucified for sinners and raised to life for the salvation of all who will turn to him in faith.  I have asked God to forgive me for obscuring this really good news.  I’m asking my fellow Christians to forgive me for my foolishness, which has made their own witness harder.  And I would like to ask my Muslim neighbors in particular to forgive me.  I hope in my repentance right now that they will see some evidence of the humility and love of Jesus, whose name I hope to represent better in the future.

Jones’ folly has no doubt done irreparable damage to the witness of the gospel.  But how might God be pleased even now to use Jones’ humble repentance and clear statement of the gospel?  Surely we should pray that Jones will not only change his mind about burning the Koran on 9/11, but that his explanation will seek to restore honor to Christ and the kingdom.

Podcast? OK.

September 3, 2009

So many folks have asked about easily getting Concord sermons onto their mp3 players, we’ve finally gotten a full blown podcast off the ground.  Miss a sermon?  Want to review Sunday’s message?  The podcast features the entire current series, Down.

Podcasts are a “hands free” way of keeping current sermons on your computer, Zune*, iPod, or other mp3 device.  When a new sermon is uploaded, your computer will automatically download it and have it ready for you.

To get the new podcast, enter the podcast url – http://www.concord-baptist.org/POD.asp?21115_5813 – into your podcast software.  Or, search for “Concord Baptist Church” in the iTunes podcast directory.  More specific directions are on our website. Subscribe today!

Our desire is to serve you – what other ways could we help you in your faith with technology?  Put your thoughts in the comment area.

*ok, I am biased. I love my Zune. The Rectors and the Whites have my back on this.

…but who gets to decide who receives medical attention?

Charles Colson explores our country’s thorny dilemma with health care in this brief article in Christianity Today.  Though he offers no solution, Colson nevertheless raises some important considerations for Christians.