This last Saturday, Linda, Daniel, and I had the great opportunity to meet Emilio and Trish Ramos at Southlake Town Center and take part in some street evangelism. Trish has a fabulous website called Fish With Trish where she chronicles the evangelistic efforts that she and Emilio head up here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Emilio is also one of the pastors at Sovereign Joy Community Church right here in Keller, TX (just around the corner from where we live.)

I first heard Trish on her regular evangelism segment Thursdays on The Way Of The Master Radio Program. The Lord has been convicting me that I need to step up my own evangelism efforts and He has used The Way Of The Master quite a bit in that process. Since Emilio and Trish are right in my backyard, I email Trish and asked if we could tag along on their regular Saturday evening excursions. Of course she emailed back and said they looked forward to seeing us there.

I was very impressed with Emilio and Trish and have since checked out their church website and am so thankful that there is another doctrinally sound and evangelistic minded church in our area. I even more please to see that Daniel took to sharing his faith almost like a fish to water! He just jumped right in with Dennis, who helps to oversee the evangelism efforts of Sovereign joy, and was almost fearless in talking with people. Here is a picture from Trish's blog site:

southlakeDaniel is standing just to the right of Brandon, who is doing the preaching. It really did my heart good to see him sharing his faith. What more could a father ask for?

I am so thankful for ministries like Fish With Trish and Sovereign Joy Community Church. We will most definitely be back again!

72083aSometimes there's a story that you read that just really gets under your skin. Such is the case with a movie review I recently read in Christianity Today. Now, I am a movie fan and like to read about what may be appropriate for me and my family, but this one really took the cake. They actually reviewed “Sex In The City.” Oh yeah. THAT movie! Why in the WORLD would ANY magazine dedicated to Christianity review something that is OBVIOUSLY inappropriate, not just for families, but for all adults as well.

Thankfully, the only contact I ever had with the TV show was channel surfing one night only to hear one of the characters talking about sexual activities that she was involved in that would make a sailor blush. After about 2 seconds of this nauseating dialog, I gladly changed the channel to something else, hoping never to hear that kind of filth again. So when I saw the review, I thought “They reviewed THIS?!”

The most pathetic part of the review came at the end, where there were comments listed as “The Family Corner For parents to consider!” PARENTS!! You gotta WARN parents about this? Any good Christian parent in their right mind wouldn't allow their children anywhere NEAR this movie. Please forgive me for quoting these comments, but if they weren't so shocking, they would almost be laughable:

“Sex and the City is rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and language. Take the rating very seriously. There are several scenes with nudity, including a brief glimpse at frontal male nudity, a brief guy-to-guy kiss, and several graphic sex scenes, including a threesome. The language is colorful at times, but not as problematic as the sex and nudity. This isn't a movie for children or teens, and due to the content, not even for some adults.” (Gee, thanks for THAT revelation!)

So in other words, “it's TRASH, not fit for human consumption, but we just wanted to serve the Body of Christ by STATING THE OBVIOUS!!” I didn't need to see the movie to come to THAT conclusion. The reviewer even spoke about how they were a fan of the show when it was still in it's first run. My question is, “Why are you filling your mind with this garbage? Does this exemplify what the Apostle Paul told us are this kind of things with which we should fill our minds?” (Phillipians 4:8)

Therefore, I am now suggesting that Christianity Today rename itself “Laodicea Today.” (Revelation 3:14-22) Somehow, that just seems more appropriate (even when the movie isn't!)
Todd Friel

A classic objection to the sovereignty of God is the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” First of all, “There is none that doeth good…” (Psalm 14:1, Psalm 14:3, Psalm 53:1, Psalm 53:3, & Romans 3:12) so when bad things happen, they happen to bad people, no matter who we are (John MacArthur calls this “Absolute Inability.”) Second, how can we define something as “bad” unless there is a standard to which to compare it?

Todd Friel
Mr., Mr. “Freakishly Tall” Todd Friel

Here is our standard (thanks to Todd Friel on the June 18 “Way Of The Master Radio” program for stating this argument):

1. God is good (Leviticus 19:2b “…for I the LORD your God am holy.”)

2. God is all powerful (Zephaniah 3:17a “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty…)

3. There is evil in the world (Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”)

Therefore:

4. God has a morally sufficient reason for the existence of evil.

So, if someone says that something God has allowed is not good, then he is taking the place of God as the judge of what is good. In order to make that kind of moral judgement, one would have to claim to have ALL knowledge about everything. Since we do know that this is a physical impossibility for us as finite human beings, there is no possible way that we can make any kind of moral judgement in and of ourselves. There HAS to be a standard bearer outside of ourselves that does possess all knowledge and all power in order to determine that moral standard.

Am I saying that all atheists and agnostics are totally immoral? Certainly not! Some of them do live by some kind of moral standard. My contention is that this is totally inconsistent with their presuppositions and their worldview has no foundation on which to build a moral ethic. The fact that anyone has a moral standard of any kind only shows that in their hearts, they acknowledge, at least by their actions, that there is an infinite standard bearer that has determined what is right and wrong (Romans 2, particularly verse 14 & 15.)

Now, if God has a morally sufficient reason for the existense of evil, what could that possibly be? It can only be for His glory (Romans 11:36 “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”) When we see ourselves in the proper relationship to God, we can only conclude that ANY good things that happen in our lives can only be attributed to the amazing grace of God.

So what is our responsibility? The Apostle Paul goes on in Romans 12 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (verses 1-3) God has created all things only for HIS glory. The only reasonable course that we can take is to give Him total and complete control of all of our lives, now and for always.

KCBI

As many of you know, I had the privilege of being a guest on Charlie Campbell's program on KCBI 90.9 FM, The Sunday Morning Sounds Of Sunshine on June 1. A few years ago, a friend of mine sent Charlie copies of my first 2 CDs and Charlie began playing “Daystar” in his regular rotation. This last fall, Charlie and I finally got together for lunch and had a wonderful visit. After listening to him for so many years, it was a great chance to see his vision for his program and also see why he has always been so popular in this area.

The interview was conducted by Steve Randall and I felt like his questions were insightful and he was a joy to work with. I want to take this opportunity to thank both Charlie and Steve for such a pleasant experience. KCBI is such a great station and I highly recommend them to you.
I have edited the interview and have now made it available on YouTube. Thank you, Charlie for the permission to post it. I hope you enjoy it. Take care and God bless!

Steven Curtis and Maria Chapman

A friend of mine on Facebook sent me a message with this video attached. As many of you know, Steven Curtis Chapman lost his youngest daughter in a tragic accident. I cannot imagine the devastation they must be feeling, however, if you have listened closely to his music all of these years, you understand that long before this tragedy took place, God was working in the heart of Steven and laying the firm foundation of His Word in Steven's heart. It is so important that before any of life's trials come, we must have our theology set in stone. Steven, Mary Beth, and kids, please know that we love you and there are thousands of us praying for you! May the Peace of God keep your hearts and minds for now and until the time you see Maria's beautiful face again in the wonderful presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!