Celebrating Christ’s Sacrifice

easterThis Easter season, we are reminded that Jesus did something amazing on the cross, when He willingly gave up His life, as a sacrifice lamb. Under the Mosaic covenant, the animal sacrifices brought only temporary relief to man’s guilt problem. However, 1 Corinthians 10:6 tells us these Old Testament sacrifices were given to us as examples. These sacrifices were symbolic of the perfect sacrifice which was to come, the Lamb of God—who “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:9).

In the Old Covenant, the High Priest entered behind the Temple’s holy veil into the Holy of Holies, to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the nation. At Jesus’ death, the veil was completely torn in two, symbolically allowing us access to where only High Priests were previously allowed (Mark 15:37, 38; Hebrews 6:17-10:23). We can now come with confidence into His presence, have access to the Mercy Seat and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Let’s celebrate this truth with our families this Easter!

Christians in the Holy Land

muslimprayer.NazarethIn 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.

Muslim intimidation of the dwindling Christian populace in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth is alleged to have caused a deteriorating sense of personal security and a general “low quality of life” over the last six decades. Arab gangs are said to demand protection money from Christian merchants, while local Muslim leaders remove even signage telling of Christianity’s history in the area of Jesus’ childhood.

Even in Palestinian Authority controlled territories, such as Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem, Christians are the brunt of discrimination, racism and oppression. Many say that they were much better off when Israel was in full control of the so-called West Bank.

It is not just in Israel. Christians in Syria and Egypt, for example, have been forced out of their homes and their churches burned. By comparison, conditions for Orthodox and Messianic believers in Israel are described, by some, as “Paradise.”

Let us continue to pray for peace and protection for Christian believers throughout the Holy Land!

 

Don’t “Silence” Dialogue

Day-of-Dialog2014On Friday, April 11, government-run schools — especially high schools and junior highs — will be taken over by confused students who disrupt classes by “remaining silent” all day, in order to demonstrate their pro- homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. Even some teachers and administrators will support and allow this “Day of Silence” protest, in promotion of unnatural and unhealthy LGBT-lifestyles.

That’s where the Focus-on-the-Family sponsored Day of Dialogue® comes in—the day before, Thursday, April 10. In contrast to the whole idea of silence, this event encourages open dialogue and gives believing students a chance to express a balanced, biblically based perspective in a loving and peaceful way.

Day of Dialogue resources help students share about Jesus’ incredible, compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people. His redemptive design for marriage and sexuality calls us to stand up for those being harmed or bullied while offering the light of what God’s Word says.

Learn more at http://www.dayofdialogue.com/

Defending Natural Marriage

Marriage-CakeEvery time this Administration and the legions of activist judges impose their liberal biases and strike down the will of the people (as they have been), they attack the very foundations of our American values and the rule of law.

Every major religion in the world has upheld the societal norm of marriage as between one man and one woman. Jesus made it very clear (see Matthew 19:4-5) that God did not create us for same-sex “marriages.” These unhealthy distortions of physical realities and psychological norms violate God’s design, are incapable of natural reproduction, and provide distorted values to innocent adopted children. Research affirms that families are stronger and children do better when they live in a home with a married mom and a dad.

Let us continue to stand up for families and faithfulness. We urge you to sign FRC’s ePetition.

The Fertility Advantage

baby-in-a-womb-pixThe American birthrate of 2.0 children per woman is slightly less than the needed replacement rate of 2.1. Social commentators have said that “homosexuals don’t reproduce; they recruit.” And, the pro-abortion movement in the U.S. has taken the lives of over 50 million babies in the past 40 years.

A culture must reproduce or die! A shrinking Christian population will not “inherit the earth” nor transform it “for the glory of God.” Fortunately, Christians tend to “choose life” and have more babies! Let secularists have their 1.3 baby birthrate, while those who value human life, the traditional family, and religious liberty gain the “fertility advantage” and become “fruitful” and “mighty in the land” (see Psalm 112:1-2, 10).

Many want huge churches, but tiny families. If the Lord tarries, children must be desired, as the shapers of the future of our world. Our Christian families must again be fruitful, fill the earth, and help make a maximum impact for the glory of God!

 

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