The Key To Finding Meaning In Life

The “Pew Research Center” recently published an interesting article titled, Where Americans Find Meaning in Life.  They examined two surveys that had been conducted.  Those surveyed were allowed to express where they find meaning in their own life.  The findings were very eye-opening.  Overall, only 20% of Americans say religion is the most meaningful aspect of their lives.  Many Americans put family, careers, and even money in front of their faith in order to find meaning in this life.  I believe this study reveals the heart of our nation today.  We are a people who cannot find meaning, contentment, or satisfaction in anything because we are looking in all the wrong places to find it.  As humans, we have a deep longing for satisfaction and we try to fill that longing in all kinds of ways.  Such as; careers, friends, family, alcohol, drugs, relationships, sex, and the list goes on.  We live in a society that says meaning and contentment can be found in temporal things.  However, the problem is all temporal things fail to bring lasting satisfaction to the human soul. We have an eternal longing in our soul that cannot be filled unless it is filled by the eternal God in Jesus Christ  (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  The only way we can live a life of meaning, contentment, and satisfaction is by having the Holy Spirit indwell us as believers.  No temporal thing can do that, only the eternal God.  In Christ, we can have contentment no matter what season of life we are in, no matter what storm we are facing, and no matter what hardship we are experiencing.  Through Jesus, we are not only promised contentment and meaning in eternity, but we are promised a satisfying and abundant life here on earth.  Jesus says, in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 


​#William Baxter Boyd is the Senior Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, KY.  “Anchor of the Soul” is Pastor Boyd’s Media Ministry.  Pastor Boyd addresses issues ranging from World News, Politics, and Theology.  This ministry is designed to keep you informed of what is happening in our world and more importantly how to see these events with a biblical worldview.  Learn more at www.anchorofthesoulministries.org.https://www.anchorofthesoulministries.org

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Pastor Boyd Responds To The Idea That There Are Multiple Ways To Heaven

Pastor Boyd Responds To The Idea That There Are Multiple Ways To Heaven
     
The Daily Wire on December 16, 2018, published a discussion between Ben Shapiro and Bishop Robert Barron.  Ben Shapiro serves as editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire; he also is a conservative political commentator and a lawyer.  Bishop Robert Barron is one of the most respected Catholic scholars in America.  He serves as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  He is also the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.  These two men came together to discuss what I believe is the most important question of life and that is, “who gets to go to Heaven?”
In the discussion, Ben Shapiro states that he is an Orthodox Jew (which means he denies the deity of Christ).  He says he lives a good life, he is very religious, he keeps the Ten Commandments, and he even tries to advance Judeo Christian values in the public square.  However, Ben makes it clear he does not believe Jesus is the Messiah and then he asks Bishop Barron whether or not he will be allowed into heaven.  Bishop Barron here is supposedly representing the side that believes in the deity of Christ.  However, he responds by telling Ben Shapiro that He can still find salvation without directly believing in the divinity of Jesus.  Bishop Barron cites the Second Vatican Council for the justification for his answer.  In essence, Bishop Barron is saying there are many different paths one can take to find salvation and be allowed into heaven. 
 
I have much respect for Bishop Barron, but on this issue, he is dead wrong.  What we must do with this very important question is put our emotions and preferences aside and allow Jesus to speak for Himself.  Jesus clearly taught the path to Heaven is a narrow path and few find it (Matt. 7:13-14).  Jesus clearly taught this narrow path to heaven is through Him alone (John 14:6).  Jesus could not be clearer throughout the Bible the only way to Heaven is through trusting in Him (Acts 4:12).  Those who deny that Jesus is the only way to Heaven whether they realize it or not are calling Jesus a liar.  Furthermore, if there is more than just one way to Heaven than this means Jesus’ death was absolutely pointless.  Why would Jesus go through the gruesome death on a cross if there were multiple other ways to get to Heaven?  If we truly believe Jesus is the Messiah then we must believe what He has said.  He said He is the only way for humanity to be forgiven of their sins and He proved that in dying for us on the cross.  The good news is salvation is free to all who will believe in Him (Jesus) (John 3:16). 
Regardless of popular opinion that there are many ways that lead to Heaven, I am sticking with Jesus on this one!  
 
#William Baxter Boyd is the Senior Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, KY.  Be on the lookout for the launch of Pastor Boyd’s new podcast, blog, and website ministry.  Pastor Boyd will address issues ranging from World News, Politics, and Theology.  This ministry is designed to keep you informed of what is happening in our world and more importantly how to see these events with a biblical worldview. 

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Pastor Boyd Responds To The Idea That Gender Is Mutable

Pastor Boyd Responds To The Idea That Gender Is Mutable
 
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a powerful college faculty union that is attempting to make gender changeable and optional.  The AAUP is launching attacks on those who disagree with them about the mutability of gender.  For example, they have attacked the leadership of the countries of Hungary, Poland, Brazil, and others because the leadership of those countries have denied the scholarship that suggests that gender identity is variable.  The AAUP has attacked the Trump administration because the administration has defined gender as “biological” and an “immutable condition” determined at birth.  The AAUP has also attacked Bible-believing Christians by calling us “religious fundamentalists who are biased based on ideology, not facts”.
 
What the AAUP and activists for the transgender movement need to understand is the fact that they are ultimately attacking God and His plan.  In Genesis 1:27 the Bible says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  From the solid foundation of God’s Word, we see that God’s plan for gender is binary.  There are only two genders male and female, “XX” and “XY”.  It is also clear from God’s creation of humanity that gender is neither optional nor changeable.  God determines every human’s gender and that gender is given to an individual for a wonderful life (Jeremiah 29:11).  God does not make mistakes; the gender He gives us at birth is given to us so we can fulfill His plan for our life.   Nothing is more satisfying than living out the life God wants us to live.  
 
The whole issue of believing that gender is optional and changeable boils down to the sin of pride.  Pride has been a problem from the very beginning of God’s creation.  In fact, Lucifer fell from Heaven because of the pride in his heart (Isaiah 14:12-15).  What transgender activists are saying is this, “God we know better than you do.  You were mistaken when you created us because we are not the right gender.  We are going to change what you created.”  In other words, what transgender activists are doing is dethroning God and putting themselves on the throne.  This is the essence of pride.    
 
#William Baxter Boyd is the Senior Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, KY.  Be on the lookout for the launch of Pastor Boyd’s new podcast, blog, and website ministry.  Pastor Boyd will address issues ranging from World News, Politics, and Theology.  This ministry is designed to keep you informed of what is happening in our world and more importantly how to see these events with a biblical worldview. 

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Word of Encouragement- Issue 3

Carrell Boyd, Emphasis Director

“Prepare to Celebrate ”

 

   It is my hope that this newsletter finds you and your family doing well at this time.  I am thankful for such a     wonderful church family here at Southside Baptist Church.  As Emphasis Director for the Follow God’s Plan Capital Giving Campaign, please allow me to encourage each of you to continue to pray diligently with regard to what God wants you to give in our effort to construct a new Family Life Center on our Church Campus.  Please remember to pray: “Lord, what does sacrificial giving look like for me and my family?”  We know that this will be different for each individual and each family.  David declared, “I will not offer unto the Lord that which cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)  Follow God’s Plan is based on the challenge, “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.”

   I encourage each of you to sign up for our Celebration Event that is to be held on Sunday, May 6th in the Annex.  This will be a wonderful event that allows our church family to come together in celebration for what God is doing in our midst.  We will have a fellowship meal, music, preaching, and an opportunity to submit our Faith Pledge Commitment Cards.  Please be reminded that the only person that will know the total of your pledge will be the same      person (Financial Ministry Assistant) that records our tithes and offerings each Sunday.   Your pledge is between you and God!

   It is my sincere belief that God will truly bless the efforts of His people when they commit to the advancement of the Gospel through sacrificial giving.  Sacrificial giving brings joy and an inner peace that comes from seeking and doing God’s will.  These are exciting times at Southside Baptist Church.  Please remember that everything we have comes from God and giving back a sacrificial portion is special in the life of a believer.  May God bless each of you as you continue to pray about your role in reaching others for Jesus Christ.  I look forward to seeing you at the Celebration Event on May 6th as we anticipate reaching our goal in this campaign for the Lord.

 


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