From Bro. Larry- Resolving Every Day Conflict & Of Minor Importance

I will be presenting a training on Resolving Everyday Conflict in the PM Service, Sunday, Dec. 1st. This is a KBC training I provide for several churches already. It helps a leader focus his or her mind and energy on responding to a source of conflict in a biblical manner. Today too many are responding to any irritations or conflicts as a major war and using ungodly ways to handling conflicts. I want to encourage all of our deacons, ministry leaders, and any person struggling with an issue of conflict in his or her life, marriage, work relationships, or at church. Please make time to attend and seek to learn God’s way of dealing with our conflicts.

I would also like for you to take time to read the article below. I love this and the writer’s wisdom. Let us keep our focus on serving the Lord and not the negative.
For we are God’s coworkers. 1 Cor 3:9

Blessings,
Bro. Larry
 

Of Minor Importance

Avoid foolish controversies.

 Titus 3:9

Our days are few and are far better spent in doing good than in disputing over matters that are, at best, of minor importance. The old scholars did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our churches suffer too often from petty wars over obscure points and unimportant questions.

After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion promotes neither knowledge nor love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions about issues on which Scripture is silent, on mysteries that belong to God alone, on prophecies of doubtful interpretation, and on mere modes of observing human ceremonials are all foolish, and wise men avoid them.

Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to be careful to maintain good works, we will find ourselves occupied with so much profitable business that we will have no time to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.

There are, however, some questions that are the reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace? Does my behavior adorn the doctrine of God my Savior? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord and watching as a servant should who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus?

Such inquiries as these demand our urgent attention; and if we have been given at all to frivolous arguments, let us now turn our critical abilities to a much more profitable service. Let us be peacemakers and endeavor to lead others both by our precept and example to “avoid foolish controversies.”

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg.



*Also this is a  great resource for preparing our hearts for the upcoming Advent Season

The holiday chaos is about to begin! Prepare your heart to see more of Jesus in the coming Advent Season with free Bible-reading plans and devotionals from the CSB team—designed for both you and your family. Head over to YouVersion to begin Peace on Earth or Invited to the Stable (PDF download also available here).
 

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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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