Houston Pastor Reportedly Refused to Host Funeral for 93-Y-O Member Because She Didn’t Tithe Enough

   I am so angry right now!  A 93-year-old woman attended the same church all her life until she had to go to a nursing home. During part of that time, she was in a coma.  Her preacher was asked to perform her funeral service for her when she died. He said no. His reason was that she wasn’t up to date with her tithing!   I guess he wanted her to wake up from her coma, and walk to church, and pay him with money she probably no longer had because of her nursing home bills.
Houston Pastor Reportedly Refused to Host Funeral for 93-Year old Member Because She Didn’t Tithe Enough

Jude 3-4 King James Version (KJV)
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Everyone who goes to church wants to trust their preacher/teacher, but with all the crazy stuff going on in the Church today, it is clear that we have to be watchful! There was only one perfect preacher that has ever graced this Earth and his essential teachings can be found in his book, The Bible. We must have some grace when judging what our preachers do and say, but we must also be sure that the preacher is preaching about the Christ that is found in the Bible. Those preachers who deny the basic tenets of the Bible, who are teaching for the love of money rather than the love of Christ, or whose moral behavior crosses the line so deeply that they should be in jail, or become proud of their sin, should not be leading Christians.

If you are concerned about your pastor’s ability to lead fellow Christians, nicely and with respect have a talk with him, bringing appropriate Bible verses with you.
If you are still troubled by the pastor when your talk is over, go to a couple of elders in the Church, and talk to them, and if they agree with you set up a meeting with your preacher, and bring along the elders that you talked to.  If the elders are as concerned as you, then it is time to go to the congregation as a group.

If nothing works then pray, and study the Bible until you have decided if the issue is one that can possibly be overlooked with grace, or if it warrants looking for a more Biblical Church to attend.

Acts 17:11  (KJV)
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

If you don’t have enough time to read the Bible, please consider getting an audible one, so you can listen to it in traffic, at lunch, or any other time that you are unable to read, but still able to listen.

William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus — WINTERY KNIGHT

Here is Dr. William Lane Craig giving a long-form argument for the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus, and taking questions from the audience. The speaker introduction goes for 6 minutes, then Dr. Craig speaks for 35 minutes, then it’s a period of questions and answers with the audience. The total length is 93 […]

Read more at William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus — WINTERY KNIGHT

How Do We Know the Apostles Died As Martyrs?

People who die for thier faith today provide little if any evidence for the truth of the faith they died for, the apostles however knew for a fact if the reserection was real or not. You could not find that many people who were willing to die, for what they knew was a lie.

Many people are willing to die for their beliefs, but finding people who are willing to die for something they know is a lie, is another matter entirely.

Read more by the presenter of this video
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith

God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe

 

His Mercies Never End

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Lamentations 3:22-24  Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.

Many of you are probably thinking “yeah, that’s easy to say when things are going your way.”, Not so fast, when it comes to Bible interpretation, context makes all the difference.   Jeremiah and all of Isreal were going through some times that would make most of our nightmares look like day dreams.  Cities demolished, enslaved, starvation …

Yet Jeremiah wasn’t without comfort. He knew that the Lord would forgive, and deliver them.  While the Lord may seem far away at times, there is still hope. God will somehow deliver if you trust in him.

121 Quotes on Why We Need Apologetics-The Poached Egg

 

I think increasingly we are going to need to be not only the bearers of the gospel to others but a people who have answers available to questions such as, “What about the problem of evil? and “How do I know God exists?” We will need to give basic answers to these objections. Typically, the same questions come up over and over again. You won’t need to learn lots of new material with each person you talk to. If we have a mastery of some of the basics, we can really go a long way. And, as we’re evangelizing, as we’re talking about our faith, we will have greater confidence in presenting the gospel and won’t be daunted by the potential questions that might come up, but rather will say, “I believe the Christian faith does a better job of answering these sorts of questions.” —Paul Copan (From the interview: Starting Right Where I Am)

To read more Apologetics quotes: click here
Works by Paul Copan include:
Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God

True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith

Church is AA for Sinners


Many unchurched people have trouble understanding Christians. We are, for example often accused of being hypocrites, but that is a lot like telling an alcoholic, that they are not one, because they attend AA.  If we were perfect, we would not need to go to church.
While we are supposed to be getting better, we do fall off the wagon. There are people who have been sober for twenty years, that suddenly find themselves staring at an advertisement for their favorite poison.  Christians can fall prey to their past sins as well, especially if they are facing  tough situations in their own life.

We both have to admit to not being perfect

Christians and Alcoholics both ask a higher power to help us.

We both have to admit to being powerless against our sins.

We both need a person who is more mature in the organization who is willing to come pick us up and put us in the passenger seat when we are weak.

We both have many sins or mistakes that we have to admit to, and atone for if possible.

While not everyone has knowledge of a decent church, most of us have TVs and have seen characters on TV struggle with alcohol and attend AA meetings. So this general knowledge may help you explain it to others the next time someone calls Christians hypocrites.