Stories of sexual harassment have overwhelmed recent headlines. One after another prominent men have been called out for their sexual misconduct. From a well-known and highly successful Hollywood movie executive to a well-known actor. There have also been a few popular news anchormen and even a few politicians mentioned in the midst of this sexual misconduct frenzy. As hard as it is to believe, much of the sexual misconduct that has been reported occurred in the work environment. Does a big salary and a little fame really give a man the right to act out sexually toward his colleagues and co-workers? It’s a self-centered attitude of entitlement.
I know we live in a fallen world but I guess I didn’t realize how far we have fallen. Whatever happened to simple teachings like, “keep your hands to yourself” and “no means no?” What happened to men being polite, kind and thoughtful to their female co-workers? What happened to men being gentlemen? Sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual misconduct should never be allowed or overlooked in any environment. We must give attention to the words of the apostle Paul and practice his teaching. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”(Eph.5:3)
The holidays are fast approaching and for many, this is the most wonderful time of year. Beautiful decorations, cooler temperatures, a little time away from work and plenty of time catching up with family and loved ones. No wonder it’s the most wonderful time of year, right? Well, we need to understand that it’s not the most wonderful time of year for everyone. It may be difficult for some to understand, but there are those who anxiously dread the holiday season every year. For them, the holidays represent a time of sadness and grief. Even though they are surrounded by family and friends, they still feel alone and sadness because they miss a specific loved one who has passed on.
This Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock we are hosting “Surviving The Holidays” at the Cabot Church of Christ building. This is part of our Grief Share ministry and is open to anyone who has lost a loved one and is struggling with the thought of facing the upcoming holiday season. I have personally benefited from Grief Share and I’ve watched others benefit from it as well. “Surviving The Holidays” will help you to gain a plan on how to handle the holiday season without your loved one. It will also introduce you to the Grief Share ministry that I assure you is helpful to all who are grieving. We have many friends and loved ones who will be grieving through the holidays this year. Let’s be mindful, prayerful and understanding of their delicate circumstances.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”(II Cor.1:3-4)
Last Sunday as churches across the country gathered for worship, a small church in a little Texas town did the same, only this would be their most memorable gathering. A gunman entered their place of worship and opened fire killing 26 innocent people. A small community is stunned. Church goers across the country are growing more and more concerned about this increasing problem of violence against churches. Every time I hear of another act of violence, where ever it takes place, I’m reminded that the god of this age is very much alive and at work.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”(II Cor.4:4) Satan is the god of this age and he does all he can to deter as many as possible from obeying the gospel that brings peace. The Texas church shooter, the Las Vegas gunman and all other mass shooters have no peace because they have no relationship with Jesus. Each violent act was driven by evil and powered by the influence of the evil god of this age. We see the influence Satan has on this world with each act of hate and violence. We Christians must cling tightly to God and work diligently to spread the gospel of salvation and peace to this lost world. The hatred, violence and mass shootings will cease when everyone yields to the one true God instead of the evil god of this age.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”(I Pet.5:8)
We know how important it is to have confidence. In fact, we strive to build confidence within our children. It helps having some level of belief in yourself when it comes to fulfilling the task. Your task may be work related, school related or simply improving at your chosen extracurricular activity or hobby. Whatever it is, having confidence only helps you to achieve your personal goals.
As Christians, we should have confidence in our salvation. How many faithful Christians aren’t sure of their eternal destination? How many faithful Christians “hope” they go to heaven when they die? I understand that everyone hopes they go to heaven. Brothers and sisters, Christians should “know” they are going to heaven. Hoping for heaven is having no confidence in your salvation and can breed fear and even lead some to giving up on God. How can we effectively lead others to salvation in Christ, when we have no confidence in our own salvation?
I believe with all of my heart that God wants us to have confidence in our salvation in Him. I believe that confidence in our salvation in Christ is confidence where it counts. This confidence in our salvation will lead to more involvement in the church and spiritual growth. Having confidence in our salvation will give us peace and comfort when the world says we shouldn’t have either. We need to be confident people who have confidence where it counts, and that is in our salvation in Jesus.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”(I Jno.5:13)