But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Psalm 52:8-9 NKJV
“Faith vs. Culture: Lessons from Daniel” excerpts, by Bill Reynolds
In this passage, we see Daniel, a young Jewish man, taken captive from his homeland, Israel, and brought to Babylon. The culture in Babylon was entirely different than the one to which Daniel was accustomed. This culture would try to strip Daniel of his identity with his God and challenge his beliefs. Babylon’s culture was saturated with humanism and its government was founded on humanistic principles.
Like Daniel, we find ourselves in a culture that is increasingly more contrary to a belief system based on God’s law of Creation and the practices that He has ordained for our benefit and well-being. Humanism and the socialistic policies that it produces are infiltrating our culture. Thankfully, God has given us principles demonstrated through the life of Daniel to help us live for Him in the midst of a culture hostile to Christianity.
- Verse eight reveals that we must determine that the practices of the culture will not hinder us from doing what is right.
- Verses nine through fourteen demonstrate that we must remember that God can create ways for us to do right even in a hostile culture.
- Verses fifteen through twenty-one reveal that we must trust that we will be better off doing things God’s way.
See the whole sermon here: https://www.facebook.com/245884382216384/videos/3024361771020077
It was so nice to spend time with the whole family in August, right before Eric and Michaela moved down to St. Croix, Virgin Islands to teach in the Free Will Baptist School down there. They are adjusting well. Marcus and Hannah are settling in at Parkway FWBC in Woodbridge, VA. Billy will finish his second year of piano technology at North Bennet Street School (that was interrupted in March) in September and October. He will continue to serve here at Beacon as a layman as he starts his piano tuning/repair business. Sarah is entering her senior year of high school. Where did the time go?
Please continue to pray for us as we need to pay off our mortgage. We need monthly support for our salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to schedule Pastor Bill to come and present our ministry to your church, please contact him at the number above.
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