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Monday, July 3, 2017

Should I Celebrate Independence Day?

What isn’t fun about the 4th of July? Countless Americans will gather together for cookouts, enjoy delicious BBQ, and revel in the tradition of watching fireworks. Many will do so with deep gratitude for the freedom they enjoy as Americans. Freedom is the bedrock foundation of our nation for many. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for the Colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. So on the 4th of July, the Colonists declared that America would be a free Land—A Land where men and women from the four corners of the globe could and would come to pursue their dreams without the restraint of class or (forced taxation) of a dominant culture. It was a democratic experiment. The idea of America was to give birth to a dream. A land governed by the people and for the people. A hard war still had to be fought. Heroes were yet to be made. With the help of France, the colonists defeated the world’s strongest army and won their freedom in 1783. Then America—the Land of the Free was born. 

The Problem with the War for Independence for African Americans

My forefathers came to America in the early 1600s. They arrived in shackles. When the War for Independence began, they had been enslaved for 150 years doing hard labor. Their treatment was cruel, yet they were loyal to their new land. They too risked their lives and fought and died
in the war. Although as history informs us, it wasn’t the War for Independence that gave them their freedom—that would come via the Civil War, fought 80 years later. And that war wasn’t fought for the freedom of slaves; it was fought over the issue of states’ rights versus federal rights. But the Land of the Free had to realize its dream that all men were created equal and all men should be free to pursue their dreams without the restraint of class, the oppression of a dominant culture, or injustice because of the color of their skin. The idea of America was a dream that would only be true if it ended the nightmare of slavery.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remember 9/11 and Pray Today

2Chr. 15:1 Now  the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded,
2Chr. 15:2 and he went out  to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin:  the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And  if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
2Chr. 15:3 “ For many days Israel was without the true God and without  a teaching priest and without law.
2Chr. 15:4 “But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.
2Chr. 15:5 “ In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances  afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
2Chr. 15:6 “ Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.
2Chr. 15:7 “But you,  be strong and do not  lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”

Friday, April 15, 2016

Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity is Offically Out of Print #MoodyPublishers

 In 2008, I encouraged the speakers of The Los Angeles Bible Training School's Men's Conference to turn their lecture notes into chapters for a book, and I would see if Moody would publish it. Moody jumped at the chance to give the urban church such a tool. And Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity came into print. Well, I'm sad to sad that eight years later, it has officially gone out of print. Now you still might be able to find a copy here or there, but Moody's warehouse is empty and no more copies will be printed.

I can't thank the contributors of this work enough: Anthony Kidd, Dr. Carl Hargrove, Dr. Paul Felix, Victor Sholar, Dr. Brian Kennedy, and the prince of preachers, H.B. Charles. In a world that has thrown off every sense of modesty and shame, men of God from all backgrounds have found themselves fighting for their spiritual lives to stay pure, this writer included. This work has helped many. It's unique contribution to the church's battle for purity is that it develops a biblical theology on how to fight back and how to get back up if you have fallen. This book exposits all the major purity passages in the Bible and thoroughly explains and applies them, equipping men to use the Sword of the Spirit to fight this spiritual battle with the most powerful spiritual weapon in existence--the Word of God. So again let me thank you all of my co-authors. It was an honor to produce the book with you. Thanks to all those who purchased the book, and thanks to all those who endorsed it--Dr. John MacArthur, Family Life Today, Eric Redmond, Robert Crummie, John Perkins, and Dr. Charles Ware. And thank you, Moody, for publishing it. 

Last but not least, I want to thank my amazingly gifted wife for her expertise in editing our work.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Abortion is America's Greatest Evil

In my LABTS class today, we lamented the evil of murdering babies and how God judged Judah because of it (Ezekiel 20:26). Then we reflected on the parallel evil of abortion in America today. It drew my thoughts back to Piper's sobering words to our President, given during the first year of his presidency. Here's the video:

I pray that our nation repents of our evil ways and turns to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps it is not too late for Him to have mercy on us.