On our Pastor’s mind (10-12-14)

At the Poles this November

Last week, I shared about the September 2000 radical pro-abortion decision by the Tennessee Supreme court in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist. With their decision, abortion policies in Tennessee have become “abortion of demand,” meaning Tennesseans can no longer enforce common sense regulations concerning abortion.

In the state election coming soon, Amendment 1 to the TN State Constitution has been introduced to help restore some of the protections and safeguards that were stripped away by the courts. One of the safeguards is to provide adequate information and time to think for women and girls seeking abortion.

This amendment will restore TN laws that are still on the books, including a one-parent consent requirement for minors seeking abortions. The amendment will require the licensure, inspection, and regulation of abortion facilities in our state. (Can you imagine what a restaurant would be like if inspections and proper regulations were not required? Now consider not regulating the cleanliness of a medical facility.)

According to the TN Department of Health, for the most recent year available (2011), there were 12,368 abortions performed on women residing in Tennessee. Since Tennessee now boasts the fewest abortion restrictions of any state in the southeast, an additional 3,747 abortions were performed on women residing from outside the state, bringing the total to 16,115 abortions in 2011 alone.

Remember how devastated we were because 2,977 people were killed in the attack on September 11, 2001. Should we not be more devastated by our own TN laws?

Voting “Yes” on this amendment would not ban abortion; however, securing a “Yes” vote on this amendment would allow passage and enforcement of common-sense policies  and regulations.

(More about the amendment and process next week.)

On our Pastor’s mind

Redeem the Time

In Ephesians 5:8-16, Paul explained that as believers, we are no longer darkness. Now we are “light in the Lord.” So Paul tells us to “walk as children of light”…to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise” (Eph 5:8; 15). We are to be holy. Then he wrote that we as light are to be

redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16).

“Redeeming the time” means to make the most of our time. Question: In what way are we to make the moist of our time?

This week, I was reminded that we come into contact with broken people on a regular basis. Some of them look absolutely broken, while others seem to look like good Christians. But both live in darkness. And so, we need to make the most of every moment and every contact.

We were once darkness; but through Christ Jesus, we are light. That means we can be holy, grow in holiness, and not engage at all with darkness; we can take our light and put it under a basket to keep it pure from the darkness. Or, we can grow in holiness, getting brighter all the time, for the express purpose of glorifying the Father. We can put our light on a lampstand, penetrating the darkness around us. Jesus said,

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).

God is going to cause our paths to intersect with broken people whether we want to or not. Some of them will never hear the truth of the Gospel and will end up in prison and then in hell, unless we let the light of Jesus shine through us on their brokenness and darkness.

Others will attend church and participate in Sunday School and TeamKID. They may even participate in our youth ministry and serve on mission trips. But later, they may wander from God and from the church because of their brokenness. And perhaps they will run because in their brokenness, they need the Healer and the Savior, instead of a Band-Aid.

So let us redeem the time, all the time.

Trunk or Treat

On Wednesday, October 29 at 6 p.m.,

we are going to engage with the community through our Trunk-or-Treat event. We need your help as we love people.

So plan to host a TRUNK.

candy

Candy

Note: As we prepare for this event, we also need help with candy donations. Please buy bags of individually wrapped candy and give them at the iCare table.