Pray for Leaders During the Spread of the Coronavirus

Prayer, Coronavirus

The topic that has everyone’s attention this week is the spread of the Coronavirus that has turned into a global pandemic. I discussed this topic previously on the podcast, focusing on some things that we as Christians need to do during this situation. One of those things is prayer.

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Socialism (Season 13, Episode 9)

Socialism (Season 13, Episode 9)

 
 
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Socialism (Season 13, Episode 9)

In this season, we’re discussing social issues – problems that are facing our society and what the Bible has to say about these issues.

Socialism can take various forms, but the most common way it is used today is to describe a particular political ideology. In a nutshell, socialism is the belief that a central, national government ought to oversee and control all aspects of the economy, rather than leaving private businesses and individuals to conduct their business as they see fit. It is rooted in the notion that all property and wealth is to be shared and the national government is the entity which determines how they are to be shared. Of necessity, socialism demands a strong centralized government to be able to function in this way.

Those who argue in favor of socialism will often claim that it is the fairest way for a society to function economically and that it protects individuals from wealthy individuals or big corporations. Many will even attempt to use the Bible in order to defend this idea. One alleged example of socialism that is commonly given is that of the early Christians who sold their property to share with those who were in need (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35).

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Who Is to Blame for the Abortion Tragedy?

Ultrasound

Many who defend the practice of abortion attempt to classify it under the heading of “health care” or as “a woman’s right to choose.” The reality is that the practice of abortion is the act by which the life of a child in the womb is deliberately terminated. In other words, when an abortion is performed, an unborn child (a human being) is intentionally killed.

In our society, the issue about abortion has shifted away from the question about when life begins. If it does not matter when life begins, then it does not matter when an abortion occurs. This means one of two things:

  1. EITHER abortion is wrong at every stage of pregnancy (this is the pro-life position);
  2. OR abortion is acceptable at every stage of pregnancy, even up to the point of birth (this is now the pro-abortion position).

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Proverbs About Government (Season 11, Episode 11)

Proverbs About Government (Season 11, Episode 11)

 
 
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Proverbs About Government (Season 11, Episode 11)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from the book of Proverbs.

It may be surprising to learn of the number of passages in the book of Proverbs that deal with the topic of government. In this episode, we discuss several of these passages that teach us about the role and place of government, instructions to those in positions of civil authority, and what our responsibility is toward those who rule over us.

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Know Well the Condition of Your Flocks (Season 11, Episode 6)

Know Well the Condition of Your Flocks (Season 11, Episode 6)

 
 
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Know Well the Condition of Your Flocks (Season 11, Episode 6)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from the book of Proverbs.

In Proverbs 27:23-27, the wise man discussed the importance of stewardship, hard work, and independence while relying on God’s providence. This is important given the fact that we may not always have the blessing of a stable economy or a strong government.

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Pray for Those in Authority (Season 9, Episode 2)

Pray for Those in Authority (Season 9, Episode 2)

 
 
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Pray for Those in Authority (Season 9, Episode 2)

In this season, we’re going to be discussing some lessons from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus.

Most Christians recognize the need to pray for our leaders. But why are we to do so? The passage that contains the instruction for Christians to pray for those in authority also contains the reason why we are to pray for them. Some may be surprised for the reason given by the apostle Paul. This episode discusses the instruction to pray for our leaders and why we are told to do so.

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Secularism

Imagine No Religion (billboard)

In his letter to the saints in Rome, Paul described the condition of the Gentile world as a whole: “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper” (Romans 1:28). They had rejected God in favor of their “gods.” Their “gods” – since they were a product of their own imagination – allowed them to do anything they wanted to do. As a result, they no longer felt hindered by God’s laws.

We live under similar conditions today. People in our society do not serve the same idols, but the similarity is in the sense that people see no reason to follow God’s laws. They are content to live without seeing any need for religion. This is secularism.

We live in an increasingly secular society. There are certain challenges that come with this. But why is a secular society a challenge for Christians? Let us consider secularism and the challenges it presents in this article.
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