Can You Handle the Truth?

 

. . . woe to him who is alone when he falls
and has not another to lift him up—Ecclesiastes 4:10

 

Support and encouragement are crucial for friendship, of course. But by themselves, they aren’t enough—not even close. True friendship requires more. The kind of friendship God intends requires that we look deeper, that we try to see things only friends can see. And it requires that we tell the truth (Ephesians 4:15). So, when friends are stuck or struggling with denial or passivity or sin, true friendship requires that we face awkwardness or embarrassment or fear of rejection head-on, and that we name problems honestly (though gently, too) and make every attempt to challenge and push, rescue and restore (Galatians 6:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14). True friendship requires that we go “all in.” It requires that we be willing to initiate tough conversations, when tough conversations are needed.

The inverse, of course, is that we need friendship like that too. To lead robust, upright lives, we too need friends who are willing to be honest. To lead robust, upright lives, we too need friends who, like God, love us too much to let us to get stuck or struggle on our own. To lead robust, upright lives, we too need friends who are “all in” and willing to initiate tough conversations. We must be intentional about surrounding ourselves with such men . . . and, as hard as it might be, we must be willing to learn how to hear honest feedback without indignation, defensiveness, or counterattack.

 

 

Okay, so what do we do?

 

Have you explicitly empowered any man, or group of men, to search you and know you? Have you let any man, or group of men, know your entire story and explicitly empowered him, or them, to speak honestly into your life? If you haven’t, steel your courage and take that step. It’s one most men will never take.

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A Fight for the Faith Delivered Once for All

You can also read the article on the Firebrand Magazine website
A Fight for the Faith Delivered Once for All — Firebrand Magazine

 

Photo by Joshua Eckstein on Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Eckstein on Unsplash

The searing words of the second paragraph of the letter of Jude both frame and highlight a fight for the Christian faith going on in The United Methodist Church today.  “Dear friends, I wanted very much to write to you concerning the salvation we share. Instead, I must write to urge you to fight for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s holy people. Godless people have slipped in among you. They turn the grace of our God into unrestrained immorality and deny our only master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Judgment was passed against them a long time ago” (Jude 2-4, CEB).

The match was lit to this spiritual powder keg at the very inception of The United Methodist Church. The First Restrictive Rule of the Constitution of the newly instituted church clearly stated (and still states):  “The General Conference shall not revoke, alter, or change our Articles of Religion or establish any new standards or rules of doctrine contrary to our present existing and established standards of doctrines.” Yet concomitant with such a commitment to doctrinal clarity has been great confusion as to precisely what the standards are, what they mean, and how they might in some way be enforced.

The fire was stoked and brought to a roaring blaze with the adoption of the 1972 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, officially advocating doctrinal pluralismThe resulting theological chaos has lead to a theological instability at the heart of the denomination. Despite a clear re-forming of doctrinal standards by United Methodists in the 1988 General Conference, much of the doctrinal preaching and teaching by United Methodist pastors reflects a vague pluralism tinctured with unitarianism and a rejection of the very notion of a theological standard to which ordained United Methodists must adhere.

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Promise of God’s help in time of fear and stress: 

  • Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
  • Psalm 56:3-4: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
  • Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
  • Proverbs 3:25-26: “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
  • Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
  • Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

 

In the margin of your Bible next to Deuteronomy 31:6 write this reference: Psalm 27:1. Next to Psalm 27:1 write this reference: Psalm 56:3-4, and so on until you’ve created a chain of verse references about fear. That way, you don’t need to remember them all; you only need to remember the first one—Deuteronomy 31:6—and it will lead you to the rest. When you find yourself in a fearful moment, turn to Deuteronomy 31:6 and meditate through the whole chain of verses and let the Holy Spirit help you understand what’s going on in your heart and mind (according to 2 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 4:12).

“Unless you teach your moods ‘where to get off’ you can never be a sound Christian. . . . A creature like that is a creature dithering to and fro with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of one’s own digestion.” We must not give in to feelings when we pray. We need to concentrate on what we know to be true about God.

C.S. Lewis

 

– David Jeremiah “Making Sense of It All”

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Psalm 34

from the Believers Bible Commentary:

Psalm 34: Psalm of the New Birth
The historical background of this Psalm is found in 1 Samuel 21. In his flight from Saul, David had sought refuge with the Philistine king of Gath whose name was Achish, or Abimelech, according to the heading of the Psalm. (Abimelech may have been a title rather than a personal name.) Fearing that this enemy king might kill him, David had pretended to be crazy by making marks on the doors of the gate and letting his saliva drool down over his beard. The trick worked. The king didn’t need any more madmen and so he dismissed David, who then escaped to the cave of Adullam. This episode was certainly not one of the more heroic or brilliant chapters in the psalmist’s checkered career, but he nevertheless looked back upon it as a dramatic deliverance by the Lord, and so he wrote this Psalm to celebrate that event.
Believers down through the centuries have loved Psalm 34 because it expresses so eloquently their own testimony of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord. Let’s look at the Psalm in this light.
34:1 Salvation from sin is a gift of such tremendous value that it should draw unceasing thanks from our hearts to the Giver. If we were to bless the LORD at all times, it could hardly be too much. If

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

One of the reasons why people will go to any source for a hint of what lies ahead is because we are bombarded with decisions on a daily basis. Eric Klinger of the University of Minnesota conducted a research study that revealed that in today’s world the average person makes at least 300 decisions a day; as it is, many people make in the neighborhood of 15,000 decisions every day! The world has become so complicated that decisions are thrust upon us more than ever before. It’s no wonder people are looking for guidance.
Ronald Reagan once told a story about a decision he was asked to make as a boy. He said that his father once sent him to the cobbler to get shoes, and when he got there the shoemaker asked him, “Do you want a square toe or a round toe?” Reagan told the man that he didn’t know for sure whether he wanted square toes or round toes, but that he’d think about it and come back.
A few days later the cobbler saw him on the street where he lived and asked Reagan the same question. Again, the young Ronald said that he still didn’t know. A few weeks later, he went to pick up his shoes and found that one shoe was round-toed and the other was square-toed. And Ronald Reagan said that every time he looked at his shoes he was reminded of the fact that if you don’t make decisions for yourself, somebody else will make them for you. And he was telling the absolute truth.

Let’s use The Truth, The Authority, The Holy Word from God to make our decisions. Live Decisive…

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How it Works:

Purerox™ uses a proprietary version of Hypochlorous acid, the same thing that the body naturally produces to kill viruses. Purerox™ is made up of 99.98% water with a small amount of salt and an electrical charge. The neutral electrical charge uniquely causes Purerox™ to bind to and destroy any positive or negatively charged viruses and bacteria on surfaces and in the air.

Unlike other chemical disinfectants, Purerox™ is 100% safe to use and will not harm people, the environment or surfaces. Purerox™ is rated as a Category IV disinfectant by the EPA (safest rating) and has no harmful fumes or harsh chemicals. This allows it to be used throughout a building with no personal protection equipment and it won’t leave a toxic residue. Most Hypochlorous acid products will lose their electrical charge and effectiveness in just days, but the Purerox™ proprietary technology gives it lasting effectiveness with at least a one year shelf life.

Purerox™ Provides A Safe Solution for Now & in the Future

• 100% natural disinfectant (99.98% water) that is non-toxic, alcohol-free and non-corrosive

• Purerox™ is one of the only disinfectants in the world that is not harmful to people, animals, the environment or materials – you can use it throughout your building!

• A faster kill time means you will use far less disinfectant than others that have to be saturated for up to 10 minutes

• Kill pathogens anywhere with no toxic residue

• Save time and money by not wiping down residue from every surface or hire expensive mitigation companies. Disinfect your building in minutes instead of hours!

•Help visitors feel more comfortable attending your church, school or business.

• Remove odors from your rooms as Purerox™ kills the bacteria that cause most odors. Your rooms will smell fresh after using.

Easy to Use Anywhere

A gallon bottle of Purerox™ disinfectant used with an Electric Sprayer will last about 20 minutes and cover 2000 square feet depending on the surfaces you spray in the room.

Use this powerful solution to:

• Spray throughout your church, office, school or venue
• Disinfect and remove odors in offices, classrooms and nurseries
• Use in between church services or special events to disinfect your spaces
• Pour into a spray bottle and wipe down smaller surfaces.

Purerox™ kills the bacteria that cause most odors. Your rooms will smell fresh after using.

Currently being used to fight Covid-19 in:

• Many hospitals and premier nursing homes
• One of the world’s largest auto manufacturers
• Some premier food and beverage companies
• Large telecommunication companies
• Large and small manufacturing companies
• Government agencies
• Well known private and public schools and universities

4 Easy Steps to a Safer Church, School, or Office

Purerox™ Disinfectant Q&A

 

Is Purerox™ on the EPA List N for disinfectants to kill Covid-19?

Purerox™ by HSP iClean for Health is on the EPA List N as a disinfectant to use against Covid-19 and other pathogens. The EPA List N number is 87518-1 (hsp2O). It also has the fastest kill time of 60 seconds of any of the HOCL disinfectants on the list. This makes it easier and more effective to use than other disinfectants. You can review the EPA List N disinfectants for use against Covid-19 here:

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

List N: Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2

Can the Purerox™ be used in a spray bottle?

Yes, Purerox™ can be used in a spray bottle for sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces such as door handles, restrooms, tables and other surfaces. Purerox™ is an excellent cleaner and leaves no toxic residue.

Are safety precautions needed while applying Purerox™ with a handheld Electric Sprayer?

Purerox™ is 99.98% water and all natural so no masks, gloves or goggles are needed for application. In fact, Purerox™ can be applied right before a service or event and will dry in a few minutes without any residue or chemicals. The fact that it is so safe means any staff member or volunteer can apply it.

How long will a 1 gallon container of Purerox™ last for in a Electric Sprayer?

Depending on the flow adjustment on the electric sprayer, 1 gallon will last for approximately 20 minutes and cover approximately 2000 square feet. The coverage amount will depend on what surfaces you are disinfecting in the room.

How does the Purerox™ disinfectant system save me time and money?

The Purerox™ disinfectant can be quickly applied with an electric sprayer that creates a fine mist of disinfectant that will naturally dry in a few minutes with no residue. The mist will clean hard surfaces like pews, doors, tables, floors and walls. Other disinfectants require the residue to be wiped up afterwards with a cloth. In just minutes a whole room can be disinfected that would otherwise take someone hours of doing by hand.

How often should I apply Purerox™ in my building?

This depends on how often people are in your building. Because Purerox™ is fast and easy to use, it is recommended to apply it after every church service or event where people are in your building.

Can Purerox™ damage surfaces or material?

Because Purerox™ is all natural, non-corrosive and has no chemicals, it can be used on all surfaces. It is 99.98% water, so when fogging you may want to be careful to not over saturate electronic or computer equipment.

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