National Prayer Breakfast 2020: Was Trump Acting Christian? Part 2

In my last blog, I addressed some of President Trump’s less-than-Christian remarks at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. It amazes me how the press, who often disdain everything Christian, quickly judges the worthiness of those who refer to themselves as a believer.

While I agree with the President’s critics that he failed to live up to the high standards called for by Scripture, I also pointed out that all of us fall short of these aspirations. Trump himself acknowledged that he often makes things difficult for believers who support him. The audience laughed with understanding. God is still working on all of us. Thankfully, He doesn’t disown us every time we fail.

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National Prayer Breakfast 2020: Was Trump Acting Christian? Part 1

When I saw the headlines in my newsfeed last evening, I sighed. President Trump’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were the talk of the airways, and they were not ideal. Less than two days after what was arguably his most presidential speech yet, the president was jumping back in the mud. While the State of the Union Address was controversial, it was missing the petty digs and character assassinations that all too often emerge from Trump’s twitter feeds and off-the-cuff remarks. The Prayer Breakfast seemed to return to business as usual–or so the headlines implied.

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Finding Peace in a World at War

Recently, there has been much buzz over the President’s State of the Union Address as well as the associated protestations of his detractors. Opinions abound. Numerous comments, in both professional and personal media, sadly reinforce already well-established biases. Often, today’s commentators abandon critical reasoning, and instead, resort to spinning every societal happening into confirmation bias.

Linguistic yoga has reached a new level as polarized pundits witness the same event and then mutilate the facts in such a way as to advance their own pre-determined agendas. These pontificators of cultural righteousness see nothing wrong with their side and everything wrong with the other.

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The Power of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is my sincere hope that you are giving this important day every bit of the attention God deserves. Put down those Black Friday sales papers (or mobile device) for a little while. Focus more on your family than you do on television. Take plenty of time to count your blessings. Thank God for all He has done for you. Continue reading “The Power of Thanksgiving”

Stuck in a Rut?

Sometimes it feels like our life is stuck in a rut. We keep seeing the same scenery – the same results – over and over again. During these times, it is very easy to get frustrated and disheartened.
The Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible illustrates these feelings poignantly:
 
“Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul…” Proverbs 13:12

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Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 7: Humility & Pride

FFp4With the arrival of the last installment in the Jesus Judo series, we come to Humility and Pride. In case you have missed any along the way, all of the parts of this series along with hundreds of other teachings are on my website at www.restorethepaths.com. To make sure you don’t miss any future blogs, please sign-up here.

In this series we have already looked at the first six of the ancient seven deadly sins and the corresponding seven Christian virtues: Chastity / Lust, Temperance / Gluttony, Charity / Greed, Diligence / Sloth, Patience / Wrath and Envy / Kindness. We also provided an Introduction to Jesus Judo and the Law of Opposite Actions at the very beginning. Today we finish up. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 7: Humility & Pride”

A Few Lessons From Billy Graham

billy-graham-393749_1920Many people inside and outside the church feel a great sense of loss with the passing of, perhaps, the greatest Evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Even at the age of 99 – and long past his active ministry days – his loss is still deeply felt by millions around the world.

I believe it is only appropriate to take a break from our series to briefly honor this man who has impacted so many. Though days could be spent reminiscing all that he was and all that he accomplished, I have narrowed the list down to seven things that all of us would do well to imitate. Continue reading “A Few Lessons From Billy Graham”

Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath

FFp4After our brief excursion into Love Land last week in preparation for Valentine’s day, we continue our discipleship training in the area of “overcoming evil with good.”[1] (aka Jesus Judo). So far, we have studied four of the seven virtues and deadly sins recognized by the Church for over a millennium and a half. We have considered Chastity & Lust, Temperance & Gluttony, Charity & Greed, and Diligence & Sloth. Today is all about Patience and Wrath. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath”

Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?

Body Worship: Sex and Intimacy
Sex & Intimacy

Sex! Advertisers sell it, Hollywood exalts it and Billions of dollars are given every year in search of it. But, there is something we crave even more than sex – it’s just that we often don’t realize it.

SEEKING GREATER INTIMACY

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. It is a time when people romanticize and think a great deal about the perfect, mutually-fulfilling relationship. Sadly, that kind of relationship appears increasingly difficult to come by. Life is busier, more distracting and frustratingly complicated. It also doesn’t help that culture persistently inundates us with confusing, and often opposing, ideas of what the ideal relationship is actually like. Continue reading “Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?”

Friday Night Fire and More

Good evening Saints and soon-to-be-saints, I hope you are having a great day!

To all my Shenandoah Valley friends: I am greatly looking forward to being with you the weekend of Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018.

I will be kicking off the weekend by joining members of various churches for the monthly Friday Night Fire, hosted by Pastor Terrance Williams and held at Common Ground in Fishersville, VA at 7 pm. It is freely open to everyone.

After what promises to be a powerful time of Praise and Worship with a great group of skilled musicians, I intend to release a brand-new Word that God has been stirring in my spirit for several years. It’s time for this baby to be born! Like Elizabeth, my baby is leaping at the sound of the Messiah. I can’t tell you how excited I was the other day when I sensed God saying this was the time and place for this Word to be born.

This promises to be a content-rich message, so feel free to record or purchase one of the CD’s the hosts are planning to make.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the Bible Study I will be conducting in Stuarts Draft, VA on Sunday afternoon February 18th at 3:30 pm. I feel deeply that this needs to be personal and up-close, so if you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get you on the list before all slots are filled.

Many of you know that this area is home for me. My visits are far too few, so I am prayerfully and excitedly looking forward to all that God is going to do! I hope I get to see you while I’m home.

God’s Blessings!

Pastor Rodney

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