Psalms 119:73-76

Your hands have made and fashioned me;   

give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

God is the one who lovingly crafted you. He is the only one who knows you completely. He knows how to teach you His path, listen to Him. Of all the things we desire, we should want to know the ways of the Lord above all. Seek the Lord, He’s there.

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Psalms 118-119:72

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;   

for his steadfast love endures forever!

What about when we don’t feel loved? Think of those times (perhaps you’re in one now) where the fact God exists doesn’t seem to make a difference in real life. Don’t fall for the lie. God’s love is not dependent on our ability to perceive it. God’s love is real. It’s not “warm fuzzy” feel-good nothing… it’s legitimate love. Give thanks to the Lord, not because you feel loved, but because you are, always!

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Psalms 111-117

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,   

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Most of us make decisions based on what we get. We are exceedingly selfish. I’ve even heard of people hopping from church to church because of their own personal preferences “what will you do for me?” The Christian life is not for us. It’s not for people to receive glory, or fame, or to have our own desires catered to. The Christian life is about bringing glory to the name of Jesus. Everything we do should be in the service of that goal. Not to us, but to your name Jesus!

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Psalms 107-110

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,   

for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,   

whom he has redeemed from trouble

and gathered in from the lands,   

from the east and from the west,   

from the north and from the south.

The point of the Christian life is not to save you. That is a great benefit of following Jesus, but our purpose is to spread the word. When was the last time you told someone how good God is? Have you invited someone to come to your church in a while? We should.

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SBC 2017 Resolution

Here is the text of the resolution the SBC 2017 passed with essentially 100% approval (over 5,000 messengers) regarding racism, specifically the so called “alt-right,” on June 14, 2017:

PROPOSED RESOLUTION #10

ON THE ANTI-GOSPEL OF ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY

WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26); and

WHEREAS, The Psalmist proclaimed, “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD” (Psalm 24:1); and

WHEREAS, The Apostle Peter said, “God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him” (Acts 10:34–35); and

WHEREAS, Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ Jesus alone and not in our ethnicity (Galatians 3:27–28); and

WHEREAS, Scripture proclaims that Jesus is purchasing by His blood believers “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9); and

WHEREAS, Throughout eternity we will gather with a “multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language” in worship of our risen Savior (Revelation 7:9); and

WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message conveys that all Christians are obligated to make the will of Christ supreme in their own lives and in human society, opposing all forms of racism, selfishness, and vice, and bringing government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love; and

WHEREAS, We know from our Southern Baptist history the effects of the horrific sins of racism and hatred; and

WHEREAS, In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention repudiated “historic acts of evil, such as slavery,” committed “to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry,” and “genuinely repent[ed] of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously or unconsciously”; and

WHEREAS, In recent years the Convention has nominated and elected individuals from a variety of ethnicities, including electing our first African-American president in 2012; and

WHEREAS, In recent resolutions the Southern Baptist Convention called on “all Christian men and women to pray and labor for the day when our Lord will set all things right and racial prejudice and injustice will be no more” (2014); expressed continued grief “over the presence of racism and the recent escalation of racial tension in our nation” (2015); and urged fellow Christians to discontinue using the Confederate battle flag, acknowledging that it is “used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people” (2016); and 

WHEREAS, More than 20 percent (nearly eleven thousand) of our cooperating Southern Baptist congregations identify as predominately non-Anglo and for the last three years more than 50 percent of Southern Baptist new church plants have been predominately non-Anglo; and 

WHEREAS, B&H Academic recently published Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention, highlighting our continuing need to root out vestiges of racism from our own hearts as Southern Baptists; and 

WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right”; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.

On the one hand, it’s not really fair to hold successive generations accountable for the sins of their forebearers, yet there has been a perception that many Evangelicals support this brand of “Nationalism.” To that extent, I am glad Southern Baptists can stand apart from those who would support the elevation of any race as superior to any others. Many will not receive this gesture as strong enough, but we can’t help that. I, for one, am proud of the resounding repudiation of racism this resolution proclaims. Jesus died for all. The gospel is for every person. There is one race, the human race.

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