With election season here again, one of the issues back on the table and on your television screens in commercials are negative ad campaigns around abortion.  This becomes personal and should matter to all of us and it begs many questions for all of us to think about again.

Is abortion right or wrong?  Who says?

Who should decide whether to keep a pregnancy or end it?

Does a woman have the right to terminate a pregnancy?

What does God think?  Does that matter?

Does the Bible have anything to say about abortions?

The sanctity of life issue starts with your view of the Bible (as do all issues).  It really does start here, especially if you are a follower of Jesus.

The news has hit around the Houston city Mayor asking several pastors (and churches) to turn over their sermons (and texts, emails, social media messages) to see if they have "hate speech" or "political agendas" in them.  The Mayor denies that she is the originator of the legal request, but being a practicing lesbian herself, one questions her sincerity.

A.W. Tozer wrote, "What comes into your minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."  It is true for everyone of us today, but was true in Moses day.  There are many lessons we can learn from Moses' understanding and relationship with God.

First, Moses' relationship began at the Burning Bush 

(Exodus 3:1-4:17).  

He was some 80 years old carrying sheep in the desert when God stopped him in his tracks at a Bush.

If you have a desire to preach the Bible, keep reading.

I read an article the other day about preaching that is spot on.  Here are the four points (like a good sermon) and here is the article.

First, for those who like to preach or want to preach, there is a calling from God.  This is not a light word.  It is heavy.  God does the calling.  God does the choosing.  It is a theme throughout Scripture (i.e. Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses...).

To understand grace, we must first understand sin, wrath and judgement. I have written about sin here.

Grace is not free. 

It was costly because of our sin against God and the One who took our place. The Apostle Paul tells us in just a few verses all about our sin. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We are all guilty. It is not just part of us that is guilty in sin, but our core. Our deepest parts.

As we look at principles from the life of Abraham, let me remind you to look through the grace lens and not the law lens.  Abraham, like all Biblical characters is messed up in sin.  He is imperfect and in need of a Deliverer to rescue him from his sin.  That doesn't mean he does not grow in his faith with God (he does!), but it will set us free to see that God uses messed up people to accomplish his purposes.

It is all by grace.  

God chose Abraham.  Abraham did not choose God.

I don't think we fully realize the full extent of sin.  I am not sure we understand how bad sin really is.  I think we are in denial.  Whenever we speak of the doctrine of sin we must be clear.  Modern contemporary thinking and philosophy denies the existence of sin.  For example, we all have this tendency to look at a beautiful baby and think they are without sin.  They are perfect little angels.

We kicked off a new equipping opportunity for men at Foothills Bible Church called Midweek 4 Men (every Wednesday from 6:30-8am in the AWANA room).  Each week we will tackle a new man of the Bible.  Today we talked about four areas of Adam's life that relate to us.  Here are my notes from the study.  Please take, use in your own life, pass onto a friend and enjoy growing in grace and life lessons from Adam.

Left Behind has produced millions of books, some movies and now a movie with even bigger stars coming this October. When you read reports on social media there is a large dividing line right down the middle.  Some have very strong opinions about this coming movie and it's underlined message.  Yes, it is a movie with big special effects and character development, but is the theology behind Left Behind True?  Let's take a "Cliff Note" version look.

Have you noticed that life is full of waiting.  It is a waiting game.  "Hurry up and wait," as the saying goes.  Or you have heard people pray, "Lord give me patience, but hurry."

We wait for everything and many times the waiting is out of our control.