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Good and joyful morning this morning on this the day the lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s slice is… well there is two slices….
Ester 3:8 Then Haman said to king Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain. 9 “if it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.” 10 so the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
Ester 4:5 Then Ester called Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs whom he had appointed to attend her, and she gave him a command concerning Mordecai, to learn what and why this was. 6 so Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square that was in front of the king’s gate. 7 and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Ester and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people. 9 So, Hathach returned and told Ester the words of Mordecai. 10 then Ester spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai: 11 “all the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” 12 So they told Mordecai Ester’s words. 13 then Mordecai told them to answer Ester: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 “for if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This last passage speaks to us today….. for if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for America from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to your place and time for such a time as this? So I shall not hold my peace and am advocating you do not also. If we, the church, hold our peace and stay silent as our government runs over religious freedom we will suffer for our passive attitudes.
You know…. One of the blessings of life has been living in America, where people can have freedom of worship, home school our children, and reach spiritual values handed down for generations. However I’ve become very concerned about our spiritual freedoms, which are at high risk today.
I wonder what type of America our children will see if Christ tarries another 20 years. Considering what is developing now. As we are all hearing from the news media these days…. Our homeland security is now calling people who believe in end times, and people who are pro life….. Domestic Terrorist.
I have been told by many of you listeners that you hear my broadcast while preparing for church service. But, this morning I want to encourage you to listen intently. The message I have this day is deep and will need your attention. I, however, do believe that God is having me say and read to you what you area about to hear. These are important times. No time today for tickling your ears. I am serious.
The title of today’s message is Understanding the Times. Where did I get the idea of this title….. When each tribe of the Israelites were sending warriors to make war in order to make David the king….. the tribe of Zebulon … sent, as the bible says it…… “those who had an understanding of the times.”
I am going to read much of my message from Dr. David a. Noebel , founder and president of Summit Ministries. His most popular works include “Understanding the Times”: the collision of today’s worldviews
Also, back in the early 1990s, Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer sought to identify what they saw happening to Christian young people in the united states. Their conclusion was that “nothing short of a great civil war of values rages today throughout north America. Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible worldviews are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society.” The war, as they put it, is a struggle “for the hearts and minds of people. It is a war over ideas.”
On one side is the Christian worldview, the foundation of Eastern civilization. On the other side are five worldviews: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, Cosmic Humanism, and Postmodernism. While these worldviews don’t agree in every detail, they unanimously concur on one point-their opposition to biblical Christianity. As in any war, there are casualties, and anti-Christian ideas are taking their toll. Recent surveys indicate that up to 59 percent of “born again” college students drop out of that category by their senior year. according to George Barna’s Christian research organization, nine out of ten “born again” adults do not have a biblical worldview. To effectively engage this battle of ideas, Christians must have, “an understanding of the times,” and “know what they ought to do”.
Just what is a worldview? A worldview is like a pair of glasses-through which you view everything. It refers to any set of ideas, beliefs, or values that provide a map to help you understand God, the world, and your relationship to God and the world.
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