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Wednesday, June 3 2020 Devotional

"...๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™›๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™จ."

(II Peterโ€ฌ โ€ญ3:3)


We are living in unsettling times, but God warned us all about it from the very beginning. He told us what to expect and how to respond to it.


Years ago Christian churches began abandoning the Word of God and making up their own doctrine based on opinion polls. I remember hearing discussions about the need to โ€œstay relevant to a changing society.โ€ They abdicated the God-given prophetic role of speaking to the world on behalf of God and instead let the world dictate to the Church what she should teach. They became popular but ironically were rendered irrelevant, since they no longer had anything to offer that the world wasnโ€™t already saying.


Then the scoffers arose; some in Christian pulpits, others in the news media, the entertainment world, and the education system. Emboldened by the fact that so many who should have been standing up for the truth were cowering in a corner, trying desperately to be relevant to the World, they ridicule anyone who still believes the Bible. Biblical morality must give way to a more progressive human ethics, they say; Bible history must bow to evolution. Faith must be replaced by โ€œreason.โ€ ย Light must be replaced by darkness.


Now we are told that the Biblical view of the nature of man, of human relationships, family, marriage, parent and child, all must be destroyed in the name of โ€œscienceโ€ and โ€œprogress,โ€ They call it reason, science and progress, but they are simply the scoffing of men and women who are determined to follow their own sinful desires.


How should we respond?


"๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š, ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™™, ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™š๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฌ๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ."

(II Peter 3:17)


"๐๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž,

๐๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ฌ

๐€๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ค."


๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ. ๐˜’๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต. ๐˜Ž๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ โ€œ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ.โ€œ ๐˜’๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ.

Pastor Dan Giles

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