How, Then, Shall We Live?
Something historic has been taking place in our nation. Two Supreme Court decisions which have occurred in my lifetime have signaled a significant change, not only in our culture, but in our laws. Roe v. Wade (1973) legalized the killing of the innocent and defenseless unborn. In Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015) same sex marriage was declared to be legal in every state of the union. People have much to say on the subject, Christians among them. Sadly, a great deal of Christian reaction is sub-par when compared to the Scriptures. This is a time when Christians need to think, act, and speak biblically. This will be a series of messages on the Christian mindset and lifestyle which God requires of His people, particularly in times of opposition and persecution.
—Robert Deffinbaugh, July, 2015
The first lesson focuses on our Lord’s words to His disciples shortly before His death, and it could not be more relevant to Christians today. Let us listen well to our Lord and to His inspired and inerrant words, so that we may “gird up the loins of our minds” (1 Peter 1:13, KJV, NKJV) and manifest God’s holiness to a godless world (1 Peter 1:14-16). [Authored by Bob Deffinbaugh]
The second lesson reminds us that God is King! He is sovereign, and He has not lost control of this world. This is a word that will keep us from wringing our hands as though everything is out of control. This will turn us from our fears to faith in the all-powerful, all-knowing God. (Psalm 47) [Authored by Jeff Horch]
The third lesson reminds us of the Divine perspective on success and suffering. How should we look at life and God's involvement when it seems that everywhere we look the righteous suffer without the external blessing of the Lord, while the wicked flourish and and abound in their successes? (Psalm 73) [Authored by Bob Deffinbaugh]
The fourth lesson focuses our attention on the things which should be paramount in our thinking as we approach the coming elections in our nation. These eternal truths and principles are just as relevant today as they were 30 years ago, or nearly 3,000 years ago, when Proverbs was written.