State-by-State Abortion Battle, Fire Destroys Church Sanctuary & Making Big Decisions
According to Americans United for Life, there are currently 25 states with an abortion ban of some sort. The sanctuary of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina is gone — now only a charred shell. And, in a piece on Baptist Press, Matt Espenshade offers four tip to help make decisions. He’s a
pastor and former FBI agent.
According to Americans United for Life, there are currently 25 states with an abortion ban of some sort.
– Prohibition from conception: Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Idaho; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; North Dakota; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming.
– Court orders have blocked enforcement at least temporarily for the bans in Arizona, Indiana, Utah and Wyoming.
– Prohibition when a heartbeat can be detected: Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Ohio; South Carolina.
– Prohibition at 12 weeks’ gestation: Nebraska; North Carolina.
All these laws permit exceptions to their bans to protect the life of the mother, and several include various other exceptions, according to SBA Pro-life America.
The sanctuary of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina is gone — now only a charred shell. A lightning bolt likely ignited the blaze that gutted the building on Sunday, July 2.
But “the church is the people,” interim pastor Joe Hayes Jr. maintains, and the spirit of Camp Creek’s members remains undaunted. They will continue to worship on the northern Greenville County site where the congregation has met since 1885.
“It’s totally devastating,” Hayes told The Courier. “But as sad as it is, I’m telling the people that God’s not through with the church, and we’re going to pull together and get through this.”
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In a piece on Baptist Press, Matt Espenshade offers four tip to help make decisions. He’s a pastor and former FBI agent. He writes;
What you worship – Everyone worships something. So, the most important decision one will ever make is whether to worship Jesus – or to worship something(s) lesser.
Your conviction to what you say you believe – is your conviction deep enough that you’re willing to speak about it
Consistency in your decision-making process –By God’s grace, we grow through consequences and experiences and thus find greater consistency in decision-making.
C.S. Lewis wrote that “good and evil increase at compound interest. That’s why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance.” So, this is why consistency in your process matters. Develop good habits like being in God’s word, gathering data, being patient, asking good questions, and seeking wise counsel.
A willingness to critically analyze your decisions – Maybe the best habit I carried with me from the military and the FBI is the practice of the “after-action review.” It is good to be confident in your decisions and defend your process – but we must be humble enough to admit when we are wrong and grow from our mistakes. Doing so makes us more dependent on God.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.