Episode 561

Proposed Funding Minibus for ERLC, NOBTS Holds Sold-Out Abide Conference & Turn to Him For Our Soul Longings

Mar 8, 2024

With Congress poised to pass a minibus package of funding bills on Friday (March 8), the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is celebrating the inclusion of several provisions, while lamenting the exclusion of others. Tara Dew emphasized the profound truth that believers are children of God, having direct access to Him. And, we are bombarded daily with reports of violence, anger, disease and a host of other issues. It’s important to note that as terrible as these issues are, they are really symptoms of an even greater issue at the very foundation of who we are as human beings.

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With Congress poised to pass a minibus package of funding bills on Friday (March 8), the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is celebrating the inclusion of several provisions, while lamenting the exclusion of others.

The bipartisan minibus package contains six of the 12 required appropriations bills which fund the government.

The House passed the minibus package on Wednesday (March 6), and the Senate is expected to vote on the bill ahead of Friday’s government funding deadline. The package then goes to President Biden to sign, thus avoiding an impending government shutdown.

Congress had previously failed to pass any of the 12 necessary appropriations bills since the fiscal year ended on Sept. 30of last year. Instead, Congress passed a series of continuing resolution bills, extending the deadline for funding the government while the House and Senate worked on their versions of the 12 bills.
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Tara Dew emphasized the profound truth that believers are children of God, having direct access to Him. Speaking at the Abide Conference the campus of New Orleans Seminary, she highlighted Jesus’ use of “our father” to illustrate the shared relationship with God among believers. Dew stressed the importance of approaching God with reverence, acknowledging His holiness to truly pray for His will to be done in our lives.

Dew’s message serves as a reminder of the balance between the intimacy and the awe of our relationship with God. While believers enjoy a close, familial bond with God, it’s crucial to recognize His supreme holiness and authority. This understanding shapes how we approach God in prayer, fostering a respectful and sincere communion with Him, aligning our desires with His divine will.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.
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We are bombarded daily with reports of violence, anger, disease and a host of other issues. It’s important to note that as terrible as these issues are, they are really symptoms of an even greater issue at the very foundation of who we are as human beings. The ministry of Jesus helps us understand not only these surface-level issues, but it points us to the deeper issue at hand.
The way He described blessing sounded strange then. It still sounds strange to us today:

* Blessed are the poor.

* Blessed are the hungry.

* Blessed are the sad.

* Blessed are the hated.

In this teaching in Matthew 5, Jesus the poor, sad, hungry and hated will find their heart’s desire in Him. May we all turn to Him for our soul’s longings.

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