Here are a letter and video I recently received. I love it!
Recalling back in 2007, deployed to Iraq for the second time, when I really started to come out of the world and live my life for our Lord Jesus Christ, I started to listen to Greg Laurie, as it was something I could download and listen to on the roads of Iraq from my Ipod. My fellow soldier and I would listen to his preaching before every mission and often I would lead our convoy in prayer before going out into danger on the roads of Iraq. My nick name was reverend Turner, it was given to me and I had no choice but to take it. I look back, smile and laugh thinking about those moments with my fellow soldiers. We were family, we watched out for each other, didn’t always like each other but we did love each other to the point of giving our life for each other if necessary.
I think that we, as believers in Christ, should have that same love for one another. God wants us to have that kind of love for our brothers (believers in Christ). Why is it so hard? It’s not, if we are in Christ and we love Jesus Christ, we will love those who are in Christ with us. It’s a tell tale sign of being saved.
One night before a mission we were sitting in our truck listening to Greg Laurie, I told my buddy we should record ourselves singing the song that’s always played before Greg starts teaching. He agreed but when I started to sing I guess he changed his mind because it was only me singing in the video. Well I’m attaching this video for your enjoyment. God bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you in Christ Jesus!
A plain-spoken follower of Jesus is now “in trouble” for speaking his mind, and more specifically, for holding to a position that is taught in Scripture.
What Phil said has been described as “hateful,” “anti-gay,” etc. A&E has pulled him off the hugely popular show Duck Dynasty as a result.
I don’t know how stressed Phil is about this. He’s probably out duck hunting.
It seems to me that some people who talk the most about tolerance are the most intolerant toward anyone who dares to disagree with their views.
As Christians, we are not wanting to force our views on anyone. The fact is, we are, as a whole, tolerant of other people’s choices, even if we don’t agree with them. But what is being asked of us is not tolerance, but acceptance and endorsement of sin.
We cannot do that.
We believe in God, the Creator and Designer of the world and all of its creatures. We believe He has provided, as the Bible teaches, an intended design for sex and marriage. We choose to hold to that, while being tolerant of those who choose to disregard it.
We stand with Scripture on the topic of homosexuality and every other sin the Bible speaks of.
And we will continue to tolerate and even love those that disagree with us.
It would be nice if that were a two-way street.
Here is an interview I did with Phil Robertson at the SoCal Harvest this year.
Here is more “behind the scenes” footage:
Finally, here is Phil sharing his favorite squirrel recipe with me.
Here is the video that we showed on Sunday of my conversation with Chuck Smith on August 21. I had asked Chuck to pray at this year’s Southern California Harvest, but he didn’t feel he could make it to Angel Stadium. A film crew and I went to his house to record his prayer, and we let the cameras roll as we continued to talk.
As most of you know, Chuck has been battling cancer for a couple of years now.
As Pastor Chuck fought this dreaded disease, he still maintained a very full schedule of preaching and serving the Lord to the very end.
I can’t help but think of the apostle Paul’s words to Timothy:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Tim 4:7-8)
Rarely does a man come along that impacts a generation, but Chuck Smith was that man.
He certainly impacted my life.
Chuck is now in heaven and he will certainly hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant . . . Now enter the joy of the Lord!” (Matthew 25:23).
There is much more I will say in the days ahead, but for now let’s remember to pray for Chuck’s family and his congregation, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.