Broken

broken-heart.jpgby Paula Harrington Do you know families like this? Families so entrenched in sin that the consequences will appear for many years. If you don’t know them personally, you’ve probably seen them on television or read about them in the newspaper. Torn apart by sin, these families struggle day to day in worldly chaos. We know them and may even be them. Continue reading Broken

Left Behind

by Michael Galloway
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My generation, the current generation, is being left behind. I am not referring to technology, but to something much more important — spirituality.

Amid all of the technology my generation has grown up with, and has used to get ahead, it amazes me that my generation has gotten left behind. Facebook, MySpace, DVDs, Computers, Reality TV, IPods, and the many other secular things that are associated with my generation, are items which when used right can be used to much good. However, the amazing things of my generation are continually being corrupted and directed towards destruction.

How many times do you hear of a young girl being connected to sexual predators, because of MySpace, and raped and killed?

How many times do you see sexually immoral things coming on the television screen? “Desperate Housewives,” anyone?

How many times do you walk down a street and hear obscenities blaring from the earphones connected to an IPod?

How many teens in youth groups are corrupted by pornography?

Let me invite you to do a random poll. It might surprise you. How many teens have viewed pornography on the computer, and then became a part of the 50% of American teenagers who have engaged in sex? /1

How many Facebook pages are corrupted with curse words, dirty quotes and jokes?

How many Facebook pages are filled with immodest pictures of my generation?

Wake up, America! These things have become common occurrences today.

Wake up, kids! Wake up parents! Your kids are getting “left behind.”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV).

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1/ Statistic comes from Washington Post article: “A Debunking on
Teenagers and ‘Technical Virginity'”

Michael is a Bible and Communication major at Freed-Hardeman University. He plans to preach upon graduation. Originally from the Gloster St., congregation in Tupelo, Miss., Michael is working as an intern with the Washington Ave. church in Evansville, Ind.

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I Come to Communion

by Robert L. Jenks
I come to communion not because I am worthy, not for any righteousness of my own, for I have grievously sinned and fallen short of what by God’s help I might have been.
I come not because there is any magic in partaking of the symbols of Christ’s body and blood.
I come not from a sense of duty that is unacquainted with deep appreciation for his blessed means of grace, the highest privilege in Christian worship.
I come because Christ bids me come. It is his table, and he extends the invitation.
I come because it is a memorial to Him: as oft as it is done in remembrance of him. Here is a vivid portrayal of the redeeming sacrifice of the Christ of Calvary. His matchless life, his vicarious sufferings and his faithfulness even unto death are brought to mind, and I bow humbly before him in worship.
I come because in contemplation of the Father and his Son, our Savior, I am moved to thanksgiving for so great salvation.
I come because in this encounter with the Savior I am made to feel the wrongness of my sins — the base desire, unchristian motives, hurtful attitudes, vain ambition, and the things I have done which I ought not to have done, and the things I have failed to do which God expected me to do. I acknowledge my utter unworthiness and walk again the painful but necessary path of repentance.
I come because forgiveness is an inseparable part of true repentance. I arise with the assurance of pardon, rejoicing in the opportunity of a new beginning.
I come because I arise from the Lord’s table with new strength, new courage, new poise and new power to face the demands which life will lay upon me.
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Published in the bulletin of the Baker Heights church, Abilene Tex.

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