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Because we have hope in God, we can cry out to Him. Some articles in our August 2015 Christian Health Care Newsletter may help you do that. Here’s what we’ve got this month:

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By Pastor Mike McCartney

I believe that the Church in America is not praying as much and not repenting as much as it should, by and large, because we’re satisfied.

I think that people are just satisfied with life right now, and I see that they’re busy building “bigger barns” (Luke 12:16-21). I think that a lot of folks are chasing after satan’s trinkets instead of God’s treasures. So I think that there’s a desire to build these bigger barns, and what satan’s really offering is like a cubic zirconia compared to God’s unsearchable riches (Romans 11:30-36; Ephesians 3:6-21). And yet, most Christians are busy all week long.

My wife and I went out on a drive one Sunday afternoon right after church, and milled around, and saw soccer fields full of kids and families out there, and they had time for that! And then we saw people mowing their grass, and washing their cars, and all these types of things. And again, I believe that the reason that they’re not in church and they’re not praying and repenting and are doing these types of things, is because they’re satisfied! When someone takes their car they’ll get upset. When there’s no soccer fields to play on Sunday they’ll be upset. When there’s no boat that goes to the lake, they’ll begin to get upset.

And I just think right now, as long as we’re satisfied, it’s sort of like a person sleeping in a nice warm bed in a cold house, and the burglar breaks into the house and they’re hoping that maybe the dog will take care of that burglar. They just don’t want to get out of bed, and you hear the burglar climbing up the stairs.

Christians: The burglar’s in the bedroom, and it’s time to wake up!

It’s soon going to be too late. We have to no longer be satisfied with the way things are going. It’s up to us—we can’t rely on anybody else to do something. There’s not going to be anybody else. We need to wake up before it’s too late.

Mike McCartney is pastor of Chester Gap Baptist Church in Virginia.

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By Jed Stuber

618-3d_2Evangelist Ray Comfort produces films showing his interactions with non-Christians on the street. His latest film, Audacity, focuses on his encounters with homosexuals.

For three decades Comfort has pointed out that American evangelicalism is ineffective because it tends to skirt around key aspects of the Gospel, particularly uncomfortable topics like sin, law, judgment, and hell.

His films demonstrate that when those essential aspects of the Gospel are included and communicated well, hearts and lives are truly changed. A half-gospel is no Gospel at all if it leaves people in their sins. Ultimately, Comfort is making this point: you don’t actually love non-believers if you don’t have the audacity to bring up sin and present the Gospel. Love can’t stay silent.

Some of the people Comfort speaks to react very negatively to his approach, saying that he is intolerant, judgmental, or bigoted, but that response is a lot less common than you might expect. Even when there is that kind of negative reaction, it is often diffused as the conversation progresses. He manages to present the complete Gospel in a way that is winsome and attractive, causing people to eagerly, genuinely engage in discussion with him.

In previous films Comfort focused on his interactions with atheists, evolutionists, and pro-choicers. In many cases they walked away acknowledging that they had a better understanding of God, the Bible, and Christianity. In a few cases, they actually became Christians.

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

As it is written, “For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39

By Rob Slane

When I heard of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex “marriage” across the United States, I must confess that a sense of gloom and despondency welled up inside me. It wasn’t only the decision’s effect on America itself that bothered me, although I grieve about that. It was also the fact that this decision is likely to have major ramifications throughout the world, with a host of other countries facing pressure to follow suit.

My fears were confirmed when I read Secretary of State John Kerry’s reaction to the vote:

The court’s decision also sends a clear message to every corner of the globe: no law that rests on a foundation of discrimination can withstand the tide of justice.

slane 2015This wasn’t a statement of “fact” he was making. It was a threat. If you couple this with what Mr. Obama said in an interview back in January—“We have to twist the arms, when countries don’t do what we need them to”—then you will understand that the pressure being put on countries around the globe to conform to this new “norm” will from now on be enormous.

Despondency should lead us to prayer, and so it did with me. And as so often is the case when we pray, I found that my whole perspective began to change. I was praying with these words from Psalm 53 in my thoughts: “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad,” when it suddenly it dawned on me that the Supreme Court decision might not necessarily be the calamity it first seemed to be.

Don’t misunderstand. I am not about to condone the vote and all that it signifies. It was a terrible decision, both constitutionally and morally. It may have been exactly what we needed. Think about it.

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By Michael Miller

Five Samaritan Ministries members take the hope of the Gospel nationwide.

This Hope, a vocal group that started in the early 1990s in the small town of Soldotna, Alaska, and is now based outside of Atlanta, Georgia, seeks to “direct people to Jesus Christ and to present the Gospel through song and through the Word,” says group member Mikah Boudreaux.

In the ’90s, that mission was carried out mainly around south-central Alaska near Anchorage, with occasional forays several hours north to Fairbanks. The group—Mikah, David Inabnit, Tim Inabnit, Daniel Johnston, and Jeane Bope—grew up together in Soldotna, attending church and school together. They performed in different combinations during high school and college before melding into This Hope. The quintet started traveling as they also started careers and families, until it became apparent they were being called to something larger.

“The Lord continued to open doors for us,” Mikah says.

They prayed about going into full-time ministry and leaving Alaska, and after a year felt that the Lord was leading them to do just that. The men and their families chose Atlanta, heading there in 1997. It’s a good location, Mikah says, because, besides having a solid church base, Atlanta is only a few hours away from Nashville for recording, and the South and East coasts are within reasonable driving reach as well.

“It was quite a shock moving to Atlanta, because we were probably just young and didn’t know any better,” Mikah says. “It was a huge leap of faith for us to uproot our families and move to Atlanta. There were moments along the way that He definitely tested our faith and there were days when we were wondering if this was really a wise choice. But through all those early years, God continued to confirm what we were doing through how He was working in our concert ministry and how He was continuing to provide for us.”

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