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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 21, 2018

FAKE NEWS

Fake Good News

Even the gospel of Jesus Christ has been twisted by fake news.

Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, and Sun Myung Moon’s Divine Principle are all examples of fake news disguising itself as “good news.” Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people have been taken in by these and hundreds of other fake gospels.

While there are many markers of fake “good news,” the most telling is the question that Jesus asked his disciples in Matthew 16:13: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

The disciples responded in the next verse with lofty and honorable titles and positions: “John the Baptist, others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” But none were correct, even though they were all complimentary.

And, while all of the above examples I gave of modern-day “fake good news” have a significant place for Jesus, they do not afford him his rightful place.

Jesus then asked the disciples in Matthew 16:15, “But who do you say that I am?”

In verse 16, Peter claims, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” While Jesus is fully man, he is also fully God. A mystery, to be sure. But it’s the truth. Anyone or anything that gives him any lesser place is fake news.

When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6) he was telling us that we can trust him

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 21, 2018

Today’s Verse for 08/21/2018

Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. — Psalm 42:8 (KJV)

Thought

I have always loved music. To this day, songs help unlock the part of me that is most yielded to God. It helps me declare my love for him and my praise to him. But as the psalmist says, at night, especially on those nights when sleep is hard to come by, his song is with me.

Prayer

O God of my life, thank you for music and song. Thank you for giving me so many good things to sing joyfully about. Thank you for hearing my heart when I sing and not just my words and the song’s melody. I long, dear Father, for the day I get to hear you sing and I join the heavenly chorus around your throne. Until then, fill my life with your song. Through Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.img_2435

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 20, 2018

Drain The Vatican Swamp

The sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent days marked the culmination of seven decades of horrendous wrongdoing by hundreds of priests.

Let me say that sexual abuse is not exclusive to the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants and Baptists are as guilty in many cases. However, the scope of a multinational cover-up is unique to the Roman Catholic Church.  The fact that the Roman Catholic Church has made settlements with the victims to the tune of $3 billion is also unique to the Roman Catholic Church.  $3 BILLION!

In the Catholic Herald, Madison, Wisconsin, Bishop Robert C. Morlino writes of the current situation, “It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord.” He continues, “In the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual.”

These clerics should be defrocked, excommunicated, arrested by the authorities and fitted for a millstone! (“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Matthew 18:6)

Finally, the words of the Apostle Paul are especially damning (Roman 2:24): “For, as it is written, ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’”

It is time for the Roman Catholic laity to drain the Vatican Clerical  Swamp!

Pastor Terry Hagedorn

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 20, 2018

Preaching and Hearing (I Cor. 14:3). Dr. Robert L. Horton

Paul begins an extended discussion of spiritual gifts in chapter 11 of I Corinthians. He interrupts it in chapter 13 to discuss something even more important than gifts of the Spirit – the nature and importance of love. Then he resumes the discussion in chapter 14, and places an emphasis on prophecy. But his definition of prophecy runs counter to the way many think of spiritual gifts. Paul says, “He who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (14:3). This sounds exactly like a definition of preaching.

Those called by God to preach, which calling is a spiritual gift to the church (see Eph. 4:11), are to speak to men just as Paul describes. They are to seek to edify their hearers, that is to instruct them in the truths of the Gospel and the Bible. They are to encourage growth from babes in Christ taking in only the milk of the Word to mature believers capable of chewing on solid doctrinal meat. In exhortation they challenge believers to live as becoming saints. And they are to apply the love of Christ to the emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation.

We who sit in the pews are to learn from the lessons, hear and practice the exhortations, and experience the shepherding love and care of our Savior. Faithful hearing is an active obligation in response to the Spirit’s gift of prophecy given to the church in the person of the preacher.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 20, 2018

Today’s Verse for 08/20/2018

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. — Psalm 16:8 (KJV)

Thought

There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can shake us loose from the grip of God’s grace if our hearts remain pointed at Jesus as our Lord and our hope remains focused on the Lord’s return. If Jesus is our Lord, then all of life’s greatest blessings lie ahead of us and he will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!

Prayer

Holy Lord, you are worthy of majesty, honor, and praise. I lift up your name, O God, and place it above every name. As I look to the future, I want to honor you and I want to journey with you there. Since I believe you will never leave or forsake me, I will always look ahead to find you leading the way. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 19, 2018

Today’s Verse for 08/19/2018

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. — 1 John 5:12 (KJV)

Thought

This statement is both a reminder of God’s glorious grace and also of our need to share that grace with others. Life is such a precious gift, it would be a shame for anyone we know and love to miss out. God gave up the life of his Son so that in finding him, we too could share in his life.

Prayer

Father of all nations, resurrect in your people a desire to spread your grace to every language, tribe, nation, and people. Empower us with your Spirit so that we will speak the Gospel of Jesus with boldness and respect to a world who does not know him. Use us to help others come to life in the Son! Through the name of Jesus your Son, we pray. Amen.
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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.A2AC598E-0D99-4C42-A443-DCE376E493DA

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 18, 2018

To Answer or Not (Prov. 26:4-5). Dr. Horton

Is Solomon contradicting himself when he tells us, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes” (Pr. 26:4-5)? In a quick reading it appears that each verse negates the other. Answer, don’t answer. Which is it?

Attention to the second half of each verse points us to a solution to this conundrum. There are times when wisdom requires silence. When engagement with the fool would bring us down to his level, we do best to disengage. There are people and circumstances where no answer would be received, or where the answer would simply provide more fodder for the fools mockery. Social media and talk shows present ample evidence of this. We are not heard when speaking into a wind storm. We also must be careful that we are not tempted to answer foolishness with foolishness. A “cute” or sarcastic response can bring us down to the same level as the fool. Truth does not advance by indiscretion.

There are other occasions when we must answer foolish assertions in the defense of truth. When facts are misrepresented or falsehoods are paraded as truth, we must counter the errors. When we stand on solid ground and the fool is sinking into quicksand, we must seek to bring him and his hearers to the rock of truth. We can strive to turn them from error, whether they will listen or not.

Solomon tells us elsewhere that there is “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Eccl. 3:7).

Our Lord’s interactions also show examples of both of these verses. Reflect on Him with the Pharisees or before Pilate. Let us learn to be discerning in dealing with others.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 18, 2018

Today’s Verse for 08/18/2018

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (KJV)

Thought

The truth is often as simple as it is sweet — if Jesus is our life, then our lives have no end. Death does not strip life from us, but ushers us into life in Jesus’ very presence!

Prayer

Eternal God, thank you for sending Jesus to show me your love and thank you for sending him again soon to take me home. He is my anchor in the storms of life and my light in the darkest nights reminding me that you love me with an undying love. In the name of Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 17, 2018

Today’s Verse for 08/17/2018

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. — 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (KJV)

Thought

We live in a world with skewed values, false promises and fleeting fame. What can we boast in other than the steadfastness of the Lord’s love, the incredible riches of the Lord’s grace, the incomparable supply of the Lord’s blessings, the sweetness of the Lord’s people, the mercy of the Lord’s plan for our salvation, the promise of the Lord’s tomorrow, the…..? What other meaningful boast is there than the Lord and his eternal grace?

Prayer

Lord of majesty and mercy, every good and enduring thing in my life I have because of you. While these words are simple, they are heartfelt. In Jesus’ name, thank you!

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 16, 2018

Golden Rule’s Inverse (Pr. 24:29). Dr. Robert L. Horton

It may not be the best known verse in the Bible, which is probably “judge not that you be not judged,” but most people know the golden rule: “whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.…” Jesus instructs everyone to treat others as we desire to be treated, or as He says in other contexts quoting Lev. 19:18, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 19:19, 22:39). We should ask ourselves, how would we feel if we were on the receiving end of our action or words?

Some have said, however, that it we can treat others as they have treated us, since if they are living according to the golden rule themselves, they must think it okay to be treated that way. But lest anyone think this way, God also gives us the inverse of the golden rule: “Do not say, ‘I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work’” (Pr. 24:29). We cannot simply treat others as they acted toward us. The standard of our actions, words, or thoughts is not conditioned upon what others do. The ill behavior of someone else does not excuse our misbehavior. Go back to the Garden, Adam tried to blame Eve, and Eve tried to pass the blame to the Serpent, but God held each individually accountable. The action of another did not mitigate the judgment and punishment each received for their own sin. We are to love others as ourselves regardless of their attitude toward us. Let us pray for God’s help to do so.

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