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September 2021 Newsletter

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Peter Martin Interview and Book Release Announcement!

Does there seem to be more suffering going on now than in times past? What are God’s intentions for suffering? What are His intentions for your suffering? Pastor Peter Martin shares with Dr. Randy Carlson!  

His book “Fellowship of Suffering: Finding healing from trauma through the power of community”. Here’s a link to his book on Amazon

Would you like Peter Martin to share at your fellowship or group?  He can be reached at peter@runninglight.org

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Creative Porn Writing in High School?

On this episode of the Better Pleasure Podcast by R.L. Ministries, Peter brought up a current article out of Ohio that really rocked the local mayors world. It concerned educators at the High School level that were contributing (allegedly) to child pornography. It had to do with a book that was distributed in the school that is supposed to help kids with their creative writing skills! Of course the mayor was shocked!

Here were some of creative writing projects in the book!

  • Write a story of a preacher that was caught in a sex sandal
  • Describe your favorite part of a male body using verbs
  • Choose how you will die
  • Write a x rated Disney scenario
  • A sexual fantasy that you would not want to share with your mom, then rewrite, so you can share it with her

Do you think this is an encouragement for child pornography by the educators? Peter makes the case that it is possibly sexual harassment. And Beau get’s into the discussion from there! It is interesting to figure out what the educators where thinking when handing out the book. Is sex and porn so normalized that educators assume that High School students would be comfortable and even knowledgeable with these topics. What if there are students that did not know what pornography was or felt strongly against such a assignment.

During the second part of the podcast Beau asks Peter to break down the meaning of Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

Sex is good. Really? Does the Bible teach that sex is honorable in the marriage bed?

Defilement was a common word used to discuss those that were ceremonially unclean in the Jewish Torah. Being around dead things, sex, skin problems, blood and many other things left you in the state of being defiled. But why? What was it all about? And why is it eluded to in the New Testament as well. “It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for fthey are virgins.” Revelation 14:4

Is Gods holiness the answer? Is the defilement laws a practical guide for Israel to stay healthy?

Enjoy!

Texas Abortion Law, SB 8

Wow! That was a cool Podcast!

Peter Martin takes some time with Beau to break down the Texas abortion bill, SB 8. They also discuss what many miss when on the topic of abortion!

Is it simply a man’s issue?

Also, how has a lack of sexual responsibility affected our culture? What is the age of those having abortions in the U.S.?

Why can’t humans just simply stop having sexual intercourse?

The Bible says that humans are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27). This puts a value on humans in and outside of the womb. Since the fall of human kind there have been abortions. Many times women are the focus of the kind or amount of abortions in the world. But what about men? And why do we care?

What is the Texas law all about? What about Roe vs. Wade? Peter takes some time to break the details down. But why do human beings continue to live sexual irresponsible lives?

Notice this pro-abortion rally outside of the Austin governors Mansion below. What do you find illogical about the sign being held? Why do they not see it’s incoherency? How is the sign potentially racist?

Enjoy!

Gender ideology and its ramifications

On August 12th Peter and I took some time to give our commentary on two videos about Gender. One was done by Laci Green the other by the DarkHorse podcast with Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying. Have you ever been confused on the subject? What is gender and how many genders are there? How does gender different from sex? And how many sexes are there? The questions can go on and on.

On this 117th podcast we found our conversation quite stimulating! C.S. Lewis came to mind (The Abolision of Man).

“A great many of those who “debunk” traditional or (as they would say) “sentimental” values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process”
― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“When all that says ‘it is good’ has been debunked, what says ‘I want’ remains. (…) The Conditioners, therefore, must come to be motivated simply by their own pleasure. (…) My point is that those who stand outside all judgements of value cannot have any ground for preferring one of their own impulses to another except the emotional strength of that impulse. (…) I am very doubtful myself whether the benevolent impulses, stripped of that preference and encouragement which the Tao teaches us to give them and left to their merely natural strength and frequency as psychological events, will have much influence. I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

The DarkHorse podcast video brought about some real interesting ideas as to the potential ramifications in medical education and the military if we continue down the current path. While Laci showed us what the American Psychological Associations current definition of gender is. The question is…will it change again? And is it a definition based on facts or opinion? And if what is true about gender is based on person identity, then how do you define it? There are allot of identities on the planet. (Almost 8 billion and growing!)

But what does this all mean for us who are Christians? Glad you asked! Peter and I get into an interesting side of the Gender issue and it’s consequences on legislative government and the science community. We ended up looking at Apocalyptical prophecies in the Bible the discuss a one world order with a intellectual leader who will perhaps be not be into marriage!

Daniel 11:37, which says that Antichrist will “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all”, will the Antichrist be androgynous?

Of course it is purely theoretical, but interesting non the less!

The Bible stresses the idea of procreation being one of the first commands given to humans. Why is this important? What is the consequences of not valuing procreation?

Is the cuurent gender ideology in education moving us directly into what the Bible says about the last days?

Check it out!

Growing in Getting Up!

This week in our men’s group we had a great talk which started in 1st John.

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on
account of his name. 13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known
him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you
have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you
have known the Father. 14 I write to you, fathers, because you have
known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men,
because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have
overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:12-14

Knowing that your sins are forgiven is huge! Especially for those that are sensitive to their sin. The idea behind the, “your sins have been forgiven,”
is the idea of continuing to be forgiven! Little children need all the encouragement in the world. We do too.

On account of Jesus we are forgiven. We fall a bunch, as babies tend to do, but we get back up, and try again. “For though a righteous human falls seven times, they rise again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16

What does the number seven signify in the Bible?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I
forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22

When the deciples heard Jesus teach on forgiving a person who sins again you seven times in the same day, they asked for something! Do you know what it was?

Watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to say, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”… Luke 17

They said, “Increase our faith!” They understood that walking in fellowship with another takes faith. Faith to forgive. Jesus assumes that we will sin. And we will sin many times even in one day!

Do we trust God to walk with other humans in this kind of way? Do we trust God by giving forgiveness to those that seek it from us?

Many times we think that a good relationship is predicated on a lack of sin, yet Jesus indicates that even the act of giving a gift to our kids can be sinful!

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

That hits us a bit don’t it! You mean even my good deeds aren’t that good?

But think of this; if it is true that Jesus taught that we are sinners who sin, and would need mercy and continual forgiveness as we learned in 1st John, then do our relationships bear the mark of believing such a teaching? What would that mark look like?

The deciples knew in order to be like Jesus in our forgiving of others, we would need a ‘increase in faith!’

But think about it. Does your relationship with your spouse, your kids, your friends etc… bear the mark that you are a follower of Jesus? If so, then you will be asking for forgiveness regularly, and also forgiving those that sin against you. In doing so, we are showing our need for forgiveness and also giving forgiveness to those who need mercy. Showing our need for forgiveness takes a willingness to admit fault. This can be difficult as there are many excuses we can make for our behavior. And many of us do.

People struggle with hearing our sins, but God does not. God actually wants us to come to him in brokenness. You can bring your heart to the throne of grace the Bible tells us. Is your heart burdened by your sin? Bring it to the one who can forgive you completely. You family might not be able to! Neither your friends! But God will! Why? Because the Father loves the Son and will forgive anyone who comes to him in His Son’s Name.

We live in a culture that is unable to grant forgiveness well. Mercy and Grace have been removed words from our vocabulary. What a shame we could say. Jesus faced a similar culture in his day. And the culture that removed forgiveness, mercy and grace from there minds is the same one that crucified him. Maybe all we are left with is self righteous hate when void of these behaviors. Forgiveness, mercy & grace.

Looking to Jesus we are given wings to rise up from our despair to new heights that we could have never imagined. We can get up and we can help other get up as well! Praise God for His Son!