In the Old Testament, the Israelites are commanded not to consume meat that still has blood in it. In Genesis 9:4 God tells Noah he and his family could eat animals for food, and also says “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” It is also mentioned various times in the Old Testament laws that consuming blood was forbidden.
Email from me: My name is Dylan Dodson and I am leading a new church starting in the area in 2017 (newcityrdu.com). I saw on your guys’ website that you are moving to a new space, and was wondering what was going to happen to your space on Creedmoor road? We are looking around for potential places to meet in starting in January. Thanks!
Response: Hi Dylan. The space is still open and all set a for a church … stage, sound booth, power, and snake [sound cable] in the ceiling.
Could this finally be it? Probably not, we’ve struck out on eight places so far for New City to meet, and that is only counting the places I have had conversations with (and not all the places that might could work but we didn’t hear back from). This is Raleigh we are talking about, why can’t we find someplace to meet on a Sunday morning?!
If you grew up in church, or have been a part of one for a while, you have undoubtedly heard over and over again the emphasis on inviting people to come to church with you. Be it a church service, event, group, etc. And while inviting others is a good thing, it is not and should not be the ultimate thing.
This election is very difficult for many people. Many people don’t like either candidate from the two political parties. And there is all this buzz out there that supposedly a vote for ___ (a third party candidate, or not voting) is a vote for Trump while others say somehow the very same act is actually a vote for Hillary Clinton; because realistically a third party candidate will not win and you shouldn’t waste your vote.
But we have never had two more unpopular candidates running at the same time than we do this election. We’ve never expected our presidents to be perfect, but it seems (to many) like these two candidates don’t pass a simple human decency test.
So what should we do? More specifically, how should Christians vote?
The most repeated phrase this election we have heard is that we should vote for the person we think is the lesser of two evils; because few people really love either candidate.
I’m not dismissing this idea, as I truly do understand the dilemma. If you don’t like either candidate, why not vote for the one you think will cause less damage. And since no presidential candidate has ever been perfect, that’s what we do every four years anyway. Right?
So what do we do?
Race relations have been a hot topic for debate this year. Black lives matter is countered with all lives matter. Being against police brutality is seen as being anti-police. Kneeling for the national anthem by NFL athletes in peaceful protest is argued to be against and ungrateful for our military. The list goes on.
Up until now, I’ve said/written/posted little to nothing about all this for two reasons.
How are things going?
I am asked that a lot right now. We are in a unique time right now as we prepare to start New City Church. There is a lot to prepare for; things that are exciting and things that make you anxious. You feel pretty much every emotion when planting a church.
I have been hesitant to write about how I have been feeling and how things have been going because I fear how it may come across. There have been times in the past where I read posts by others planting churches, and though I know they didn’t mean it, to me they came across as either one or two ways.
Patience is hard. I’m not sure I know anyone who would say “patience” is one of their strengths. There’s nothing fun about it.
It’s not like being generous, because it does warm our hearts to know we helped another. Or being someone who serves others well. Even when it is hard or inconvenient, you still feel the joy of blessing someone else. List any of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (queue the “fruits of the spirit song” that is now going through your heard if you grew up a part of a youth group).
What do you do when someone posts something online of one of your kids that you don’t like? Do you ask them to take it down? Just untag yourself from it and hope no one really sees it? Do nothing and hope it doesn’t happen again?
Maybe you’re afraid if you say something it will cause tension between you and the person who posted it? What if it’s your spouse who posts something you aren’t comfortable with? Yet they think it is perfectly fine.
More than ever, I think it is important to have a social media policy in place concerning what you will and will not allow to be posted online.
This summer we are doing a different an exciting bible study/summer teaching series on some of the most asked questions many today have for God. Below are our topics and schedule, everything is on Tuesday nights at 7 PM. We would love to have you join us!
Questions for God
6/21 – What is God’s design for sex?
6/28 – What does God want with my money?
7/5 – Hangout night
7/12 – How does my faith intersect with my work?
7/19 – How should I handle doubts about God?
7/26 – Why does God allow so much suffering?
8/2 – Week off
8/9 – Aren’t all religions basically the same?
8/16 – Can a loving God really send people to hell?
8/23 – How would God want me to vote?
8/30 – How does God view suicide?
9/6 – If God loves me unconditionally, does it matter how I live my life?
Let’s revisit the quote we used at the beginning of all of this.
God has given you everything you need to reach the people God has called you to reach. (Craig Groeschel)
As the objections begin to roll in about all the ways that statement isn’t true, remember, God hasn’t called you to reach everybody. God hasn’t given you everything you need to reach everyone, but rather he has given you everything you need for the few in your life you can impact.
But remember, God uses the humble and the faithful. Being used by God requires you doing things before you know the end result, which is why so many stop before they ever start. Thinking “I’ll do whatever God wants me to do, as long as I know the end result beforehand.” Unfortunately, that’s not how faith works.
Want to be used by God? Ask yourself these three simple questions: