6-26-16 – Senior Pastor Darrin Ronde voices the way that there are many court/law parallels in the Bible and how there is a difference between Satan bringing up your past to condemn and God bringing up your past to convict.
6-19-16 – Guest Speaker Dr. Lawson joins us on Father’s Day to speak on listening to the Father who loves us (God) instead of the father of lies who hates us (Satan).
June 15, 2016
The city of Orlando, Florida was rocked this week by the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. It’s sad to see such the land of the free and the brave to be invaded by the brainwashed and cowardly. The killer was a disturbed soul. Stories are circulating about his background and personal struggles, but the bottom line is that we shouldn’t kill those we disagree with.
What’s also sad is that our leading politicians made this event an argument for their platform for gun or immigration control. If we can just keep the guns out of “bad people’s” hands, or shut our borders to the “wackos”, we would avert a lot of tragedies. There is wisdom in a level of gun control and restricting our borders, but we won’t ever be fully protected from those with evil intent.
What matters most right now is that there are dozens of families that are grieving great losses. Parents who were helpless to rescue their adult children and friends who watched friends get shot. Forty-nine people were killed. More than that were wounded. A time will come to address legislation. This is the time to administer love. The Bible describes God this way:
“The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles….” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
This is a time to show empathy to those who suffer, regardless of their nationality, religion or moral positions. We’re to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Jesus taught us to love indiscriminately because He so loved the world. Not after it turned to Him or got things right, but in its messed up state. While we were yet sinners, God demonstrated His love in sending Jesus to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). What Jesus taught is that you don’t have to agree with someone to love them.
Let’s leave judgment up to God and legislation to the politicians. As the Body of Christ, let’s be like Jesus and weep over cities that need the care of a Shepherd. This would be a good time to turn off the TV’s, unplug from social media, and get on your knees crying out to the God of all comfort to heal the emotional and physical wounds of those who endured one of the darkest days of our generation.
6-12-16 – Senior Pastor Darrin Ronde illuminates the idea of all the different things that we hear that are lies and what the one true voice is and what it sounds like – the voice that belongs to God. We need to be able to recognize truth to withstand all the lies that the world throws at us.
6-5-16 – Senior Pastor Darrin Ronde starts off our new series by looking at the different voices we hear throughout out life, how to listen to God’s voice, and how to battle against the enemy’s voice.