What is the spiritual legacy American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister Mr. (Fred) Rogers left for all of us? Find out in this Bible Gateway Blog interview.
Most of us would agree that Hollywood doesn’t offer strong messages about morality. Today’s movies often promote and glorify sexual immorality, violence, selfishness, and even abortion. But these dangerous messages are no accident as Planned Parenthood recently admitted.
“The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” Da 4:25 NKJV As a Bible believer, here are three words that should not be in your vocabulary: luck, coincidence, and fate. Replace them instead with the word providence, which means “to see in advance and to provide for.” The Westminster Confession of Faith, written in the seventeenth century, states: “God the great creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence.” That means God is in charge, not us! But what about our human will? Can’t we act independently? Theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul wrote, “God’s sovereign providence stands over and above our actions. He works out His will through the actions of human wills, without violating the freedom of those human wills.” Look at Joseph. His brothers tried to destroy him, but instead their efforts put him on the throne of Egypt and fulfilled God’s will. Later he said, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to brin g about this present result” (Ge 50:20 NAS). Judas’ most heinous act helped bring about the best thing that ever happened, Christ’s atonement for our sins on the cross. Are you confused because of the things going on around you? One reason is because we only utilize about 10 percent of our mental potential. Plus, Paul points out that now we only “know in part” (1Co 13:9). When we get to heaven God may explain it all—or not. Until then, trust Him. And rejoice, He’s got the whole world in His hands—including you!
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If you haven’t already, you’re soon to be bombarded with flashy trailers for HBO’s new TV show, His Dark Materials. Full of cutting-edge graphics and high-quality dramatic acting, below the surface of this new series lies a sinister agenda. Based on books described by the author himself as the “Atheist Chronicles of Narnia,” this new show seeks to undermine you and your family’s faith in God.
Gay Pride Month has ended, but it leaves a sour taste behind. One such example surfaced in Manhattan at the end of Pride Month when a spirited parade left a local Chick-fil-A restaurant vandalized. It’s a sad example of the outright hate for Christ and Christians, and it runs rampant today.