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“They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

In 2011,the Baltimore Sun ran a syndicated piece about atheists in the military that desired to become Athiest Chaplains. According to the writer, Captain Ryan Jean was “one of about a dozen military atheists that see the recognition of lay leaders as a step toward the appointment of ‘nonbelieving chaplains’, who would be responsible — like the priests, ministers, rabbis and imams now in uniform — for responding to the spiritual needs of service members.” Huh?!

As Paul wrote this verse, he was dealing with “religious leaders” who had no clue what they were talking about. Simply put, just because we have religious opinions does not mean we are scholars on the subject. Yet, many are fooled into false beliefs on the basis that someone makes a good argument. The Bible proves itself to be an authority because it’s been tested for years against the authenticity of history, doctrine, and practice. Yet many fall because of a desire for slick packaging over time-tested truth. 

One day there probably will be Athiest Chaplains and Athiest Churches, a misnomer that would leave us torn between despair and humor. People will get for themselves what they want, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. Come to church today and find out what God desires: The Truth that will set you free! You are loved today! Believe that!

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For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness.” (Acts 26:16 NLT)

Today, I’ve been privileged to sit in an Emergency Services Chaplaincy training event. Men from around our state gathered to learn how to minister appropriately to firemen and law enforcement officers. In a field where stress is high and can be hesitant to religious things, Jesus is grooming people to reach them and those lives they intervene with on emergency situations.

For all of us, God is calling workers to the world to serve those that have yet to experience salvation and new life through a relationship with Christ Jesus. Even in the toughest of fields, God desires all people to know the hope that He has for them. It’s not for someone else to do, it’s your duty, your calling to be Jesus to this world.

Wherever you live and work, be God’s hand to that area you’re in. As God leads your life, be confident that He will lead you where He is already grooming hearts. Be the ready hands of God to your world! You are loved today!

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