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Episode Info: I was having lunch with someone the other day, and she noted how easy it is to slip little by little into the world—maybe from busyness, too tired at the end of the day or in too much of a rush to get to work in the morning—to take the time to read the bible, pray, spend even a little time with the Lord.  Indeed. As any happily married person will tell you, the best relationships don’t just happen—they take time, and work…a lot of work. And on top of that, there are a lot of things going on in the World today trying to convince us that time is wrongly spent. The enemy will try any way he can to get us to turn from Christ.  Pressure will come from our family, our workplace, even from within our church. They will call us hateful because of our adherence to the Word of God, divisive or unsubmissive because we won’t blindly follow our leadership as they implement the latest awesome new way to be “Christian”. They will lie about us, paint a horrible picture of us that we won’t be allowed to challenge.  As the heat is turned up, the love of many will grow cold as they make spouse, child, workplace or church, more important than Christ himself, feeling they’re tired of arguing, it’s too embarrassing, or it “just isn’t worth it.”   Table Talk Notes Likely areas we’re feeling pressure…   Politics: support for the President or conservative viewpoints are viewed as micro-aggression, inviting attack Social Media:  post something thought-provoking and see “friends” respond with vile comments, OR watch friends and loved ones you were sure were true disciples of Christ “like” and support unbiblical, “worldly” things LGBTQ+++: a family member “comes out” expecting your support; a gender-confused co-worker demands you use only their preferred pronoun and name; your favorite store, child’s school or sports authority, local gym, “accommodates” gender fluid individuals in the restrooms, locker rooms, sporting events. Your Business: government non-discrimination ordinances wipe out religious freedom, and you are targeted for lawsuits Your Church: your denomination or local body decides to embrace the latest experiential teachings, or they continue following and supporting leaders or associations that have fallen into disgrace, unveiled as unbiblical.  If you don’t go along, you are put under “secret church discipline”, labeled a “Sanballat”, divisive and “unsubmissive”, and asked to leave the church without defending yourself to the body or even giving an explanation   Read: If Everyone Else Was Jumping Off a Cliff (I Do Every Day devotional)   J.H. Elliott’s commentary on 1 Peter 2, on how the culture tries to tag us as dangerous, trying to impose shame on us for believing the Bible… 1 Pet 2:4-5 | As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves ...
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