Devoted to the plowing and planting of the Gospel
The following is not an endorsement of the Rush Limbaugh Program or meant to promote it or the man in any way. Apart from the many negative aspects of the show, we as Christians can rejoice over the powerful proclamation of the Gospel that was given to the masses. (Philippians 1:15–18)
While Rush Limbaugh is sometimes publicly excoriated in Baptist circles for his profane language (and not without merit), he is worthy of credit both for his political sway and business success. Always one to fight the status quo, he has built an unparalleled radio show that reaches millions of Americans every day.
For those acquainted with his program the details of his personal religious beliefs typically have been kept somewhat nebulous, though his affirmation in the existence of God has always been explicit. It is unclear exactly where Rush stands before God. But now that his bother, David, has just released his new book, there is little doubt that Rush has heard the Gospel.
Rush and David recently discussed the book on Rush’s radio program. Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel serves both as a Christian apologetic and as a personal account of David’s study of God and the Scriptures. In the radio interview David holds little back as he attests to the death, burial, and resurrection of a living Savior. He even manages to address the sovereignty of God and the deity of Christ, all while majoring on the Resurrection. Seeing that this dialogue was broadcasted across the nation, and that when released the book was a #1 bestseller on Amazon, perhaps some will be brought to a saving knowledge of Christ.
As with any author, it would be unwise to give a blanket endorsement of the book, but if the interview is any indication, this book will be a worthwhile read.Tim Brubaker
A courtroom victory for pro-life and religious freedom advocates, Lifenews.com reported that the Department of Justice has dropped the appeal of the Supreme Court’s decision concerning elements of the HHS mandate that would have forced some companies to violate their religious beliefs and provide healthcare coverage for abortion and contraception. It is likely that the news will scarcely catch the eye of mainstream media, but the significance can hardly be downplayed.
The legal pressure on Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties should subside, at least for a while. With the decision of the Supreme Court, the Obama Administration can not force these companies and others to violate their moral and religious positions, a caveat not found in the original wording of the mandate. Samuel Alito is quoted as saying, “The Supreme Court holds government can’t require closely held corporations with religious owners to provide contraception coverage.” Now that the appeals are being dropped, the case will soon be closed.
In some of my recent reading, I came across this little nugget…
The Spirit of God at this time came upon Zechariah, Jehoiada’s son, and this fearless high priest boldly denounced Judah’s idolatry and called for national repentance. Finally, at Joash’s order, Zechariah was stoned to death. This is perhaps the darkest moment in Judah’s history, the brutal murder of her own high priest. Our Lord would refer to this some eight and a half centuries later (Matthew 23:35).
Zechariah thus becomes the Old Testament Stephen, as both of them were stoned for speaking the truth (Acts 7:51-59). With his last words, the high priest asked that his death be avenged by God (2 Chronicles 24:22). This is a significant difference between Zechariah’s last words and Stephen’s (Acts 7:60). Zechariah dies demanding that God judge his murderers, while Stephen asks the Lord to forgive them. New Testament grace goes much further than Old Testament law.
Willmington’s Guide to the Bible – Page 120
Willmington’s Guide to the Bible has been a great benefit to my Bible study! Though I would not endorse everything in the book, I would highly recommend it to someone who is looking for a quick n’ easy and all inclusive Bible study resource. You can pick one up for under forty dollars.
The past several weeks have been quite busy around our household. On September 2nd, the Lord blessed us with the birth of Sarah Jane Brubaker! She was born at 9:10 AM and almost broke the scale at a whopping 5lbs. and 6oz. (*Big Grin*) Her head-to-toe came in at 18.5 inches. For those of you remembering the circumstances surrounding the birth of our first child, Chloe, you are probably wondering how Sarah’s birth compared. Liz and I have concluded that this latest addition was slightly more complicated than the quick, unexpected cabin birth of Chloe. There were no major complications or concerns, but my wife will tell you that this birth certainly took more effort on her part!
It is now about two weeks later and Liz and Sarah are both doing very well! Many people have been immensely helpful during this time of adjusting to two babies in the house. Two people particularly worthy of mention are our mothers who have both sacrificed in a number of major ways for us recently. (We thank the Lord for them!)
In the coming weeks we will be setting our minds to upcoming ministry opportunities. We are thrilled to be serving each week in our home church, but we are also excited to be on the road participating in the ministry of evangelism into which God has led.
On August 15th, a judge upheld an order issued by Ohio’s health department that would close abortion clinics in the state. According to the order, the clinics were required to be licensed in compliance with Ohio’s minimum medical safety standards. Many abortion clinics never applied for the proper license and now the OHD is tracking them down.
Martin Haskell, a nationally-known late-term abortionist, was ordered to close his facility for not meeting the medical standards.
The battle will likely continue, but Judge Jerry Metz’s ruling is certainly a huge step in the right direction!
Update: The battle is over! Martin Haskell and his Lebanon Road Surgery Center announced that they would not be returning to court. Case closed.
July is rapidly coming to a close and preparations for the new baby’s arrival are just beginning. God has given us a wonderful little girl and we are so excited to soon have a playmate for her! Mid-September marks the expected arrival of our little blessing. Being home for a couple of months before the baby is due has allowed us to start planning on some changes that must be made to our abode to welcome baby Brubaker. We are currently bringing in the garden, little by little, Dan is working part-time on the farm and preaching to our church’s teens, Liz is enjoying keeping up with Chloe in all her shenanigans, and Chloe is . . . well, being a one year old.
The Lord is good! Our family was able to enjoy two weeks of summer camp ministry in Georgia at Flying Eagle Ranch! God gave us safety in our travels and we saw several decisions of salvation and surrender made by the campers. We also enjoyed great fellowship with family, camp staff, and several area pastors and their congregations. The Lord has blessed Flying Eagle Ranch’s ministry and we certainly look forward to serving with them in the future!