Sunday, July 28, 2013

How Can We Stand? - Pastor Furman Fordham II

Society is changing at, what for me is, an almost overwhelming pace and not in salubrious ways. As the real is forsaken at a shocking rate, the counterfeit rises and is accepted alongside; "gay marriage?" Violence is everywhere, so much so that even churches have created ministries to protect leadership, members and resources. Media sources we consume at home and elsewhere are full of hauntingly supernatural themes and promotion. Unemployment and labor force participation levels, especially in the black community, are at sustained depression levels and food stamp usage is at all time high, with two new recipients joining the total with each net new job added to payrolls. Economies foreign and domestic are collapsing. Once great cities are bankrupt and communities appear to be increasingly divided. One gets the sense that we are inexorably headed toward societal collapse with nothing in place to stop the inertia.

Jeremiah 30:5-7 describes the time of "Jacob's trouble:"

“For thus says the Lord:
‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
Pastor Fordam asks and answers, "How Can We Stand?"

Be blessed!

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