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Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - January 16

Dear Church Family –

Good news from the culture wars! In April of 2021, the West Virginia legislature passed a law called the “Save Women’s Sports Act.” The law said that men’s and women’s sports teams in schools in West Virginia must be based on biological reality, not gender identity. Specifically, the law says, “classifications based on gender identity serve no legitimate relationship to the state of West Virginia’s interest in promoting equal athletic opportunities for the female sex” and that “classifications of teams according to biological sex are necessary to promote equal athletic opportunities for the female sex.”

Of course, the law was challenged in court. The good news is, on January 6th, a U.S. District Court upheld West Virginia’s law and the right of the State to legislate sports rules on the basis of biological reality.

We’re glad for common sense and reality to win the day, but we’re still sort of “scratching our heads” at how we ever got to this point in America.

Yesterday morning I quoted Alexander Solzhenitsyn who already in the late 70s saw this coming and tried to warn America. Solzhenitsyn had a unique perspective. He was a good communist-atheist in Russia during the Stalin era. In a private letter he criticized Stalin. For that he was arrested and sentenced to 8 years in the horrible Russian gulag (prison system).

Out of his experience, Solzhenitsyn became an outspoken critic of communism. His writings helped raise global awareness of the terrible political and religious repression of the Soviet Union. He also came to acknowledge God. He saw that life based on atheism wasn’t working, and in fact, could never work—in Russia or America or anywhere.

In a famous speech at Harvard University in 1978, Solzhenitsyn said, “We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. In the East, it is destroyed by the dealings and machinations of the ruling party. In the West, commercial interests suffocate it. This is the real crisis.”

Five years later he said, “…if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jer 2:13)

And that’s why I’m so glad for Emmaus Church, where the Bible comes to life! Where God is a living reality in our daily lives. Where God is at work speaking to us through His Word, and giving us the impulse to help others experience the joy and peace and meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Thanks for another great day in church yesterday! It was great to hear from recent missions trips to Madagascar, Florida, Ivory Coast, and to hear about the ministry of the Harvey County Homeless Shelter. Thank you all for going, giving, and praying!

Looking forward to Bible Conference starting next Sunday morning! - Pastor Tim

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