FEBRUARY 4 spotlight

dealing with division

These articles focus on specific concerns deemed relevant to the Christian community.  We are observing the dividing lines between church and state. Click on the photo to read the story.  Articles are for information only and do not necessarily represent the views of Cornerstone Community Church.

  • persecution watch

    Cathy Miller, who operates Cathy’s Creations and Tastries in Bakersfield, has been involved in a legal battle since refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding in 2017. Last week, in the case of California Civil Rights Department v. Tastries, Miller submitted a brief to the Court of Appeal of the State of California, 5th Appellate District, requesting affirmation of a lower court ruling that favored her.

    The brief highlighted that .... Throughout her time as a business owner, Miller had refused to fill multiple orders that she had moral objections to, as is her right as a business owner and artist. 

    “For example, Miller will not design cakes that celebrate divorce, display violence, glorify drunkenness or drug use, contain explicit sexual content, or present gory, demonic, or satanic images,” ... demean any person or group for any reason, or that promote racism, or any other message that conflicts with Christian principles.”

    The brief also states that “Miller believes that marriage is a sacred covenantal union between one man and one woman,” and she directed the same-sex couple to another bakery willing to complete their request...

    Miller achieved victory in 2022 when a state superior court ruled that a Christian baker was within her rights to refuse a request to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony, but Miller is still awaiting a decision from the Court of Appeal of the State of California. 

    The First Amendment ensures that we all are free to live and work by our religious beliefs. Miller is simply asking that these cherished freedoms be preserved for all Californians.

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  • culture watch

    Wheaton College is often called the "Harvard of Christian Schools" due to its academic rigor being relatively comparable to the Ivy League titan. Its graduates of note range from Billy Graham to Dan Coates, former Director of National Intelligence and U.S. senator. 


    But recently, the school in the leafy suburb west of Chicago has begun to mimic Harvard’s wokeness. Banning biblical words, teaching critical race theory, and psychologizing gender identity issues may not seem extreme in modern academia. But for a school which houses the works of Rev. Graham, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, it is adrift from its orthodox, Christian moorings. But this isn’t a recent drift.


    In the 2000s, the education department commended the teachings of Marxists. In 2016, 78 faculty members voiced support for a fellow professor who stated Christians and Muslims worship the same God. And five years later, the school held its first ceremony recognizing graduating minority students sans White students. And currently, Wheaton permits its professors to teach critical race theory. 


    But its most blatant offense against Christianity is banning certain biblical words that are key to the faith’s foundation. In this year’s curriculum for freshman, students are informed about opportunities to meet the needs of those less fortunate. This is commonly known as the act of service. 


    Wheaton, however, instructs the students not to use the word, "service." Instead, they are to use "sacrificial co-laboring." The reason given is service "may invoke power dynamics across socio-economic, racial, and cultural lines."  MORE

  • revival watch

    "In this time of great crisis and in this moment of cultural upheaval, in an era of completely divided government; it is incumbent upon us to daily seek God’s wisdom in our affairs."

    @speakerjohnson


    Intercessors around the world gathered for a day of prayer on Wednesday, January 31st, to "pray prayers of serious repentance" for America.

    The National Gathering for Prayer and Repentance took place at the Museum of the Bible and was livestreamed from 7:30 a.m. EST to 1 p.m.

    House Speaker Mike Johnson, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Rabbi Jonathan Cahn were among several speakers at the event including numerous members of Congress and members of Parliament from various nations, along with evangelical leaders and intercessors. MORE

limelight

These articles focus on current events deemed relevant to the Christian community.  Click on the link to read the story.  Articles are for information only and do not necessarily represent the views of Cornerstone Community Church.

lovelight

A Shout out to our viewers!

Many members are not able to be present today but will be joining us online.  Here's a shout out to let you know we are praying for you today, that God will supply every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Everyone is encouraged to use the prayer request form at the PRAYER WALL

Nancy, Leanne, Diana, Betty, Mike, Sarah, Ryan, Jim, Janet, Irene, Patrick, Abner, Chermaine, Erin, Seive, Eliana, Stella, Francine, Laura, Ron, Brenda, Cole, Angela, Ron, Virginia

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Be Continually Being Filled


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 04, 2024


“For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15)


This prophecy of the angel Gabriel, bearing as it does a tremendous testimony to the character of John the Baptist, contains the first reference in the New Testament to the unique Christian doctrine of the filling of the Holy Spirit. John was the first Christian witness, directing his own disciples to Christ (John 1:35-37) and clearly preaching the gospel of salvation through Christ alone (John 3:26-36). It is significant that he was filled with the Holy Spirit all his life. Jesus is also said to have been full of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1) and was undoubtedly so filled from the time of conception (Psalm 22:10), but the explicit statement is made only of John.

The fullness of the Spirit is available for every believer, of course. In the New Testament, both of John’s parents were said to be so filled on a specific occasion (Luke 1:41, 67). The disciples of the Lord were filled with the Spirit many times (Acts 2:4; 4:31; 13:52). Peter was said to be filled with the Holy Spirit on at least one special occasion (Acts 4:8), and Paul at least twice (Acts 9:17; 13:9). One of the qualifications sought in the first deacons was that they were to be men full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:3), and one of those chosen, Stephen, was specifically so described (Acts 6:5; 7:55). Barnabas was another Spirit-filled Christian believer (Acts 11:24). Undoubtedly there were many others. In fact, every believer is commanded to be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The reference in this key passage is not to a one-time event but to frequent fillings. “Be continually being filled” is the literal rendering. HMM

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