spotlight May 5

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

    Biden just quietly finalized transgender mandate attacking people of faith

    Christian health sharing ministries provide an ethical alternative to traditional health insurance

    Religious believers are under a vicious attack from partisan government forcesdetermined to shut them out of the American health care system for good.

    Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently struck yet another blow to conscientious Americans when it amended rules pertaining to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to require people of faith to fund elective abortions and transgender surgeries through their health insurance. 

    Consequently, believers are left with no other option than to either withdraw from their insurance providers entirely or unwillingly participate in procedures antithetical to their sincerely held beliefs. But patients and insurance holders should never be forced to pay for health care products and services that violate their faith.  MORE

  • culture watch

    Evangelist Exposes ‘Darker Turn’ of Taylor Swift’s Music, Sounds Alarm for Parents: ‘Lyrics Matter’

    An evangelist who recently went viral for his critical response to pop star Taylor Swift’s latest album is explaining his commentary and why he’s encouraging Christian parents to be more discerning.

    “I’m not an anti-Taylor guy,” Shane Pruitt told CBN News. “I’m [a] pro-Gospel guy.”

    He continued, “Anything that I know is largely affecting parents, or Christians, or people in the church that seems to … be anti-Gospel, I think we lovingly call it out.”

    Pruitt did just that in an April 22 tweet, gently raising concerns over some of Swift’s lyrics on her “The Tortured Poets Department” album.

    He then highlighted lyrics about people “in their Sunday best” who “try to save you ’cause they hate you,” among other related sentiment. Pruitt also quotes Swift as belting out the following lines in another song: “What if I roll the stone away? They’re gonna crucify me anyway. What if the way you hold me is actually what’s holy?” MORE


  • revival watch

    Tampa Church Baptizes Nearly 1,000 People On the Beach: 'There is A Wave of Revival Coming'

    Massive water baptisms are becoming a marker of how God is moving mightily among churches across the country. Grace Family Church in Tampa, Florida is the latest example as nearly 1,000 men, women, and children were baptized at Fort De Soto Beach recently.

    It all began on Easter Sunday when the church decided to do something a little bit different to celebrate Christ's resurrection. 

    The church had invited more than 30,000 people to Raymond J Stadium where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play and the place was packed. Legendary former NFL coach Tony Dungy shared a message with the crowd.

    In total, 947 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

    "I baptized so many people that my back was hurtin' when I was done," Black recalled. "But it was worth it." MORE

  • prophecy watch

    Christian film 'The Hopeful', set in 1800s, explores similarities of modern America, 21st century

    Director and producer Kyle Portbury says Americans in the 21st century experience similar discourse as those living in the early 1800s

    Word of caution:  This is NOT a Christian film since it is the story of William Miller and the founding of a cult that continues to mislead people about prophecy.

  • creation watch

    Butterflies and Cancer Detection

    BY FRANK SHERWIN, D.SC. (HON.)  *   | 

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2023

    It’s something right out of science fiction. The beautiful, flighty butterfly has been discovered to have cancer detection properties via the ability to see tiny variations in the ultraviolet spectrum.

    What this means is that the scientists, using what God has created in the butterfly,

    …evaluated their imaging device on its ability to discriminate cancer-related markers and found that [it] is capable of differentiating between cancer and healthy cells with 99% confidence.

    Creationists would point out that such inspiration ultimately comes from the “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth...“6 MORE

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

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Today: Vanya, Lydia, Virginia, Nancy and Leanne, Robin and Jean

lamplight

A No-Name Sandwich


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2024


“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name.” (Genesis 11:4)

According to Genesis, people after the Flood built the Tower of Babel to make themselves a name. This theme runs through the Scriptures and our lives. We sinners exalt our own names. We want credit! This self-centeredness might drive us to outpace others in a career or to offer words that make us look wise. But at Babel, they took this desire to its extreme by collaborating on a monument of self-exaltation.

One snag with self-made names is that they rob God of the glory He deserves. After all, the Lord gave us any knowledge, intellectual ability, or physical prowess we may have. It is also idolatry since it implies we believe we can save ourselves. “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5).

The brief account of Babel in Genesis 11 is sandwiched between “name” passages. Genesis 10 names Noah’s major descendants, and Genesis 11:10-28names the generations from Shem to Abram. In contrast, God chose not to honor the names of the wicked Babel builders. In other words, even the literary structure in Genesis emphasizes the futility of trying to make a name for oneself.

What should we then do? “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). Magnify the Lord’s great name and receive in the end “a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it” (Revelation 2:17). BDT

morning message

god's promises part 5

Psalm 107:29, 111:4, 115:12

1 Corinthians 15:20

Psalm 119:130

2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:2

Psalm 136:20, 144:2

Proverbs 1:6, 3:20

Galatians 2:20