Friday, July 24, 2009

The Misplaced Morals of America

Gallup released a survey poll concerning America's morals in May 2008. People were asked whether they felt certain activities were morally acceptable or morally wrong. Here are some of the results:

Morally Acceptable Behaviors according to the majority of Americans:
70% divorce
61% sex between an unmarried man and woman
63% gambling
55% having a baby outside marriage
51% doctor assisted suicide

Morally Wrong Behaviors according to the majority of Americans:
91% married men and women having an affair
90% polygamy
85% cloning humans
78% suicide
61% cloning animals

More people thought cloning humans or animals was wrong than believed fornication (36%), homosexuality (48%), having a baby outside marriage (41%), or doctor-assisted suicide (44%) was wrong. Incredibly, more people thought buying and wearing clothing made from animal fur (39%) was wrong than sex between an unmarried man and woman (36%). More people thought cloning an animal was morally wrong (61%) than thought homosexuality (48%), abortion (48%) or having a baby outside marriage was wrong(41%)!

It is amazing how people will speak more clearly against cloning (in which they will probably never participate) than against common sins like abortion, homosexuality, or fornication! They can judge the sins of others more clearly than they can admit their own.

God doesn't consult opinion polls to determine right from wrong.

phil

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Free Exercise of Religion

My forefather, Patrick Henry, wrote the 15th and 16th articles of the Virginia Bill Rights, which served as a precursor to US Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments. The 16th article read:

16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our CREATOR and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.


The free exercise of religion ought to guarantee us the right to preach the gospel of truth as long as we live. It is shameful our country has lost sight of the freedom of conscience and religion in order to give special rights to those who object to its moral truths.

Phil

Sunday, July 19, 2009

All the Way to Afghanistan!

Brother Phil,

Good lesson today on being a servant. I need to practice this more as I quickly forget what my attitude should be.

Phil, my son [Captain Adam Cresswell] gets the DVD'S of your lessons mailed to him in Afghanistan. Thank you very much for doing this, and I always send money monthly to you, as I have for many years. He recently was promoted to captain and moved to another location in Afghanistan. Unfortunately he's still in an especially dangerous area on the border of Pakistan. Can you pray for him, especially that he won't lose his faith in such trying circumstances? (Lew Cresswell)

Please remember Adam and all our troops in harms way in your prayers. They are fighting for our freedom.

Phil

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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phil

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just Another Day........

For some maybe, but for others any day can be the opportunity to make a difference.

The work at Search would not prosper if not for the help of our many volunteers. On Tuesday, July 15th, we called in our volunteers, most of them from the Edmond Church of Christ, for our regular monthly mail out. 22 volunteers came to help us on this day and together they sent out 10,100 pieces of material to be shipped as bulk mail. And, they did it in only about 2 and 1/2 hours. Now that's fast work.

When it is all broken down it comes to 6,100 financial letters, 1600 cassette tapes and 2,400 transcripts, which translates into about 459 pieces of mail per person. The volunteers fold letters, insert tapes and transcripts, and seal envelopes. Our ministry could not prosper and grow without our volunteer days. For so many, this may have been just another day, but for Christians everywhere, we know different. This was a day to make a difference.

A mountain of monthly transcripts.
Financial letters and Cassette Tapes ready for packaging.A lonely start, but he'll soon have friends to help.
The volunteers hard at work. Kerry (in the upper left, standing) organizes and oversees all of the regular mail from Search every month. A large task.
The Lord's Work
“This is the day the Lord has made: We will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)

Kerry Campbell

Hate Crimes Legislation in the Senate

According to Donald Wildmon of the AFA:

We have confirmation that a vote on the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Bill (S.909) will happen this week. It is likely the bill will be introduced as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. If the Senate approves the Hate Crimes amendment, President Obama will sign it into law.

The Hate Crimes legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophilia and other "sexual orientations" from the definition of "sexual orientation" by the American Psychiatric Association.

The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to SILENCE those who speak out against homosexuality. If the legislation passes, IN SEARCH OF THE LORD'S WAY and preachers in the church could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the Biblical view of homosexuality. For instance, a person could commit an act of violence against a homosexual individual and blame it on a sermon! Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the US at the state level and abroad.

We call upon all our friends to call their US Senators and speak out against this legislation, which would rob us all of our religious freedom to speak the Truth about homosexuality. Please TAKE A STAND and CALL today!!

Mack Lyon and Phil Sanders

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Welcome

We are so glad that you have stopped by the In Search of the Lord's Way new blog site. We want to use this as a tool to deliver information, news about the program, broadcast updates, devotional thoughts and many other items that would be of interest to our viewers. We hope that you will consider subscribing to the RSS feed to get the most up-to-date news that we have to offer. Please tell all your friends about our new blog and encourage them to come and check it out. Blog entries will be made by In Search of the Lord's Way staff including but not limited to: Mack Lyon, Chris Lyon, Phil Sanders, Kerry and Jerry Campbell, and Craig Dodgen. Occasionally we may invite special friends of Search to share a thought as well.

Thanks again for stopping by. Remember to check out www.searchtv.org for the latest in our programming which is posted every week in video and audio. You will also find there, weekly, the latest transcript is available along with program topics and our latest newsletter, the "Search Light". Many of our viewers enjoy listening to, or downloading the songs that are sung on the program as well. Finally, new for 2009, we have started a Daily Devotional thought which is posted on the front page of the website each weekday. This year Phil is taking us through the entire Bible day by day. All devotionals are in a nice PDF format and can be downloaded and saved or printed out for personal use. We encourage all to begin each day with a moment of devotion with the Lord, and we pray all will be blessed by our efforts.

Peace,

Craig