Prayer

  • “I pray to restore the truth of the universe, to gain a glimpse of the world, and of me, through the eyes of God.”
  • “In prayer, I shift my point of view away from my own selfishness. …. Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view.” 
  • “Prayer has become for me much more than a shopping list of requests to present to God. It has become a realignment of everything.”(Philip Yancey)
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Don’t be a pain…

Pain that is not transformed is transmitted.

Pain that is transformed is recycled for the good of others.

Don’t be a pain; let God transform your pain.

Then you’ll become a transformer of pain for others.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (II Corinthians 1:3-4).

Steve Cornell

 

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Orlando terror act exploited

It is shameful for Anderson Cooper (CNN) to question whether Christians who support gay marriage can express genuine sadness for those who died in the Islamic act of terrorism in Orlando.

If 50 Christians were killed could gays authentically express grief for them when they consistently oppose and protest the right of Christians to follow their beliefs about traditional marriage?

Christians who disagree do not wish death on gays. Extremists Muslims do wish death on gays.

There is a very dangerous agenda being attached to the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando. It is disgraceful to see this tragedy exploited to bash Christianity.

The agenda says,

“If you oppose same-sex marriage or mixed-gender bathrooms, then you not only can’t legitimately grieve the loss of gay lives, you’re partially responsible for the massacre in Orlando. Conservative efforts to protect religious freedom and freedom of association from unprecedented infringement will kill people. Never mind that all the actual evidence in the case points to Islamic motivations extrapolated from well-known and widely shared interpretations of Shariah law, somehow those darn Baptists are to blame.

The result is bigotry running two ways — an unreasoning, irrational hatred of American Christians and a comprehensive denial of Muslim moral agency. American Christians are responsible for things they don’t believe. Sharia-observant Muslims, by contrast, aren’t responsible for the things they do believe.

And make no mistake, said Muslims don’t care a whit what the New York Times, Anderson Cooper, Jen Hatmaker, or any other anti-Evangelical terror apologist has to say. To them, one American life taken is as good as any other. They will attack again, maybe at another gay bar, or another office Christmas party, or a coffee house, or a sporting event, or a church. And when they do, there will surely be some Americans who excuse their actions out of eagerness to blame other Americans, instead.” (David French)

Let’s not play into the fallacy that says difference on morality and lifestyle with another person equals rejection of the person. Of course, this notion itself plays off a false comparison that equates the kind of sex people desire with unalterable realities like racial identity. This is simply wrong. Just ask those who have left a homosexual lifestyle.

Here’s the real problem

Intolerance from militant gay activists is dangerous to both liberty and civility. It encourages resentment and even hostility. This is America. You can’t say, “Agree with us, or else!” on lifestyle issues with out starting a fight. How foolish! Race and chosen lifestyles are not the same and never will be.

Steve Cornell

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Your feelings are rejected

Why are we told by the transgender activists that we cannot question a man’s motives when he says he feels that he is a woman, but we are to be suspicious of a woman’s motives if she feels unsafe when a man enters a ladies bathroom or locker room?

Whatever happened to women’s rights?

Can a man (whom we were told was born gay) now decide to be a woman? Are we forbidden to question these self-proclaimed identities?

If a person feels unsafe in the state of California and requests a permit to carry a gun, officials will quickly question and dismiss his feelings as invalid.

Whose feelings are beyond scrutiny and evaluation? 

This kind of double standard has become so typical of radical activists who demand that society conforms to their sexual and political agenda.

Do you see something wrong with this?

Make your voice heard loudly and clearly to every government official and business that foolishly panders to this radical agenda being forced on our nation.

Steve Cornell

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Five kinds of people in the Church

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1.  The professional weaker brother / sister – A legalist by nature, they are characterized by 1) a simplistic view of spirituality, 2) a belief that spirituality is defined by adherence to a list of dos and don’ts, 3)  the opinion that all others should conform to such a list, and 4) they tend to be a “mature” saint who will not actually stumble over the actions of others – they just don’t like what you do.

2.  The genuine weaker brother / sister –People who are still babes and are susceptible to stumble in the area of doubtful things.

3.  The mature, nonparticipating brother / sister –They limit their liberty for 1 of 2 reasons:  1) They don’t have freedom for a certain area or 2) They refrain because wisdom has taught them that it is not necessary.



4.  The immature, participating brother / sister…

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Update on my book

img_01391.jpgI owe an update to many interested and supportive  people  regarding my book, “Your 18 Year Factor.”

In September 2015, I returned to my work at the Church (from what ended up being a working summer sabbatical). I was immediately faced with a good bit of catch-up work – mixed with my normal weekly duties.

At first it all seemed manageable.

I continued to work on the book. Then a number of significant unanticipated ministry needs required my attention.

I slowly felt the book project move to the back burner as the tyranny of the urgent took over. The project reached a screeching halt by the time of the year-end holidays.

At the beginning of 2016, I picked a little at the project, but once again, a surge of duties including five weddings (involving hours of premarital counseling) consumed much of the margin of life.

Throughout this time, my wife and my faithful editorial assistant, Laura Xentaras, did their best to prod me along. I am grateful for their consistent voices of encouragement and accountability.

In my time away from the project, I’ve collected a stack of books I feel I must read before completing my book. I am making progress through these books and gearing up for a return and finalization of my book.

Thank you for your ongoing interest, prayer and encouragement.

I am trying to remain encouraged while working on this daunting challenge in the flow of the many duties of a growing Church.

I strongly believe in the value of the work and the need for the book.

Please continue to pray for me.

Steve Cornell

  • Picture above – one of my favorite writing spots in Brewster, Cape Cod.
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Preparing new leaders for helping others

814be-help1Here is an introduction and link to my June 3rd, 2016 column for THE MORNING CALL newspaper of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Those who aspire to leadership in the church are often driven by strong desires to help others. Yet it is impossible to prepare new leaders for all the complex issues they could encounter. The zeal these leaders feel to provide answers for every problem could possibly hurt those under their care.

How can we protect new leaders from learning too much by trial and error?

See – Faith and Values: Preparing new leaders for helping others

Steve Cornell

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