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Biblical Worldview Lecture Series

August 19, 2014 - Who Would Jesus Tax?

September 16, 2014 - Honest Money

Biblical Worldview Lecture Series
Wednesday
Jul162014

What an Evening!

What an evening…The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society! (MARS) never lets you down, always stimulating, relevant and thoroughly Biblical. Last night was no exception! As a matter of fact, it was itself an exceptional meeting.

The room was full, standing room only and the powerful message “Tactical Considerations for a Biblical Reformation” brought the normally conservative listeners to spontaneous applause.

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond challenged us continuously to be about the work of “Civilization Building”. The impact of the Gospel is measured not only by the number of “saved souls” but by the impact of the genuinely saved souls on culture. “Culture is religion externalized.”

As Dr. Raymond pointed out “Culture is the report card of the Church.” If our Gospel has no impact on the outward life of its converts, if families aren’t changed, as well As churches, businesses and governments, what kind of gospel are we preaching?  The true Gospel produces eager, obedient disciples zealous for good works. Every decision has consequences and is ethical in nature and all of life is to be lived with God’s law as its standard.

Tragically, we are witnessing the unraveling of our culture, because the church has rejected God’s Law and has lost her prophetic, priestly and judicial authority. The church has nothing authoritative to say when the Law of God is considered irrelevant or secondary.

Pastor Raymond says, it’s time to put aside the WMDs (weapons of mass distraction) and get on with: establishing a comprehensive plan of Reeducating our people about Biblical authority, establishing Faithful Churches to encourage members to  apply God’s law in their sphere of life and to seek the Grace needed to stick with it.

A truly transforming night…now the work begins.

~ Dr. Robert E. Salzman

Saturday
Jul052014

Thoughts from the Amusement Park

“But,” I said to my wife, “Do they look happy?”

We had gotten twilight tickets at a local amusement park. As I observed the various participants, I couldn’t help but notice the many shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and apparent income levels even. Some were forlorn, others mostly expressionless, all were tired.

“I think so,” she returned, “They don’t seem to be brining their problems with them.”

Of course, there was no way I could know what their individual problems were. But beyond that, I had to ask myself if people at an amusement park really should be happy.

Think about this for a minute: We go to an amusement park mostly for distraction and entertainment. At least, that was (I thought) mainly why I was there. So while I didn’t ride on any of the super-scary-thriller-upside-down-terrification-wonder-rides, I did have some French fries, rode the tram, and watched people.

“But what,” I found myself thinking, “Does amusement have to do with happiness? If it’s true that distraction and entertainment makes one happy, does that mean that concentration and work make one unhappy?”

Actually, it should be the other way around. A very wise man, after having considered the effect of entertainment and distractions, in reflection, said the following:  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. - Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV

This wisest man who ever lived apparently saw happiness as a by-product of fearing God and keeping His commandments. Solomon (the wise man) concluded that happiness comes through application and concentration rather than distraction and entertainment.

So if you’re unhappy, it’s not because the line was too long at the Tilt-a-Whirl or that the suck-me-into-the-vortex machine broke down. It just might be that, due to all the distraction and entertainment in your life, you’ve neglected your duty. Your whole duty.

~ Pastor Joel Saint

Saturday
Jun212014

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Michael Raymond will be our guest speaker for the July lecture.

Stayed tuned - additional information to follow.

Tuesday
Jun102014

Presuppositional Apologetics

What is truly at the root of what we...and others... believe?

How do we determine that we know something to be truth?

Far from being an "ivory tower" topic, presuppositional apologetics is a fascinating and practical concept that affects our thinking every day.  An understanding of this subject helps us to better understand our faith and equips us to communicate God's Truth to others.

Come out and bring a friend for a great time of dining, fellowship, and learning.  We hope to see you there!


  "Third Tuesday" Lecture Series
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Dinner 6:00, from full menu 

Lecture 7:00

Chef Alan's American Bistro  

6th Ave. & Penn Street West Reading, PA

Wednesday
May212014

The God and Government Project

Thanks to John Lofton’s presentation of last month, I was encouraged to participate in the God and Government project that was the subject of that meeting.

So, last Tuesday evening (13 May), I took the opportunity to make a 3 minute presentation to my local Brecknock Township Board of Supervisors.

It definitely was not an earth-shaking event. However, after thanking the board for the opportunity to address them, I was able to present the Christian view of government through publically reading the following text:

Every social order has a foundation, a concept of law and government. And for most of the history of our country this foundation was, originally, the Bible, the Word of God, both the Old and New Testaments. Thus, the American view of law and government is founded on the Biblical view of law and government.

And this is explicitly made clear in the Declaration of Independence which invokes and appeals to: The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God; and the Supreme Judge of the world. Asserting a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, the Declaration says that all men are endowed by their Creator (capital “C”) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And, AND...to secure these God-given rights, our Founders said Governments are instituted among Men. 

Our Founders said, clearly, explicitly, that the express purpose of governments --- plural, meaning all governments --- is to secure, to protect, rights that we already have from God. It is not the role of governments to give people “rights” but instead to protect the rights God has already given us as human beings made in His image.

So, the often-heard assertion today that America was founded as a secular country, where law and government are, supposedly, neutral and totally man-made, is false, dangerously false, indeed ruinously false. 

I respectfully ask, please, that you consider my remarks. Thank you.

There is nothing in this address that can reasonably be considered offensive or untrue. I plan to read at least eight more similar statements to my local township board, as well as (hopefully) my local county board of commissioners.

Following my presentation, I had the opportunity to speak about my remarks with a local newspaper reporter. I pointed out to her that “governments are instituted among men” to protect rights rather than to bestow them. It certainly seemed to me like this was a concept that she had never considered.

Furthermore, I was thrilled when all of my sons wanted to know all the details of the presentation. I could tell that they were pleased that their ‘dear old dad’ stood up and spoke up publically on behalf of the real origin of our rights.

If anyone reading this blog page would like to participate in the God and Government project through promoting the truth that the ultimate King is Jesus Christ, and that all governments everywhere are responsible to obey His Law, please let us know here at MARS! We would be interested in supporting you in any way possible, including attending the meeting in which you present, if geography and scheduling permit.

Please do not underestimate this opportunity. Our governing bodies have become a law unto themselves, which can only end in tyranny and oppression. You can receive a copy of the God and Government proposed texts by emailing John Lofton at JLof@aol.com.

~ Joel Saint