For what seems like eons, every time you turn on the news there seems to be an issue with race. Baltimore, Ferguson, New York, even in our own back yard of Charlotte. It seems as a society we are not moving in the right direction when it comes to racial issues. How do we as Christians deal with racial issues?
In this episode, the Laymen discuss how to we reconcile this issue of race. In our own backyard, South Carolina, they took down the Confederate Flag that flew over the capitol for years. What does that flag mean? For many it is a symbol of heritage, but do people truly get the meaning of that heritage? It means something different for all people. Ultimately, what is the perspective of that symbol to the Christian?
Another issue that is discussed in this episode is: is the church a model of racial reconciliation? When we look down the street, is the church as diverse as the culture it is placed in? In most cases, there are white churches and then black churches as you look down that street. How do we as Christians breakdown down those walls that we put up years ago?
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The Laymen want to start off by letting you know that we are not afraid to discuss tough issues facing society. Seven videos have come out now showing the behind the scenes activity of Planned Parenthood. The question that is brought up is: how do we, as Christians Preserve Life? In this show, the Laymen discuss this tough issue and how we as Christians deal with this heavy topic.
The Laymen believe unapologetically that life begins at the moment of conception. Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Even before conception, God knew you. Can you be a Christian and support abortion at the same time? This is a tough stance that people wrestle with. There are some who claim to be Christians and say that abortion is not murder. What stance do that Laymen take on this?
Is abortion wrong in every situation? We discuss some worst case scenarios and how we would deal with these situations in the light of the Gospel. One question that was brought up, how would we deal if our wives were faced with a life or death situation?
Another question that we raise is, how do we, as Christians, deal with the information given in Planned Parenthood videos? Are we justified in being angry over how children are being treated in these videos, and how can we compare Scripture with what is going on?
One point that is made in this show, is that if you are woman who finds herself at a moment of crisis. We want you to know that there is help. If you are in the Lake Norman area, here is a link to a pregnancy center where you can find help, East Lincoln Pregnancy Center. If you are not in our area, please email us and will help you find the help you need in your area. There is hope and grace in the Gospel.
One of our own is going through the Adoption process. We believe that is a viable option for any woman who is at a moment of crisis. This is an option that saves lives. If you would like to support his adoption you can follow this link to donate. Whichever One Fits
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In this Episode, number 5, we are still discussing how to raise Godly children in a culture that teaches them differently. This is the second part of an interview with Ken and Joye Furches. Ken is the Community Pastor at Denver Baptist Church, and has worked as a youth minister for many years.
Several questions were raised in the second installment of this interview. First, how do we discipline our children? Ken has a confession to make in his answer, he obviously treated his girls differently than he did his oldest son.
Another question raised was, how young is too young for children to come to Christ? It was a privilege to hear how each child came to Christ, and the moment when one of his children faced a moment of crisis in their faith.
While Ken honestly admits they do not have it all figured out, they did raise three God loving adults who serve Christ in different ways.
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In this Episode the Laymen discuss children and how to raise them in a culture that reflects the Biblical worldview. To help in this discussion, the guys are honored to bring on two friends of the show, Ken and Joye Furches.
Ken is the Community Pastor of Denver Baptist Church. Ken received degrees from Liberty Baptist University were he received a B.S. in Religion and M.A. in Christian Leadership. He married Joye in 1984. They did not receive Christ until they were in their twenties. After Ken became a Christian he was called in to the ministry. Ken and Joye have been on several overseas mission trips to Peru, China, Sudan, Belgium, Armenia, South Africa and dozens of stateside trips.
Ken and Joye have raised three amazing children who all serve the Lord. Their oldest is on the foreign mission field, their middle child serves in Cleveland, OH, and their youngest works with youth while she is attending college. They also have three grandchildren, or as Joye explains, they are Ken's grandchildren.
The question that was raised is how do we, as Christian fathers, raise children that glorify the Lord? It seems that the world is teaching our children what is opposite to what the Bible says. How do we protect our children as they go in the the locker rooms and are exposed to what the world has to offer them? We know we need to raise kids that are counter culture to the word. "I taught my son to be a leader in the locker room" Ken explains. This is one of the many reason it was nice to have Ken and Joye on. Not only have they raised children that glorify Him, they also remind us that we do not have to have it all figured out.
In Episode 4, the Laymen had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Michael Brown about the family. This is a continuation of the family series that the Laymen are discussing.
Dr. Brown is a noted Hebrew and Old Testament scholar. He has written several books including "Can you be Gay and Christian?", "A Queer thing happened to America," and "Jeremiah" in the Expositor's Commentary Series. He is host to the live radio show "The Line of Fire" and started the Fire School of Ministry.
On this show we discussed the family. A couple of points to take away from the show are that God created man, then the family, so it obvious that the family is important to God. Next, if the family is right, meaning a Godly husband who leads his wife, then the family will thrive. The questions lead us to discuss what the Bible truly says about "Do not judge" and how we share the Gospel with those who disagree with us.
Don't miss this episode! You will get to see how the Laymen thrive under pressure. As we were preparing to interview Dr. Brown, the equipment decided not to work properly. We had to change course on the fly to get this interview you. It took a some creative minds to get this recorded, so, we hope you enjoy it.
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