This line may sound familiar to you; it’s from the song “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Are we honestly taking an unbiased look at the man/woman in the mirror? Are we emulating a true follower of Christ or are we looking in the mirror and seeing a mirage! Are we seeing ourselves as a good Christian, while those around us see us as hypocrites? Every time I turn on the television there are so many stories of hate going on. Someone hates someone of opposing political views, social class, etc., and unfortunately the church isn’t oblivious to it.
Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about homosexuality and the Bible. And that’s because the United States Supreme Court has now ruled on the subject of same-sex marriage. This new ruling now allows for same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Many people are now confused by this ruling. Some are frightened. This decision will have ramifications for everyone.
And now is time for the churches of God to take stock of this development. There’s already been much discussion as to how this decision will impact society, but we in the body of Christ need to examine how this ruling will affect us in the church.
We have a question from someone who asks, “Are you saying that Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven AFTER being resurrected… and then returned to earth… and then ascended to heaven again?”
That’s right. In John 20:17 Jesus says to Mary, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” Then, we see in verse 19 that Jesus appeared that same day around evening in a locked room where the disciples were assembled. So, between the time that Jesus appeared to Mary and the time later that same evening, He had ascended up to His Heavenly Father and returned. And there’s more.
On June 27, 2015, Charles Groce, Chief Executive Officer of the Church of God International (CGI) and Chairman of the CGI Board of Directors, announced his retirement. Over his 32 years of service in the CGI, Mr. Groce has served in a variety of capacities. Vice Chairman Vance Stinson was confirmed by the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board. Also, Jeff Reed will be pastor of the Tyler congregation.
Mr. Groce’s term on the Board was up for renewal, and he asked the Board not to renew that term. The Board honored his request and accepted his retirement. Mr. Stinson and others acknowledge that Mr. Groce has been talking about retiring for some time.