"God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne." Psalm 47:8
"And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" Revelation 19:6
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27
In a time when societies are choosing to establish foundations on shifting sand, it is good for the children of God to remember that God still reigns!
The following commentary was written on Friday, June 26, by David Gunn, editorial director of publications for Regular Baptist Press. It is posted on the GARBC website. David's comments give MARBC churches and pastors a good foundation for Biblical discussion regarding this critically important matter.
On June 26, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nation-wide. This was not in any way unexpected or unpredictable—a majority of Americans now publicly supports same sex marriage and SCOTUS has a long track record of legislating from the bench—but still, supporters of traditional marriage can’t help feeling as though they’ve been punched in the solar plexus. Social media is, of course, aflutter: many conservatives are posting eulogies to the late constitutional republic of America, while progressives are taking their victory laps (and, in more than a few cases, deriding the decision’s detractors). Today has been a momentous day. It will be quite some time before we even begin to feel the full effects of this Supreme Court decision, but feel them we will.
Prayer Update Regarding the Tornado Relief Efforts on Behalf of First Baptist Church in Portland, Michigan
We thank those in our network for their prayer support on behalf of the community of Portland, Michigan, following the devastation from a tornado that touched down this past Monday, June 22.
As we shared on Monday, the MARBC through its CPR (Church Partnering Relationship) initiative and the GARBC's Baptist Builder's Club-USA Disaster Relief program, under the leadership of Director Michael Nolan, are working together to coordinate assistance on behalf of the First Baptist Church and the greater Portland community.
THANK YOU to the many who have sent notes and have called regarding their prayerful support of our ministry during these special days.
$65,000 must be raised in new support in order for the MARBC to continue its current mode of operation.
Monthly support update. Several churches have contacted the MARBC to share that they are prayerfully considering increases in their budgeted support. As of June 24, eight churches have increased their monthly support by a total of $504 per month = $6,048 per year. This reduces the new annual support need to $58,952.