HOW ENTERTAINMENT DESENSITIZES US – JAN 15

Dr. J. C. Joiner

January 15, 2017

 2 0 1 7 … and having done all, to STAND.

(Eph 6:13)

…. stand fast in the faith, …. (1 Co 16:13)

ENTERTAINMENT DESENSITIZES US TO IMMORALITY & DEBAUCHERY

BIBLICAL THEMES CAN LURE CHRISTIANS TO MOVIE THEATERS

All have been highly influenced by the entertainment industry. Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, our culture has been so desensitized to immorality and debauchery, that its moral compass is lost. The Bible details the perilous times in these last days (2Tim 3:1-9). One phrase … “for their folly will be manifest to all” … aptly describes the godless entertainment industry, particularly Hollywood.

Do you turn away from or applaud what “Follywood” spews out? Every Bible believer with convictions who attends a movie theater has felt out of place when a lewd scene flashes across the big screen, and then asks, “What am I doing here?” Or, perhaps at home watching television when all of a sudden vulgar language or erotic behavior causes you to raise an eyebrow at the despicable acts that celebrate lifestyles void of biblical morality. Sadly, most professing Christians seldom regulate entertainment for themselves or for their children. Also, they financially support Hollywood films that instill the flaunting of sin, glorifying the flesh, cursing the name of our God and Saviour (Matt. 22:37).

Is it possible to obey God while visualizing godlessness? Of course, the answer is “No.” The late actor Michael Landon, of “Bonanza” and “Little House On the Prairie” fame – described as the paragon of family entertainment – once said to the Hollywood elite at a Dean Martin roast: “Let’s face it, television is an invention where you’re entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house.” Truth exposes what we all try to hide … the reality that our carnal minds (Adamic nature) finds moral corruption tantalizing and entertaining.

Proverbs 1:10 ought to be engraved in the minds of parents: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not,” meaning we should teach children that when” bad” boys / “bad” girls try to get you to do bad things, say, “No.” Shouldn’t God’s Word permeate our thinking, or, do we allow the “folly” of Hollywood productions to gain control of our minds?

God’s people should guard their minds with God’s Word: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil  4:7). Also, Scripture instructs us to think with discipline: … whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phil 4:8).

 

Missions Conference – Pillars of FAITH

Wednesday, January 25 through Sunday, January 29

While our Missionaries commit their entire lives on a foreign field, will you commit a part of just five days in your Church’s 52nd Mission Conference?

Dr Lou Baldwin and his wife Jeanette will be with us along with missionaries Joshua and Ruth Lovegrove (Ethiopia) and Travis and Nicole Sanders (Asia). Special music: Mark Gray.

Wednesday through Friday 7 PM in the main auditorium

Saturday – Men’s Breakfast in the Fellowship hall at 7 AM

Saturday – Women’s luncheon in the Fellowship hall.

Sunday – All Services

Dr. Lou Baldwin is founder and Pastor Emeritus of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, where he pastored for thirty years. His personal burden resulted in the inception of the Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA) in 1994. As founder of this movement, he pilots an international effort to plant New Testament Baptist churches in black communities.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

February 5-8 – Kent York – Next Step

March 9-11 – Men’s Advance – Mike Pelletier

March 12-17 – Revival Services – Mike Pelletier

Your 2016 Financial Giving Record

(available at the back table, main auditorium)

“Thank You” for giving your Tithes & Offerings to NTBC.

(Any questions? … contact June Estes at 327-5938)

Our far-reaching Gospel Ministry exists because of the power of God and the faithful support of God’s people!

 

RU Meets Fridays at 7 PM / Sundays at 9:30 AM – Everyone is welcome.

We especially need a van driver for Friday nights.

We also need a Kidz club teacher.

 

 

FOOD BANK

After each service, we make available to families in need a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items such as canned goods (soups, chili, sauces, meats, vegetables, etc.), boxes of cereal, pasta, rice, beans, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 57 YEARS … PREACHING the BIBLE

                                    … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                    … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, RU (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

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Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

RU: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

 

 

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