Overview of Homosexuality

This message (on an “Overview of Homosexuality”) was shared with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s SKOPOS – Tightrope Session in 2014.  Click here for the Handout in PDF.


 

The Two Loves: A Biblical Response to “Gay Christianity”

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Looking forward to sharing my part in this conference giving a Biblical response with clarity, compassion, love and truth about so-called “gay-Christianity.”   I am personally honored to be sharing with this great team, especially my friend Dr. Michael Brown.  Please share the link for the details on the conference

My Cup is Full

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My actual cup of coffee today

This cup represents a very peaceful quiet morning being present to the Lord I’m enjoying The Lord, thoroughly loving His presence in the word and in the Holy Spirit today.  When I woke this morning the Holy Spirit reminded me of being present to Him as of the utmost important ‘one thing’ so that I (we) might be present to others in His power.

So beloved, what gift of the Lord are you to others? What presence do you bring to another? Whether an actual children of God or to an unbeliever?  As I was thinking today, it starts with us having the cup of our hearts full.  We must have a heart full of gratefulness. We embrace being a good offering by being a soul of overcoming the lusts of this life and bitterness.

 

Therefore, we must embrace the Cross.jesus-holding-cross

Today’s cup of gratefulness for me is a remembrance of this past week of the Lord’s presence and faithfulness in my small group at the Desert Streams Ministries’ National Living Waters Training in Kansas City.  I had the privilege to serve four amazing men. Two Catholic priests, one ordained Catholic deacon and one evangelical pastor. These men are forever changed by their experience in this national training.  My heart is so full! I am coming down from the exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and the emotional and spiritual high of this past week!

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In the midst of this past week, the Lord repeatedly reminded me that I was His priest as I worshipped Him quietly, and during my service in the present of other priests.  The Lord in His great encouragement blessed me yesterday as I received a prophetic ministry time at the International House of Prayer in KC.  The Lord spoke to me as I was in worshipped once gain with the new song, Good, Good Father “listen to what they will tell you during the prophetic ministry time, it is from Me, and you will know it is from Me, because they will tell you that you are My chosen priest.”  I had some doubt, yet I pondered this as I worshiped.

 

 

Sure enough, they did tell me incredible things. A woman named Amanda, told me that I’m a Royal Courageous Priest – she said – “you are a priest to the nations.”  This was an incredible anointed time.  The prophetic words spoken to me in context of everything that has happened in the past month made so much sense.  My cup is full!

I’m so full of the Lord’s presence, today and I want to guard this treasure of His presence with all my heart, to love Him first, worship Him always and to love others more deeply.  This is no simple task.  It requires death to self.  Some of my Bible reading this morning was 2 Cor. 4.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.” 2 Cor. 4:7-12

splashing-water-crossYet like this cup of coffee this morning, our Father provides the best.  This cup of coffee is exotic beans freshly ground, French press, with fresh anise and Vietnamese cinnamon with fresh natural local honey for the sweetener and some half / half.  He is so kind to us, and provides well. We all have so much to be grateful. What do you have that has not been given to you from God? 1 Cor. 4:7  We have been given everything we need pertaining to life and godliness if we can merely believe in His love for us and that He really has so much more for us. My cup is full! Won’t you let Him be your All and All and let Him fill your cup?

 

Stephen Black’s Testimony 2013 – From Homosexuality to Holiness

From Homosexuality to Holiness – Stephen Black from Pure Passion on Vimeo.

Fashioning A Compassionate Response ~ One Day Seminar Concerning Homosexuality ~ by First Stone Ministries – April 10, 2010

What to Expect

Have you ever wondered how to address homosexuality in your church, community or family? Having over 25 years of experience with this issue, First Stone Ministries, in partnership with Bryant Avenue Baptist Church, is offering a one-day seminar to cover these topics so you too can Fashion a Compassionate Response. Seminar will include worship, teachings, testimonies, panel discussion, resources and lunch.

Sessions will include:

  • Understanding Homosexuality
  • How to Minister to the Person Struggling with Homosexuality
  • Theology: Ours and Theirs – Answering the “Gay Christian” Question Biblically
  • Answering the Need – How Then Shall We Respond?

Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 – Worship
8:30 – 9:30 – Session One
9:45 – 10:45 – Session Two
11:00 – 12:00 – Q & A
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch at Church
1:15 – 1:45 – Worship
1:45 – 2:45 – Session Three
3:00 – 4:00 – Session Four
4:15 – 5:00 – Panel Discussion

Cost

Love offering will be taken

Registration Required

(we need to reserve resources and lunch)

Register with First Stone Ministries at Eventbrite.com OR (405) 236-4673

Appropriate Minimum Seminar Age Attendance: 14 with parental/guardian presence or prior written consent; (otherwise 18 and above).

When

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Where

Bryant Avenue Baptist Church
4748 S Bryant Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73135
(405) 672-4511

Luca WAS Gay – Luca ERA Gay by Povia

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Click here read Povia’s story as told by NARTH.  Read about what he has been going through with this amazing song going up on the pop charts despite the hate speech and death threats from the gay community.  Povia is courageous and I applauded him!  I also really like his song!

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Povia is merely trying to kindly communicate a story of hope without any condemnation, and yet the level of vitriol and intolerance revealed by the Italian gay community is truly a hate crime.  However, after hearing the rants of gays the audience decided that they had heard enough and began the ‘hissing’ ~ the same as booing here in the USA.  People know kind authenticity when they see it.  Rock on Povia!border

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Here’s a good English translation of this Italian hit Luca Was Gay!

INTRO:
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

1st VERSE:
Luca says: Before telling you about my sexual change, I want to clarify that if I believe in God I can’t recognise myself in human thought which is divided on this matter, I haven’t gone to psychologists, psychiatrists, priests nor scientists.

I’ve gone into my past, delved into it and found out a lot about myself.

My mother had too much love for me, her love turned into full obsession with her convictions, her attentions wouldn’t let me breathe.

My father used to take no decisions and I could never talk with him, he was away at work all day, but I had the feeling that wasn’t the truth, that’s why Mum asked for divorce, I was 12 and didn’t really understand my father, he said ‘that’s the right solution’ and started to drink after sometime.

Mum always spoke badly of Dad to me and used to say ‘never get married, for God’s sake.

She was sick jealous of my girlfriends and my identity was growing confused.

Chorus:

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

2nd VERSE:

I’m another man now, but at that time I was looking for answers, I was ashamed so looked for my answers in hiding, some used to say ‘it’s natural.’

I studied Freud and he didn’t think the same, then high school finished but I didn’t know what happiness was, a big man made my heart shake and that’s when I knew I was a homosexual.

I had no inhibitions with him, he courted me and I thought that was love, yes with him I could feel myself, but then it became like a competition on who made the best sex.

I felt guilty, sooner or later they’ll catch him, but if evidence disappears he’ll be acquitted.

I was looking for who my father was in men, and I used to go with men not to betray my mother.

2nd Chorus:

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart. Luca says I’m another man.
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

SPECIAL:
Luca says: For 4 years I’d been with a man through love and deceptions, we often betrayed each other.

I was still looking for my truth, that big eternal love, then I met her at a party, among a lot of people, she had nothing to do with it all, she listened to me, undressed me, understood me. I only remember that I missed her the day after.

This is my story, only my story, no illness, no recovery.

Dear Dad, I’ve forgiven you even though you’ve never come back here.

Mum, I often think of you and I love you, and sometimes still see your reflection.

But now I’ve become a father and I’m in love with the only woman I’ve ever loved.

Final Chorus:

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

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