Beachside Fellowship News
July 5, 2018
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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

 

 

According to recent Barna Group research, 57% of American adults believe that knowing what is morally right or wrong is a matter of personal experience and interpretation. Among this group, 74% of millennials agree that "whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know." These findings indicate  that a majority of adult Americans, and three quarters of young adults, believe that morality is a matter of personal interpretation, and not subject to any absolutes. 

 

 

 

The  midterm elections ahead provides a background that highlights the significance of this research. It appears that a substantial number of our citizens are willing to support candidates who lie without fear of correction or reprisal. If lying for political gain is acceptable, where do we draw the line between  right and wrong in other matters of culture? If we elect and support leaders who purposefully deceive us, we certainly have no basis to complain when they continue to lie. Is this truly the conviction of the majority of our citizens, that we can construct our own morality apart from our responsibility to others?

 

 

 

My observation of Christians and non-Christians, liberals and conservatives, men and women alike is this: No one really likes to be lied to, especially in the context of relationships. We do not want someone to tell us they love us, and sleep with someone else. It's a lie! We don't want insurance companies to tell us our losses are covered, and then refuse to pay up. It's a lie! We don't want to buy a product that has a guarantee that we later discover is worthless. It's a lie! The amazing thing is this: we don't like to be lied to personally, but it's acceptable if politicians lie to citizens locally and nationwide. Are we so intent on personal gain that we end up lying to ourselves?

 

 

 

If there are no moral absolutes, and we develop our own morality, then we have become the center of our own universe, our own god. This Self-ism is a religion that enables us to accept the falsehoods of those running for and holding political office because we believe that we personally benefit from electing them. It's appropriate for them to deceive as long as we get what we want. This thinking can only result in being deceived and deceiving ourselves. If they lied to others they WILL lie to us! Liars lie, it's what they do, and when they do it long enough they begin to believe their own lies, to the detriment of everyone. 

 

 

 

Solomon, the most powerful political figure of his day made this statement. "Some people think they are doing right, but in the end it leads to death." (Pro 14:12) Unfortunately, he did not take his own advice. He became self-absorbed and created his own morality, forsaking the law of God and lying to himself. "For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God" (1 Kings 11:4) In spite of all of his riches and wisdom, he died declaring that life was worthless and vain. His son Rehoboam followed in his footsteps, and lost the rulership of Israel, except the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. 

 

 

 

The ways of death will be manifest in those who choose to live lives of deception and immorality. Not because God desires this result, but because becoming one's own god removes the influence of the true God from human lives. Left to themselves, with no moral absolutes, men invite death and destruction into their lives and the culture in which they live. The United States stands on the knife edge between a descent into unfettered immorality and Self-ism, or an ascent to reclaim the summit of Biblical morality. There is still hope, as the same Barna Group survey reveals that "a majority also agrees that the Bible provides us with absolute moral truths which are the same for all people in all situations, without exception.” The seeds of revival are found in the Word of God. Those who say they are believers must now choose to stand upon the Word without fear or equivocation. As always, it's all about the Word. The future of our nation depends on it!

 

 

 

Pastor Ramon

 

 

 

 

 

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Brother Reggie Garmany will be ministering on Wednesday, July 11th, prior to his departure for Kenneth Copeland Bible School.  An ice cream social in Reggie's honor immediately follows the service.  Cards, prayers, and encouragement are welcomed.
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Women of the Word
Tuesday July 10th at 6:00pm
Barbeque is our theme for food!
Bring your game face and enjoy in all the fun!
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webcast

Our live webcast is now available on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page and at Beachsidefellowship.com.  You can either watch live (if you are not able to be in service with us) or watch the latest episode when we are not streaming live.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the page on our website.
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Church Calendar
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Join us every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM for...
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Beachside Children's Church
“Ordinary kids doing Extraordinary things!"
Sundays 10:30 AM
Wednesdays - 6:30 PM
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Youth Ministry
Wednesdays 6:30 PM
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Women of the Word
Tuesday July 10th
Game night
Barbeque is our theme
6:00 pm
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Prayer and Worship Service
July 27th 7:00pm

 

Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

Tel: 850-960-6026