Abraham & Sarah: Week 9 [extended cut]

Abraham & Sarah: Week 9 [extended cut]

Russell Johnson is joined this week by John & Cheryl Reeves as they discuss Genesis 19. Genesis 19 includes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness. While the main theme of the chapter is the judgment and wrath of God because of His righteousness, the passage also talks about the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah – particularly the sin of homosexuality. This week John and Cheryl talk with Russell about the difficulties we face in today’s culture in addressing homosexuality, but also how all sin separates us from God and requires the atoning sacrifice of Jesus to bring us peace with God. When we draw our identity from anything other than Jesus we ‘miss the mark’ – which is very definition of the word “sin”. There are lots of questions around this topic, so please let us know what questions you have by emailing us.

3 Comments

  1. Heather

    Thank you. Thank you so much for handling this sensitive subject with love and compassion. I think that it would be helpful for you all to address this same information on a Sunday morning, not just the podcast. There are people that need to hear this so that they can truly understand that just because they are not gay or have gay children, etc that they are any better than anyone else that is part of the church. I appreciated when you said that some people find it easy to denounce this particular sin, mainly because the subject is irrelevant to them because they aren’t gay, that’s so true. It’s a hot topic and one that has to be handled with care. Your podcast did just that and as the mother of a gay child, it means so much.

  2. Cheryl

    Thank you gor speaking truth.i know this is a pretty young family church.my husband and i relocated from the east.we are up there in age.
    I became a christian at age 27 im 65 now.my husband is 67 i never have seen evidence of a redeemed heart.He attends all the functions but he hasnt met the truth yet.
    We have a son 41 a daughter 39 and 2 adopted daughter ages 23 and 21.Boy i did what i felt God wanted me to do in raising them cheryl i did like you spoke of .But none are walking with the Lord.It is so heartbreaking watching them be destroyed by satans lies.as you said in speaking..they think the world had more for them.
    I feel like a failure in my parenting.and i do pray for them its the best thing..they are one of the reasons we had to leave.We were dealing with addiction lies and disrespect.my son is now an addict and homeless.we cannot have contact with 4 of the children he fathered.i miss my grandchildren .
    So what do we Seniors do? I feel helpless and we are in a total diffrent stage of life.Times almost up Im heading in the home stretch..I feel I have fought the good fight.i serve anywhere i can.in and out of the walls of the church.
    Our marraige is empty .we will be married 45 years ..but we are STILL not on the same page.He is stuggling with dementia. Its very tough.I ask Jesus every day be the fire in my viens because he is my song.I will still serve HIM ….

    • Cheryl Reeves

      Cheryl, it was good to hear from you and welcome to the south!
      I am so sorry to hear about the pain that comes from raising children to seek and love the Lord and then seeing them choose fleeting and destructive pursuits of the world. Had I more time on the podcast, I could have shared our own story of having a child walk away from the Lord into worldliness. It is a heavy weight to carry.

      I remind myself of the hope found in the promises given by a God who gave up EVERYTHING to come to earth as a man where He lived with no home, was beaten, mocked, betrayed by the ones closest to Him, ultimately enduring emotional, mental, physical and spiritual torture/suffering/pain/death on our behalf to be able to give EVERYTHING to those who call upon the name of Jesus when they are finished living on this earth. He promises in 2 Corinthians 4:17 that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

      Not only is this world and its’ offers of pleasure momentary and fleeting as we teach our children, but the extreme pain and suffering of this world is also momentary in light of an “eternal glory” awaiting us. I cling to the promise in Hebrews 11:6 that says, “.. it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

      I pray, Cheryl, that these promises envelope you with hope to endure through difficulty and that your faith to sincerely seek God will remain unwavering even through the storms of life.

      If you need to talk to someone, please contact us through email or write your contact information on the connect card at church on Sunday asking to meeting with someone.

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