Ominous cloud over our Nation!

Kill your darlings!

Today marks 43 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. 

Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, that legalized ending a pre-born baby’s life—for any reason, at any stage of development. For the past 43 years, Roe v. Wade has been the “law of the land”… as some of our congressmen have stated many times during recent hearings investigating Planned Parenthood.

The court’s decision has seemed impenetrable and unbreakable—until now. Several pro-life legal challenges are currently before the nation’s highest court.

One such challenge came from the state of South Dakota. Though it received little attention when filed at the Supreme Court, it makes the case against Roe v. Wade with concise and compelling logic. The South Dakota resolution lists seven “assumed facts” of the majority decision in Roe v. Wade, that have been disproven by evidence from social science, medicine and law. Here are the seven facts that will (with God’s blessing) overturn Legalized abortion in America. 

Ominous cloud over our Nation!
Ominous cloud over our Nation!

1. Roe v. Wade assumed that it was not possible to determine “when life began”, that the “product or tissue mass” or as we know it, the child is not a distinct person. Today, the scientific view is that life begins at conception. As to legal rights, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (in the 2008 opinion Planned Parenthood v. Rounds) recognized the life in the womb as a “whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Abortion therefore is the premeditated murder of a human life.

2. Next, Row v Wade assumed getting an abortion is merely a mother’s medical decision. However, the reality is that it is “primarily a social question about her personal circumstances” and this echoes many women’s stories. Being pregnant is not an illness that requires a medical decision.

3. The high court also assumed: surely the woman and abortion provider would have a normal and healthy doctor-patient relationship? Yet decades of experience with dehumanizing abortion practices reveal that no such relationship exists between abortionists and their clients.

4. The fourth assumed fact is that abortion consent would be informed and voluntary. While some states mandate abortion centers disclose all of the risks of the procedure, informed consent has been the exception rather than the rule. The directors of one anti-trafficking ministry note that abortion and violence against pregnant women are linked, a trend also reflected in other nations’ coercive forced-abortion policies.

5. In Roe v. Wade, the court emphasized that motherhood was stressful and a burden. Whether a parent through one’s own pregnancy, adoption or foster care, no one can deny parenting involves sacrifice. Yet the court failed to take into account the loss and emotional wounding following an abortion, which research shows many women struggle with for decades. Further, because every state has enacted Safe Haven laws, the long-term costs and sacrifices of parenting can be alleviated through adoption.

6. The sixth assumed fact is that a mother carried mere “potential.” However, medical science recognizes how a mother bonds with her child still in the womb, as noted by the world’s leading source of health care information.

7. Finally, Roe v. Wade assumed that abortion is a safe process. Four decades later, reams of medical evidence show that abortion carries both immediate and long-term health risks for women—including increased risk of suicidal thoughts and mental health issues.

Where this Supreme Court decision has brought our nation should break our hearts—resulting in the loss of more than 58 million innocent, defenseless lives.

It does mine. And it gives me continual resolve to advocate, pray and speak out for this unjust case to be overturned.

Tell us what you think about Legalized Abortion. Would you vote in favor of overturning Row v Wade? How has your life been affected by abortion? Lets start a discussion.

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Today we will begin to establish a government of, by and for the people, as we, the people, Make America Great Again.

Whose AMERICA is it?

God help us as we transition from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. God help us as we begin our way back from despair to walking in the ways of our Lord

First, let me thank God for His divine protection, guidance, and grace that He has showered upon us in the United States of America. When you stop to consider our track record as a nation we must come to the conclusion that indeed the lyrics to the song are right, “God shed His grace on thee.” In spite of our sin God has allowed America to remain the most prosperous nation on the face of the planet. In spite of our turning our faces away from honoring and revering the Lord, He has continued to shower this nation with His divine grace. In spite of our turning away from His holy commands, He has continued to bear with this nation and to continually call us to repentance.

For those who think my words are harsh in assessing our waywardness and sinfulness as a nation you need to consider a few realities of everyday life.

When we pick up a newspaper, watch the evening news, or listen to a talk radio program today we are immediately bombarded with the ills and evils of American society. The words are not coming from some double-knit-leisure-suit wearing prophet of doom or some ultra-fundamentalist-Bible-thumping preacher, but rather they are being uttered by news anchors, columnists, and commentators from all walks of life. Some of them, I am certain do have some measure of faith, but there are many others who are atheists, agnostics, or people of other faiths who simply are concerned about the downward spiral our country seems to be experiencing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there is something fundamentally wrong going on in the United States of America. Somehow we have forgotten our foundation, the principles upon which our founding fathers built the framework for the greatest nation in the world.

For as long as I can remember there have always been those who have tried to raise their voices a little louder than anyone else and claim that the “right-wing-religious-fanatics” make much to do about nothing. Folks in society roll their eyes as if to say, “There they go again,” whenever some Christian leader raises his or her voice about the decline of morals and strong families. Today, a different scenario is confronting us because alongside concerned Christians who speak out about what we see as the beginning of the end there are also a chorus of voices from every walk of life who are concerned with greed, the abuse of power, gangs, senseless killings, crumbling families, etc.

I don’t know if you are concerned, but the question keeps running through my mind, “How did we get to this point?” I have studied the history of this great nation and I can say with full confidence that the “free-for-all-anything-goes-everything-is-acceptable” mentality is not what this country was founded on. The founding laws of our country were legislated according to the principles laid down in God’s Word. Legislation use to be enacted to bring about the betterment of all of society. Today we have special interest groups who militantly lobby for their own agenda at the expense of the other citizens of the country.

How have we arrived at the point where almost every thought and action in our country is protected other than the freedom to openly and unashamedly claim that this is a Christian nation, occupied by people who worship and adore the living God who brought us into existence?

I want us to examine the birth of our great nation alongside of our present quagmire of confusion and godlessness. I want us to study this in light of 2 Chronicles 7:11-22, where God laid down the foundation for the continuance of the nation of Israel, the stipulations He set forth for their continued growth and prosperity, and how the people shrugged their shoulders and ended up losing their great land. If history is any teacher then it is time for us to repent of our sins as a nation and begin to rebuild upon the godly foundation God set forth for this nation.

Before we learn where we have come from and how we have lost our perspective, I must say that I am convinced that you and I live in the greatest land in the world. The simple fact that the people of our country can dig a hole for themselves speaks volumes for our freedom. There are not many countries in the world where you and I would even have a voice to speak out, much less speak openly about some of the ludicrous ideologies that are being fought for today. In Communist China we would simply be shot. In Syria, the evil President Bashar al-Assad continues to soak the country’s poor in a blood bath of his own selfish desire. In Syria we would be gassed and trampled underfoot. In America, no matter how perverse or self-centered our philosophies of life may be, we will be heard.

The founding of our country and the present day for American life has drastically parted ways. Many among us today would dispute this. Many today say that America was never a Christian nation and that our founders were not Christians at all. I’ll let you decide from the facts.

On July 4, 1776, a historic document was signed in the city of Philadelphia by our founding fathers: The Declaration of Independence. This document marked the beginning of our great nation that, under God, was destined for world leadership. We often forget that in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers were making a bold declaration of their dependence upon Almighty God. The closing words of this important document solemnly declare: “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

How committed were these men to this pledge? Well, let me share with you about one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris.

Robert Morris was one of only six men who signed both the Declaration and the Constitution. At the time he pledged “his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor” in the Declaration, he was one of America’s wealthiest individuals. He was appointed the financier of the American Revolution–an unenviable position, for it was his task to secure financial backing for the Revolution. We need to understand what this title entailed. The American Revolution was simply a group of individuals pledging themselves to overthrow the world’s greatest military, naval, and economic power. If we were to try to replicate that feat today and get fifty-six people to make such a pledge, what bank in its right mind would make a loan to us for that purpose? No bank would offer us money to undertake such a task, regardless of our passion or our plan. And so it was in the American Revolution; it was not until three years into the Revolution, after our victory at Saratoga, that loans began to come in. So how did they finance the Revolution during the first three years? Much of the finances came from Mr. Robert Morris’ own fortune. He personally gave over two million to the cause of the Revolution, and it was not money he had to spare, it was most of what he had. He gave so much money out of his own pocket that in his latter years, he did not have enough money left to meet his own obligations. As a result, Robert Morris spent time in debtors’ prison. Morris was never repaid; still, he had given his word–he had pledged “his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor”; and he kept his word. This is the kind of commitment, the kind of integrity, the kind of self-sacrifice these men exhibited for the freedom that you and I enjoy today.

Many people in our society today point to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as the most irreligious of all of the signers. Benjamin Franklin was a Deist, a person who believes in God but does not believe that God is intimately involved in the affairs of everyday life. I don’t know about Mr. Franklin’s daily walk with the Lord, but I do know that in the summer of 1787 he spoke some of the most powerful words ever uttered on our soil. Let me set the context of his speech by saying that representatives were gathering in Philadelphia to write the Constitution for the United States. They worked and worked for several weeks with no progress. Then eighty-one year old Benjamin Franklin rose and spoke to the troubled group of men and said,

In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a super-intending Providence in our favor…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning.

I wish that all of our leaders were “irreligious” if that is the kind of passion and dependence upon God that characterizes those who are irreligious.

We hear so many of our citizens and elected leaders crying out, “Separation of Church and State” from the town squares of America today. Those of us who do not understand the law cower back and resign ourselves to the conclusion that they must know since they are educated, keepers of the law, and erudite scholars about legal matters. As a result of our resignation we see more and more of our rights, given to us by our founding fathers, eaten away.

We have seen prayer at football games and schools shot down by the Supreme Court of our land. We are being told that anything pertaining to God is unconstitutional and therefore our tender, impressionable children must be shielded from this dangerous God. If we would take the time to read we would recognize that our founding fathers saw God as the only hope for our children. God must be the foundation of education or education is worthless!

According to the Columbian Historical Society, Thomas Jefferson–while President–authored the original plan of education for Washington, D.C.’s public schools. In Mr. Jefferson’s plan he placed the Bible as a primary reading text for all of the children of the Washington, D.C.’s public school system!

Benjamin Rush, considered the father of public schools in America under the Constitution, in his 1798 policy paper entitled “On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic,” wrote about the purpose of education. Mr. Rush saw three primary purposes for public education: first, to teach youth to love God; second, to teach youth to love their country; and third, to teach youth to love their family.

I know the first thing you and I recognize about Mr. Rush’s philosophy is that he placed love of country above love of family. Today, we would probably place family above country, but Benjamin Rush had a strong reason to place country above family. He understood that if we lost our country, we would lose our families–that unless we watched our government leaders, and stayed involved in it, that government itself could become an enemy of the family. How correct he was as today we are watching legislators strike down prayer, bar the Bible, and legitimize destructive forces upon the family like partial-birth abortion and same-sex marriage. Today, much of that which undermines the family is often supported, subsidized, or paid for by the government itself.

Let me give you further insight into early American education. In 1638, the Puritans, who were some of the most educated people of their day, founded the first and most famous Ivy League school in existence. Their story, in brief, is etched today in the record of Harvard University.

After God had carried us safely to New England, and we had built our houses, provided necessities for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God’s worship, and settled the civil government; one of the next things we longed for, and looked after was to advance learning, and perpetuate it to posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches, when our present ministers shall lie in the dust.

Harvard was founded as an institution of higher learning to educate people to the eternal truths of God so that they might minister in this country in various positions. Harvard’s “Rules and Precepts” adopted in 1646 by the school’s leaders included the following words.

Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life. Seeing the Lord giveth wisdom, everyone shall seriously, by prayer, in secret, seek wisdom from Him. Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that they be ready to give an account of their proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of languages and logic, and in practical and spiritual truths.

According to records, 52% of the seventeenth century Harvard graduates became ministers. The very same story can be repeated when we examine the institutions of higher learning at Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, William and Mary, Columbia, Brown, and Rutgers. As the frontier moved west the men and women of God continued to start colleges of higher learning – the Methodist founded what is today known as Northwestern University, outside of Chicago, and the evangelical Presbyterians founded the University of California at Berkeley. How has a Christian university become the quintessence of godless thought, rebellion, and anti-Christian instruction?

The thought struck me as I was preparing This article: If we do not educate our people about our roots then there is no way for today’s citizens to know the Biblical foundation that this country was founded upon. One of the greatest educations you can gain is to take a trip to Washington D.C. to see faith plastered on every corner.

I hope to have the opportunity to take my sons to Washington D.C. so they can see for themselves the Christian heritage our Country has. Our nation’s capital cries out with the faith of our fathers. There remain vestiges of faith in Washington as each session of our Senate and House of Representatives begins in prayer and has its own Chaplain.

The 83rd Congress set aside a small room in the Capitol, just off the rotunda, for the private prayer and quiet moments of its members. In the prayer room is a large stained glass window with George Washington kneeling in prayer. Inscribed in the glass are these words: “This nation under God” and “Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.”

Inside the rotunda of our Capitol is a picture of the Pilgrims about to set sail from Holland. The ship’s Chaplain has open on his lap God’s Word with these words showing for everyone to see: “The New Testament according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” On the beautiful full sail is the motto of the Pilgrims: “In God we trust, God with us.” The phrase, “In God We Trust” is inscribed opposite the President of the Senate, who is the Vice President of the United States. The same phrase inscribed in marble serves as a backdrop to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Over the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court hangs the Ten Commandments with the great American eagle protecting them. In the Supreme Court, Herman MacNeil’s great marble sculpture of the great lawgivers of history includes Moses and the words, “God save the United States and the Honorable Court.” These words are used to close each session of the court.

The Library of Congress is packed full of constant reminders of the obligations of our leaders to govern justly. One of the quotations found within its walls reads, “What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and love mercy and walk humbly with thy God.” (Micah 6:8) Two other quotes from Scripture found in the Library of Congress are from Psalm 19:1 and John 1:5. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) “The light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.” (John 1:5)

Even the great memorials of the Capitol area cry out to the justice and mercy of our God. One day I hope to go to the Lincoln Memorial with my sons and sing, “Amazing Grace.” Inscribed on the walls of that wonderful memorial are these words, “That this nation, under God, shall have a birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” On the north wall of the monument is Lincoln’s second inaugural address that alludes to God, the Bible, and the Almighty. It then continues with these powerful words, “As it was said 3000 years ago, so it still must be said, ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”

The words of Thomas Jefferson seem almost prophetic as they are inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

God’s justice cannot sleep forever. Have we forgotten our own history and failed to learn from the decline and fall of those nations who have turned their back on God? We could talk about the things that led to the decline and fall of the Greeks, Romans, and the Soviet Union for hours and in so doing find out that we are running right alongside of them to disaster and destruction.

Is there any hope for America? Have we gone too far? I don’t think so, if we will repent, and as a nation fall on our faces before the throne of Almighty God weeping over our sins. I believe that if God’s people will humble themselves before the Lord then He will restore our hearts, our homes, our city, and our nation. I haven’t come up with this on my own for God’s dealing with His people, the nation of Israel, has set a precedent for all of God’s people around the world and here in the United States. In 2 Chronicles 7 we find these words,

11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13″When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 17″As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, 18I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.’ 19″But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why he brought all this disaster on them.'” (2 Chronicles 7:11-22 NIV)

It is time for us as Americans to humble ourselves and confess that we don’t have all of the answers. We need to affirm as a people that new is not necessarily better, but that God’s timeless, eternal Word speaks volumes to our condition in twentieth century America. It is time that we as Americans begin to pray like we have never prayed before. It is not lawful for a child to pray in school today even though it is lawful for us to burn a cross in someone’s yard. We need to recognize that not being able to pray in school is not our greatest obstacle for we do not even pray in our own homes, I am talking about Christian homes! We don’t even pray with our children. How can we expect a nation to embrace our practice of prayer when we don’t even practice prayer in our homes? We need to pray. Pray in the morning. Pray in the evening. Pray at noontime. Pray for the sick. Pray for the sinner. Pray for the mercy of God to be shed abroad upon our nation and its leaders. Pray, pray, pray. When it is convenient-pray. When it is inconvenient – pray. When trouble comes knocking – pray. When blessings abound-pray. Oh, we’ve got to pray if we are going to see this nation rebuilt upon its godly foundation.

It is time for us as Americans to repent and rebuild. The Chronicler writes, 14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Repentance is a word that has fallen on hard times in our land. Many people think, “Why would I repent when I haven’t done anything that is seriously wrong?” I not only need to repent for my own sins, but I need to repent for my nation and be an intercessor for the U.S.A. while there is still time. This is my country! I am proud to be an American because this is the greatest land on the face of the earth. Because of that fact I want to fall on my face before God and ask forgiveness for the way we have turned our backs on the One has called us into being.

If we are going to see America rebuild upon the faith of those great men who founded this nation then we must repent and return to the Word of God. It is impossible for us to live a life that is pleasing to God if we do not know God’s Word. Every person that goes to church ought to be in a Bible study or Sunday School class of some kind so that we might grow up in our faith and grow into the image of God’s Son, Jesus. It is time for the Church to stop our incessant talking and complaining and begin to live out our faith in the public square.

In the movie, The Patriot, Gabriel had gone to a church to try to enlist men to fight in the militia. The men were stoic and afraid, unwilling to join the young man in his passionate conviction to fight for freedom. Suddenly, a young woman stood to confront the silence of the men there. She had heard them speak passionately about America and its right to be a free and sovereign nation and now she was confronted by their silence. She boldly asked the question, “Will you stop at only words? Or will you act upon the beliefs you have so strongly spoken?”

God exhorts us along the same lines when He said in James: In the same way, faith (believing) by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 (NIV)

I don’t know about you, but I am concerned about America today. If I didn’t care and if I didn’t love this great land God has given us then I would forever remain silent because silence brings much less scorn and ridicule than speaking out. I can remain silent no longer. We are facing moral and spiritual bankruptcy in our land while the Church sits back and enjoys the comforts of a cozy pew.

How will America turn around? She will return to greatness when you and I begin to seek God’s face and will, when you and I say, “Here am I Lord send me,” when you and I have our hearts broken with the brokenness of our society, when you and I repent of our sin first, when you and I realize that we are only one, but we are one! God help us as we transition from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. God help us as we begin our way back from despair to walking in the ways of our King!

Today,  January 20, 2017, we will celebrate a new day in America as Donald J. Trump and 2017-01-14-22-15-10Michael R. Pence are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America at the 58th Presidential Inauguration, once again establishing a government of, by and for the people, as we, the people, Make America Great Again!

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Evangelize America

WE MUST EVANGELIZE FERVENTLY

I Tim 2:3-4 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

God wants all people to be saved, not just a select few. And evangelism is presenting some kind of witness for Christ with the idea that perhaps they will come to believe in Him, trust and obey Him and be saved.

Someone has well said, “Nature forms us. Sin deforms us. Education informs us. BUT ONLY CHRIST TRANSFORMS US.”

And all people need to be transformed by the power of Christ. However, that may not happen unless we do something about it!

Have you ever heard of Rockin’ Roland Stuart? How many of you have ever watched a sporting event on TV such as a Super Bowl or a Monday night football game, and have seen the giant sign reading “John 3:16” in the audience?

Rockin’ Roland Stuart is responsible for that. At one time, Roland Stuart was a drunk, an alcoholic. Somehow he was introduced to Christ and became a Christian. God healed him of his alcoholism. One day, the idea struck him that if he could just get into major sporting events and put the Word of God before the hundreds of thousands of people it might do some good.

So today, Rockin’ Roland Stuart and his wife, Margaret, and a friend named William James, live a very strange life. They drive 55,000 miles a year in an old beat up van, using their money to buy tickets to major sporting events in order to hold up a sign reading, “John 3:16.”

I don’t know if what he is doing has done any good to help lead people to Christ or not. BUT HE IS DOING SOMETHING!

One time many years ago preacher Dwight L. Moody was criticized because of the evangelistic methods he used. Moody replied, “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”

The sad truth is most Christian people do little or nothing to present a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. While the unbelieving world is shouting out its message, we go to church but do little outside the church to spread the message of Christ.

And if all we’re doing is saying “Amen” to the sermon inside the church and doing nothing outside the church to witness then we’re not accomplishing much as far as evangelism is concerned.

I have read that 95% of all Christian never try to lead anybody to Christ in their entire lifetime! That means that 5% of all Christian people do 100% of the work of evangelism. IN WHICH GROUP ARE YOU?

The Lord doesn’t expect us to do everything, but He does expect us to do something. He expects us to be more alert to the opportunities around us to witness for Christ.

I Pet. 3:15 “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”

One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?”

The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.”

“But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”

If God is on the inside of us, He will show through to the outside! If the fire of Christ is burning on the inside of us, then that fire will spread to the outside and to those around us. We must constantly look for opportunities to witness, to testify, to invite, to encourage, and point people to Christ! We must evangelize fervently!

When George Bush was our Vice President he represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev’s wife performed an act of great courage and hope. She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest.

Apparently, she hoped that there was another life, and that life was best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that the same Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband.

Christ is the only hope for anybody and for any country! Including America! And we must do whatever we can to bless America and others with the love of Christ!

On January 20, 2017, we will celebrate a new day in America as Donald J. Trump and 2017-01-14-08-52-34Michael R. Pence are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America at the 58th Presidential Inauguration, once again establishing a government of, by and for the people, as we, the people, Make America Great Again!

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Are you important? Are you children important? Are children everywhere important? How about those children still in the womb? Are they important? The word tells us that God knew us even before we were born. I don’t think the God of the universe would take time to know someone unless that person was important. So yes, you are important and so are all the born and unborn children in the world. Every life is important to God and of equal value to Him. Rich, poor, tall, short, dark or light! Life begins at conception. Let’s call it as it is; Abortion is murder. I know this is not politically correct to say it like that, but as Christians, we need to say it as God sees it. Today marks 43 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been approximately 57,762,169 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children. Let’s compare that to World War II which was the deadliest military conflict in history in absolute terms of total dead. Over 60 million people were killed, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion[2]). I am not talking about the Holocaust victims which were about 6 million Jewish people who died in the hands of the Nazis, but the total people killed in the conflict. If we isolate the Holocaust victims, the comparison of Abortions just in the US alone would tower over these grim statistics. Some scholars maintain that the definition of the Holocaust should also include the other victims persecuted and killed by the Nazis. Victims that included catholic clergy, Jehovah’s witnesses, Christian missionaries and pastors, the handicapped, and homosexuals.  Estimates of the death toll of non-Jewish victims vary by millions, partly because the boundary between death by persecution and death by starvation and other means in a context of total war is unclear.Using this definition, the total number of Holocaust victims is between 11 million and 17 million people. Still, in the US alone, we have killed almost 60 million unborn babies in the name of Abortion. In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion, there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. For those who like to understand the magnitude of this human massacre, this represents one unborn baby murdered every 28.8 seconds in the USA.  And the numbers are even more staggering when you look at the total estimated babies killed by abortion wold-wide. It is calculated that 125,000 unborn babies are being killed every day in the world which means that every 0.69 seconds, an unborn baby is being killed. We need to do something about this and it starts with prayer. Please support 40 days for life at www.40daysforlife.com We need to be praying that the laws of this land would be changed, soon!

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I Tim 2:2 “That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” God wants us to be godly people, holy people.

A preacher wrote, “the ugly part of me sure showed his beastly face the other night. I was driving on a two-lane road that was about to become a single lane. A woman in a car beside me was in the lane that continued. I was in the one that stopped. I needed to be ahead of her. My schedule was, no doubt, more important than hers. After all, am I not a man of the cloth?

“So I floored it. Guess what? She did too. When my lane ended, she was a fender ahead of me. I growled and slowed and let her go ahead. Over her shoulder she gave me a sweet little bye-bye wave. Grrrr.

“I started to dim my headlights. Then I paused. The sinister part of me said, ‘Wait a minute.’ Am I not to shed light on dark places? SO I PUT A LITTLE HIGH BEAM IN HER REARVIEW MIRROR.

“She retaliated by slowing down. To a crawl. This woman was mean. She wasn’t going to go beyond fifteen miles per hour. And I wasn’t going to take my lights out of her rearview mirror. Like two stubborn donkeys, she kept it slow and I kept it bright.

“After more unkind thoughts, the road widened and I started to pass. Wouldn’t you know it? A red light left the two of us side by side at an intersection. What happened next contains both good news and bad news. The good news is, she waved at me. The bad news is, her wave was not one you’d want to imitate.

“Moments later, conviction surfaced, ‘WHY DID I DO THAT?’ I’m typically a calm guy, but for fifteen minutes I was a beast!”

Brothers and sisters, is that you? Are you a beast at times? At home? At work? At Wal-marts? While driving or shopping?

We can be pretty good people at church most of the time, but God is very much interested in how we act and react outside the church.

I Pet. 2:12 “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds (and your good life) and glorify God…”

Max Lucado tells this interesting story about his encounter with a prophet. “I wanted breakfast. I got a prophet. I went to the deli to order some breakfast. For a couple of bucks you can get all the eggs and sausage you can handle… A prophet had the same idea. He was short and thin – a wispy fellow with cropped, unkempt hair, and a bushy, red beard.

“By the time I got there, he was already ordering his food. Meticulously ordering his food. ‘Do you serve a breakfast taco with no meat? Just potatoes and eggs? Is it salted? How many potatoes?’ The deli lady lifted the pan so he could see.

“Maybe he wanted to be sure he got his money’s worth. Maybe he observes a religious diet. Or maybe he was just picky. I couldn’t tell. But I could tell that he was polite, painfully polite.

“As someone was preparing the prophet’s food, a second worker appeared. He thought the prophet hadn’t been waited on and asked if he needed help. ‘No, I’ve been helped. But since you asked, may I ask you if you are a believer in Jesus Christ? I am his prophet and I am sent to you.’

“As the prophet was about to leave, he turned to the deli lady and said, ‘I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ for your kind assistance.’ And he caught a glimpse of the deli man and said to him, ‘I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ.’ He didn’t say what for. Perhaps a generic blessing.

“As I was about to leave I bumped into Lawrence. Lawrence is a friend from my church. Bumping into Lawrence is no small matter. He’s an ex-pro football player. Everything about Lawrence is big, and everything about Lawrence is kind. A strong hug from Lawrence can last you a week.

“And that’s what he gave me…a good hug, a warm handshake, and a genuine question about my well-being. Not much, just a couple of minutes of kind concern.

“As I was leaving, I was struck by the contrast of the two encounters. Both the prophet and Lawrence are followers of Christ. Both are unashamed of their faith. Both love to carry a Bible. Both like to bless people. But that’s where the similarities end.

“One wears sandals and a robe, and the other wears tennis shoes and jeans. One dresses like Jesus, BUT THE OTHER ACTS LIKE JESUS. One introduced himself as an ambassador for Christ; the other didn’t have to. One stirred my curiosity, but the other touched my heart.”

If we want to change America for the better and all people for the better, we must live righteously or holy lives but without presenting a “holier-than-thou” image. We must kill the “beast” within us.

On January 20, 2017, we will celebrate a new day in America as Donald J. Trump and 2017-01-14-08-58-59Michael R. Pence are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America at the 58th Presidential Inauguration, once again establishing a government of, by and for the people, as we, the people, Make America Great Again!

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