Sunday, September 11, 2016

God Bless America





God Bless America



The Flag stands among the ruins and rubble of lives lost, dreams destroyed, families broken, friends gone, a way of life under sever attack. All gone in the fire, smoke and ashes of the collapsed Twin Towers. Islamic Terrorists had done their worst, yet there standing in the midst of smoldering ashes and debris is the FLAG of the United States of America.



The FLAG stands for governmental liberty, for the dignity of humanity, for equal opportunity, for religious freedom, for freedom of speech, for the best hopes and dreams of a better life and more glorious future. She stands for what is right, noble and just for all who follower her and seek to embrace the values she represents.



And where do these values come from Father, but You. They come through your grace, mercy, truth, and love. You have established the foundation on which if any people will build their lives in faith and obedience will reap Your overflowing benefits. That is why Father your Word tells us:



1 Corinthians 3:11 (GW)
     After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.



Therefore Father the following verses are true:

Psalm 33:12 (GW)
     Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Blessed are the people he has chosen as his own.



Psalm 144:15 (GW)
     Blessed are the people who have these blessings! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!



So Father when we give our pledge to the Flag of the United States of America it is with the acknowledgement that we are “One Nation Under God.” Without You Father, we are nothing. So on this weekend of 911 when we remember how much was lost in the assault on our nation, we also remember all we have as “One Nation Under God” and it is Your blessings that have sustained us throughout our history.



Thank You Father that we can still sing and pray “God Bless America!”



In the Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thinking of my family and friends, as we enter a new year.


A Thought worth considering…….


A Promise worth sharing…….

     Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)


A  Prayer worth hearing …...

      24‘May the LORD bless you and protect you. 25 May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. 26 May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)



Have a blessed new year all year!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

JOY



May You Have the Joy Of the Shepherd’s Christmas

Luke 2:10 & 20 (ESV)
     10  …. great joy that will be for all the people.
  20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God….”  

     Even though we have not seen him personally we still have the joy of the Shepherds as spoken of in 1 Peter 1:8:  You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.”

God bless you abundantly with overflowing JOY this Christmas season.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mercy Christmas


One of the words that reveal the necessity of Christmas is mercy. Within the meaning of this wonderful word is the revelation God gave of himself to Moses: “The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. 7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin…..” Exodus 34:6-7 (NLT)

The Apostle Paul shared this glorious truth with his friend Titus: “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy…..”. Titus 3:4-5 (NLT)

We rejoice in the reality of God's mercy and join the Psalmist in saying: “The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love…. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.” Psalm 103:8 & 10 (NLT)

As we investigate the necessity of Christmas we come to a clear and compelling understanding that without mercy there can be no Christmas and without Christmas there can be no forgiveness.

Thanks to our Father for the joys of Christmas experienced in the gift of his mercy.

Yes, thank you Father, that in your grace you gave us want we don’t deserve and in your mercy you don’t give us what we do deserve. Indeed we can proclaim Merry Christmas because it was a Mercy Christmas.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Pray for Paris




1 Timothy 2:1 (NLT)
     I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people
(Paris). Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf…..”

Father I pray for the people of Paris, especially for those who have loved ones, family and friends that have either been killed or wounded by evil and wicked men. I pray for those who are now suffering and will for weeks, months and perhaps years to come.

Father may these hurting people experience your grace and peace that surpasses all understanding. May Your mercy sustain them as they struggle with questions that have no answer this side of heaven. May You, the God of all comfort, bring healing and hope to all in the despair and pain of broken hearts.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NLT)
     Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

Through Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Conscience and Same Sex Marriage

Conscience definition:

“The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience.”

 Same Sex Marriage is an Unjust Law 

 1. It is unjust to God who created male and female and united them in marriage as a provision and protection for the human family. “This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. 2 He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.”  Genesis 5:1-2 (NLT)

 2. It is unjust to the unique and special relationship designed only for a husband and wife. Their relationship is personal, intimate and a covenant of trust and love which they share together. “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:24 (NLT)

 3. It is unjust to children who deserve and need the unique qualities that come from a father and mother in the relationship of marriage and family. “Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. …...” Malachi 2:15 (NLT)

 4. It is unjust to society in which Biblical individuality is defined by gender through which a person develops their unique personality as a boy or girl in the process of growing into a mature man and woman. To ignore or reject these distinct realities is the corruption of the normal life God intended for the particular roles of men and women.

Romans 1:26-27 (NLT)
    26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

5. It is unjust to a true follower of Christ who is determined, in good conscience, to be obedient to the Word of God and the moral values it advocates. It is not unlike the situation Peter and John faced in defending their faith and conscience before the Sanhedrin who were the ruling power and authority of their nation.

The Apostles Peter and John were arrested and hauled in front of the Israeli Supreme Court, Leaders and Rulers. They commanded them to virtually violate their conscience and faith in Christ and to obey their authority as the ruling Council.

Acts 4:18-19 (NLT)
     18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?

Acts 5:28-29 (NLT)
     8 “Didn’t we tell you never again to teach in this man’s name?” he demanded. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!” 29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.

 Decisions of conscience based on the Word of God are always superior to the laws of man, including the Constitution of the United States. When the Word and will of God come into conflict with human laws and traditions God’s laws are always preeminent!  It is not a matter of letting our conscience be our guide but rather the Word of God informing, influencing and guiding our conscience.

Thus we are obligated and committed to say with the Apostles: “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”  And the Constitution of the United States of America supports such freedom of conscience in the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…...”

Romans 9:1 (NLT)
     With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it.

 Reformer Martin Luther spoke in good faith and conscience at the Diet of Worms:

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one's conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen.”

“Man Between God and the Devil” (English edition Yale, 1989), Reformation scholar Heiko Oberman

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Deep Darkness


Jesus said:
     22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT)


This statement by Jesus describes the consciences of those involved in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. It is tragically ironic that they think they are so enlightened in their minds and yet their souls are actually in darkness.

How deep is that darkness? It is beyond sensitivity, mercy, understanding or compassion for the baby, even when its heart is beating while it lays on the table struggling for life.

How deep is that darkness? They sort through severed baby body parts without hesitating, cringing or caring the least bit that what lies in that dish before them is a person in its infancy, mutilated for of all reasons, base inhuman evil profit.

How deep is that darkness?  Words nearly fail to describe the intensity of that darkness so dense, so degenerate, and so deplorable that it defies human logic and the basic instinct of human love.

What does that darkness do? It exposes the wickedness and depravity of the human heart. Here’s what God says:  The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”  Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)

The only answer to the darkness is God’s light or truth. His light, if heeded, will bring conviction, conversion, cleansing and forgiveness from all sin. Jesus reminded Paul of his and our mission: “17 ….. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ 
Acts 26:17-18 (NLT)

Here is the truth: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ John 8:12 (NLT)

We can do something about the darkness, let the light shine!