The Sunday Message

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. -The preamble of the United States Constitution

This upcoming week (September 17-23) is Constitution Week. Here are two places to find out more about Constitution Week:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. – Amendment 1

The first amendment is my favorite. The fathers of our country, many who believed in God, wanted to make sure that our government would not promote a certain religion or prevent us from exercising the religion of our choice. Basically, that means we can participate or not.

Of course, the freedom of speech and of the press are vitally important to our country.

Sometimes when I read the Constitution I marvel at the vision of our founding fathers for a “more perfect union.”

Enjoy Constitution Week.

The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree. – Edward Kennedy

 

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The Sunday Message

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. – Lou Holtz

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt got his first NFL start Thursday night against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

It did not begin well.

Hunt played college football at Toledo. He had not fumbled the football since his freshman year of college. That’s about 855 carries with just one fumble.

On his first NFL carry in a regular season game, Hunt rumbled for seven yards and then fumbled to ball. It was recovered by New England.

That was his first NFL carry.

Hunt could have folded like a tent. He did not. He overcame the adversity. The next time the Chiefs had the football, Hunt carried the ball again. He ended up with three touchdowns and ran for 246 yards from scrimmage. The 246 yards Hunt ran from scrimmage was the most ever by a rookie in his first NFL game.

When asked about the fumble, Hunt told NBC Sports, “I just had to forget about it,” Hunt said, “I just had to go out there and make up for it.”

I think he made up for it.

 

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The Sunday Message

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

In case you missed it, President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed today (Sunday, September 3, 2017) as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts. Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time. I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.

Also, please be praying for the western United States which is being hit hard by wildfires. We need rain in Montana and several areas in the west.

 

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The Sunday Message

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV)

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. -1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV)

You may have heard the story of Joe Kennedy, a Washington state high school football coach who took a knee on the 50-yard line and prayed after football games.

According to several articles including this one from Fox News, a federal court has ruled that violated the U.S. Constitution and Kennedy lost his job as an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in 2015 after the school district suspended him for his post-game prayers.

Kennedy sued and accused the school of violating his free speech. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the district’s suspension was justified.

If you have followed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals very much then you probably know their rulings are overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court often.

We’ll see if Kennedy appeals to the highest court or not.

I’m somewhat torn on this issue. I think Kennedy has a right to pray as long as he is not forcing his players to participate. But then, he is the coach and may unknowingly exert influence on his players to participate.

When I played high school football, we recited “The Lord’s Prayer” before each game. I doubt that is allowed these days.

In fact, in looking back there are a lot of things we don’t allow any more. That does not mean we are better off…

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The Sunday Message

About the upcoming total solar eclipse event…

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. – Matthew 24:36 (NIV)

There are several different religious views about Monday’s total solar eclipse and some of them are as “interesting” as some religions.

From the Washington Post:

On Monday, Pradeep Reddy, a pediatrician in Carbondale, Ill., will eagerly await the sight of the solar eclipse, which he expects will be an awe-inspiring scientific spectacle.

Then he’ll go inside and jump in the shower with all his clothes on. (Or at least he’ll run them through the washing machine.)

That’s what his religion tells Hindus to do after an eclipse, to purify the clothing that they watched the supposedly inauspicious cosmic event in. Hindus for generations have taken all sorts of precautions to ward off the bad luck that they believe an eclipse foretells.

From End Time Headlines:

A huge total solar eclipse will take place over the United States this month and for some Christians, it’s a clear sign from God that the last days prophesied in the Bible are upon us.

Another belief is that the path across the United States is God’s way of giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming. (Express.co.uk)

So have fun with Monday’s total solar eclipse. As Desmond from the TV show “Lost” used to say, “See you on the other side, brother.”

 

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The Sunday Message

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

Next Saturday (August 19) is the annual Downpour free Christian music festival in Great Falls, Montana, at the Montana ExpoPark.

The gates open at noon, and the first performance begins at 1:00. Here is the lineup:

1:00-2:00 // Dust Alive
2:30-3:30 // Tedashii
4:00-5:00 // Jamie Grace
5:30-6:30 // Colton Dixon
7:00-8:00 // Britt Nicole
8:15-9:15 // speaker Trip Lee
9:45-11:15 // Matt Maher

On Sunday (August 20) there is a church service that begins at 11:00 am.

It’s all FREE!!

More information can be found at the Downpour Music Festival website HERE.

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The Sunday Message

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 (NASB)

Have you ever heard someone quote a bible verse and wonder how they think that it fits in a certain situation?

In Relevant Magazine, they have an article that caught my attention about The 5 Most Misused and Abused Bible Verses.

Philippians 4:13 is one of them – check out the story HERE.

When I read articles like this, I automatically check for authorship. Basically, it is the author’s opinion. Of course, the author may also be highly educated in the subject area so I take that into consideration.

Nonetheless, the article does make some great points. Enjoy!

 

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