The Sunday Message

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are 23 days from Election Day 2018. Please vote!

Back in 2016, a man wrote to Billy Graham saying he and his wife were “fed up with politics” and they had “decided not to vote.”

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Published in: on October 14, 2018 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Sunday Message

…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ­- 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

This week seemed like a difficult one for our country. We are pretty divided and there’s a lot of hate being spewed.

I am asking readers to take a few moments this week and pray for our country. Pray for peace. Pray for truth. Pray for our leaders. Pray for kindness.

Thank you.

 

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President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual. You’ve watched the fight, you’ve watched the tactics, but here’s what I want to tell you, in the very near future Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Those were comforting words on Friday (Sept. 21) from McConnell for the attendees of the Values Voter Summit being held this weekend in Washington, D.C.

McConnell also told those in attendance to “Keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re gonna plow right through it and do our jobs.”

The Values Voter Summit is an annual event and according to their website:

Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.

If you are a conservative, this is the place to speak. You can see who is speaking at the event by clicking HERE. Speakers this year range from Vice President Mike Pence to actor Dean Cain.

Next week will be interesting with regard to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

We’ll see how faith plays a role in it.

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. – J. William Fulbright

Have a great week!

 

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In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace... – Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)

There’s a new Christian drama movie coming soon that is a sequel to a movie I enjoyed called, “Unbroken.”

It is based on a true story.

Here is the summary from Wikipedia:

Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and acts as a sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken, although none of the original cast or crew returns except the producer Matthew Baer. The film chronicles Louis Zamperini following his return from World War II and his conversion to evangelical Christianity after attending one of Billy Graham’s church revivals.

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

This week Gallup polling reported about church attendance “edging down in recent years” and that:

Gallup’s latest yearly update from its daily tracking survey shows that in 2017, 38% of adults said they attended religious services weekly or almost every week. When Gallup began asking this question in 2008, that figure was 42%.

When they asked a similar question in the 1950s, around 49% said they attended church in the last week.

Maybe not attending church as often is why our country is so messed up in 2018 – by messed up I mean polarized. There’s a lot of hate in the country.

Gallup also said the declining attendance could also be because of who is leading the services (pastor or priest or rabbi).

The person who delivers the message on Sundays is very important. In my opinion, that is near the top. I also think the music and how I am treated by others in a church is near the top of reasons to attend.

You can find a church that fits your needs. All you need to do is look.

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message: John McCain

I consider myself a Christian. I attend church. My faith has sustained me in very difficult times. – John McCain

Rest in Peace, John McCain

U.S. Senator John McCain, who may be the last statesman in Washington, D.C., died on Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. He was 81.

McCain may best be remembered for a response he gave to a lady during an October 2008 townhall meeting when McCain was running for President (back then politicians still had the guts to hold town hall meetings).

The woman told McCain that she did not trust Barack Obama because he was an “Arab.”

“No, ma’am,” McCain replied. “He’s a decent family man, citizen, who I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is about.”

In watching McCain over the years, it was obvious that he could be just as tough on people from his own party as he was on people who were Democrats. I sometimes cringed when McCain questioned people during committee hearings because he was tough on many of them.

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When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Mark 10:14 (NIV)

A headline I read this past week was shocking and sickening:

301 ‘Predator Priests’ Named In Pa. Grand Jury Sex Abuse Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

Before I start, I am not a Catholic. I do know several people who are Catholics and they are genuinely good people. When they do talk about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals with children, they are sick about it.

CBS in Pittsburgh reported:

“To make it easier to target their victims, the priests gave their favored boys gifts – gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The crosses were markings of which boys had been groomed for abuse.”

That is sick.

The abuse has been going on for years. How do we know it’s stopped?

Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, he made this observation about the latest sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church:

If it was anything other than the Catholic Church, if you heard this about Jiffy Lube if you read in the paper at Jiffy Lube over 300 technicians were found guilty of molesting over a thousand children, would people still go to Jiffy Lube. It’s amazing how they get away with it.

I think they get away with it because they have money and they are an enormous organization.

As an outsider, the cold hard fact is when I see a Priest on TV or in public my first thought is “I wonder how many children he has molested?”

I’m sure I am not the only one. If I had small children the last place I would want them to go would be a Catholic Church.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. – Acts 20:28 (NIV)

Have a great week!

 

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The Sunday Message

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. – Ronald Reagan

It was recently announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is set for a confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. (ABC News)

In July, NPR did a story about the religion of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court reporting, “… for most of U.S. history, the court, like the country, was dominated by Protestant Christians. But today, it is predominantly Catholic and Jewish.”

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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

I think it’s important that we pray for our leaders. I may not have voted for some of the leaders or even agree with them on many things, but I want them to be safe and for our city, county, state, and country to do well.

The Hill and other media reported that at President Trump’s rally in Ohio, Gary Click, a pastor, and member of the Ohio GOP’s State Central Committee, delivered the prayer ahead of Trump’s remarks, asking for God to “protect our President and his family with a shield of faith, Lord.”

That’s cool. I can agree with those words.

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Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

From CBS News in Denver

Haylie Wenke, her little brother Reagen, and friend Ashley Dayton were doing what some kids do on a hot summer day in Aurora on July 18, visiting their local park to cool off at the splash pad.

On the way home, they found a wallet under a car, so they picked it up and took it to the front door of the house. In a video posted to Facebook by Jamie Carlton from his doorbell camera, Haylie can be heard saying, “We found your wallet outside your car and we just thought we would give it back to you so I’m going to put it over here so nobody takes any money.”

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