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Psalm 23 (NASB)
A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, one of the most healing prayers that we have ever found is the Twenty-Third Psalm of David found in the Old Testament of the Bible. Repeated often, it can help turn around negative thinking and assist a person with fears, as can few others, in our experience.

Read more commentary from Dr. Wilson about the Twenty-Third Psalm by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week!

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If I couldn’t handle not being good at something, then how could I consider myself a successful person? – Gerald Hodges

Four years ago, Gerald Hodges made his high school swim team — perhaps the only kid to ever make a high school swim team without a clue how to swim.

Hodges is pretty good in other sports, but not swimming.

“On the Road” with Steve Hartman has the rest of Gerald’s story by clicking HERE.

Have a great week!

 

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

I happened to see a poll from Gallup about which regions in the United States are most religious and least religious.

Care to make a guess?

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God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ – Billy Graham

Happy Easter! I hope you will be able to attend church and be with your families on this special day.

When I think back one particular Easter Sunday stands out. It was 1981. On April 17 (Friday) of that year I had joined the U.S. Air Force and headed to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. Sunday, April 19, was Easter Sunday. Those of us who wanted to attend marched to a sunrise Easter service which was being held at one of the parade fields on the base. I don’t remember much about the message. I do remember seeing the sun shining over the base, and I was filled with this feeling that no matter where the Air Force decided to send me in this world, God would be with me. I was at peace with my decision to join the military.

God is still with me all these years later. Friends have come and gone, but God has been with me.

There are many people who do not understand the meaning of Easter. Here’s a short explanation:

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Resurrection means the rising of Christ after His death and burial. Christians believe that Jesus came back to life or was raised from the dead three days after his death on the cross.

You can read all about the Easter Story in the Gospel of Mark, Chapters 14-16.

Have a great week!

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I saw a March 2017 article in the Los Angeles Times that reported that Pope Francis made remarks about married men becoming Catholic Priests.

Before I continue, I want to point out that I am not Catholic. I do find other religions interesting and do enjoy reading about their histories as well as what they believe.

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God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator. – Stephen Hawking

As many of you know, physicist Stephen Hawking died recently (Obituary). Hawking claimed to be an atheist and that upset many people. Time.com even did a story about it that you can read HERE.

Back in 2010, there were some stories, like this one, Hawking versus God: What Did the Physicist Really Say about the Deity? During an interview on Larry King Live, that is where the quote at the beginning of this column came from.

After his death, there was a whole lot of judgment being thrown around on social media sites.

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I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
-MercyMe

Every once in a while there is a movie being released that has a Christian message or theme so I alert my Sunday Message readers.

This one is called “I Can Only Imagine” and it is set to be released this week. According to IMDb, the movie is about the inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart-topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Here is the trailer:

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And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. – Revelation 19:15 (KJV)

This past week a news story broke about a church called “World Peace and Unification Sanctuary” holding a religious event where “crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony…” (AP)

The AR-15s were unloaded. The weapons were checked at the door to ensure this.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that the church, which has a worldwide following, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons.

The AP also reported that Rev. Sean Moon leads the church and he is the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church, which critics regard as a cult.

When I wrote about this in my “Thursday Numbers” column, I added, “There’s a church for everyone…” and apparently this is true.

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The Reverend Billy Graham died this week. He was 99 years old.

When I was a child I remember watching the “Billy Graham Crusades” on an old black and white television. He ended many of his sermons with the choir singing “Just As I Am” for the altar call. He would tell the folks in the upper decks of the stadium to start coming down now because it was a long way. The televised portion of the “crusade” lasted about an hour. My parents liked that!

Over 58 years, the Rev. Billy Graham preached at 417 crusades in 185 countries and territories worldwide, reaching 84 million people face to face and a total of 215 million by satellite feeds. You can see the list HERE.

When doing some research for this column, I stumbled upon a 2014 video by Michael W. Smith honoring Billy Graham. I thought it was appropriate to share with my Sunday readers.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week the lives of 17 people were taken in a mass shooting. There were 14 students and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There are several others who were injured.

Families are now making plans for the funerals of those who died.

I think in regard to mass shootings my heart broke after hearing about the gunman killing 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That was in 2012. How could anyone do this to these sweet children?

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