The Sunday Message

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

On the Christian radio station Air1 they have a segment called “59 Seconds of Hope” during which a pastor gives a short sermon. They have four pastors who participate. They give great short messages that make you think.

The pastors participating include Rick Warren, Louie Giglio, Greg Laurie, and Levi Lusko.

Check it out by going to THIS PAGE. Once there, scroll down to see the different pastors and their short sermons.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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The Sunday Message

My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. – Billy Graham

Christian evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham turned 99 years old this week (Nov. 7). I think Rev. Graham has been one of the most important Christian leaders of my lifetime.

I’ve written this before, but it’s worth sharing again:

I remember as a child watching the Billy Graham Crusade on a local television station (we only received three stations). I would sit on the floor and listen closely to what Reverend Graham had to say. It seemed before you knew it, the song “Just As I Am” would be playing, people would be walking forward to get prayer and ask God to come into their lives, and then the show would end.

I think my dad liked to watch Billy Graham on television because he knew that the whole thing would be over in an hour – plus he did not need to get dressed in his Sunday best to watch the show on TV.

Graham did not go through his 99 years without some controversies. I think he handled those controversies as well as he could.

He’s met with and has been called the “spiritual advisor to American Presidents.” I read somewhere that he had met with every President from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

In honor of Graham’s 99th birthday, the online Christian magazine “RELEVANT” has a story posted called, “14 Billy Graham Quotes That Help Shape American Christianity.”

Read it HERE.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love. – Billy Graham

Happy Birthday, Billy Graham. Thank you.

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The Sunday Message

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. -Elmer Davis

Here’s a reminder that Veterans Day will be observed on Saturday (Nov. 11) to honor all U.S. military veterans. So please take a few moments to say thanks to a veteran – and pray for our veterans, too.

There will also be Veterans Day sales for cars, furniture, mattresses, etc. Some people or businesses just don’t understand what Veterans Day is. They seldom get my business.

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do. –Unknown

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The Sunday Message

This column is edited and republished from a previous column for Halloween…

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. –1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)

Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities.

I think that’s a personal choice.

I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.

As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. One year a “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.

When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils, demons, and ghosts in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.

I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses with candy, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.

I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.

If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.

Just stay away from the demons…

Boo….

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The Sunday Message

If you don’t impact someone, then this is all a waste. – Chris Rosati

From CBS News’ On the Road with Steve Hartman…

Chris Rosati made it his mission to make an impact on the world. After CBS News first reported his story in 2013, he inspired thousands of children to perform random acts of kindness. He also started the idea of “Butterfly Grants,” a way for kids to fund their kindness projects. Sadly, Chris’s journey ended this week after a battle with ALS.

Be Inspired – Watch the final report from Steve Hartman about the life of Chris Rosati:

Visit his website HERE

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The Sunday Message

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – Winston Churchill*

Winston Churchill died in 1965. As you may know, he was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1940s and 1950s.

The quote from Churchill (above) was long before we had social media.

Here we are in 2017, so that “lie” can probably get around the world 10 times “before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

That’s because of social media.

We hear a lot about “fake news” these days which may be news the person it’s directed at does not agree with, or maybe it is actually fake. There are people who spread the sketchy stories about people or issues mostly because they want to harm that person or issue.

Sometimes they don’t check on what they are posting or they actually believe it. Some probably don’t care.

There are several websites out there which will help you find out if the story is true or false.

The internet is a wonderful tool to help us stay in contact with family and friends. It is also a wonderful tool for learning. We just need to make sure what we are learning and passing on is fact and not fiction.

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)

Have a great week!

*A friend pointed out that this quote did not come from Winston Churchill.

The Website https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/ has this to say about the quote:

Jonathan Swift can properly be credited with the statement he wrote in 1710. Charles Haddon Spurgeon popularized the version he employed in a sermon in 1855, but he did not craft it. At this time, there is no substantive support for assigning the saying to Mark Twain or Winston Churchill.

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