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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The Sunday Message

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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First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him. Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. ¬1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NCV)

This Friday (Jan. 20) at noon eastern time, Donald J. Trump will become our newest President of the United States. Whether you voted for him or someone else, we all should want him to do well as our leader. We should pray for him and those he appoints to do well, too.

We should also thank President Barack Obama and his family and staff for their work and sacrifices over the past eight years.

There will be things we like and things we don’t like about our new President and other elected leaders. That’s what makes our country great – and guess what? Every few years we, as citizens, get to pick who we want to lead us.

So join me this Friday and pray for our new President. Pray that he makes the right decisions and pray for his safety and that of his family.

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The Sunday Message

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Are you happy, sad, sick at your stomach, full of anxiety, hopeful, excited, or feeling some other emotion since the Presidential election?

You’re not alone.

On Friday I gave my readers a short counseling session in the “Caught My Eye” column. You can read it HERE.

As for me, I (like many others) was shocked that Donald Trump won, but I am also interested in what he does after his victory.

Frankly, I was not happy with the choices in many races this time around.

As Christians, it’s important that whether you voted for Trump or not that you pray for him and our nation. I pray that he makes the right choices, that he helps those in need, and that he shows compassion. I pray that he picks people for his cabinet who are Godly.

It’s perfectly fine to have peaceful protests to show your displeasure with Trump and some of the things he said he would do. We’ve had protests since forever in this country, so I expected to have them whoever won.

With both candidates getting about 60 million votes (with Clinton getting about 500k more), there are bound to be disagreements in this country.

First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him. Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God.1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NCV)

 

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The Sunday Message

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 campaign season will come to an end Tuesday night when we will find out who our nation elected to be our next President of the United States of America. I always get so excited around Election Day – it’s like watching the Super Bowl or a game seven to me!

No matter who wins we need to pray for that person every day. We also need to pray that we will have a peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C.

Please pray for all the elected officials in your state. It seems to me that in the last decade or so politics in the United States has gotten nastier and more personal. I always have a sad feeling for the children of elected officials or candidates when their parent is being attacked through commercials on television. I’ve worked in the political arena and now just write about it. It’s not fun to tell your children that if they see daddy or mommy’s name on TV, not to worry about it, and that “Daddy/mommy is not bad and he/she still loves you!”

We also need to express our thanks to all the people who decided to run for public office. That’s what makes our country so great. It’s a big step to put your name out there and to take a stand.

Please make sure you vote this Tuesday. If you need voting or registration information and live in Montana, click HERE. If you live in another state, click HERE.

Remember this – God is in control.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)

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Published in: on November 6, 2016 at 1:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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The Sunday Message

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty…
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (“America”)
by Samuel Francis Smith

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” – Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

With the Federal Government shutdown in full swing, people are divided about who is to blame. As a blogger and freelance writer, I give my opinion and offer commentary about situations like this almost every day – and I have been busy during this shutdown.

Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred being spewed from both sides.

It’s always been hard for me to understand the verse from Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Many times I have said, “No, I don’t want to be subject to this person or that person in authority, AND I don’t want to submit to them” (I need to work on this).

It’s also easy to say, “I respect the office but not the person occupying it.” In my opinion, the verses in Hebrews and Romans are not referring to the office, but to the “leaders” (people) currently occupying the office.  (more…)

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