Category Archives: America

Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year when we give thanks for all of our blessings—both as individuals and as a nation. Our thankfulness usually focuses on our material blessings—our daily provision of food, our jobs and homes, our family and friends and our freedom as a nation. While we should thank God for all of these blessings, how many of us ever give thanks for the trials and difficulties of the past year?

Why should we do this? Author and speaker, John Bevere says in his new book, Killing Kryptonite, that “Adversity locates the strength of our faith.” In other words, life’s difficulties are a kind spiritual thermometer that reveals whether we are trusting in our own ability to get through our trials or whether we are really putting our faith in God.

In the book of James we read: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV). What James is saying is that we should be thankful for trials and difficulties because they work in us a spiritual endurance and maturity.

If we are honest, most of us could not say we approach trials with “pure joy,” but we can certainly take steps to move in the that direction.

  1. We can thank God for our trials simply out of obedience, even if we don’t feel like it in the moment.
  2. We can stop and remember God’s faithfulness to us in past difficulties when He has brought us through.
  3. When we are tempted to focus only on the circumstances, we can spend time reading stories of God’s deliverances throughout Scripture.
  4. We can write out God’s promises from Scripture that speak to our particular trial and read them over and over, even memorizing them and speaking them out loud.
  5. We can pray that God will fill our hears and minds with peace as we wait for Him to answer. (“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7 NIV).

This Thanksgiving be sure to thank God for allowing the trials and difficulties of the past year to increase your faith ad move you towards spiritual maturity.

 

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Is God Hiding His Face from America?

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Hurricane Irma from space

My heart has been heavy the last few weeks as I’ve prayed over all the disasters that have come upon the United States—floods from Harvey; wildfires across the mid and western states, Irma—one of the biggest and most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean and Florida; a destructive earthquake in Mexico. And that doesn’t include the ongoing unstable political situations around the world.

Social media is full of requests to pray for the victims of all these disasters. And while we should pray, I’m saddened that the majority of Americans and many Christians do not have a clue as to what these disasters might be pointing to for the future of America as a nation.

It is definitely not politically correct to say that a God of love would ever bring such disasters intentionally upon America, but if you’ve read the Old Testament, you know that God often brought judgments upon His people when they turned from Him. His judgements were never meant to totally destroy them, but to turn them back to Him!

Many Americas and Christians are ignorant of what God’s Word says on such topics as abortion, homosexuality and a multitude of other sins, and thus have been swept up into a worldview that accepts everything under an umbrella of  God’s love.  Even our churches have taken ungodly positions, leading many astray.

We cry out to God in our disasters, but the rest of the time we push Him out of our government, our schools and our lives. We tell Him to “leave us alone.” Perhaps that is what He is now doing.

Ann Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, evangelist and author, believes God may be hiding His face from America, withdrawing His divine protection due to her sin.

“God always warns a nation that judgment is coming,” Lotz says. “He does not want any to perish. But if a nation does not heed His warnings, then He will unleash His anger and there is nothing — no one — who can prevent it. If God would judge His own beloved nation of Judah, why would we think America could escape?”

Lotz contends that if the premise is true that America is coming under God’s judgement and He is “removing His blessing, protection and favor,” the solution will not be found in politics or in the economy or in the military or in technology. The only solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. (2 Chronicles 7:14) And then plead for Him to return to us, as we return to Him. Now is the time to get serious.” (The Christian Post, 9/10/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collegiate Day of Pray–February 23, 2017

cdop-2017-facebook-cover-851x315A Day of prayer for colleges across this nation! 

The Collegiate Day of Prayer is upon us. It is a day set aside for us to worship and contend together for the millions of college students in our nation.

One of the beautiful things about CDOP is that how you pray can vary and it is all heard before the Lord. Some will pray alone, some will host a prayer meeting, some churches & campuses do a 24-hour prayer meeting or prayer-walk their school. Truly, no prayer meeting is alike and the Lord loves them all! Continue reading

Election Frenzy is Out of Control

Our destiny as a nation lies not in the hands of any political candidate or party but in the hands of the CHURCH!

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America is currently caught up in an unprecedented frenzy of political madness! The leading candidates from both parties seem more like characters from a sleazy movie rather than leaders who possess character, integrity and the ability to lead a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.

 But then, it can be argued that we are no longer a nation “under God” or governed by His principles. Our courts, public schools, universities and even churches have turned from belief and adherence to the Scriptures and have embraced the popular culture and political correctness which espouses individual freedom with no absolutes. Continue reading