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There is something wrong when people are leaving the church to find God
AS FOR ME -- "Henry"
Dangling over eternity are many unlearned souls,
Gripping the bands of God’s mercy,
Stretching them all they can go,
Living the most deceptive nightmare,
As it is written, they are living a lie,
They can’t even allow themselves the luxury of breaking down to cry,
Unable to see the big picture,
Quite frankly not even a desire to,
Plagarizing the attributes of God,
Their purpose they haven’t a clue,
Full of the world’s wisdom,
Full of greed, pride and fame,
Standing at the brink of condemnation,
Too much money to feel any shame.
Their missing it, Mama,
Let ‘em play with their blasphemous toys,
The truth is, Hell is gonna be full of good ‘ol boys.
But as for me,
I am an obstacle that all of Hell cannot cross,
I’m employed by the Creator,
El Shaddai is my Boss,
I work the mornings,
I work the evenings,
I work all night long,
The time clock’s in Heaven,
I get paid when I get Home!
(From a sermon by Philip Harrelson, "The Greatest Generation" 1/30/2009)
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AMERICA'S SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY
America is incrementally and systematically rejecting God. America’s moral bankruptcy is symptomatic of its spiritual bankruptcy. For example:
• In 1962 the Supreme Court ruled against prayer in our schools. In 1963, they outlawed Bible Readings.
• In Alaska public schools, students were told they could not use the word "Christmas" in school because it had the word "Christ" in it, nor could they have the word in their notebooks, nor exchange Christmas cards or presents, nor display anything with the word "Christmas" on it." (William J. Murray, "America Without God," The New American, June 20, 1988, p.19)
• Public schools were barred from showing a film about the settlement of Jamestown because the film depicted the erection of a cross at the settlement, despite the historical fact that a cross was erected at the Jamestown settlement. (John Eidsmoe, "Christianity and the Constitution" Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1987, p. 406 )
America is no longer guided by Christian principles. For the greater part of our society secular humanism has become her god. To believe in the God of the Bible in America today invites the wrath of the media. True Christianity, is ridiculed, vilified, and hated. But if you want to propagate strange gods? America will open her arms. No problem! Take your choice! Whether its Buddha, Hare Krishna, the moon god – Allah, or Al Gores’ earth goddess Gaia, as long as it’s not the Lord Jesus Christ, feel free to worship.
When Governor Perry of Texas, in a non-political prayer rally on Saturday, called for American Christians to pray, protesters gathered outside the arena to condemn the event. One of the protestors included a minister who touted, "The brand of Christianity being offered today is one of fear, and we want to let people know that God loves everyone, not to be afraid,"
"As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities." --George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights
(From a sermon by Gerald Flury, A Bankrupt Nation, 8/9/2011)
A NATIONAL PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
Joe Wright is the pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita, KS. On January 23, 1996, He was asked to be the guest chaplain for the Kansas State House in Topeka. He prayed a prayer of repentance that was written by Bob Russell, pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. According to an article in the Kansas City Star from January 24, 1996, his prayer stirred controversy, and one member of the legislative body walked out. Others criticized the prayer.
The controversy didn’t end there. Later that year in the Colorado House, Republican representative Mark Paschall angered lawmakers by using Joe Wright’s prayer as the invocation. Some members there also walked out in protest.
Paul Harvey got a hold of the prayer and read it on his program. He got more requests for copies of it than any other thing he had ever done. Here’s what he prayed:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air...
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Mr. Burton was not angry enough to hire a hit man to knock off the AD at the University of Connecticut...but he was angry enough that he wanted to punish him even if it hurt the students and the program he is said to have loved.
In a letter sent to the Athletic Director of the University of Connecticut, he wrote, "I believe that you are not qualified to be a Division 1 AD and I would have fired you a long time ago. You do not have the skills to manage and cultivate new donors or the ability to work with coaches. It is our intent to let the correct people know that you did not listen to your number one football donor and you led a flawed process in the search for UConn’s football coach."
"After this slap in the face and embarrassment to my family, we are so upset that we are out of UConn. What that means is that we do not want to deal with people like you and your committee, who we do not trust and cannot count on to make the correct decisions or do anything right with our money."
A month or so later the University and the Burton family "made-nice" and now all is well with everyone properly respected and donations back on track.
Obviously, not every emotionally charged situation wherein someone loses it and experiences a meltdown of sorts, results in terrifying outcomes with heads rolling and the exaction of revenge. So, why do some people lose control in an emotional situation and feel entitled to some sort of satisfaction? And why do some people, in similar circumstances, sail smoothly through the same rough seas without capsizing?
(From a sermon by Monty Newton, Anger Management, 8/14/2011)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
You have a rich, spiritual history that continues to influence us today.
* My County, ‘Tis of Thee was written by a Baptist minister, Samuel Francis Smith.
* The Pledge of Allegience was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy.
* The words “In God We Trust” are traced to the efforts of Rev. W.R. Watkinson.
* Rev. John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister was a signer of the Declaration of...
Leonard Ravenhill penned these words in his book “Revival Praying”
“Every church without a prayer meeting condemns us, every Bible daily unopened condemns us, every lost neighbor condemns us, every lost heathen condemns us, every dry eye among us condemns us, eve...