Summary: God has blessed America. Now it’s our turn.

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I Tim. 2:1-6

INTRO.- Here is some of America’s craziness.

ILL.- Someone wrote these interesting words entitled, "Only in America."

1- Only in America can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2- Only in America are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3- Only in America do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4- Only in America do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

5- Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our junk in the garage. Hello.

6- Only in America do we use answering machines to screen calls and have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.

7- Only in America do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Here is some of the sadness of America.

ILL.- It’s written by George Carlin and entitled "Paradox of Our Time."

- The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

- We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less.

- We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

- We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

- We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

- We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

- We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

- We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years!

- We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

- We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

- We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

- We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

- We write more, but learn less.

- We plan more, but accomplish less.

- We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

- We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

Brethren, even though there are a lot of negative things about America I still believe that America is the greatest country in the world. We are blessed to have been born and raised in America.

ILL.- Someone has said, "We keep asking God to bless America. He already has. Now it’s our turn."

It is our turn to bless America. In our turn to do something good for America. God has and still is blessing America. But we need to do our part to bless America!

We can do many good things. We can be good citizens, vote, be patriotic, salute the flag, sing the national anthem, show courtesy to all people and especially, the elderly, obey the laws, pay our taxes, respect the law and its leaders, and please don’t park in handicap parking places when you’re not handicapped!

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Pat Franklin

commented on Jul 5, 2014


Steve Shepherd

commented on Jul 8, 2014

Thank you, Brother Pat. God bless you!

Clark Struebing

commented on Jul 27, 2014

Great sermon, it truly touched my heart and I will share it to my church this next Sunday

Sandra Leightner

commented on Jul 4, 2015

George Carlin, did NOT write that quote and hated it - for the real author and to see the full quote - try going to Credit belongs to Dr. Bob Moorehead, pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. Nonetheless, Steve Shepherd has provided a number of great sermons that I enjoy reading

Steve Shepherd

commented on Jul 9, 2015

I'm sorry for this mistake. At the time I prepared this message I thought this was accurate. Thank you for the correction. God bless you.

Dearl Hardy

commented on Jul 2, 2016

I am amazed that someone would come on a pastor, sermon assist, website..., read a biblical message and focus on who received the credit for a humor story Ill. And then take the time to search google, find "," which we all could NEVER be wrong, Then search for that story on snopes to check to make sure the right person got credit for the "joke". Next you return here and take the time to correct this great pastor. One who by the way, took his time to study to prepare this message find the illustration and then went out of his way to share it on here to help many pastors like myself. I personally was blessed by this message and will use parts of it and appreciate this pastor in his service to God. i just think it silly to correct something as irrelevant as that. Just a suggestion maybe i the future if you fins such an irrelevant error just don't use that part for your message. problem solved. :) God Bless. Thank you Brother Steve for you great service to God

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