Summary: 1. We must be aware of the battles we face (vs. 8-9). 2. We must be faithful to follow God (vs. 9-12). 3. We must be open to every opportunity for service (vs. 12-13). 4. We must look to the Lord for salvation (vs. 14-16).

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What Can We Do for Our Country?

Exodus 17:8-15

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - Nov. 4, 2012

*Forty years ago I was a very skeptical young man, as well as an extremely liberal atheist. I was actually a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and I was cynical. Mostly I was cynical about God. I literally thought that God was a man-made crutch for weak people. So I was very cynical about God.

*But I was also cynical about our country. For several years, I wouldn’t even say the pledge to the American flag, because I couldn’t see anything good or special about America.

*Then, in 1975, by the grace of God Georgia Savoie invited me to church and I got saved! God had been at work in my heart for several years, and I gladly trusted in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

*By the way: Thank you so much to everyone who prayed, helped with food and invited people last week. Remember that there are people out there just waiting for you to invite them to church. And even if you have to invite 40 to get one to come, it would be worth it! -- Because you could see their life change for all eternity.

*After I got saved, God began to change my heart in many ways. For the first time in my adult life, I began to love and respect this great country of ours. I found out that President Lincoln was right when he said that our nation was “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” And the Declaration of Independence was right when it said, we have been “endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

*I found out that with all our problems and imperfections, this nation is the best in the world, because it was founded on the Word of God. When the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower, they would have thrown away all their food before they threw away this Book.

*Today I love this country more than ever before. And I am sure that most of you feel the same way. But today, America is at a great crossroads in history. I believe that this is the most important election since the Civil War. Which direction will we choose? The answer will affect our children, our grandchildren and the whole world.

*Now let me tell you this: From a Pastor’s point of view, it doesn’t matter to me if you have a “D” or an “R” by your name, or any other letter for that matter. I don’t want to know who you vote for. And I will love you and do my best to minister to you no matter who you vote for. But there are great Biblical issues at stake today, and we truly love our country. So, what can we do for America? -- Let’s look at this old battle in the Word of God and see.

1. First: We must become aware of the battles we face.

*God’s Word gives us an example in vs. 8&9:

8. Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

9. And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.''

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