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Thursday, October 11, 2018

From... MyFaithVotes.org

The primary season is upon us! Our latest newsletter is dedicated to ensuring you are prepared to pray without ceasing, in season and out of season, and you are ready to cast your vote in the primary elections. I truly believe God will use both our prayers and our action to advance His Kingdom this primary season.
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
-Samuel Adams, American Statesman and Founding Father
1. Know Why You Vote
Do we view voting in the same way as founding father Samuel Adams did? As a solemn trust in human society - a decision of which we are each accountable to God and to our communities and our nation?
We have in large part wrongly lumped voting with politics. But here’s the truth,the act of voting is not political, it is our sacred responsibility. 
Voting is a privilege that sadly much of the world does not enjoy. It’s God’s blessing entrusted to us.  We have the freedom and ability to choose Godly leaders to govern our communities and our nation.
The framework of our political system provides the greatest opportunity to select Godly leaders in primary elections.
It’s important for Christians to vote because the primaries will determine what the ultimate options are in the general elections. So if you want to have a say so later, you need to have a say so now.

-Dr. Tony Evans
It is in the primary elections where we Christians have the greatest flexibility to cast our vote for the candidate we like best. During the primaries, we are not forced to choose between two or three candidates, but instead, have numerous candidates to choose from. And frequently at this stage of the election process, there are many strong Christian candidates who uphold Judeo-Biblical values. 
Yet, it’s at this critical phase of the election process – primary elections - that so many Christians neglect to vote, either because of apathy or busy schedules.
A recent study conducted by the Washington-based research firm Lake Research Partners and released by The Voter Participation Center found that roughly 40 million people who voted in the 2016 presidential election will not cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections. And it’s easy to assume that even fewer will vote in the primary elections.  
2. Know What Will Be Decided
It’s hard to believe the primary elections are already underway across the nation.
Texas and Illinois had their primary elections in March, and the rest of the other states will decide what candidates are selected to run in the general election in November.
The sheer magnitude of the number of elections taking place in 2018 is staggering. Over 8,500 elections are taking place this year, which makes it the most consequential election year in decades.
  • All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. There are many close races, leaving the control of the House up for grabs in this election.
  • And 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. The Senate will likely have at least one, if not two, Supreme Court Justices to approve, making these races critically important.
  • In November 2018, 87 of these 99 state legislative chambers are holding general elections for a total of 6,066 seats—roughly 82 percent of the total state legislative seats in the country.
  • There are 906 school board seats up for grabs across 25 states (in the top 1000 districts). Collectively, these districts serve 12 million students 
Many are closely watching the primary U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin to see which contestants will win their party support in these hotly contested races and earn the opportunity to have their names appear on the November ballots.
3. Know How To Vote
Make sure you take time to view a sample ballot for your district and research the candidates to learn what they stand for in light of Biblical principles.
Then mark your calendar for Election Day! Sign up for your free personal voting assistantwhich provides voting reminders, locates your polling place, assists with voter registration and absentee ballot requests. Together let’s be faithful with the incredible responsibility God has entrusted to us. It’s time to stand boldly and informed at the ballot box and vote for leaders who fear God and uphold His principles!
When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.
-Noah Webster, known as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education"
You are to be God’s salt and light. Your voice is needed to be a source for good in your community. And remember, voting is not only our civic responsibility, but it’s our Biblical responsibility.
John Quincy Adams said it best, “Duty is ours, results are God’s.”
Together, let’s be faithful this primary season with the blessings God has entrusted to us -and vote!
To read other articles from our latest newsletter visit our website!
United. We Stand.
Jason Yates
CEO
My Faith Votes

Friday, April 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

Jesus Christ, the Divine Teacher of Prayer
Luke 11:1-13

Let it not be forgotten that prayer was one of the great truths which our Lord came into the world to teach and illustrate. It was worth a trip from heaven to earth to teach men this great lesson of prayer. A great lesson it was, a very difficult lesson for men to learn. Men are naturally averse to learning this lesson of prayer. The lesson is a very lowly one. None but God can teach it. But it is a sublime, and heavenly vocation. The disciples were quickened to prayer by hearing Jesus pray and talk about prayer.

He sought to impress on His disciples not alone a deep necessity of prayer in general, but also the importance of prayer to them in their personal and spiritual needs. And there came moments to them when they felt the need of a deeper and more thorough schooling in prayer and of their grave neglect in this regard. One of these hours of deep condition on their part and of eager inquiry was when he was praying at a certain place and time, and they saw him, and they said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."

Our divine teacher of prayer lays himself out to make it clear and strong that God answers prayer, assuredly, certainly, inevitably; that it is the duty of the child to ask, and to press, and that the Father has obliged Himself to answer, and to give for the asking. In Christ's teaching, prayer is no sterile, vain performance, not a mere rite, a form, but a request for an answer, a plea to gain, the seeking of a great good from God. It is a lesson of getting that for which we ask, of finding that for which we seek, and of entering the door at which we knock.   - E. M. Bounds

Friday, April 13, 2018

From the Pastor...

What is the meaning of life? There are many answers to this question. It means power, possessions, honor, progress, culture, ect. That is not the true answer. If that is all life means then our answer is no answer at all, because surely all these things end in nothing. The true answer is that the meaning of this life is eternal life. Such is its seriousness.

The word of God is the message of eternal life. Jesus Christ came to show us eternal life and to bestow it upon us. Real life begins with faith in Christ.
- Emil Brunner

Definitions:
1. Grace - God accepts me as I am.
2. Faith - I accept the fact that he accepts me.
3. Peace - I accept myself.
4. Love - I accept you.
5. Fellowship - You accept me.
- Adrian Brown

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

From the Pastor...

Pure Devotion
"I am afraid that...your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ"  - 1 Corinthians 11:3

What True Devotion To God Is Not.
Devotion does not consist of reading the Bible, nor praying, nor attending meetings. These may or may not be specific instances of devotion, but are not to be regarded as devotion itself.
Devotion does not consist of individual acts or exercises of any kind. These may indeed be devotional acts, that is "acts of devotion," but let it be remembered that no acts or exercises in themselves constitute devotion.

What True Devotion To God Is.
Devotion is that state of heart in which everything - our whole life, being and possessions - are a continual offering to God, that is they are continually devoted to God. True devotion must be the supreme devotion of the will, extending out to all we have and are - to all times, places, employments, thought and feelings.
-  Charles G. Finney

"We are God's: let us therefore live for Him and die for Him. We are God's: let His wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward Him as our only lawful goal [Rom. 14:8; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19]. O, how much has that man profited who, having been taught that he is not his own, has taken away dominion and rule from his own reason that he may wield it to God!" (Institutes, 3.7.1)
-  Iain H. Murray

Jesus of Nazareth
Without money and arms, He conquered more millions that Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon;

Without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined;

Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet;

Without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
-  Philip Schaff

Saturday, January 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will by my witnesses..." Acts 1:8

"Strengthened with all power according to His glorious might..."  Colossians 1:11

The inner life of Jesus was unique. It is the life of God loved out in a person. This life by His Spirit is given to every true believer. But it must be nurtured and sustained by a daily desire and decision to be in touch with the Lord; to receive the promised power to live His kind of life instead of our own self-oriented life. How serious can one be about this if they refuse to take time each day to come into God's presence in prayer and hear Him speak to their heart through His Word? HE HIMSELF IS OUR POWER. Time with Him brings the necessary strength to resist the influence and control of the present world system.

The call of God has not changed. The majority may adore the glitter, glamour and glory of this culture but the true believer has tasted qualities of another world. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him." Psalm 25:14. The love, joy and peace of God comes only to those who will receive the spiritual power to renounce and resist less things and partake of His inner life.

Here is an acrostic that can be used each morning to help you begin your day with Him.

P - Lord I PRESENT myself to You this day. I PRAISE You for Your goodness and love to me. Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 100:4

O - Lord OPEN my heart to Your Word and OPEN Your Word to my heart. Psalm 119:18, Eph 5:26, John 15:3

W - Lord WASH my heart and mind with Your truth. (Here read a portion of scripture)

E - Lord ENERGIZE me to do all I must do today in Your Spirit. Col 3:17

R - Lord please REMIND me of Your presence and power in every situation today. John 4:26

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the Pastor...

This life therefor is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.
- Martin Luther

Blessed is he who submits to the will of God; he can never be unhappy. Men may deal with him as they will... he is without care; he knows that 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.'
- Martin Luther

Cry for grace from God to be able to see God's hand in every trial, and then for grace.. to submit at once to it. Not only to submit, but to acquiesce, and to rejoice in it... I think there is generally an end to trouble when we get to that.
- Charles Spurgeon

If anyone could tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing....
- William Law

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.
- Helen Keller

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This Christmas Season...

Mighty Christmas

When you say Merry Christmas, what do you think the word Merry means? My whole life Merry Christmas, simply meant, “Hey, happy Christmas to you.” But, what if merry didn’t mean happy?
Think about it. Remember Robin Hood and his Merry Men? It wasn’t Robin Hood and his happy-go-lucky cheerful men joyfully jumping up and down in tights. No, in the old English, merry meant mighty or powerful!
I don’t often quote my own song lyrics, but these are about as sisynced as I can be:

What if all of this were true
Emmanuel, how God came through
Is this more than Christmas cheer
Is this just a story or what if it’s real

Would I still be lonely would I know fear
Would my worry hold me, could I be healed
I’m crying out loud

This year like never before
Jesus reveal a little more
To my soul would you
Show me just how powerful
You are more than a manger
Jesus the mighty savior
In my soul turn this
Merry into Mighty Christmas


What if in my silent nights
You were enough, You were the light
Angels saying “Do not Fear”
Is that still a promise, do You still come near?

Meet me in my lonely, tear down my fear
Hold me through my worry, Lord would you Heal

This year like never before
Jesus reveal a little more
To my soul would you
Show me just how powerful
You are more than a manger
Jesus the mighty savior
In my soul turn this
Merry into Mighty Christmas


Whatever you are dealing with this Christmas season, remember, this is either a Happy-go-lucky safe and boring Christmas or this is a powerful and Mighty Christmas where Jesus, Emmanuel, God is With Us.
10000MINUTES Practice:
Every time you say or hear Merry Christmas, remember Jesus is Near! Mighty Christmas!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

From the Pastor...



America has experienced unbelievable prosperity over the last 50 years and unprecedented prosperity in the last five years. What happens is the prosperity leads to a fear of loss. The more you have, the more you are afraid of losing it. And a fear of loss leads to a loss of faith. And I think we've got people right now in the Christian world who are being driven by fear rather than by faith.  - Ron Blue

Thou who has given so much to me, give one thing more - a grateful heart!  - George Herbert

Realize that joy comes from your relationship to God and His unchanging faithfulness. You don't need to live in perfect circumstances to be happy. You don't even have to be loved and appreciated by others in order to be happy. It's pleasant to be loved and appreciated, but not vital to your happiness.  - W. Backus & M. Chapian

God incarnate is the end of fear; and the hart that realizes He is in the midst will be quiet in the middle of alarm.  - F. B. Meyer