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Thursday, October 20, 2016

From the Pastor...


It was a vote heard in heaven. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, an amendment was raised to exclude God from the Democratic platform. After three attempts at passing this by voice vote, the Convention Chairman ruled that the amendment passed, regardless of the large group of delegates who objected. Had God just been voted out of a major national party?
Don’t take this as an attack on Democrats. That vote was just a visible expression of the rapid secularization of America in virtually every aspect of our national life. What began slowly in the 1960s with the removal of prayer from public schools has picked up speed through the decades and has now accelerated beyond what most thought possible.
  • Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. Disagreement is not allowed. What God says in His Word is not in the equation.
  • A mother’s womb is still one of the most dangerous places for a child since the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 (Roe v. Wade) that women have the right to an abortion. Since then, more than 58 million children have been denied the right to birth. And now the Affordable Care Act is beginning to use government powers to force companies to provide the finances for abortions.
  • Terrorism touched our nation deeply on September 11, 2001. The resulting war in Iraq cost thousands of American lives, and we still face the growing threat of ISIS at home and abroad. This, combined with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, has created an environment of fear and uncertainty in our country.
  • Racial division has been a problem for many years, but it seems to have re-emerged as a flashpoint for violence and hatred.
  • The war on poverty and the war on drugs are wars we have lost. Wars cannot be won when we don’t know who the enemy is.
The point is made. We are living in tough times. It’s hard to know who to trust or turn to for help. Political candidates and parties make promises and break them before the end of an election cycle.
The great danger for us now is that we will lose hope. Many Christians are pretty much convinced that we’re living in the last days and we can’t do anything about what is happening. No hope for change.
I should say in all honesty that I too believe we are living in the last days. But I also have great hope. Not just for the coming of Jesus but for His followers bringing about change in this nation.
Christian author and speaker Dutch Sheets shares that optimism in a recent blog post:
Some Christian leaders teach that America will not awaken, turn back to God and recapture her spiritual destiny. Their eschatology doesn’t allow for a “comeback”; for them, the apostasy must continue to worsen.
Many secular leaders also contend that this rebirth will never occur. “America has progressed too far,” they assert with smug satisfaction, “having left behind its antiquated, Puritanistic ideals and outdated beliefs.”
With such a dire diagnosis, why, then, am I not hopeless? To the contrary, I have great hope for America, because the depth of a fall never determines God’s ability to restore.
I’m not afraid of the powerful strongholds, because size and strength are completely irrelevant when measuring His ability to deliver. And I’m not intimidated, because statistical odds cease to be relevant when God is involved. His limitless ability negates the very concept of odds and trumps all other winning hands.
Don’t embrace any theology or creed that allows God to lose!
I have hope. I dream of a reborn America that is once again a shining light to the rest of the world. I believe this dream was born in God’s heart, embedded in a small group of emigrant pilgrims, and I am confident He still maintains it.
Join me as I dream. Partner with the “superintending providence” that was active in our founding, is involved with our present, and has great plans for our future.
Let it be said of our generation that when a nation teetered on the edge of destruction, having lost the ancient path of truth, we answered the divine call to war for its restoration.
Let it be said of us, as it was of our forefathers, that in the face of overwhelming odds, we took our stand in the celestial courtroom, appealing to the Judge of all the earth for His saving grace, mercy, and sustaining power (Dutch Sheets, blog, June 16, 2015).
Thank you, Dutch, for igniting a fire in many Christians regarding hope for the future. Without that hope we will never give ourselves to prayer for our nation. The defeatist mentality, that says the best days of the United States are in the past, will not have the courage to pick up the weapon of intense intercession needed to face the challenges of our day.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

4 Rejoice in the Lord Always. And again I say—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Because of all that we get through walking with and following Jesus, take Joy with you everywhere you go. Now here is where it gets really good and practical:

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Everytime you worry about anything, instead pray about everything. That’s it. There is no worry too large or small. There is nothing we can’t pray about. Find a way to remind yourself...sticky note, write an “X” on your wrist, reminder on your phone, rubberband around your wrist, whatever. Just find something that will be your reminder then write them down. Tell someone that you are doing this and invite them to do it with you. I guarantee that you will not be the same on the other end if you lean into this!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mom, do you believe in God?

I was in the hospital waiting room waiting to be admitted when a family walked in and sat next to me. The little boy, who was about 7, was anything but quiet or subtle. This kid had a serious drop the mic moment with his mom.

Boy: Mom do you believe in God?
Mom: What? Well, I don’t know. I don’t really think about it.
Boy: You didn’t answer my question. Not “thinking about it” doesn’t answer the question…
Mom: Uh, well I guess yeah. We’re Christians…

Case and point. So many “Christians” but so little life transformation.
Jesus never invited us to be in a part of a religion, but simply invited us to follow Him. AND because of what He did for us, we now have the same Spirit, Power and Authority that raised Him from the grave! So, who cares if we think these things about Jesus and then about ourselves. If we don’t live as though they’re true all week long, it doesn’t matter.

If we believe it, are we living it out?  Grace, Power, Patience, Kindness, Service, Joy, Kindness, Generosity, Forgiveness, true Humility...all of these things come from walking with Jesus and His Spirit IN US all day long! Remember, today, you cannot make these things happen, nor conjure them up. Let’s just practice today being aware of where we look like Jesus and where we don’t. Don’t try to fix it, just be on the lookout.

If we believe it, are we living it out?

From Tim Timmon's 10,000 minutes blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

From the Pastor...

In Suffering Preserve Your Love for Him

If a man love me, he will keep my words -  John 14:23

The Church on earth must exist and fight in weakness, poverty, and affliction, fear, death, shame, and blame. Calamity will force you to step out of yourself and not to rely on the counsel, help, and strength of men, but you must have Christ in your heart, so that you hold His Name, Word, and Kingdom higher, dearer, and more precious than all things on earth. To him who does not do this but loves his own honor and power, the world's praise, lust, joy and friendship more, this word is preached in vain; as Christ, soon after, Himself says: 'He that loveth not me keepeth not my sayings'.  

But it does not say to love with words alone. There must be living works and the evidence of love, as the words 'keep my sayings' mean. That is, a love which fights and overcomes. For it is the nature of true love to do all things for the sake of the beloved, and there is nothing too hard for her to suffer and to bear, that she would not do with joy.

If His unspeakable goodness were to go right to our hearts, nothing would be too vexing or too hard for us to suffer or to bear for His sake, that we only abide in His love. This means, that, not only hearing the Word with joy, but holding on to it firmly and winning the victory.

- Martin Luther

Thursday, August 4, 2016

From the Pastor...

Travailing in Birth for Souls

What contradictions meet
In ministers employ!
It is a bitter sweet,
A sorrow full of joy;
No other post affords a place,
For equal honor or disgrace!

Who can describe the pain
Which faithful preachers feel,
Constrained to speak in vain,
To hearts as hard as steel?
Or who can tell the pleasures felt,
When stubborn hearts begin to melt.

The Savior's dying love,
The soul's amazing worth,
Their utmost efforts move,
And draw their bowels forth;
They pray, and strive, their rest departs,
Till Christ be formed in sinners' hearts.

If some small hope appear,
They still are not content;
But, with a jealous fear,
They watch for the event.
Too oft they find their hopes deceived,
Then how their inmost souls are grieved!

But when their pains succeed,
And from the tender blade,
The ripening ears proceed,
Their toils are overpaid.
No harvest-joy can equal theirs,
To find the fruit of all their cares.

On what has now been sown,
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow;
The power is Thine alone,
To make it spring and grow.
Do Thou the gracious harvest raise,
And Thou alone shalt have the praise.

- John Newton

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Our Missionaries...

Bill & Anne are on our weekly prayer list as one of the Missionary teams we support here at First Baptist Church. They, like all Missionaries in dangerous regions, always need our prayers and support. Please remember them often...

Sending out a quick note … we only have 2 days to pack to return to Africa and begin a new term. It has been a busy but a wonderful month. The Call Retreat and World Mission Conference were in early July. Then we headed to Puerto Rico with many of our family members to enjoy time together and celebrate the marriage of our son, Joel, to a wonderful woman whose family lives in PR.  
(photo of Joel and Taisha, July 17, 2016)
Due to continuing crises in South Sudan, Bill returned straight from Puerto Rico to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with members of his team who had evacuated from South Sudan as fighting resumed in the capital city.   He was in Kenya for two days and returned for a shared weekend of deputation in southern Maine and coastal NH.
Now we are back in our home in Maine and packing to leave July 28.
Before flying back to begin a new term, we wanted to let you know how much your friendship, your support, your prayers mean to us.
We will not have access to mail as neither place where we’ll be working (South Sudan and Eastern Congo) have mail service. But we’ll be in touch when we can! 
Love, Bill & Anne Clemmer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Historical Reality Or Hysterical Revisionism

Inbred Unbelief
Only those discordantly educated and decidedly brainwashed by leftist, quasi-Marxist revisionism, in hotbeds of academia’s ideological inbreeding, fail to acknowledge that the spiritual and moral foundations of our nation, as well as the development of modern Western society and its institutions, are rooted and grounded in theological and philosophical ideas which are clearly Christian.
Many other self-described “liberated minds,” which in honest moments are forced by the facts to concede our spiritual roots, seem convinced that these roots are dead and being properly replaced.  Either way these are the increasingly accepted mindsets of the leadership of most modern Western institutions. 
With regard to the founding of our nation, anyone reading an unbiased account of the 18th century must see that the Great Awakening, the Spiritual revival that swept the American colonies, provided the “…change in religious sentiments” without which the historic events that began in 1776 would very likely have ended as the events in France in 1789.
In the words of historian Paul Johnson:

“…There was a spiritual event in the first half of the 18th century in America, and it proved to be of vast significance, both in religion and politics. It was indeed one of the key events in American history.” “The Great Awakening was thus the proto-revolutionary event, the formative moment in American history, preceding the political drive for independence and making it possible.” “The Revolution could not have taken place without this religious background. The essential difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution is that the American Revolution, in its origins, was a religious event, whereas the French Revolution was an anti-religious event.”

John Adams, looking back years later, wrote:

“The revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the mind and hearts of the people: and change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”

Some eyewitnesses record that three of every four colonists were touched by the Divine Presence and power during the Great Awakening; and that with no modern means of communication.  
During a 1788 July 4th celebration, Benjamin Rush, physician, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, said:

“I am as perfectly satisfied that the union of the states…is as much the work of divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the results of divine power.”

Indeed, every July 4th we celebrate one of the continuing positive effects of that 18th Century outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.

From "Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

from Tim Timmon's 10000 minutes

Is Prayer Hard To Do?

What Is Prayer?
I have people tell me all the time how intimidating prayer is for them. Public prayer or even just intimate conversations with God throw people off to the point that they don’t feel like a good follower or less than. “Everyone else delivers these beautifully elaborate prayers, but i can’t do that” they say.
Mary Oliver is one of my all time favorite poets and I think she nailed it! Thank you Mary for being awesome...I feel like I know you from your work.
Be encouraged:
“Praying” By Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be the blue iris,
it could be weeds in a vacant lot,
or a few small stones;
Just pay attention,
Patch a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate,
this isn’t a contest
but the doorway
into thanks,
and a silence in which another voice may speak.”