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Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. 

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

- George Washington

Monday, November 16, 2015

From Pastor John's book...

“Repent And Turn Yourselves” 
                                        Ezekiel 14:6, 18:30

          Christ began His ministry preaching:

“…Repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Mark 1:15

Repentance is the change of mind and attitude toward God. It arises from the Holy Spirit-revealed awareness that we alone are responsible for our failure to seek the Lord and we are rightly adjudged guilty for our sin.  
Repentance involves the individual’s acknowledgment that, above all else, he or she is in need of God’s forgiveness. It is the initial step in responding to the offer of salvation in the Word of the Gospel. It involves surrender to God’s truth and the individual’s willingness to place complete trust in Christ as one’s Savior and Lord.
The inescapable power of death, physical and eternal, is the direct result of man’s refusal to repent and believe God’s Word concerning Christ.

“…He who does not believe…is judged already…. He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.” 
John 3:18 (Amp. Bible)

Jesus was saying that the eternal magnitude of this reality far outweighs how and when we die. Unless these things have ultimate meaning to a person, he or she will be perplexed, discomfited and possibly overwhelmed by what human reason can only see as irrational evil.

Cure By Candlelight
All evil in the world is ultimately the result of the missing component in man which is beyond his ability to identify, let alone recover - because it is the very eternal life of God. Understanding his condition, the reality and nature of this inward spiritual void is beyond anything rational ability is able to process - let alone produce.
Analysis of the pathological perpetrators of the seemingly endless horrors inflicted on humankind (more especially on women and children) shows clearly that there is, at bottom, the absence of humane restraint, which in turn is based on a seeming unwillingness (leading to an eventual inability) to permit one’s self the feeling of any degree of empathy.  
There is no absence of reason here. Most psychopaths plan and execute well.  
Reason is not the solution or the problem. Rather, it is modern man’s absolute reliance on human reason, in place of dependence on Divine grace, which utterly precludes any real comprehension of the depth of his problem. This in turn negates his sense of need to seek God’s eternal solution.
Apart from a willingness to “Repent and believe the Gospel,” man’s greatest and finest efforts to deal with the unrecognized spiritual roots within himself, of all evil, again relying solely on reason and logical thinking, are comparable to treating a fractured limb by exposing it to the light of a candle.

“If a man does not realize the dangerous nature of his soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect remedies.” J. C. Ryle

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

From the Pastor...

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to the missionary office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paying back a small part, a great debt owing to God, which we can never repay? Away with such a word, with such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say, rather, it is a privilege.

Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger now and then, may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver and sink. But let this be only for a moment. All of these are nothing, when compared with the glory which will hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk, when we remember the great sacrifice made by Him who left the throne on high to give Himself for us. Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any tie but the tie that binds me to thy service and to thy heart.

                                                               - David Livingstone

Thursday, November 5, 2015

From The Pastor

1.  God is sovereign and really doesn't need our prayers. But in His sovereignty He has chosen to partner with us through our prayers. By His Spirit, He leads us to pray for things He has planned to do. The result? God moves heaven and earth in response to our prayers, and we experience joy.

Jesus put it this way: "In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full" ( John 16:23-24 ESV). So we need to ask, Could it be that some of God's intended blessings for His people never arrive because no one was willing to follow the Spirit's leading to pray for it to happen? I believe Scritpure would support answering this question in the affirmative.

The Bible is full of "if" statements, including one most of us are very familiar with in 2 Chronicles 7:14. God will not hear, forgiven and heal unless we do our part of humbling ourselves, praying, seeking His face and turning from our wicked ways.

The importance of prayer is further underscored when you consider that Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, but He repeatedly, through word and example, taught them how to pray. The great preacher Charles Spurgeon put it this way: "I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."

Prayer warrior Geourge Mueller also taught much on the subject. Through prayer, he brought in the resources necessary to feed, cloth, and house over 10,000 orphans in England during his lifetime. He never directly asked people for money,  yet still survived very nicely without a regular salary for 68 years! Mueller understood that sometimes we don't feel like praying. We still need to pray! He put it this way:  "It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were of no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer: whilst the truth is, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying; for the less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.          - One Cry Movement

2.  Andrew Murray once said, "The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history."

"The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying," said Samuel Chadwick. "He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray."

In many congregations, prayer ministry is handed off to a few prayer warriors, and leadership feels like they've handled the issue. What a far cry from the leaders of the Jerusalem church in the first century, who handed off other issues so they could give themselves to prayer.

Oswald Chambers said, "We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."     
                                                  - David Butts "Forgotten Power"