A Day of Uncertainty

The world we live in today is filled with uncertainty. This year we have already seen the impeachment hearings of a president. In addition to this we are also watching the presidential primaries. (This also being an election year). In addition to this we have seen the recent outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, which have all led to massive fluctuations in the stock market. People are afraid and confused. Here in North Carolina we have seen the closing of all public schools and we are not permitted to have gatherings of more than 100 people. The grocery stores have had many of their shelves stripped bare and people are left wondering: “What’s next?” Well, I will have more to say about this later, but for now let’s talk about what our president has done. No, I am not talking about the travel ban, but rather his call for the nation to pray. The simple truth is that we as a people are not smart enough nor strong enough to fix these problems on our own. Now I realize that not everyone is a fan and I certainly cannot endorse everything he has said and done, but this time at least, he is on the right track. Please take the time to read the entire proclamation given below. 

- Pastor Tim

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts

  Issued on: March 14, 2020

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.





Rejecting the Truth (Part 1) "Rejecting Knowledge"

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM

     Hosea was a prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during its last days before it was invaded and finally destroyed by the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC. Through him, God told Israel: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Ironically, in the world that we live in we hear very much the same thing from many of our politicians: “The problem is the break down of our educational system”; “the problem is that we don't offer free college for everyone”; “The problem is that the teachers are not paid enough”; “The problem is that the school's curriculum is not standardized”, etc. Well, these issues may or may not be a problem, but these were not the problems that God was referring to within Israel. The verse goes on to say : “because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee”. Israel had rejected knowledge?

     Well, perhaps this can be explained a little more if we travel back in time to the prophet Amos. Amos was a shepherd and fig farmer who had traveled to the Northern Kingdom from the Southern Kingdom (Judah) some time earlier. He had said “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:” (Amos 8:11). You see, the problem in Israel was not their education, nor was it the lack of information. God had given them the Old Testament Law and had repeatedly sent prophets to warn and teach His people. The problem was what they did with the information once they had received it. They had heard the Truth, they even knew the Truth, but they had also rejected the Truth. (Romans Chapter 1 describes what happens to a people who know the truth and turn from it.) Unfortunately they had become like the people who were living before the Great Flood. People whom Jesus said were simply living their normal lives right up until the day that Noah entered the ark and they “knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;” (see Matthew 24:38-39) One might ask “How could they not know, after all they had seen Noah building this huge ship and gathering all kinds of different animals?” Well, the simple truth is, they had heard and even seen the truth, but they had simply rejected it because they didn't want to believe it. Sadly, this is much like the nation that we live in today. People have made a willful decision to reject the Truth. Why? - because they would rather believe a lie.                 Hopefully, we will expound upon this more thoroughly over the next week or two.

- Pastor Tim

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