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.

DONALD J. TRUMP

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-national-day-prayer-americans-affected-coronavirus-pandemic-national-response-efforts/


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Rejecting the Truth (Part 2) "Rejecting Creation"

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM

     Last week we began discussing the fact that people reject the truth simply because they choose to. Today we are going to discuss this further and see how this has played out in the world that we live in today.

     A good example of this can be seen within the field of science where it is OK to believe that matter is eternal, but one should never consider the possibility that there is an eternal God. Where it is OK to believe that our planet was somehow seeded by a highly evolved alien race who planned and perhaps even encoded certain things so life could exist here on earth, but it would be ludicrous to believe in what is referred to as intelligent design, the belief that an intelligent Creator designed and created life upon this earth. Where we reject the possibility that a loving benevolent God who created the universe in such a precise way as to allow for the possibility for life to exist, but where one would readily accept the concept that we don't live in a singular “Universe” but rather a “Multiverse” consisting of not millions or even billions but an infinite number of universes. You may ask, “Why would scientists ever come up with such an idea?” Well, the simple fact is that we have discovered that the statistical probability of everything in our universe being just right so as to allow for life to exist, basically makes it impossible for life to exist. So, if you are not going to allow for the possibility of a Creator God who could have designed everything in such a way as to allow for the existence of life then you must come up with another possibility. At least with a Multiverse it improves the odds that one of those universes could allow for life to exist. Now we could go on and on about this, whether in the field of astronomy where the more that is discovered creates the necessity of creating things that cannot be seen or measured but help to explain the apparent contradictions. Or in the field of biology where a multiplicity of useless steps in the “evolutionary process” must be accepted to allow for the final functional process to work.

     Now I'm not saying that Creationists know all the answers, but I hope that it has at least become apparent to you that Evolutionists don't have all the answers either. The simple fact is, they have chosen to reject the possibility of God and are therefore forced to try to come up with an explanation for all the things that contradict their core belief system.

     Here again, we see it is simply a matter of choosing what we believe. In this case, I find that the, by far simplest explanation is to believe that there is an eternal God who created everything and is in control of everything. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17 KJV)                                 - Pastor Tim

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