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 3) "Rejecting Absolutes"

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    It has been said that once you have rejected the Truth, there is nothing left to believe but a lie. Sadly, I believe that this very concept explains a great deal of what is going on in our society under the pretense of what some would call enlightenment.

     To understand what I am talking about, just imagine that you and a hundred other people were trying to cross a barren wilderness. There were no distinct landmarks and the sky was covered with such thick clouds that you not only could not see the moon and stars at night, but also during the day you couldn't even tell where the sun was in the sky. You did have one compass, the one that you had been given at the beginning of the journey, but now the vast majority of the people with you had decided that it was unreliable and could not be trusted. In fact, there were many who were convinced that it was completely wrong, old fashioned and both out of date and out of touch with the real world. Some of the people said that north was one direction while others said that it was in the opposite direction; in fact, there were those who argued that it was every direction possible, while there were others who argued that it really didn't matter which direction you headed in, that any direction was as good as any other.

     Well, I believe that you would agree with me when I say that you would have a big mess on your hands, and quite frankly I would say that you were in big trouble. Well, that is very much where we find ourselves in America today. For the vast majority of our history Americans, as a whole, had a great deal of respect for the Bible and the things of God. Now I'm not saying that all our forefathers were Christians, no, not by a long shot, but even the non-Christians, for the most part, had a respect for God's Word. It was considered the final authority. Why do you think we use it to swear on in a court of law, or why do we have our presidents put their hand on the Bible when they take the oath of office. The Bible, at the very least, was a moral compass.

    In today’s world we have changed our views about much of what helped to make us Great as a nation. We have redefined morality to the point that many believe that the greatest evil is not to accept anything that a person chooses to do, and our supreme court has declared that marriage between two people of the same sex is completely legitimate behavior which at one time was considered a crime against nature and was against the law in most places in our nation. The simple Truth is, many of the things which were once considered to be evil are now considered good and many of the things which were once considered to be good by the people who hold to the old views (the views of our forefathers) are now considered to be evil. The problem is not that we have lost our compass in our society, but rather that we have simply chosen to reject what it says.                                                                 - Pastor Tim

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