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 4) "Rejecting Jesus"

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    For the past 3 weeks we have talked about people rejecting the truth. Well, today we celebrate what is referred to as Palm Sunday, The day that we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the beginning of what is referred to as the Passion Week. Bible scholars point out the many ways in which Jesus was presenting Himself as the Messiah, but for our purposes it is enough to see the reaction of His followers and of the common people as He came into the city that day.

     It is very clear that they believed that their Savior had come, the Son of David. In contrast to this, the Religious and Political leaders had quite a different response. Why? Their minds had already been made up and nothing that He could say or do, including miracles, could change that. Their only purpose was to figure out how they could turn the people against Him and destroy Him and they could justify every signal thing that they did, even if it was illegal. They were not like the simple peasants; they had not been taken in by this 'Teacher from Galilee'. They were the elite, they were the educated, and they were the ones whom God had obviously chosen to lead His people. It was up to them to reject such a man as this ‘Jesus, the carpenter's son’. He was not from Jerusalem. He had not been trained in the “best” schools. He was not one of them, one of the elite. He was nothing but a “common man” growing up and hanging out with common and uneducated people. In fact, He had even been known to associate with publicans and sinners, and no reputable person, let alone a “Rabbi” would do such a thing as that. Once again, it was their pride that had deceived them. They had seen the Truth, they had heard the Truth, they had even seen the miracles that He had done in the Temple with their own eyes, but they had rejected the truth and their pride would not allow them to see it any other way.

     We often think, ‘Well if I had been one of those leaders, I would have accepted the Truth and would have stood up for Him.’ But would we really have set aside our own pride and our prejudice and humbled ourselves to the point where we would have risked being rejected by our friends and would we have chosen Him over our position, our reputation, our family, and our friends? Well, the real question is simply this: What about today? Will you chose Him? Will you turn your back on all others and accept Him as your God and King. Will you acknowledge your own pride and rebellion and accept His payment for your sins. Will you even acknowledge your sins? John 1:11-12 tells us: “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. - Pastor Tim

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