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 6)

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

     Now I realize that after reading the title, some of you probably said to yourselves, “Oh No, not again, come on Tim, you have already spent 5 weeks on this subject, and enough is enough. You are beating this into the ground.” Well, let me ask you this question, do you know anyone who you think might benefit from what I have been talking about for these 5 weeks? Now I suspect that your answer would be “yes, but they're not the one reading this”. So the real problem is that you think that this subject does not apply to you. You are not like “one of them”. Well, maybe you are not, but then again maybe you are a lot more like one of them than you would want to admit.

     Do you remember the story in the Bible about Adam and Eve and how sin came into the world? Well, that morning, when Eve woke up she had no idea what was going to happen that day, in fact it was probably beyond her comprehension that she would ever willingly do any thing that was contrary to God's will. After all she didn't know what sin was and she had never been tempted. She was truly in a state of innocence. When Satan approached her in the form of a serpent she was not afraid in the least, after all, she had never known any danger and had never experienced fear. Not only did she not know danger and fear, but also she had never experienced pain or hunger; jealousy or anger; nor had she experienced shame or humiliation. In fact, in the whole of her existence she had only known love and kindness, she knew nothing of most of the things that we are far to familiar with. Ironically, it was this area that Satan chose to attack. He used her natural curiosity against her. He caused her to believe that she was missing out on something and once he had her convinced of that it was easy for her to believe the lie that he was selling. It was simple, she only had to reject the truth that she knew about God and believe the lie that Satan was selling.

     Now here is where we come in. Satan uses the same technique on us: he plays on our weakness and causes us to believe that he has what we have always wanted. We reject the truth of God and accept his lie. - Pastor Tim

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