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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Worship (Part 3): Do You Worship?

Posted on March 26, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Well, last week in Worship (part 2) we talked about what worship is, and a little bit about what it is not. Today we want to ask the question: Do you worship? Now I know that most of the people that are reading this are “Good church going people” who attend church regularly. They attend Sunday morning worship services. They may even attend Sunday night and Wednesday night services. Some sing in the choir and even perform solos for the church. Others are part of Bible study groups and meet with others to study the Bible on a regular basis? Truth is, if you are reading this you are probably considered, by most of your friends, to be a perfect example of ‘What a Christian should be’. But the question remains, do you worship? Now,I would guess that the vast majority of you had a quick and ready response: “Yes, of course, yes!”

 

Ok, let’s look at this from a slightly different perspective. What if you just randomly found this on the internet and you have never put your foot in a church door before in your life and certainly have never claimed to be a Christian, can I ask you the same question? Do you Worship? How about if we take it a step farther and say that you are an atheist. Do you Worship? See, the question can be asked of any body in the world and the answer is always going to be the same, yes, everyone worships something or someone. There is something in the way that we are wired that causes us to do so. We worship, that is just what we do. Now I realize that many of you may question what I have just said.

 

In the field of Archaeology it seems that no matter where they find an ancient civilization, they find that the people of that civilization had something or some one to worship. I realize that these were just “poor ignorant savages” Right? Well, have you ever ask why Madeline Murray O’Hair spent so much time and effort trying to get rid of a “God” that she did not believe even existed? Or have you ever asked yourself why we Americans spend so much money on Sports and entertainment? Or, why do we have TV shows and magazine whose only purpose is to tell eager fans about the private lives of Hollywood and TV personalities, or what about those who stand for hours, even days just because they want to see some Rock Star. Sounds a little bit like worship to me. We will probably need to talk a bit more about this later.

-Pastor Tim

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