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 2): What Is Worship?

Posted on March 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

A couple of weeks ago we began this series on worship. We began with the definition. Simply put, it is the acknowledgment of someone’s, or something’s worth or value. It is our expression of, and acknowledgement of the value of that person or thing. This can be done in many different ways. For example, back in the days when people were ruled by kings and queens, it was very common for a person to bow, or bend the knee when they came into their presence. There was a certain etiquette that a person was expected to follow. Failure to do so could cost you your life. In today’s world we don’t deal with this, at least here in America, but we do teach our children to obey their parents. We also teach them to obey their teachers and all those who have authority over them. As adults we still find ourselves in much of the same situation. If we are driving down the road minding our own business and an officer of the law turns his blue light on for us to pull over, it doesn't matter if we were obeying the law or not, we had better pull over or we will suffer very negative consequences. Simply put, we give obedience to those in positions of authority, recognizing their position/ title or the organization they are with. We obey the laws, we pay our taxes, we follow the instructions of our supervisors. We may not always like it, but we generally recognize that these are necessities in maintaining a civilized society.

 

For our purposes here, we generally use the word worship in reference to some sort of “religious experience”, but I am afraid that in our desire to have an experience we have, far to often, missed worship all together. We are looking for a trade off, something that will make us feel good. Some kind of thrill or emotional experience. In our desire for some sort of “fleshly” experience, I am afraid that we have opened ourselves up to all sorts of experiences that are not good, or Godly. The focus of our worship has been turned away from God and has been focused upon us. We seek to play “Let’s Make a Deal” with God. You give me what I want and I’ll give You what you deserve. Back in the days of Kings and Queens, do you think a person bowed before his king because it made him feel good? No, they bowed because they knew, and were willing to recognize, that their King was their lord and master. It did not matter how they felt. If God is your King you should worship Him with your whole heart whether you ever get an “experience” or not. You must worship Him because HE is worthy!

-Pastor Tim

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