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 4): What do you Worship?

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Last week in our series on Worship we asked the question: “ Do you Worship?” Well, this past week an event took place here in North Carolina that I believe pretty well illustrates my point. In fact, I considered changing my topic this week and writing an article which I would have called “For the Love of Money”. You see, this past week the NC Legislature passed a Bill that, it appears, almost no body likes. Yet it passed, as once again the eyes of the nation were upon North Carolina. This Bill was the appeal of the “Infamous” HB2 which had created such an uproar because the conservatives, in response to legislation passed in the city of Charlotte, had required that people use the bathroom as indicated on their birth certificates (such a radical concept). Anyway, this new bill was passed, not because the people voting agreed with it, but simply because of the love of money. Yes, the politicians realized that the boycotts, which had arisen as a result of HB2, were costing people money and, of course, that could be bad for anyone’s political career. Here we see the worship of Money, Popularity and Political Power all played out at once.

 

Now, I’m not just trying to pick on politicians here, we all guilty. You see, here in the south, where I grew up, there was a time when Sundays were pretty much set apart for church and church activities. No one would have ever considered scheduling something that would have come in conflict with the Sunday Morning church service. Where I lived, the public schools wouldn’t even schedule anything on Wednesday night, a time when many churches held their mid-week service. Of course, all that has been sacrificed on the altar of convenience. Yes, we worship Convenience, Comfort, Money. Another biggie is Sports. We spend millions on sports. here again, those once sacred hours on Sunday morning have given way to all kinds of sporting activities from the professional all the way down to children's sports. Yes, I think it safe to say that gone are the days of people like Eric Liddell who chose to hold to his religious beliefs and refused to run in his olympic event held on Sunday.

 

The simple truth is, we worship all kinds of things. We sacrifice our families on the altars of Career, Wealth and Popularity. We sacrifice our principles on the alters of Political Correctness and Prosperity. We worship ourselves as we peruse Entertainment, Leisure and Pleasure. The simple truth is, we have become so busy with all things that we have pushed God to the side, to simply be acknowledged from time to time on a Sunday Morning and perhaps be given some “token” as we pass the offering plate. Yes, here in America we spend a great deal of time in “Worship”, but I am afraid that very little of it is directed towards God. Yet, Exodus 20:3 still says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (KJV) - Pastor Tim

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