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 5): Where do you Worship?

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Today I would like to once again return to our topic of worship. So far we have asked 3 questions. What is worship? Do you worship? and, What do you worship? Today we would like to ask another question: Where do you worship? Now obviously this is not the first time this question has been asked. The Bible gives us the story about the woman at the well. She asked Jesus: ‘do we worship this mountain or do we worship at Jerusalem?’

Well, the answer that He gave is not what she was expecting. He said,  “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: ...” (John 4:23). You may ask the question: “So, when people say that they like to go to the mountains or to the beach on Sunday because they feel closer to God then that is perfectly ok? Right? Well, that all depends on a couple of things. The first question is: Who are they worshiping? Some people truly do go to these places and worship God, they see His fingerprints on the things that He has made and are struck with awe at the wonder and power of the Creator. They find their spirit drawn to Him in worship and in praise. Sounds good, doesn't it? Haven't most of us had a similar experience? We could certainly say that this is worshiping God in spirit, but is it worshiping God in truth? Can’t the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim do the same thing? Even an atheist can have a similar ‘spiritual’ experience. The simple truth is that seeing and experiencing nature in all its glory can have a powerful impact upon anyone, but that doesn't mean that they are worshiping the One and only True and Living God. The truth is, people are, most likely, simply seeking the experience for their own pleasure, because it makes them feel good. This, I’m afraid, is more self worship than it is God worship. Now please, don’t misunderstand, I am not saying that people are never drawn to worship God when they look at nature. After all, the Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) As a believer, I find myself more and more drawn to Him when I see His handiwork. When I see a sunrise or a sunset, when I look up at the stars in wonder.  As I realize that my God and Savior made these stars and everything else through the power of His word I am drawn to worship Him. When I see his Hand in creation I am truly humbled as I realize just how small I am and yet I realize that He loves me and gave His Son to die in my place. So, Yes I do believe that we can worship God in the mountains and we can worship God at the sea shore, but I have much more to say about this than we have time and room to talk about today. We will have to pick this back up on another occasion.

- Pastor Tim

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