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 6) Where do you worship?(part 2)

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since we were on our series about worship, so today I would like to once again return to that subject. The last time we were dealing with this subject we were talking about where you worship. As I hope you remember, we talked about the fact that many people talk about going to the mountains, beach or other places in nature to worship. We talked about the fact that all of God’s creation calls us to worship and in fact it all points to His Glory. Well, today I would like to talk about the other side of this issue. What about people who make a habitual habit of missing Church because they are always going off on weekends. Yes, that is their time to get away and unwind from the stresses of the week, or perhaps Sunday mornings is the only time that they have the opportunity to go and play a round of golf. Or for others, with getting caught up on their yard work on Saturday, the only chance that they have to take their boat to the lake is on Sundays. “Surely God understands this.”  Well, first of all, let me say that I realize that every one needs a break from time to time, and further I don’t have anything against people playing golf, or taking their boat out on a lake. But, should it take priority over attending church on Sunday morning? Now, once again, I’m not saying that we can never worship God in any place other than a church building, but if the boat and the golf course always comes first, then it is entirely possible that they have become an idol and it is an idol that you are worshiping and not God at all. The sad reality is that this is something that we all struggle with. We tend to always look for things that bring us pleasure. Of course, we would never call those things a god, but the reality is that we allow them to become gods in our lives, because we place them before God. The truth is, we all have a tendency to put ourselves first, thus making a god of our own selves. We become "Me" worshipers.

Under the Old Testament law the children of Israel were only allowed to worship at one altar. Now in the New Testament we are never given such a command, but we are instructed not to forsake the assembly (Hebrews 10:25). That is, we are not to forsake the assembling of the church. We are to come together with God’s people. We come together so that we can be fed the Word of God, We come together so that we might worship together, we come so that we might find other christians to have fellowship with so that we can be encouraged. We come, not just for ourselves, but for each other. We should come together so that we can be a blessing to others, we must come together so we can serve one another. God has given each of us spiritual gifts and they were given for for the purpose of being a blessing to the church. You can’t meet the needs of your brothers and sisters if you aren’t there.

- Pastor Tim

 

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