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.





Hope for a Lost World

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM

In the world that we live in, sin is a very present reality. Everyday we hear about murders, robberies, and of children who have been abused. We live in a world filled with evil, and evil people doing evil things, yet there are those who would want to deny the reality of sin and evil. They would argue that man is simply a product of evolution, that what we do is simply a result of our privative past, that we simply do the things which were once necessary for us to survive. If this is true, then this opens a whole can of “ethical worms”. For example, “Is it right to punish people with prison for simply doing what comes natural to them?” And after all, who has the right to say what is acceptable behavior and what is not? On the other extreme side of that coin, if it is true that we are simply a product of our genetic code then perhaps you could argue that we should be actively trying to “improve” our genetics. We should actively be trying to remove the “Undesirable” genes and be actively promoting the more desirable ones. Wasn’t this the philosophy of many back in the early 1900’s? The philosophy which led to the forced sterilization of many and even to Hitler’s dream of the “Perfect Race”. Did Hitler and the Nazis have it right????? What a horrifying thought.

Well, I believe that the Bible has a far better explanation for sin than that. It says that “Sin” was introduced into the world through Satan, and that man became “Sinners” as a result of man’s rebellion against God. That “Sin” is passed down from the father to the children irregardless of “Genetic Code.” So, even if it were possible to produce a “better” human specimen, one that might be smarter and stronger, one that might be free from any of the imperfections which plague us all, that person would still be a sinner, they would still have a natural tendency to sin. They would have a “Sin Nature”. No, I believe that the only true hope for “Man” and his sin problem is found in God. While it is true that the Bible teaches that we are all sinners and that God hates “Sin”, it also teaches that Jesus came and died in the place of sinners. That Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. The Bible also teaches that God Himself will remove all sin from this world, that someday the world will be a place of sinless perfection.That story is found in the Book of Revelation chapter 21. If you need a little hope you can read about it there.

- Pastor Tim

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