THANKING THE GOD WHO BLESSES AMERICA

President Lincoln's Enduring Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, I challenge everyone to remember to give thanks to the GOD who has blessed and continues to bless America. Ultimately GOD appoints our leaders and preserves our nation. President Abraham Lincoln understood that, and therefore made this enduring proclamation…

By the President of the United States of America [Abraham Lincoln].

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

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OEM #18: Our Imagine-Nation

Recovering From the Blindness of Media Bias

Imagination is very powerful and sometimes dangerous. Someone even said its almost God-like because all that humanity creates originates with it. Every tangible thing available to us today was first a vision in someone’s mind.

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Mainstream media have become masters of building ideas (albeit false ones) and packaging them for mass consumption. Its no wonder many are miserably at a loss at the results of Trump’s election.

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OEM #17: Bringing US Back To HIM

What All U.S. Christians Are To Do With A New President

Many believe that America is a Christian nation. Yes, this country was for the most part founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, but the nation as a whole was never Christ’s nation, which is what the term “Christian Nation” would have to mean.

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Jesus made it clear that His kingdom is not of this world, which means that the only semblance of a Christian nation we have is the body of born-again believers in Jesus Christ across the globe.

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WHO’S SIDE IS GOD ON IN THIS ELECTION?

The Best Position to Take in This Political Mess of an Election

This will probably be one of the shortest blog posts I’ll ever write. But sometimes you need to just get right to the point. Who’s side is GOD on in this election?

Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Trump? Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Hillary? Is He on the side of the Christians voting for one of the independent parties? Or is He on the side of the Christians who are either writing in candidates or who are not going to vote at all?

The answer is YES!

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OEM #16: An Audience Of ONE

Your Stellar Performance in Christ

There is the story of a concert pianist who performed before thousands. At the completion of every song, the audience would erupt with cheers. Yet, strangely enough, as the evening progressed, he seemed to become a little sadder.

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When he reached his grand finale, he played his heart out. In fact he played so well that the audience couldn’t contain its applause until the end. Yet when he was finished, he hung his head in sorrow and left the stage.

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: REVISITED

Getting Ready To Receive God's President

I first blogged on the issue back in February when the Iowa Caucuses kicked-off this absolutely crazy presidential election cycle. I explained how I knew who was going to win the election, and why. Today, with less than a month left til election day, I want to further discuss some of the things I first approached. You can read the original post HERE.

In the first article, I said that “politics will destroy politeness”. I don’t think that I need to say much more about that.

On second thought, I’ll just say that if politeness were gloves, I’d have to say that not only are they off, but the major party candidates have also used them to slap each other’s faces and throw them down like gauntlets. The candidates’ dirty dukes are up and the bout has gone from boxing to an all-out street fight! I hope I’m not sounding impolite…

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THIRTY-THREE YEARS A SLAVE…

Remembering The Race That Ultimately Matters

I once had a rather uncomfortable conversation with a man who really despises all religion but especially Christianity. At one point in our gemini 2 discussion, my antagonist made the false accusation that, “Your God condones slavery!” I couldn’t help but make it clear to him that if God condoned slavery, He would not have boldly declared that whoever He sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). He certainly would not have come to earth in the form of a man in order to die to set captives free (Luke 4:18).

Nevertheless, he confidently directed my attention to the Bible and 1 Peter 2:18-20, which says…

You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

At that point I told him that I must admit, when read without an understanding of the Scriptures, that text would appear to condone slavery. So what was my answer to him? I will use the first point of this writing to explain. Yet I further highlight a very serious conundrum that American Christians need to be vigilant about. There are at least three things surrounding the issue of race and all the talk of protesting America’s alleged ongoing injustices which we need to keep in mind:

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

I Know Who's Going To Win And Why

I first posted this back when the Iowa Caucuses kicked off the primary election process. I re-post it as a reminder of a few very important things that Christians need to be mindful of as we venture through this almost circus-like presidential election cycle.

The presidential race officially began this week with the Iowa Caucuses, which is part of the nomination process whereby a political party ultimately chooses the person it will support as candidate for President of the United States. Somebody called it the Iowa Carcasses; which rings with some truth as some of the lower ranked candidates find out that it is useless to continue in the race and lay their campaigns to rest.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

And though the caucuses are a pretty good indicator of candidates’ potential to win, they are by no means decisive. The race to the White House is only just beginning to heat up.

Politics Will Destroy Politeness

Yet, even now, Christians are divided up and down the line over the various candidates. And they should be since everyone is different and has varying perspectives about life in these United States. And though such division should be limited to the level of friendly differences of opinion, it continues to take on an ever worsening tone.

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OEM #15: Prodigal Party Poopers

A church pastor tells of a young lady in the neighborhood who faithfully attended services. Each time the doors opened, she was there, and often stayed after a few extra minutes to talk with the pastor and his wife about her unsaved husband.

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She even got the pastor to start visiting their home to talk with them. After several months, her spouse came to a Sunday service, and in tears answered the invitation to Christ! And the wife? She stopped attending.

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OEM #14: Bad Company

Anyone Can Be A Momentary Satan In Your EPIC

There is a woman who is greatly admired and loved by many people. Ask anyone who knows her, and they’ll tell you that she is absolutely the best!OEM_Episode14_Banner

“Anything you need her to do, just ask!” She ran errands for some, she allowed others to stay at her home whenever they needed. She even withdrew money from the bank for others, as she continually put their desires far ahead of her own.

One day, at her request, the pastor of her church went to visit her… in prison!

You see, this lady that everybody so admired was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. In fact, she was so nice that she just couldn’t say “no” to people even though deep down inside she wanted to.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says that bad company corrupts good character. As you live out your EPIC, even your closest relationships must be kept a distant second to your walk with Christ.

Caring for those you love is commanded. But when a relationship demands that you compromise with sin, by contrast, your love for the Lord may even have to appear like hatred for your friend! It is the same reason Jesus told the beloved Peter to “Get behind me Satan…”

OEM #13: Laboring To Lose? Or Working To Win?

Joining Forces With Jesus To Live Out Your EPIC Life

I remember hearing the testimony of a well-known Bible teacher who gave the account of a conversation he had with his daughter who was pregnant and soon to give birth.

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One day, as he arrived at his home, he saw her standing in his driveway crying. Doctors discovered that the baby in her womb was dead. The tragic news was obcasio made worse when she learned that because of complications, the only way to extract the child would be through induced labor. She would have to give birth to death…

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3 DISREGARDED INDICATORS OF THE LAST DAYS

A "Lot" Ignored In An Age of “Noah" Tension...

Jesus declared in Matthew 24:12 that because wickedness will arise everywhere, the love of many will grow colder and colder. In that same context, He also warned us that we as Christians will one day be hated by many nations for His name’s sake (v. 9). Things are most certainly shaping up for the fulfillment of Christ’s words.

This one of those topics that no one likes to talk about, or, they’d rather ridicule, if they must. But I’d be remiss in my duties as a preacher of God’s word if I did not take some time to interject the real and presently dangerous cross-hairs in which the world (and particularly America) has perfectly positioned itself. Consider me some sort of fanatic, if you will. I do not mind because, you see, these words are based on the words of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

By Christ’s estimate, ISIS has nothing on this crisis! How do I know? Well, if that band of hooligans were as much a threat to the world as they claim to be, then God’s word would have mentioned them with specificity. But they are no more a threat than the next evil regime waiting to take center stage somewhere in the world.

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