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November 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

November 9, 2016

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

    When you read this, the election will be over and the presidential race will have been decided (maybe).  Regardless of the outcome of the election, we continue to serve God and present the love of Jesus wherever we go.  I recently read a devotion that was very encouraging as we move through these chaotic times.  We are not to lose sight of whose we are and the reason for which we live this life.  The following is a devotion written by Brian Doud, a retired minister from Ohio.

            “Johnnie wrote his sweetheart, Emily, a note: I’d climb the highest mountain, I’d swim a shark-infested  ocean, I’d go through fire for you.  All my love, Johnnie.

    P.S.  I’ll be over tonight --- if it isn’t raining.

            Maybe Johnnie wasn’t as committed as he thought he was.  And aren’t we like that?  We’ll trust the Lord…if everything else is working out OK.  The people of Joshua’s day were worshipping the Lord … and everything else.  That’s like a Christian ‘living for the Lord’ but checking her horoscope to see if it’s safe to go on a trip.  Trusting God plus anything is hardly trusting God at all.  God refers to Himself as ‘jealous’ (Exodus 34:14).  Committing to Him, as one’s highest loyalty, is the important thing.  We could simply say it like this: The sovereign Lord wants our undivided attention, and it’s for our best, of course.  For why would anyone want to wander aimlessly through life, attaching to one thing and the next in hopes of ultimate satisfaction?  Better to be committed, right?”

 

    It is the most rewarding experience to be committed to Almighty God!  In these days, you and your faith will be challenged.  Don’t give in to the hype of the “modern” world.  Read, study and know what the Bible says.  Then, base your values and beliefs on Scripture.  Hold on to what you know to be the truth and thank God along the way that your minds have been opened spiritually.  “For the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV) May you have a blessed week as you thank God for eyes wide open!

 

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia

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November 1, 2016, 4:11 PM

November 2, 2016

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

          We are a week away from the most critical election in recent history and it is the responsibility of every Christian to get out and vote.  We hear the media spin and the constant reports regarding both candidates.  We must not take these reports at face value to determine our decision but delve deeper into the truth to find out exactly where the candidates stand on the critical issues facing our nation and impacting us individually.  We must also look at the running mate of each candidate to find out their stance on the issues as well.  Please read carefully the political party platform of each candidate and determine if the party’s stance on the issues are in agreement with your values and beliefs.  Do your homework, study to find out about each candidate, pray specifically for God’s direction and please take the time to vote.

          We know that the economy, healthcare and world events are very important topics during this election season.  However, for us as Christians, our religious liberties are also very much at stake.  Remember, some of the first business of the new President will be to nominate a Supreme Court judge.  This President could possibly have the opportunity to nominate two or more judges to the Supreme Court during his or her tenure.  Decisions of the Supreme Court will affect us for a very long time because the judges serve for a lifetime.  We have seen in recent years the impact the Supreme Court has had on our morality, values and beliefs.  So, this election will have a far-reaching impact on our nation.

          What does all this mean for us?  We know that the god of this world has blinded the eyes of so many people.  We should not allow ourselves to be pushed into a corner, to remain silent about the issues or think we have no reason to vote.  We should be actively involved in the process while continuing to tell others the Good News of Jesus.  God is still in full control regardless of the outcome.  Look again at the passage above.  There are four things that God requires of those who know Him in order to see needed changes.  We must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways.  God will accomplish His part if we are faithful with ours.  If Christians decide not to vote, you can be assured of the future direction of our nation!

                                                                                                                                              We love you,

                                                                                                                                              Brad and Virginia




October 26, 2016, 10:31 AM

October 26, 2016

“Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 8:20

    We are now less than two weeks away!  We are closing in on the most important election in recent history, if not in the history of our nation.  The candidates for President have dramatically different views about our future.  Yet, even amid such serious times, there still seems to be a sense of unconcern among many people.  Where are we?  What are we doing?  Are we really concerned about the direction of our nation?  Remember, it is not just about us but also what your children and grandchildren will face in the days to come.  You would think that our churches would be filled and our altars full as Christians humbly cry out to God.  Hopefully, that is going on in some places but it doesn’t appear to be widespread in every church.  The pastors I know have not commented about the overflowing crowds and the overwhelming desire to seek God.

    The enemy has certainly not slowed down in his efforts to cast his influence upon the understanding of mankind.  The world for sure, and sadly our own nation, seems to be expanding the anti-God, anti-Bible and anti-religion sentiment.  One real issue of this election seems to about religious freedom.  However, in many ways, religious freedom has been a contributor to our current situation.  How?  First, let me say that I am all for religious freedom.  Yet, it seems that with religious freedom, as with all freedom, comes an attitude whereby we take it for granted.  We see that attitude very clearly in several areas in our nation.  Maybe we have become much too passive and God is allowing persecution to jolt us back to the real priorities for life.

    As we look to our election in a couple of weeks, please be in constant prayer for our nation.  Folks, we are falling at an alarming rate and it all stems from neglecting our Christian roots and heritage.  Please make every effort to vote.  From what I have seen and read, there were some 40 million Christians who failed to vote in the last election.  That is shameful!  How can we expect to make any impact if we fail to exercise our right to vote?  These are very troublesome times, but we know that God is still in full control.  What does he desire from us?  The same that He desired of His chosen nation Israel.  “He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does He require of you?  To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”  (Micah 6:8) The truth is so easy to understand that even children can comprehend it.  Either we walk with God and experience His blessings or we abandon God and are destroyed.  Which path are we currently following?  May your week be blessed as we follow God in all our ways and pray exceedingly for our nation!

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia




October 18, 2016, 12:37 PM

October 19, 2016

“When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.  Therefore, say to them, ‘this is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction.  Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips’.”  Jeremiah 7:27-28

                Can we handle the truth?  Think with me for a few moments about our current situation.  Why are we facing the trouble we see all around us?  Why have we succumbed to the ways of the world?  Why have we seen this influx of wickedness over the years?  The answer to many questions like these reveal the daunting truth about the church in the United States.  In his book, Vertical Church, James McDonald shares some very staggering statistics.  “Six thousand churches close their doors every year.  Thirty-five hundred Americans leave the church every day.  Only two percent of growing churches are effectively winning converts to Christ.  Fewer than twenty percent of Americans regularly attend church.”  McDonald calls this a major meltdown; an epic failure.  We know that statistics can be substantially erred yet if these numbers are anywhere close it reveals serious problems.

                Why focus on so many negatives?  Aren’t there some good things going on in some churches today?  There are some good things happening but the trend is certainly not positive.  A close examination of the Old Testament reveals, in detail, the downward progression of a nation (Israel) who pushed God aside.  The truth is, we see it happening in our own nation today.  Why?  Because we, as Christians, have become anything but excited and enthusiastic about our relationship with the living God.  We are being backed into a corner and warned to stay quiet as the ways of the world dominate our culture.  Where is the boldness of Peter, John and Paul?  There are a few “watchmen on the wall” but their message seems to be falling on deaf ears.  We have allowed the enemy to infiltrate the camp!

                So, what can be done about our current situation?  Have things gone too far?  Unless we acknowledge the problem, we will never take steps toward correction.  Look again at the passage above.  We must respond to God’s continual warnings around us.  Our only answer is to turn to Him in repentance, obey Him and separate ourselves from the ways of the world.   The Church will continue to be here until God calls us away.  However, it will be very different from the “country club” atmosphere we have experienced.  As persecution escalates, the Church will grow stronger but not necessarily larger.  Are you ready for the times?  Buckle up and stay close to God and in fellowship with His people.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia




October 12, 2016, 9:36 AM

October 12, 2016

“All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 28:2

Are you thanking God daily for your blessings?  We are all very blessed in spite of current circumstances in our nation.  We sing the hymn, Count Your Many Blessings, but do we really listen to the words?  We should focus on those words as we face trials and obstacles in these uncertain days.  Look at the following words:           

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the LORD hath done.

 

The billows certainly rage all around us and the times appear bleak.  We can easily become discouraged which makes us easy targets for the enemy. 

                When God blesses us, as He continually does, what is our response to His kindness toward us?  Do we keep it all to ourselves or do we share God’s kindness with others?  Sometimes we feel as though we can just bask in what God has done for us without any concern for others.  Yet, God so often blesses us so that we will be a blessing to others.  If you are discouraged or frustrated, take a few moments to remember the many blessings you have received.  You will be truly amazed at what God has done for you.  Then, go and share those blessings with someone else.

                On another note, we are looking forward to New Desire being back with us this Sunday morning.  Please make plans to be with us a little early (10:30) as we share in worship together.  We are praying that you are experiencing God’s blessing in many different ways. Also, please remember to pray for our nation as we are experiencing some very difficult days.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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