You ask—”How Can America Become Great?” No worries, God already told us!

Many conversations are evolving across America regarding the condition of our country. Some citizens say we should have more laws to enforce specific crimes. Other folks are concerned that our elected officials are corrupting the current system of justice.

What, as Christian American citizens, is our role or responsibility to make sure our country continues to prosper? Should we just turn the other cheek when we see the country falter? Or is rebelling against undesired government decisions the better option to grow a strong nation? Honestly, who knows the correct answers?

God knows!

In His omniscient, all-knowing power, (Psalm 139:1-24), God knew all the problems that citizens of a nation would face. And in accordance with His all-loving nature, God gave instruction on how to live with justice for all.

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Jesus Can Bring You Back From The Dead!

We all have bad days. Days filled with sorrow, depression, anxiety. Days which we can’t wait for them to be over . Occasional bad days are just part of the nature of living and we move on, right?

However, there are circumstances in life that deem to overwhelm us (stay with me, this post isn’t depressing it tells about receiving life not staying in death). Overwhelming occurs because the circumstances don’t change even after a good nights sleep. The job environment remains crappy. The marital stress hovers at the dinner table. The savings account goes down instead of up. What gives?

How can we overcome that dead feeling of separation from all things that bring joy?

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You Can Walk On Water—Just Like Jesus!

I can’t begin to image what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus in the flesh over two thousand years ago. To actually see Him preform unprecedented miracles, hear Him speak wondrous truth, or feel the touch of His tender hands as He humbly washed my feet—all while knowing those same hands raised three people from the dead. It must have been a mind blowing experience for The Twelve.

The divine story of Jesus waking on water is told three times in the Bible. That specific act went against all physical laws which the disciples naturally understood. Jesus was definitely breaking new territory right in front of them. And the good news for us is—Jesus gives His power to all believers so that we can walk on water, too!

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20 Gifts The Blood of Jesus Bestows Upon Us

Jesus Christ was fully human and fully God. So as the flow of His blood from His crucifixion began to take place—beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane as He prayed and ending when He was pierced by the sword in His side—believers began receiving His holy blood as free gifts.

Jesus did the dirty work. He died for our sin. Now it is up to us to accept by faith His holy shedding of blood as gifts given through salvation, forgiveness, healing, atonement, faith, freedom and so much more.

Romans 3:25,26 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

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God’s GREAT GRACE!

I simply can’t shout about God’s GREAT GRACE loud enough! His love remains endless! Though I sinned yesterday, will sin today, and I know I can not avoid sinning tomorrow—we are assured there is always God’s GREAT GRACE to flow over us.

But how do I know this? How can I be certain of favor from the LORD when I know what I’ve done? My sin is born in thought, word and deed—and it never stops reproducing! I have jealous and impure thoughts, I argue, condemn and gossip, and I can’t begin to list all the sin I physically committed as a teen and young adult.

Yes, I’ve done a few nice things in my life. But God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace are not based on merit. Christianity does not base itself on works, as some others have written their religions to be.

Praise God for His truth! I could never do enough to cover all my sin so thank-you, God, for your GREAT GRACE!

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Pray For President Trump – June 2, 2019

Over 250 Christians who are leaders in their church or Christian foundation, government agencies, the entertainment industry, and other specific organizations have come together to declare June 2, 2019 as a SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT.

Among those leaders include: Ed & Lynn AldersonNational Director, HAPN Network, John & Lisa BevereMessenger International, Julie ClintonPresident, Extraordinary Women Ministries, Dr. James & Shirley DobsonJames Dobson Family Institute, Jerry Falwell, Jr.President, Liberty University, Danny GokeyChristian Music Artist, Rev. Franklin GrahamBilly Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Jack GrahamSenior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, John HageePastor, Cornerstone Church, Founder of Christians United for Israel, Gov. Mike HuckabeeFormer Governor of Arkansas, Robert JeffressSenior Pastor, First Baptist Dallas, Dr. David JeremiahTurning Point Ministries, Alveda KingCivil Rights for the Unborn, Greg LaurieSenior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship, Lisa OsteenAssociate Pastor, Lakewood Church, Chonda PierceChristian Artist, Phil & Al RobertsonUnashamed Podcast on BlazeTV.

The Bible is specific when it comes to instruction on praying for leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Copied from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s web page:

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7 Reasons Jesus Came To Die For You!

Did you know that Jesus, God in the flesh, chose to die in your place—so that you may have life eternal?

That surely is a hard concept to wrap one’s brain around, the fact that someone else would die for us. However it is the truth—Jesus sacrificed Himself because He loves us. It is also truth that humans, with an average life span approximated at 72 years world wide, die. But when we die, what happens? Are the lights now “permanently out”? Is it really “game over”?

Through Jesus’ teachings, Christians know our hope remains in Him for a life after death. Jesus knew His appointment to earth was as the final sacrifice for all sin. He fulfilled that appointment as only the King of kings, the most victorious of all, could. And He did it all for you!

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Jesus–The Sermon On The Mount

Matthew 5-7 is known as The Sermon On The Mount. Jesus’ own words comprise all three chapters, save for the first two verses in chapter five and the last two verses in chapter seven.

Matthew 5:1-2 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:

In His sermon, Jesus does not hold back regarding His position on the law—He proclaims God desires heartfelt faithful obedience from His kingdom followers over rote followers of the many manmade religious laws. On this hillside near Capernaum where enormous crowds gathered, those in attendance included some believers and some curiosity seekers coming to find out what this popular man, Jesus, represented.

Was this “man” really the Messiah, The Chosen One, the Savior that Israel had been waiting for since the prophets of old? History reveals this sermon would eternally change many hearts for God.

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God’s Response To Prayer Has Many Facets

No two diamonds can ever be the same because of their color, cut, imperfections, and complex characteristics. Each is unique in size, weight, and sparkle.  And just like diamonds, no two prayers are ever the same. Each person praying is unique in their being, and each instance of prayer includes different circumstances and individuals with unlimited problems and requests.

As Christian adults, we experience how prayer works from our time spent studying God’s Word, and, from years actually participating in a daily prayer pattern. Christian adults also know prayer may sometimes happen fast, but often God chooses to use prayer as a way to grow our faith.

So how does God grow us when we come to Him with our requests? The answer has many facets.

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Christians—Live Your Faith Through Love

Christians know as fact that God declares us favored in His eyes. We also know we are here by His grace, to worship and proclaim His mighty name. And though some may try to tempt, persuade, lure or belittle the faith of a Christian, no one can ever take Christ’s light away from us.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Knowing attacks would rage against the Christian body to cause harm, God in His wisdom gave us rules of conduct which Christians are to follow, so that Christians will not imitate the ways of evil.

So, how are we to live our Christian faith and declare His praises even while under verbal attack by those of other faiths, doubters, and especially those with pure hatred of Christ followers in their heart?

I would love you to read five important Bible verses where God offers us instruction to this question:

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