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.

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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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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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OBITUARY of Jesus the Christ

Easter is the holiest of celebrated Christian holidays, though Christmas draws much attention from non-believers and even some who conform to different faiths (specifically in interfaith marriages). However, it is the resurrection of Jesus—The One who was crucified then came back to life three days later—that is central to the Christian faith.

Through Jesus’ resurrection mankind receives salvation—our deliverance from sin. And, through studying the Bible, we understand God’s word as a true love letter. It’s a love letter because from the beginning God promises that though we sin and fall short of His glory, He provides a redeemer.

The Bible reveals the coming of our redeemer, Jesus, in the Old Testament, to prepare us to open our hearts and believe the truth once our savior actually walks amongst us in the New Testament.

I pray you believe in the life, death, and the resurrected life of Jesus the Christ. You can learn more about Jesus by reading the following obituary:

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You should go to church this Sunday!

God misses you when you don’t call out His name.

Are you questioning if Christianity in America is on the decline? Maybe you’ve witnessed family and friends gradually reduce their attendance to church services and events? Or perhaps, you are the one “declining” by sleeping in one or two Sundays each month because you didn’t feel like getting out of bed? (Just too tired to worship, aye?)

May I remind you–You Are Loved–and God misses your exact presence in His house! He misses your beautiful smile. He misses your heart. He misses you singing worship songs off key! God misses every thought, word and deed that you aren’t sharing with Him when you remove yourself from His presence.

God created you to have a relationship with Him and He truly misses it when you stop calling His name.

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The Prayer of Jabez

Do you desire to receive all the blessings God planned for your life? I sure do. The trouble is many Christians either have not been taught, or, do not realize—It’s ok to ask God for blessings!

This concept of asking is often considered selfish by some believers. They say we should be praying for God to bless those less fortunate than ourselves, not ask for “more”.

Wrong! A man named Jabez, who is mentioned in only two verses in the Bible, thought differently. Jabez dared to ask God for more, “And God granted him that which he requested.”

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The Bible Affirms Marriage

The February 26 vote is in for the Methodist church. This particular vote was on whether or not to ordain gays and lesbians in relationships, allow clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages and hold such ceremonies in a church— all practices which have been noted as not following biblical views. A New York Times article describes the vote as:

After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Louis, the vote by church officials and lay members from around the world doubled down on current church policy, which states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The vote served as a rejection of a push by progressive members and leaders to open the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

I agree that there was much debate, as it was stated in other articles. And yes, the Bible is direct that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” However, I do not see the Methodist vote as closing the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. From the beginning regarding marriage, the Bible has always stated truth:

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When did “a cross” become “The Cross”?

*I’m excited that I’ve recently partnered with Holyart and they are sponsoring today’s post. Thank you, Holyart!*

To understand the significance of The Cross, one must first imagine the horrific scene on Calvary hill. It was immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hung, His earthly body nailed to a cross.

In those days, a cross was a means by which convicted criminals were put to death. Crucifixion was perfected by the Roman empire as a manner of execution; the convicted were humiliatingly stripped bare then nailed to a cross hung outside the city walls for all to gawk at as one died.

Jesus, the most innocent man in all the world, was found guilty of crime and sentenced to death on a cross.

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Do You Know God Considers You Worthy?

Too often, we believe ourselves to be worthless, useless or incompetent. Why? Because we erroneously listen to someone who harbors evil in their heart claiming that against us!

Don’t listen to them anymore!

I encourage you now—do not believe anything that an evil heart dares to profess about you! You are worthy because you were created by the Creator of the world, made perfect in every way.

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Do You Wonder — Where Is God?

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Are you struggling right now, trying to recoup from bad decisions you made? Did these decisions create problems that overwhelm you, making you feel alone and unloved? Perhaps you are wondering why God isn’t there, helping you through this turmoil. I encourage you, do not be discouraged!

The Bible tells us from the beginning, that God has been with us and He will never leave us:

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