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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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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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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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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7 Bible Verses Assure—We Can Trust God

I believe Jesus is The Christ—The Anointed One, The One God sent to save us from our sin. Why do I believe this? Because Jesus willingly gave His life in my place through horrific suffering on The Cross, so that I may be sanctified with The Father. Jesus was our sacrifice for eternal life in heaven.

Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus’ coming was prophesied in the OT and He came in God’s perfect timing. Jesus’ mission on earth was to demonstrate acts of great love, and He left instructions (the Bible) that we are to emulate His great love by offering it to others.

If you are wondering how you too can believe, let me share just seven of the many biblical verses with respect to trusting God.

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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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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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Invite God into your new year — participate in Prayer and Fasting!

My church, Bayside Community Church, is participating in three weeks of Prayer & Fasting, all to take us deeper into a relationship with God

We all know: Starting a new year does not erase confusion, frustration or set backs that occurred during the previous 365 days. So, instead of carrying that old, heavy baggage into 2019, 24/7, why not entrust it to God and let Him carry it for you?

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