‘prayer for America……apropos’

And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of our God, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in this United States of America. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O LORD God, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

malachi

‘stifling America’s pulpits of truth?’

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Most all of America is familiar with the incendiary quotes made from the pulpit of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright the former pastor of the Trinity United Church.

Rev. Wright implied that the government sent illegal drugs to black neighborhoods to kill or imprison blacks. He also asserted that HIV was invented by the U.S. government as a tool of genocide. These quotes that have been posted for public consideration have been construed by many as anti-American, anti-government and racist in tone but if you will note the context below some of the things that were said did have some validity, while others were used in hyperbole or blatantly untrue.

Comments made from Wright in context…

“The president will use the military against people for religious reasons.”
Hyperbole. The sermon is making a point about wars waged in the name of Islam and Christianity.

“America’s founders failed to give everyone equal legal rights.”
True. Slaves had no rights, and women had limited rights.

“The government knew Pearl Harbor would be attacked before it happened.”
Hyperbole at best. Most historians say the military failed to connect the dots on some information but that commanders did not have warning.

“The Vietnam War was justified on a pretext.”
True. Historians say that Congress’s Gulf of Tonkin resolution was based on trumped-up reports of a North Vietnamese attack.

“The CIA helped the South Africans put Nelson Mandela in jail.”
True. According to a retired South African agent, the CIA exchanged information about Mandela to the South Africans in exchange for the release of a CIA operative.

“The government infected black men with syphilis in the Tuskegee Experiment.”
False. The black men left untreated for syphilis in the Tuskegee Experiment had been infected before going to government doctors.

“The government lied about the bombing of Cambodia.”
True. During the Vietnam War, the government refused for many years to admit it was fighting in Cambodia.

“The government invented the AIDS virus as a means of genocide.”
False. No scientist had the skill to create HIV in 1959, when a blood sample was taken that subsequently was found to have the virus.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News research

Now please consider the story that was posted by NBC Montana.com-

PASTOR AND POLITICS Author: Kari Kintner (11/05/08)

A sign outside a church in Kalispell, Montana reads.. “USA…One Abomination Under God.” The pastor of the church Clint Thelin, said “As long as we still have free speech, we need to use it, to tell people that the nation is going in the wrong direction.”

Needless to say, the sign has wrought great controversy as did the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The signs content not only fueled the indignation of non church goers, even some church goers and pastors alike, have found the use of the word “abomination” both strong and unbiblical. Both sad and spiritually ignorant it is!

The article goes on to say that “the church could find itself in trouble with the I.R.S. It’s a tax exempt organization, and the Montana Department of Revenue says under that exemption, there are rules that say an exempt organization cannot engage in political campaigns or endorse candidates.”

Does it seam strange that Rev Jeremiah Wright can espouse the views from his pulpit and not find this same attack from the government? Is the issue of race the underlieing factor determining the oppression? Is it the stand against homosexuality and murder of innocent babies? Or is it merely the ‘truth of God’s word’ that is the true source of this indignation from the enemies of the cross?

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This time has arrived! The day may come that if you name the name of Christ, you shall be imprisoned. Do you think?

malachi

‘some things will never change’

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Whew, another election is behind us and historical election it has been. President Elect Obama built his campaign upon the need for change. It will interesting to see what changes will transpire over the next four years.

Some times change is good but not in every instance. For those in America that are apprehensive about the change we might see unfold before our eyes, consider the things that can not and will not change.

10 Predictions No Matter Who Wins the Election

1.   The Bible will still have all the answers.
2.   Prayer will still work.
3.   The Holy Spirit will still move.
4.   God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5.   There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6.   There will still be singing of praise to God.
7.   God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8.   There will still be room at the Cross.
9.   Jesus will still love you.
10.  Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.
and God approves this message!

ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE
Amen- and I approve of this message.

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.

 

malachi

‘a believer’s priorities’

When the boy in the hotel finally spotted the visiting “businessman,” he ran to him and grabbed his hand. The startled visitor tried to pull away but soon realized that the boy was making the sign of the cross on his palm silently with his finger. The man, a missionary who had prayed to make contact with the church, looked down into the face of the rail-thin boy and immediately understood the message: “The church is alive in North Korea!”

    The next day, the missionary met secretly with the boy. He learned that his father was a Christian who had been imprisoned years before. The boy’s family had greatly suffered under the brutal government and had to beg for food just to survive. Now because of drought, people everywhere were dying from severe malnutrition.
    When the missionary asked what he could do, he thought surely the boy would request food for his family. But the boy asked him for only four things: to take his tithe that he had saved over many years, to baptize him, to give him Holy Communion, and to give him a better Bible.
    The man was moved to tears as he realized the boy’s wisdom. Physical help would only serve him for a day or two, and then he would be back in the same predicament. Spiritual help would prepare him for eternity.

Wanting something and needing something are two entirely different things for most people. What they want is not what they need. Yet what they need most is not what they want. This is why so many people are frustrated. The child in this story teaches us what happens when all our wants are lined up with all our needs. He got it right. He wanted the very thing he needed most: Jesus Christ. When all you want is all you need, you will find great satisfaction. You may say you want money, but you’ll soon find that money meets only so many needs. You may say you need money, but soon you’ll want other things as well. Only Jesus can satisfy your wants and needs at the same time.

vom- extreme devotion 03-Nov2008

If this does not draw a condemning spirit amidst the church in America, it has no spirit!

malachi