God’s Promises

Pray about everything. God is both a promising God and a giving God. If something is big enough to worry about, it is big enough for prayer. Apart from the Psalms, there are 650 prayers recorded in Scripture with 450 answers. God answers prayer. He fulfills His promises. He keeps His covenant. And He uses…

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We Need a Spiritually Renewed America

We lost – that is, we lost the culture war. It’s over. We moved rather quickly from being a culture informed by Christian values, through social change, to religious and moral pluralism. We were proud, at least some were, of how broad-minded we had become. Now, rapidly, we are sliding uncontrollably down a steep, unseen…

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Duplicity and Pluralism

Leaders lead – in every area of their lives. They set examples, standards, affirming or negating them. John Kennedy remains wildly popular. He was the nation’s first Catholic President, in a nation established, predominately by Protestants fleeing the reach of a European state church. His Catholic roots provoked a deep concern in Protestant churches –…

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An Immoral Society

I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. Then, the nation was still superficially Christian, even though the foundations had already shifted without our awareness. Eisenhower was right, the nation was growing secular at the top, even if the grass-roots were still deeply Christian.  In those days, one kept a ‘public’ record of decency, consistent…

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The Spirit of the King

Personal Note: It is not my intent to be political, here. I want to humbly offer the rumblings of my troubled heart. I am deeply concerned about where we are as a nation. Perhaps, this is an element you have not considered. I hope you will hear my heart. As someone has said, “Words are…

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Faith in Times of Affliction

In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon had a dream. He saw a monolithic image in the shape of a giant; a splendid man with a head of gold, a chest of silver, a belly of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay. The image represented the glory of the earth’s…

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The Mercy of God

When Hezekiah re-opened the temple, repaired its doors and commanded the priests to clean out the “filth,” excitement rippled through the nation. The Passover was coming. Israel was returning to God. But the calendar was unbendable. Hezekiah desperately wanted to celebrate the Passover and to celebrate it right, on time. He was endeavoring to meet…

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A National Crisis That Only God Can Solve

The revival brought about by Hezekiah did not prevent an international crisis, but without it, things would have turned out very differently. When Sennacherib invaded Judah, he sent a large army to besiege Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:13-19; Isaiah 36 and 37). Holding the capitol city hostage, he promised to deport the Jews to a “good”…

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A National Passover

We pick up with the story of Hezekiah. Next, he called for a national Passover (2 Chronicles 30:26), something that had not happened for at least 150 years. He sent messengers – evangelists, in a sense – all over the countryside with the invitation to join in the revival at the newly opened national worship…

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A National Renewal Strategy

Our nation needs revival and renewal. What if we applied Hezekiah’s strategy for our own nation? FIRST – The Priestly/Pastoral Leaders:  The first call has to be for the priesthood, the spiritual leaders, to consecrate themselves. The King ordered the priests to get right with God, to rid their lives of anything that would be…

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