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Heal Our Land Lord!

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Our country was founded in prayer, established in prayer, and preserved through violent division and numerous external conflicts in prayer. 

America has overcome many trials and challenges in prayer.  It is by God’s grace that we stand, and it is only with His continued provision and protection that our nation can hope to endure and prosper.

However, it seems as though every form of evil is celebrated in America today. The USA is ill, and desperately needs healing. God told us that He would heal our nation if we do our part. Over 2000 years ago, God made us a promise that is still valid:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (KJV)  2 Chronicles 7:14

Take a few moments today to humble yourself and seek God’s face, to thank Him for meeting your needs and giving you the blessing of life.  Ask for His continued hand of protection over this great country.

May His will be done in our midst


From The Heart of The Pastor

Grace (II Corinthians 8:9)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (II Cor. 8:9). 

Much mystery surrounds Jesus’ decision to take on man’s flesh and become like you.  The lone word enlightening you to the mystery of God’s incarnation is “grace.”  God’s abundant, boundless, extreme, imposing, impressive, magnificent, magisterial and unmerited kindness toward you demanded Jesus become a man so that you could take up residence with God. 

Jesus sacrificed unimaginable richness for He fully possessed all that is most scarce and most dear to man.  He enjoyed the hallelujahs of the angels, of martyred saints and of His Father. 

Nevertheless, Jesus became poor for you.  Though His humanity veiled His deity from mankind, He entered into the course of finite time so that you might enter into time infinite.  Fallen man failed to appreciate the God-man because the Son of Man had “nowhere to lay His head” (Lk. 9:58).  The heir of all things owned nothing.  Jesus was unrecognizable because He drank the cup of death to the dregs and was baptized with the baptism of crucifixion. 

For you He came from heaven’s glory to a borrowed tomb.  For you He “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Phil. 2:6).  For you He “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant” (Phil. 2:7). 

Can you imagine “the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation” making the decisive, definitive sacrifice and surrender for you? (Col. 1:15).  Can you fathom the reality of the One by whom “all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities” giving up all just for you? (Col. 1:16). 

Today, you could not be a partaker of the divine nature unless Jesus had pilgrimaged from His heavenly dwelling, from His heavenly robes, from His exercise of deity.  He took on rags so that you could be dressed in His holy gown.  God dressed Jesus in your sin, sin being the most extreme form of poverty, so that you might be draped in His righteousness (II Cor. 5:21). 

Because of Jesus’ voluntary poverty, Christians are rich.  Christians are inheritors of Jesus’ glory.  Your riches are proven by your ability to see Jesus with eyes of faith, to speak compassionately of Him with a tongue that once blasphemed, to love Him with a former heart of stone, to live for Him with a life that was death.  You have already inherited His precious and magnificent promises because He gave His life as a ransom for you. 

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us – for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE’ – in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal. 3:13f.). 


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