Hospital officials say they will find out what the doctors' demands are as soon as they can get a pharmacist over there to read the picket signs!
Doctors at a hospital in Brooklyn, New York have gone on strike.
Hospital officials say they will find out what the doctors' demands are as soon as they can get a pharmacist over there to read the picket signs!
Melvine stayed home today when Greg and I went to church to attend the Men's Ministries Breakfast and hear Pastor Jace Milligan speak on "Mighty Men of God."
Greg and I and all the men enjoyed hearing Jace Milligan's motivational speech based on the life and testimony of Gideon in the Book of Judges. He made this story come alive and applied it to each of us as men of valor and members of the church.
Melvine enjoys watching the cooking shows on television. I like them too. I am amazed at how the women who do these shows can talk while preparing the meal using a recipe. I can't talk and chew bubble gum.
I spent some time talking with Melvine when I got home. I worked with Melvine and Greg in preparing a grocery list for Greg to get for us. He is a good shopper and does so with care and purpose.
I had some administrative work to do in my office, and I spent time writing letters and writing checks.
I called several friends and talked with them.
I went to bed and slept for several hours in the afternoon. Now, I fully understand why my parents liked to take naps in the afternoon. I have joined that class of afternoon nappers and I enjoy it, too.
Melvine prepared baked pork chops, mashed potatoes, English peas, sliced tomatoes raised in Green Houses, along with rolls with butter. It was a fabulous supper and Melvine has not lost her touch in cooking.
Melvine and Greg have both gone to bed. I will join Melvine in a little while.
It is supposed to be very cold in the morning with icy roads. If that happens I do not want to drive on ice. I have to walk with a walker. I try to use wisdom and avoid falling.
Whatever the case, we want to worship God of Sunday. Should we stay home we will watch TV pastors. We are blessed to have several outstanding pastors we enjoy via television.
We thank God for a comfortable and warm home, food we can have on our table, and clothes to wear. We thank Him for cars to drive and a church family that means so much to us along with a physical church plant where we enjoy worshiping God.
Have a blessed Sunday.
We love all of you.
Remember us in your prayers.
Your friend in all seasons,
Pastor Jace Milligan hit a home Run at Men's Ministries Breakfast at Christian Life Worship Center on Saturday, January 19, 2019
I knew that Jace Milligan was a gifted public speaker. I have heard him preach and teach on many occasions.
Melvine and I enjoyed traveling to his church, Living Way Fellowship Pentecostal Holiness Church in Monroe, GA, on several occasions when I was the director/ecclesiastical endorser of Chaplains Ministries, IPHC.
I knew in my heart that Jace Milligan would bring a fresh word from the Bible. He did not disappoint me. His Scripture lesson and text is recorded in Judges 6:11-16: "And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites."
12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him (Gideon), and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14 And the LORD looked upon Him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
Jace gave a concise background for this Scripture passage recorded n the Book of Judges. The people of God has sinned and turned away from Him time and time again. They found themselves in trouble, and when they cried unto the Lord He delivered them over and over again and gave them judges.
Gideon was threshing wheat in hiding when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and talked with him. He was startled at the greeting: "The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor."
He talked about name changes. He remembered when the men's organization of the IPHC was called Men's Fellowship. He thought when they were trying to come up with a new name that "Mighty Men of Valor" would be a good name. However, he said no one ever consulted him about his thoughts. He went on to say that he remembered when the women's organization was called "Woman's Auxiliary." He said he had heard that Dr. C. Y. Melton, former president of Emmanuel College, said that the Woman's Auxiliary was so organized that the Pentecostal Holiness Church should join them.
He told our men, I was included, that we are mighty men of valor. He reminded us of the importance of every man present, and that each of us can make a difference.
Jace had every point to begin with a "W."
First, Gideon was a worshiper. We can all do that. Not all of us have been called to be an evangelist. However, we can do the work of an evangelist by telling others of what our lives were like before we were born again, and hat they were like after we were saved. But we are all called to worship God.
Second, Gideon was a Warrior. He described Gideon in his exploits in battle. We have a batter to be fought, and a victory to be won.
Third, Gideon was a Worker. He was threshing wheat. Men who are present here are workers and we can all do something to help the church and our community.
Four, Gideon was a Witness. He tore down idol worshiper's place of worship and confessed his faith in God. He stepped up to the plate and invited others to join him to rid his community of false worship.
I cannot adequately do Jace justice in telling about his message. I did not take any notes and rely on my memory.
I asked several men what they thought about Jace and his message. Here are some quotes:
"Jace was an impressive speaker He said what he wanted to say and sat down."
"I really enjoyed hearing Jace Milligan today. I am glad he was our chosen speaker. If I lived in Monroe, GA, I would attend his church."
"I was encouraged and felt that God was speaking to me through Jace and the message he gave to us."
If you live in Monore, Georgia or near by, you just might want to look up the church Jace pastors:
Living Way Fellowship
1114 South Madison Avenue
Monroe, GA 30655-2274
You might write Pastor Jace Milligan at: jwmilligan@vetzero,net
Hugh, my wife and I were privileged to attend the inauguration of Oklahoma's newly elected Governor J. Kevin Stitt, January 14, 2019. Later that same day we were the Governor's guest at the Inaugural Ball. I'm confident that the news of the event will intrigue you.
Against the backdrop of the Georgian Pillars on the South Porch of the Oklahoma Capitol, J.Kevin Stitt was sworn in as the 28th governor of the Sooner State. A beautiful day with thousands of attendees was the setting for a momentous occasion. While Oklahoma has a rich history of remarkable individuals elected to office, Stitt may prove to be the most outstanding. Son of a charismatic pastor, Kevin Stitt is a born again, SPIRIT FILLED believer. He is an entrepreneur with an amazing success story. He started Gateway Mortgage with $1000 and a used computer. His company is now a Fortune 500 member and he has 1200 employees and operates offices in 41 states.
I first met Kevin 25 years ago in Norman, Oklahoma where he resided. Each summer after graduating high school he worked for the Southwest company. He set the all time sales record. After graduating Oklahoma State University he set his sights on career success that on reflection is astounding.
Two years ago he felt led of the Lord to run for Governor of Oklahoma. As a complete outsider, he won a run-off in the primary and defeated a career politician for the gubernatorial office. He is wed to his wife Sarah and has six beautiful children. Beverly and I've been blessed to know Kevin and his brothers and parents, John and Joyce Stitt throughout this time. So it was a tremendous honor to be their guests in Oklahoma's inaugural events.
At the conclusion of the inauguration, the benediction was pronounced by Governor's father, Rev. John Stitt. Here is his remarkable prayer:
"Our Father and our God, we have gathered here on this historic day, January 14, 2019, to witness the inauguration of the 28th governor of the state of Oklahoma. We acknowledge that in your Divine Sovereignty, you have led John Kevin Stitt to lead Oklahoma at this momentous hour in our history. Too long we have tried to solve our own problems without reference to You. We have sown to the wind and are now reaping a whirlwind of crime, division and rebellion. And with these consequences staring us in the face, we remember Your word, from Holy Scripture, "If my people who 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." Help us this day to turn from our sins and to turn by faith to the One who said, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."
"So we pray, O God, as we enter a new era, that we as Oklahomans may experience a moral and spiritual restoration. Help us to remember to pray for Governor Stitt and all members of his staff, that they may be given wisdom and uncompromising courage to do what is morally right. Bless them as a team to lead Oklahoma to the dawning of a new day with renewed trust in God that will lead to peace, justice, and prosperity, These things we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen."
The intrigue? Reverend John Stitt, MMin, is a 1995 graduate of the Graduate School of Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, Oklahoma!! Yes OUR alma mater! I know you'll be proud!!
January 19, 2019
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA -- The Emmanuel College women's basketball team defeated conference opponent Barton on Saturday afternoon, 76-66 in the Williamson Basketball Arena. This win marks the second win over Barton as the Lions defeated them 81-77 in their first meetup on December 8th. The Ladies now have a record of 11-5 overall, 6-3 conference.
The Lions found themselves in a hole early on in the game after a dominant Bulldog performance. Barton put up 46 points in the first half while converting 58.1% of their shots. By halftime the Lions trailed by 16 points.
Upon returning from halftime, the Lady Lions looked like a different team while they completely took control of the offense. The ladies had an astounding 70% conversion rate, including 5-5 from behind the three-point line. Emmanuel began catching up in the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 21-6. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Lions took charge. A minute into the quarter, Sophomore Breanna Locke knocked down a three to take the first and last lead change of the game. The Lions continued to hammer down points, accumulating a large lead that the Bulldogs were unable to catch up to.
Four Lions put up double digits led behind Sophomore Hanna Grogan with 24 points. Senior Lochlain Corliss followed up with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Breanna Locke and Junior Ajah Taylor rounded out the top scorers with 13 and 11 points respectively.
The Lions will continue action on Monday, January 21st with a home game against North Greenville University at 5:30pm. The Lions lost 59-57 in their first meetup of the season.
For more news on Emmanuel College Athletics, visit goeclions.com.
January 19, 2019
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA -- The Emmanuel College men's basketball team defeated conference opponent Barton on Saturday afternoon, 86-76 in the Williamson Basketball Arena. This win marks the second win over Barton as the Lions defeated them 88-71 in their first meetup on December 8th. The Lions now have a record of 15-6 overall, 8-0 conference.
The Lions were off to a great start in the first half, gaining a quick 10 point lead behind sharp shooting from Senior Austin Greene and a dominant presence from Kendrick Colvin. The team combined for 41 points in the first half, leading Barton by 9.
After returning from half time, the Bulldogs began to put pressure on the Lions. Their shooting improved as they slowly crept within scoring distance. Finally, with ten minutes left on the clock, Barton took their first lead of the night at 51-50. Despite a few more lead changes, the Lions never faced a deficit larger than 1 point. Emmanuel retaliated with a solid performance late in the second and began to pull away again. The Lions created another ten point gap and forced the Bulldogs to foul. After making the necessary shots, Emmanuel closed out the game 86-76.
Austin Greene led the Lions with 24 points. Kendrick Colvin followed up with a double-double, 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lions will continue action on Monday, January 21st with a home game against North Greenville University at 7:30 p.m. The Lions won 76-63 in their first meetup of the season.
For more news on Emmanuel College Athletics, visit goeclions.com.
"Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state" -Lynch v. Donnelly, 1984
Justice William Orville Douglas served the longest term on the bench in the Supreme Court's history -- 36 years, until his death JANUARY 19, 1980.
He was one of the eight Supreme Court Justices nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He previously taught law at Columbia Law School and Yale Law School, and served on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Justice William O. Douglas wrote the majority decision in the 1952 case of Zorach v. Clauson:
"The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State ...
Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other -- hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly ...
Municipalities would not be permitted to render police or fire protection to religious groups.
Policemen who helped parishioners into their places of worship would violate the Constitution.
Prayers in our legislative halls;
the appeals to the Almighty in the messages of the Chief Executive;
the proclamations making Thanksgiving Day a holiday;
'So Help Me God' in our courtroom oaths;
-- these and all other references to the Almighty that run through our laws, our public rituals, our ceremonies would be flouting the First Amendment.
A fastidious atheist or agnostic could even object to the supplication with which the Court opens each session: 'God save the United States and this Honorable Court ...'"
Justice Douglas continued:
"We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being ... When the state encourages religious instruction ... it follows the best of our traditions.
For it then respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs.
To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe ..."
"We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence ...
We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion."
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger cited Justice Douglas' Zorach v. Clauson opinion in the 1984 decision of Lynch v Donnelly:
"The concept of a 'wall' of separation between church and state is a ... figure of speech ... but the metaphor itself is not a wholly accurate description of the practical aspects of the relationship that in fact exists between church and state.
The Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state; it affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any.
Anything less would require the 'callous indifference' (Zorach v. Clauson), that was never intended by the Establishment Clause ...
Indeed, we have observed, such hostility would bring us into 'war with our national tradition as embodied in the First Amendment's guaranty of the free exercise of religion. (McCollum) ..."
Justice Stanley Reed wrote in his dissent of McCullum v Board of Education, 1948:
"Rule of law should not be drawn from a figure of speech."
Justice Potter Stewart wrote in his dissent of Engle v Vitale, 1962:
"The Court ... is not aided ... by the ... invocation of metaphors like the 'wall of separation,' a phrase nowhere to be found in the Constitution."
Justice William Rehnquist wrote in his dissent of Wallace v Jaffree, 1984:
"The 'wall of separation between church and State' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history ...
The establishment clause had been expressly freighted with Jefferson's misleading metaphor for nearly forty years ...
There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation ...
The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or intent of the framers ... But the greatest injury of the 'wall' notion is its mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intentions of the drafters of the Bill of Rights."
Read Galatians 1:23
Thoughts for Today
My grandfather was a godly man -– I never knew him to be anything but Christian. And my mother came to faith very early. But my father was slow to believe. He had a tender heart, but he resisted the faith. One night, in a revival meeting, he came to church and went forward to the altar. I was very small, too little to understand theological concepts. But when my father picked me up, squeezed me, and spun me around in his arms at that altar –- I knew something magical had happened to him. Even as a child, I could discern a difference.
When the man, possessed by evil spirits was radically saved, the village showed up to see him "clothed and in his right mind." The Gospel changes us. It isn’t a new leaf we turn over. Christ is not a life-enrichment option added to our lives. The old becomes new. The sinner is on his way to becoming a saint -– holy, separated from the world.
Often, we seek opportunities to witness to strangers. But the most powerful witness is when we take the Gospel home; when we share faith with family and friends. Witnessing is not a set of memorized Scriptures and theological components. It is your story. The tale of what you were and what you are becoming. And yet, it is not about you and your goodness, but about God and his goodness. You are message board. Many, even those close to you, may have never heard your "Before and After Christ" story. Don’t force the matter. And don’t think you have to share the whole story at once. But with sensitivity to the Spirit, you will find moments when you can say, “I remember once …” Theology -– that may be a stretch. Who wants to start a religious argument? But people love a good story. Who knows the story of God’s grace and intervention in your life better than you? You are the expert. Tell it with confidence, mixed with grace and gentleness. God’s story is in your story. And it that is an invitation for friends to know Him.
It's Time to Pray
Thank God for all the good things He has done for you. Be specific. Tell someone about one of those things today.
Pray today by name for a person who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior. Add their name to your prayer list.
Pray about when and how you will share your story with your people back home. Are there people who knew your “before Christ” story that you need to tell?
Ask yourself whether or not you are a bold Christian? Be specific. When was the last time you took a stand, alone if necessary, for Christ? Pray that you will become a bold witness. Ask for boldness, tempered with humility. To speak the truth, but never without love. Repent of any silence, when you know that you should have spoken up. Or, when you allowed another believer to stand alone and you hid your identity with Christ. Pray –- “Lord direct me to the places in the city where Christians need more boldness...”
Pray for an Unreached People Group
Rajbansi Koch of Bangladesh
Nearly all Rajbansi Koch practice the traditional religion follow one they call “Sonaton.” This appears to be a mix of Hinduism and animism. It’s very possible some have heard about Jesus through their Garo neighbors, who are Christian. There used to be a church in a Koch village, but it is no longer open. Pray that these glimmers of light become a strong spark in this culture.
Matthew 11:28-30 What a wonderful invitation to have an intimate relationship with Jesus
28 Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 This is an exciting and refreshing interpretation or paraphrase of these Words from Jesus
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with Me and work with Me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 30 Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
My father always loved fast cars. Taking advantage of the empty roads one morning, he accelerated down a wide-open stretch. Unfortunately, a young police officer was waiting at the other end and Dad was flagged down. He greeted the officer with a cheery "Good morning."
"And a good morning to you, Wing Commander," replied the officer. "Having trouble taking off?"
weGetting up at the crack of dawn is tough for Melvine and me. However, we do what we have to do.
We believe that what we are doing is working and God is healing Melvine.
We thought we were going to see Melvine's oncologist, but she had taken a personal day off. However, Mary (forgot her last name) a PA, saw Melvine. She is excellent, too. She reviewed Melvine's lab results and approved her chemotherapy. We talked about Melvine's shortness of breath, her medications, her vital signs. Our family physician, Dr. Alice Edwards, had responded to my fax to her. Her nurse called to inform us that Dr. Edwards has sent in a prescription to take care of the times when Melvine's blood sugar is excessively high and recommended that Melvine make an appointment to see her within two weeks.
I made an appointment today with my barber, Mitch Hamby, to get a hair cut. I was getting shabby. I like him because he still uses a razor to trim my side burns, around my ears, and the back of my neck. He takes his time and it is relaxing to talk with him. He is a very pleasant man and he is a master barber. When I was the senior pastor at Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church, Raymond Duncan was my barber. He has retried. He was excellent too.
Melvine followed through and prepared Spaghetti with angel hair noodles, with wonderful beef and mushroom sauce, garlic bread, Parmesan cheese and sweetened ice tea, the Champagne of the South. It is so good that it will make your hair curl, tickle your tonsils, put a grin on your lips, and diamonds in your smile. I am a blessed man to have a beautiful wife, who is a good cooker, the best in the known world.
Greg got home early today due to the fact he could leave school earlier. It was so good to see him, hug his neck and welcome him home.
Greg and I will have to get up early and go to our church for Men's Ministries for breakfast, fellowship with other men who love Jesus and are not ashamed to be a witness for Christ. And of course, to hear Jace Milligan speak to us.
Ken Phillips is our director and he does a great job as our leader of Men's Ministries.
We love our pastor Terry Kesling and his wife, Pam, our associate pastor, Matt Smith and his wife, Danielle. They are doing
a great job in leading us and feeding our souls with the Word of God, the Bible.
Thank you for allowing us to come to your home on a daily basis, offering prayers for Melvine's complete healing and new strength, vim, vitality, energy and desire to live and move up to the next higher level.
We want to thank you for your giving to this electronic evangelical/Pentecostal Holiness newsletter and sharing with your family, friends, and church people.
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Have a blessed weekend with your family, friends and your fellow church friends.
Your friend in all seasons,
Men living in Athens, Georgia and within a 50 mile radius here's an opportunity you shouldn't miss this Saturday morning
Ken Phillips, Director of Men's Ministries at Christian Life Worship Center in Athens, GA welcomes all men living in northeast Georgia and within driving distance of Athens, Georgia (the Classic City) to our Men's Ministries Breakfast this Saturday morning, January 19, at 8:30 in our Fellowship Hall, known as Stephanie's Place. You may enter the room from the parking lot adjacent to a lovely rose garden on the lower level of our church education wing.
The Rev. Mr. Jace W. Milligan, pastor of Living Way Fellowship Pentecostal Holiness Church in Monroe, Georgia will be our featured speaker. He and his family are well known to the congregation of Christian Life Worship Center. Jace grew up in Monroe, Georgia. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College with an Associate of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries, and he was a resident student at Oral Roberts University for one year. He was ordained in 1979 in the Georgia Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He is a student of the Bible and is a faithful preacher/teacher of God's Word. He plays piano and has a resonate singing voice--a voice similar to Kenneth Copeland's singing voice.
He is noted for his faithfulness and loyalty to God and the church. He is a man whom you can always count on being present. Jace has been happily married for 40 years. He is the father of three children, two boys and a girl. They have three granddaughters. He will give a fresh Word from God's Word.
You will enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared and served by our Master Chef, Randy Jackson. He always prepares a delightful breakfast that will satisfy the hungry appetite of any man. More important than the food, is the fellowship and communications of men who love the Lord Jesus Christ and who have placed their trust in Him for salvation and eternal life.
For those attending our church from out of town, Christian Life Worship Center, formerly Tarkenton Memorial Church, is located one mile north of the Athens Perimeter or Loop 10, just off US Highway 129. The address of the church is 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens, GA 30607.
All men are invited. Come and bring a friend.
Frank Amedia Prophesies: February, March Will Be Months of Chaos for Trump -- Reported by Stephen Strang
U.S. President Donald Trump shows a photo of a "typical" border wall design. (Reuters)
President Trump's border wall and our government's shutdown still dominate the news. While leftists bash Trump and his agenda, pastor and prophet Frank Amedia says building walls around our nation's borders is completely biblical. And in the same way, open borders are actually unspiritual. Indeed, Franks calls opening the borders a globalization tactic meant to lead to a one-world government.
While at first glance, globalization looks compassionate—as it aims to allow other nations to have what we have—it also carries a serious danger. Not only does it lend itself to a powerful elite that controls the common people with money and power, but it also sets the stage for the Antichrist.
With all these spiritual factors at play, it's no wonder leftist politicians and media are doing all they can to strip Trump of his authority. Frank says this is just the beginning of the chaos he prophesied for the beginning of 2019, and unfortunately, it's just going to get worse.
"It appears now that whatever is coming out of [Robert] Mueller is going to come in February and March," Frank says. "We may well see an impeachment process begin in March or sooner. But God is going to prevail, and what they have intended for bad, God will make good—not because Trump is or is not a Christian. That's between him and God. But it's because this anointing is upon this man to stop and resist and break all of these forces that have been against this nation as one nation under God and against the body of Christ."
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Today marks the 28th day of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, revealing the intense gridlock our nation is facing over President Donald Trump's border wall. Several previous presidents have promised to build walls, and even more—including Obama—called illegal immigration a huge issue and promised to deal with it. And yet because Trump is actually trying to make this promise a reality, the left has attacked him and done everything they can to hinder his agenda.
But in the midst of this political chaos, Christians must ask, "Where is God in all of this?" Frank was one of the first people I heard prophesy that Trump would become president. Of course, that prophecy came to pass, so I asked him if he had a word for what's going on right now with the border wall. He told me that this situation is more than merely a government gridlock between Trump, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
"It's a deadlock," Frank says. "It's a spiritual stronghold that God wants to break, that this man has an assignment to break—albeit whether he knows it or not. But he has the tenacity, the perseverance, the strong will and the stubborn ability to stand against all odds and say, 'I will not bend.'"
If America loses its national authority, it could lead us closer to anarchy. And part of maintaining that authority is building a wall, which Frank says is actually much more biblical than many American Christians realize.
"Walls are very scripturally based," Frank says. "And we have seen so much banter and talk that have been either from ignorance or actually just deceit about walls. We know Speaker Pelosi said walls are immoral. ... But we find from the beginning of recordation, of testimony of the Word of God, ... walls are dealt with. Walls define borders. Walls define tribes. Walls define the fate of the people within those walls."
Frank points to Nehemiah as an example of biblical reasons to build a strong wall.
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"Throughout the time [Nehemiah was building the wall], he was ridiculed, he was harassed, he was threatened," Frank says. "But that wall was extremely important to God. He gave that assignment. Why? Because defined within those walls was a nation. And a nation is a sovereign entity before God."
American Minute with Bill FedererBattle of Cowpens - a tactical masterpiece & turning point of the Revolutionary War
"The bloody butcher" is what colonists called British Colonel Banastre Tarleton.
He let his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering Americans at Buford's Massacre during the Battle of Waxhaw, May 29, 1780.
In January of 1781, 26-year-old Colonel Banastre Tarleton led 1,200 of Britain's best troops, consisting of British dragoons, regulars, highlanders and loyalists, in a day-long, non-stop pursuit of the Americans.
American General Daniel Morgan led Colonel Banastre Tarleton into a trap -- the Battle of Cowpens, JANUARY 17, 1781.
The Americans took a stand at two low hills with the Broad River behind them, leaving them no opportunity to retreat.
Seeing this as a tactically foolish move, British Colonel Tarlton gave into the temptation to pursue the Americans without doing any reconnaissance.
This scene was depicted in the movie, The Patriot, in which Mel Gibson's character, Benjamin Martin, is a composite portrayal of the fiercest Carolina fighters:
Gen. Andrew Pickens (nicknamed "the Wizard Owl");
Gen. Francis Marion (nicknamed "the Swamp Fox); and
Col. Thomas Sumter (nicknamed "the Carolina Gamecock").
Approaching Cowpens, without allowing his fatigued troops to catch their breath after their exhaustive day long march, Tarlton ordered a headlong attack upon the American militia.
American General Daniel Morgan had his line of militia fire twice into the charging British cavalry, then quickly retreat around a hill.
Tarlton's dragoons were now at a full gallop, charging toward the American position.
Suddenly, Tarlton discovered that behind the militia was hiding a line of 400 battle-hardened American Continental soldiers, with their rifles leveled.
The American Continentals stood immovable and fired at point-blank range.
Over 100 British ddragoons were hit and fell from their saddles.
Then the militia which had retreated circled around and appeared on the other side of the hill to attack Tarlton's flank.
Tarlton barely escaped.
In the confusion, 110 British were killed and 830 captured.
Captured British officer, Maj. McArthur of the 71st Highlanders commented that "he was an officer before Tarleton was born; that the best troops in the service were put under 'that boy' to be sacrificed."
The Battle of Cowpens is widely considered the tactical masterpiece and turning point of the Revolutionary War.
When British General Cornwallis was told the news, he was leaning on his sword -- and leaned so hard the blade snapped.
Cornwallis gave chase, abandoning his slow supply wagons so he could pursue faster.
General Daniel Morgan hastily retreated north, meeting up with American General Nathanael Greene.
They raced to get out of South Carolina, across North Carolina to the border of Virginia, where was the Great Dismal Swamp -- over 100,000 acres of dangerous wetlands which would prevent British pursuit.
How utterly brazen. How shameless. How bigoted. How inexcusable and unjustifiable. The wife of the vice president of the United States is a committed Christian who—perish the thought—teaches at a Christian school. What has become of our nation?
Worse still, this Christian school actually holds to Christian principles.
Is there a more serious crime she could have committed?
Of course the nation is outraged. This is a frontal assault on one of today's most sacred political cows. Religious faith (specifically, Bible-based, Christian faith) can have no connection with the public square. We must have freedom from religion—that is, from religion that has any real connection to the Bible.
Had Karen Pence been a liberal (or, "progressive") Christian, there would be no problem.
So-called progressive Christianity has exchanged the values of the world for the values of the Word. That's why the world—meaning, secular society, worldly society—loves progressive Christianity.
As Jesus said to His disciples, "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, the world therefore you" (John 15:18-19).
But because Mrs. Pence helps out at a school with biblical Christian standards, there has been a near-hysterical breakdown in the media.
The FRC's Tony Perkins cited these headlines in a Jan. 17 email:
"Karen Pence teaching art at school that bans gay students, parents" (CNN).
"Vice-president's wife, Karen Pence to teach at anti-LGBT school" (BBC News).
"Karen Pence Is Teaching at Christian School That Bars L.G.B.T. Students and Teachers" (New York Times).
In reality, as Perkins explains, "The truth is that Karen, like other Christians faithful to the Bible, believes sexual conduct outside of the marriage of a man and woman is contrary to God's plan. This attack on Mrs. Pence is more evidence of the growing intolerance, if not outright hostility toward Biblical truth and those who live by that truth, especially those who hold positions in the public square. The message being sent is quite clear: 1) Biblical faith and adherence must be checked at the door of public service (which is a reverse religious test); and 2) Those who hold to these 'antiquated' views should be relegated to the margins of society."
He is not exaggerating.
Writing from the perspective of an Orthodox Jew (and with typical sarcasm), Ben Shapiro tweeted, "BREAKING: Pence's wife is working for a Christian school that requires that Christian students pledge to abide by Christian standards of sin that have not changed in 2,000 years."
Oh, the horror!
Matt Walsh, the conservative Catholic blogger, said this: "The left is once again shocked to learn that the Pences are Christian. It seems they learn this fact anew every few months or so and are freshly outraged every time it dawns on them. The epiphany happened again this week when Mike Pence's wife, Karen, got a job at a Christian private school. This has elicited many outraged headlines across the mainstream media, and many shocked and appalled tweets and so on."
He continues, "Of course, the stated reason for the outrage is not that Karen Pence, a Christian, is working for Immanuel Christian School, a Christian school, but that the school bans openly gay teachers and does not admit openly gay students. It also prohibits all other forms of sexually immoral conduct, including premarital sex. Teachers are required to officially affirm the Biblical position on all of these subjects."
In other words, in keeping with clear Biblical principles, principles which have never been questioned until recently (in the aftermath of the sexual revolution), practicing homosexuals are considered immoral. As such, they are prohibited from teaching at a Christian school or studying at a Christian school. (As Walsh notes, the same holds true for other, willful forms of conduct that violate God's standards.)
Is this really news? Is it that big of a shock? Just because the world has changed, does that mean God's Word has changed? Just because many professing "Christians" have decided that they know better than the Scriptures, does that mean the Lord now follows human opinion? Seriously?
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And here's another shocker. If this were a traditional Muslim school, non-Muslims would be banned. And heterosexual teens who were having sex would be banned.
And if this were a traditional Jewish school, Christian kids would not be permitted to study there, nor would kids who were getting drunk and doing drugs.
Or perhaps that's not so shocking.
After all, we expect traditional Muslims to be, well, traditional Muslims.
And we expect traditional Jews to be, well, traditional Jews.
And I'm not so sure there would be outrage if the spouse of a Muslim political leader in America taught at a traditional Muslim school. Or the spouse of a Jewish political leader at a traditional Jewish school.
The outrage is over any connection between the historic Christian faith—the dominant, oppressive religion of America!—and the public square. Such a connection must be severed at once.
That's why the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is furious with incoming governor Bill Lee and the state of Tennessee. He dares to have a Christian worship service on the day of his inauguration!
The FFRF wrote to him, "As a private citizen you may, of course, attend any religious functions you like. But the federal and state constitutions dictate that you as governor may not insert religious rituals into government-sponsored events, including your inauguration."
So Lee, who defeated his Democrat opponent by a whopping 20 percentage points (59 to 39 percent), and who campaigned openly as a committed Christian, must now keep his faith out of the public square.
Yes, as this foundation so plainly states, the goal is freedom from religion.
Thank God that Karen Pence and Bill Lee didn't get the memo.
And thank God that our Founding Fathers didn't get it either.
In the famous words of John Adams, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
We do not check that morality and that religion at the door when we are elected to public office, nor do our family members.
Mrs. Pence, we are with you!
[Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Donald Trump Is Not My Savior. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.]
God’s Revealed Will
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? - (Numbers 23:19)
The Bible is the authority and divine blueprint by which all of life is to be lived. It is the benchmark by which all decisions should be made.
If you and I are going to advance God’s kingdom agenda in history, we must recognize and submit to the divine authority of His Word. What was the first thing Satan got Adam and Eve to do in the garden? He got them to question the authority of God’s Word. Satan specifically said, “Hath God said . . . ?” Satan knew that if he could get Adam and Eve to question, doubt, and ultimately change God’s revealed Word to them, he could get them to disobey.
The Bible is not the Word of God emeritus. It is the manual of authority in God’s Kingdom, the Book from which our Kingdom agenda is drawn. To the degree that you honor, respect, and obey the Word, you will live the abundant life Christ came to give. To the degree that you don’t, you won’t.
You may have what appears to be a successful life to the outside world, but the abundant life is about so much more than outer appearances. It is the presence of peace coupled with the power of divine purpose.
The reason we need the Scripture as an authoritative document is recorded in Isaiah 55:8. God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” God doesn’t act the way we act. He doesn’t think like we think. He is totally distinct from and above His creation.
So if God did not reveal His will and His standard to us, we could never figure it out on our own.
Reflection: How do we know God’s thoughts on an issue? What is the “abundant life”? Are you experiencing it?
The abundant life, God, is a life filled with peace, purpose, and Your presence. That comes through knowing You and Your Word and abiding there. Meet me each moment I seek You, as You say I will. Dazzle me with the closeness of You.
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Read Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; John 20:21-22; and Acts 1:8
Thoughts for Today
Final words of famous people are long remembered and often quoted. When a person knows he is on his death bed, he might even prepare a final statement of challenge to family and friends. Final words can have great significance for the next generation.
Jesus Christ came to provide salvation for all mankind. Following His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus spent forty days giving His disciples their final instructions to guide the church until His second coming. Not many of those words were recorded in the Scripture for us to read. But some were recorded, and they were perhaps His most important last words.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave one final command to His disciples. He didn’t want His disciples to miss this most important commission for the church. The future of His Kingdom would depend on their obedience. Each of the Gospel writers records a variation of this command indicating that Jesus gave special attention to it during His final days on earth. You read those in the Scriptures above.
How faithful have you been to obey Christ’s final command? Are you making disciples as you go about your daily living? Have you preached the good news? Are you talking with others about repentance and forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ? Since Jesus was sent to seek and save the lost, are you seeking to point lost people to Him for salvation?
It's Time to Pray
Talk to God about the status of your obedience to Christ’s final command. If your obedience is lacking, confess your sin. Ask Him to guide and enable your obedience.
Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
Pray today by name for a person who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior. Add their name to your prayer list. Review the ways to pray in this guide.
Pray for the family court system. Prayer walk your neighborhood and pray specifically for marriages. Pray for a family social services department. Pray at an area where family life is under stress or even attack.
Pray for an Unreached People Group
Konda Dhora of NE India
Pray that poverty through the slavery of greedy moneylenders would be broken and the Konda Dhora people could lift their heads from their toil long enough to hear about and receive Jesus Christ.
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Promise Keepers (PK) is making a big comeback. The men's movement that created waves in 1997 when it drew over one million men to Washington, D.C., for its landmark Stand in the Gap event has planned a relaunch conference for summer 2020. In the meantime, the organization has restructured, and after 28 years at the helm, founder and first president Coach Bill McCartney, passed the spiritual mantle of Promise Keepers to Chairman Ken Harrison, April 2018.
According to the movement's website, "Promise Keepers renews the mission and spiritual heritage to raise up the next generation of men to be Kingdom Servant leaders!" Toward this end, Chairman Harrison is forming a strategic alliance with an innovative grassroots men's organization, Men's Huddle International (www.menshuddle.com), which has been making significant inroads in the areas of prayer and community service.
The alliance is an important one for both organizations in the sense that Promise Keepers is focused on reuniting, rebuilding and inspiring the heart of men towards integrity. PK also has the goal of being an initial outreach arm toward channeling new converts into local churches. Men's Huddle International is focused on developing the prayer lives of men, while challenging them to serve their communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging boys and men to make a difference for Christ.
Men's Huddle International was formed in 2017 under the leadership of Global Entrepreneur Advisor, Larry Hales and was formally incorporated in 2018. The Men's Huddle provides opportunities for accountability and relationship building among men of like faith. It is a primary ministry for fellowship and distribution of relationship training materials and resources designed to facilitate personal leadership and fatherhood in the home, church, community, and workplace. Using a sports analogy associated with football, the Men's Huddle International seeks to help men bond in a non-threatening atmosphere that men understand.
Men's Huddle International will be hosting many events in 2019, including a Washington DC Men's Prayer Huddle on June 1, 2019 (across from the White House) which is expected to attract thousands. Also planned are a Recruit 757 Kickoff Classic, Pastor's Breakfasts and various mentoring events. For further information about Men's Huddle International, please visit the ministry website www.menshuddle.com.
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV).
When you approach God through faith in His Son, God is accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year for the rest of your life!
For the last several years, I have carried a small cellular phone with me whenever I leave the house. Even when I take my early morning, three-mile walk, I have my cell phone in my pocket. Invariably, when I speak with my children or staff before I go out of town, I remind them that I will have my phone with me. If I’m needed, all they have to do is call me. Yet how many times have I noticed that I have a voice message waiting on my phone because either it was out of the range of a tower, or I had turned it off while flying, or muted it, or left it in that other pocketbook!
Praise God! He is never out of range! He is never turned off or tuned out! His ears are never deaf! He is always available, accessible, and attentive to our call!
Anne Graham Lotz
[Copyright © 2014 Anne Graham Lotz (AnGeL Ministries) Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved www.annegrahamlotz.org.]
18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
says the Lord.
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword."
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
[Editor's Commentary: What is impossible for men to accomplish is possible for God. The prophet writes, "Though your sins are like scarlet, black and filthy and despised, God can take them when confessed and repented of and turn them into a garment as white as snow. Nothing is impossible for God to do.
Our God is able to take our sins and not only forgive our sins and pronounce a pardon from heaven't courts but make our lives brand new. The precious blood of Jesus that flows from Calvary's Lamb will give us a new beginning. The past will be forgiven and forgotten by God. We need to forgive ourselves and begin the new life God has provided for us.
God does not want you to be trapped in your old life that God has forgiven and given you a new life. He wants you to begin a new life as a new creation in Christ Jesus. God will walk with you and bring you victory over sin or sins that have so often ensnared you. Claim this very moment that you have the mind of Christ, and your thoughts will be pure an holy.
You will overcome this day and everyday of your life.
Here is what God's Word has to say about the victory God is offering you today:
11 And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
God wants you to be sold out to Him. He will embrace you and keep you in all your ways. He is able to keep you from falling.