"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
Though common men, the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were some of the wisest people who ever lived. They came together about 1605 in a covenant which meant they each believed that the Bible was completely true; and that it could be trusted to meet one’s need in this world, just as it could be trusted concerning eternal things. They believed the God of the Bible to be sovereign, or “supreme in power”, as Noah Webster would define the word in his first American dictionary.
They believed when church leaders disagreed with the Bible, those church leaders were always wrong, never the Bible. They believed when the King disagreed with the Bible, the King was always wrong, not the Bible. They believed when church writings disagreed with the Bible, those writings were always wrong, not the Bible. They lived this out in their daily lives and proved that the teachings of the Bible were far superior to any ideas of men about how to build a nation. To put it simply, they believed Continue reading →
The tragedy is heart wrenching. A Sunday morning in Texas filled with hope and joy, becomes the last day twenty-six people would be on this earth. Another twenty or so were in critical condition, wounded by a gunman who entered the church and began firing while the people were worshiping. The gunman evidently killed himself after wrecking his vehicle, while being chased by two men from the scene. Only God knows the pain of families and friends and the little Texas church in Sutherland Springs. All of us hurt for them. We pray for their comfort by “the God of all comfort”.
At a time like this we ask, “Why?” Some ask “why” because they are heart-broken at their loss. This is a natural response to a tragedy that touches us personally. But the truth is, we may never, in this world, know the answer to that.
But others ask “why” because they want to avoid having to explore this realm of “the shadow of death” in which they find themselves so uncomfortable. It’s easier to Continue reading →
In March of 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a call for the Union to repent before God; that call is so appropriate for today that I wanted to share it with you. May God help us to hear this with our heart!
“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been Continue reading →