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    Will we leave our children a nation under God's rule?

    Verse of the Day, May 23, 2022 

    Jeremiah 32:27 CSB "Look, I am the LORD, the God over every creature. Is anything too difficult for me?"

    The idea of "leaving the world better than you found it" can be traced to a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Boy Scouts once learned to leave a place visited better than they found it. Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouts. He charged the Scouts, "Try to leave this world a little better than you found it," in his last address. Sir Robert shared the concept with Juliette Gordon, who founded the Girl Scouts. Accessed May 23, 2022). We are never further than one generation from losing the biblical foundation that built America and guaranteed to leave her a better for our children.

    Jeremiah recognizes that the consequences of the current culture shape the country the next generation receives. Jeremiah prayed: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God" (Jeremiah 32:17–18 NASB95). The Bible establishes GOD'S RULE that the consequences of the father's sin visit the next generation (Exodus 20:5; Numbers 14:18; 1 Kings 14:9–10; 16:3). Jeremiah reminds us that God also passes the blessings of our repentance onto our children's generation.

    Jeremiah's nation (Israel) had turned away from obeying God. They were following the ways of the surrounding nations. God said, "It is a free world. If you choose to disobey My Rule (Biblical truth) and follow the laws of other countries, then they will rule over you (Jeremiah 32:1–15, my paraphrase). The Israelites followed false teaching (secular rules; 32:30–33), worshiped idols (material things that the Babylonians promoted 32:29), and sacrificed their children to the god of the "here and now" (32:35). God says If you want to be like them, face the consequences. God promised what or who you worship and obey will conquer and rule over you (Babylon and the Chaldeans will capture Jerusalem; Jeremiah 32:1–6).

    God told Jeremiah to buy land in Jerusalem. Jeremiah was told not to give up on his country but rather to trust in God. Obeying the world's way would get so bad that some of Jeremiah's countrymen would repent and return to God. God said to Jeremiah hold on to My promises and your land because I will repay repentance by blessing the next generation better than Your contemporaries.

    Verse twenty-six is God's answer to Jeremiah's prayer: "Is anything too difficult for Me?" How will we leave America? God can still rescue and make America "One nation under God" for our children. If we teach our children and grandchildren to trust and obey God, is it too hard for God to make them live under His blessings and rule?

    Ah, Lord God! You have made the heavens and the earth by your great wonder-working power! (32:17). I know America no longer has the respect for You as when I was a child. Lord, forgive me for tolerating the false teaching of secularization, the idolatry of materialism, and the immorality of the sexual revolution.

    Today, Lord God, help me remember America when she trusted the God of the Bible to bless obedience. As Jeremiah said about the God Israel, "Nothing is too complicated for You, who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God." Lord, with wonder-working power, You established America (32:17–22).

    My Creator and Redeemer placed me in the greatest nation on earth (Acts 17:24–28). I am free to obey, worship, and proclaim how great my God is. My generation came in and took possession of America, but we did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; we have done nothing of all that You commanded us to do; therefore, You have caused all this calamity we face today (Jeremiah 32:23).

    Lord, like Jeremiah, I will tell my generation to look at how we have fallen from where we began. We feel only the beginning of Your wrath and anger, failing to obey and honor You. The God who created America will allow us to live with the consequences of our choices until we repent. Lord, help us change our actions and thinking and return to obeying Your Word. Nothing is too complicated or far gone for the Lord to accomplish His Word.

    Lord, nothing is complicated to prevent You from keeping Your promise to the remnant of America who repents and again respects You that: "They shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul" (32:38-41). In Jesus' name, amen.

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    God chooses, Jesus rescues, but we must decide where to reside.

    Verse of the Day, May 18, 2022 

    1 Peter 2:9-10 CSB "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."

    The Apostle Peter says God builds the church on the foundation of promises found in the Old Testament Temple. God chose one man, Abram (chosen race), to become a nation that trusted and obeyed God (holy nation). People who belong to God believe in and follow His plan (possession). God directs His people into all his benefits (called from darkness into marvelous light). Saved sinners are declared holy and placed into a community (the church).

    The Old Testament priests prepared (cleansing rituals) and entered God's presence (temple). After being in the presence of God and His holiness, the priests exited changed (made holy; royal priesthood). Now reflecting the holiness of God's presence, the priest stood and proclaimed God's gift (guidance into the pleasure of God's blessings) to His people. (Genesis 12:1–3; Exodus 19:6–6; Deut 10:1–11:32; Is 43:20–21; Nu 6:24–26). God chooses individuals for salvation and places us in a community (the church) to proclaim His benefits to the rest of the world.

    Peter reminds us that we were rescued and justified individually by grace through faith (1 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 2:8–10). Grace is receiving an undeserved gift (restored in relationship with God). Mercy is not receiving what we deserve. Instead of alienation, we have been reconciled. We are chosen one person at a time to become God's children. We are being fitted together with all believers into the temple of God (place of God's presence). Jesus is the Cornerstone. We are living stones being added to the magnificent heavenly structure called the church.

    Dear gracious and merciful God, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). Thank You, Lord, for choosing me as Your possession (child of God). I am blessed to be a part of the royal priesthood of believers. As an individual priest, keep me close to Your holiness and clean from the world's defilements (secular culture). Thank you for making me a citizen of the kingdom of heaven (living under Jesus' rule over my life).

    Thank You, Jesus, for rescuing me from the darkness of the culture's lure and the seduction of Satan's deception and placing me in the church (royal priesthood of believers) so that we may go in for renewal and come out praising the glory of Your holiness (marvelous light). Today, O Lord, sanctify me, so everyone sees that my Jesus saves me, that I now live in Your kingdom and belong to Jesus forever and ever. I am a child of the living God (possession). I get to serve in God's holy presence, united with Christ, joined with other believers to become everything He saved me to be (holy and set apart for service). In Jesus' name, amen.

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    Worship Service - Sunday, May 22nd at 10 am -  Special Music – Amy Brooks Hope for Warmth - meets every Thursday from 1 - 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come help in making quilts for those in need. Small-Group Bible Study on “Eschatology: Things to Come” Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 pm - Presented by Rev. James Estes Fellowship Meal on June 8, 2022.  We will eat at 6:30 pm.  Please sign up in Information Center, so that we can get a count on meals.
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    It's hallelujah Friday!

    Verse of the Day, May 13, 2022 

    Psalm 112:1 CSB "Hallelujah! Happy is the person who fears the LORD, taking great delight in his commands."

    Hallelujah means to praise or boast in the Lord. The Apostle Paul reminds us: "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8–9, NASB95). Hallelujah Friday is the day we refuse to say look what I have done this week, but let me tell you what God has done for me. Paul also says, "But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Galatians 6:14). The person who respects (fears) the Lord and boasts about the Bible bringing truth into their daily life is happy. I find what Brooks and Dunn sang more true today than last Friday:

    I raise my hands, bow my head

    I'm finding more and more truth

    In the words written in red

    They tell me that there's more to life

    Than just what I can see, oh I believe

    Happy is the person who boasts of God's work in his daily life and explains why he delights in reading and obeying the Bible.

    Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, It's Hallelujah Friday. I happily praise You for Your Word at work in my life. I raise my hands and bow my head. I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in the Bible. They tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see. I find the One who believes in the Bible discovers,

    "His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

    Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

    Light arises in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

    It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.

    For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.

    He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

    His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.

    He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.

    The wicked will see it and be vexed (angry), He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish" (Psalm 112:2–10).

    Lord Jesus, "great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them (Psalm 11:2). Your work on my and my family's behalf resulted in all the good we enjoyed this week. In Jesus' name, I praise You and delight in Your words and works, Amen.

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    Worship Service - Sunday, May 15th at 10 am -  Special Music – Bobby Ray Marsh and Scott Auman Hope for Warmth - meets every Thursday from 1 - 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come help in making quilts for those in need. Small-Group Bible Study on “Eschatology: Things to Come” Wednesday, May 4th and 18th at 6:30 pm - Presented by Rev. James Estes
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    Worship Service - Sunday, May 8th at 10 am -  Special Music – "Master's Hand" Hope for Warmth - meets every Thursday from 1 - 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come help in making quilts for those in need. Small-Group Bible Study on “Eschatology: Things to Come” Wednesday, May 4th and 18th at 6:30 pm - Presented by Rev. James Estes
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    God has graciously spoken to us; let's speak well of God's grace.

    Verse of the Day, May 4, 2022 

    Ephesians 1:4-5 CSB "For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. [5] He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"

    Paul uses three forms of "blessed" in Epeshians 1:3. As an adjective, "blessed" means to "speak well of" because God is worthy of praise. As a verb, "blessed" explains why God deserves credit. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" means to speak well of God because He "has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). As a noun, "blessing" describes the verbal act of God that provides a significant benefit to us who are united with Christ Jesus by grace through faith (Louw Nida; 2:3; 2:8–10).

    Our spiritual prosperity results from God's supernatural verbal act of speaking well of us before we existed. Our English translations' punctuation often hides the purpose of Paul's statement. Verse 3–14 consists of three sentences. Each sentence concludes that God blesses us so we can praise the glory of His grace (1:6, 12, 14).

    Dear gracious Heavenly Father, I praise You for graciously uniting me with Christ Jesus. I count my spiritual blessings this morning (1:3). My God chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love (1:4); predestined and adopted us as Your sons and daughters through Jesus Christ; at the pleasure of your intention (1:5) You freely speak well of us in the Beloved [Son of God], so we can praise the glory of Your grace.

    Lord, we have redemption and forgiveness through the blood of Christ Jesus; according to the riches of God's grace, we have obtained an inheritance and have received hope; According to the Your kind intention, I will praise the glory of Your grace (1:7–12).

    Lord, with the promise of the Holy Spirit, we received, heard, and believed the gospel truth; you sealed our salvation in Christ, giving us the security of the Holy Spirit's presence, living with the reality of our redemption, I know my God owns me to the praise of the glory of Your grace (1:13–14). Thank You, Lord, for the promise of the Holy Spirit's sealing. I know I am saved because the Holy Spirit let me see all the ways I am blessed this morning.

    Lord, I will tell of the glory of Your grace today. I have been chosen, predestined, forgiven, given an inheritance and hope, sealed, and secured. In Christ, I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup overflows. God speaks; I am blessed. In Jesus' name, I pray, amen.

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    Do you understand what God has done for You?

    Verse of the Day, April 29, 2022 

    1 Samuel 12:24 CSB "Above all, fear the LORD and worship him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things he has done for you."

    God saved Israel. God gave Israel victory. Then Israel looked around and saw other nations had human kings to protect them. Israel asked for a king. God gave them a king. King Saul appeared holy and respectful of God; however, King Saul honored God only as far as it benefited him and his political power. The people followed Saul's example.

    Samuel's last words to the nation of Israel apply to believers everywhere. God has blessed America (Acts 17:22–31). God has blessed believers. Our country is being deceived into thinking we need to imitate governing bodies that control other nations. God grants us governing authorities to protect us from the evil of those who do not honor and believe in Him (Romans 13:1–14; Galatians 5:22–26). We, as believers, must continually stop and remember what God has done for us (Romans 5:1–11; 8:1–8). We must campaign for the Lord and worship Him faithfully with all our hearts. The more people believe in Jesus (the Gospel Truth) and become worshippers of God, the better our country becomes.

    Oh Lord, my God, America has forgotten we are charged to leave the USA more godly and holy for the next generation than we found it. Lord, help me understand the victory you have given me through faith in Jesus Christ. Help me stand here quietly and understand all the good things You have done for me (1 Samuel 12:7). No matter who rules, my Lord still has control of my life. Forgive me for praising programs and politicians for the blessings you have bestowed on me. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for forgiving me of my rebellion against God's commands (sin) and reconciling me to God, so I can know, worship, and honor the only true God—my true King.

    Lord, as primary voting opens, please help me choose to trust you foremost. Help me see through politicians who honor you only as far as it benefits their ideology. Lord, don't let me get so caught up in the voting process that I fail to consider the great things you have done for me. Lord, today I pledge to promote Jesus as Lord of my life and faithfully worship Him. Lord, remind me to pray for the salvation of those with whom I disagree. I pray for local and national elected officials to be more concerned about fearing and worshipping You than allegiance to political intrigues.

    I know we will always have politicians. I pray for wisdom to choose those who choose to obey You. Lord, please help me continually reflect upon Your goodness toward those who love and trust you. Let all the political ads remind me to tell others of my God's greatness, what You have done for me, and what You will do for whoever believes in Jesus. Lord, I pray for our leaders.

    I pray our leaders will pause and reflect on the blessings You have bestowed on us by saving us from hell, delivering us from the power and deception of sin, and understanding Your commands and their truth. Lord, forever keep me active on Your campaign team. In Jesus' name, amen.

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    Cowboy Church Roundup Event on May 7, 2022, At the Chatham County Ag Center. Bring the family and a needed item for the Baptist Children's Home.

    A can of food, a dry good, or any item on the Food Roundup list gives you admission to the Cowboy Church Roundup Event.

    Join us on May 7, 2022, at the Chatham County Ag Center. Gates open at noon Horse rides for kids and teenagers from 12–12:45 p.m. Event begins at 1 p.m.

    Bring your horse for barrel race and cow sorting. No horse, no worries; we have events for everyone.

    Description of Events and Classes:

    1. Goat Scramble (no horse needed)

    Five years and under

    2. Calf Scramble (no horse needed)

    a. 6–12 years

    b. 12–18 years

    3. Dummy Roping (no horse needed)

    a. ten years and under

    b. 11–18 years

    4. Stick Horse Race (stick horse provided)

    a. six years and under

    b. 7–12 years

    5. Barrel Racing (Must have a horse to compete)

    a. ten years and under

    b. 11–18 years

    6. Cow Sorting (Must have a horse to compete)

    Anyone 18 years and under

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    Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

    Verse of the Day, April 26, 2022 

    Philippians 4:12–13 (NASB95)

    "I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

    Paul reminds us that it is not the amount of content but the glass that holds the content that makes satisfying our thirst possible. The apostle says being controlled by Christ Jesus is the secret to making do with a little or a lot. Those believers most focused on Christ are often the least likely to ask for help. We need to look intently at others and identify their needs.

    Older and mature believers often do not ask for help. Do you know someone in need? Someone, who has lost a spouse, may need a call or an invite. Christ can use you to fill their emptiness. Inflation has created more months than money for those on a fixed income. Pay attention to friends' needs. God strengthens us by revealing His care for us through other believers. It is often not the gift but the thought that changes a half-empty glass into a half-full glass.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for those who have shared with me in times of affliction. Thank you, Lord, for holding me so close that I have seen the hurt someone suffers. Thank you for allowing me to be used to share Your care for others. Thank You, Lord, for opportunities to help others today. Please help me see others through Your eyes.

    Lord, give me the humility to accept help when I am in need. As Paul says,

    "Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to [their] account (Philippians 4:17). I know, ". . . my God will supply all [our] needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). Heavenly Father, thank You for using me to distribute your riches in Christ Jesus. "Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever" (Philippians 4:20). In Jesus' name, Amen.

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