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Third Sunday of Eastertide-April 18

16 Apr

You shall receive power-Acts 1:4-12-Jesus’ appears to the disciples in Jerusalem-Jesus promised He would not leave them alone but would send the Holy Spirit. He promised that the Holy Spirit would be with them until He returned and would guide them and strengthen them. He then commanded them to stay in the city until they received the Holy Spirit. We are not to set out to be His witnesses until we receive the Spirit for we cannot do it effectively without the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Courts-B-AF

15 Apr

Liberal Congressmen attacked President Trump for trying to fill the Supreme Court vacancy which is his job. Presidents are supposed to fill federal court vacancies, including vacancies on the Supreme Court. When he appointed a conservative judge, liberals said that if they won the Presidency and the Senate, they would increase the number of judges to 12 so they could appoint three new judges to tip the balance in their favor. That has never been done in the Court’s 200 year history. While the Constitution does not specify the number of judges, it has always been 9 judges. While every President has filled vacancies as they occur with judges whose philosophy they agree with, no Congress has ever increased the number of judges just to stack the court in their favor so they can push their agenda. That goes against the Constitution’s whole purpose for making Supreme Court justices for life so they would not be subject to political maneuvering by a President intent on bending the court to his agenda. It also sets a dangerous precedent. If this Congress increases it to 12, what is to stop the next Congress from increasing it to 15 to give a President a favorable court and the following Congress from raising it to 18. It would never end. Arizona has already passed a resolution requesting that the number of Supreme Court justices be limited to 9 and other States should do the same.

 

 
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Courts-B-AE

15 Apr

Few Americans understand how corrupt our court systems have become. We live in a country which we believe is ruled according to the Constitution and laws enacted by the people and by Congress and that the courts make sure the law is followed and interpret the law when there is a dispute. However, there is an increasing number of judges that openly defy the laws enacted by the people, by their State legislatures, and by Congress. Therefore, the Constitution provides an appeal process if people don’t feel the court has acted properly with the Supreme Court as the final court of appeal. Yet, we have  a growing problem today where the Supreme Court is ignoring the Constitution as well. Since Roe vs. Wade, there has been a growing number of judges who openly defy the law and make laws from the bench. The number of Supreme Court justices that adhere to the Constitution has steadily declined. We currently have four justices who uphold the Constitution and four who tend to ignore it unless it favors their viewpoint (almost never). The ninth judge has been a swing vote, not supporting either side consistently.

 

 
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Politics-A-AR

09 Apr

Democrats added an amendment to the Covid Relief bill that bans your State legislature from lowering your taxes. (Just one of many reasons Republicans refused to support it) Congress can not legally pass laws controlling State governments. The Constitution states that all powers not authorized to the federal government are the domain of the State and the States have the right to control their own affairs as long as they don’t infringe on the authority of the federal government. Aside from the fact it is totally illegal, there is also the fact that it makes no sense. If a State government is able to cut costs, they should be able to pass the savings on to their residents. They should not continue collecting money they don’t need so they can continue spending money for things they don’t need. The Democrats seem determined to spend as much money as possible regardless of whether it bankrupts the country. In fact, that seems to be their goal. President Obama doubled the national debt in just eight short years and President Biden seems to think he can outdo President Obama. President Biden has ended all President Trump’s tax cuts and instituted new tax increases, without any authorization from Congress. Many people in America don’t realize how good they had it under President Trump because the media hid it from them.

 
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Politics-A-AQ

09 Apr

President Obama went wild passing legislation disguised as executive orders. The Constitution does not give him that authority. Only Congress can pass laws. Many of them violated the Constitution and laws passed by Congress as well. His orders on abortion violated the right to life, his orders on gun control violated the right to bear arms, and his orders to the IRS and the Dept of Human Services to suppress religious organizations violated their right to freedom of religion, all of which are protected by the Constitution. His orders requiring insurance companies to pay for abortions violated the law passed by Congress authorizing Obamacare which banned insurance companies from including provisions for abortion. The media screamed that President Trump had no right to remove those executive orders but since his orders did not violate the Constitution or any act of Congress, he had the right. Presidents have the right to change the policies of previous presidents, especially if the previous policies violate the Constitution and laws passed by Congress. Now President Biden is issuing new executive orders that are just as illegal as those issued by President Obama, yet the media is silent. The American people need to press their State legislatures to refuse to obey President Biden’s executive orders that violate the Constitution. They also need to elect Congressmen in 2022 that will put an end to the lawlessness in the executive branch and elect a President in 2024 that will work to restore the Constitution as the law of the land, as President Trump did.

 

 
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Second Sunday of Eastertide-April 11

08 Apr

He is Alive Jesus appears on road to Emmaus-Luke 24:13-35 When Jesus met two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus, they were discouraged because Jesus had been crucified. They had seen all their hopes and dreams of Jesus being the Messiah destroyed when they saw Jesus die on the cross. As Jesus walked with them, He opened up the Scriptures and revealed God’s purpose for His death and resurrection, but they did not recognize Him. As He sat down to eat with them, He broke bread and instantly they recognized Him. In the same way, we recognize the Lord and are drawn together as we celebrate communion. We often look at the task before us and feel it is too big for us. The church should draw hope from the fact that Christ is alive. He conquered death when He died on the Cross for our sins and arose again. There is no greater foe than death and if Jesus defeated death, there is nothing left for us to fear.

 

Eastertide

08 Apr

Eastertide is a time when we celebrate that Christ has freed us from the power of sin and death and begin to prepare to serve Him. Eastertide stretches 50 days from Easter (first day, first Sunday) to Pentecost. Jesus told His disciples to wait until they received the Holy Spirit. We cannot do it in our own strength and without divine guidance, so Eastertide is a time of seeking God’s will for us. It is not done in seclusion, but should be done through prayer with the church gathered to seek God’s will together. Eastertide begins the transition from emphasis on a serious reflection on our personal relationship with God to a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Christ by the body of Christ (His church). The church should spend Eastertide helping

members draw together in unity and find their gifts.

 

Social Strife-E-D

08 Apr

Liberals also consist of two groups. One group consists of those who have had no meaningful contact with Christians or Bible-believing churches. Without God to guide them, they are left to find their own direction, like sheep without a shepherd.  Most of them struggle through life seeking direction and willingly follow anyone who seems to know where they are going, whether corporate boss, union leader, military leader, or politician.  Some develop goals and rise to leadership positions in corporations, government, the military, or other organizations.  While many leaders care about those they lead, they are guided by self-interest and cannot be depended on to put the interest of their followers above their own self-interest. A few leaders develop a thirst for power and seek money and power to get what they want any way they can and are seeking to eliminate those that oppose them. Unfortunately, those few are leading many of those who are seeking someone to follow down a destructive path. They especially hate Christians because many of their goals and methods are self-serving and violate God’s law so they seek to eliminate Christians because they cannot be coerced to follow them. True Christians know God’s way is best and when forced to choose, will follow God rather than men. The other group consists of those who don’t know God or his values because they attend churches that no longer emphasize developing a relationship with God and no longer teach members how to live out Biblical principles. They think they are Christians but have no idea what it means to be Christian beyond attending church and paying their tithes. They are mainly influenced by the liberal values taught in the schools and the media, and will follow secular leaders while giving only lip-service to church leaders.

 
 

Social Strife-E-C

08 Apr

The United States has become polarized into two camps, the ones that consider themselves liberals, and the ones that have become known as conservatives.  Conservatives consist of two groups. The first group consists of those who are born again and know the love of God. They believe God knows what is best for us and seek to follow Him. They believe in the value of life, the value of the rule of law, and the value of history, which they learned in church. Christians were so effective in influencing American society that by the early 1900’s, those values were taught in the schools and on the media, as well as being practiced in politics and the courts. As a result, there was a second group that didn’t know God but were deeply influenced by the first group. Those in the second group began to believe in those values, even though they didn’t know God because they saw the benefits of those values.  They are a dying breed since those values are no longer prominent in our society and people rarely see those values in practice outside of Bible-believing churches. Since most non-church people have very little contact with churches anymore, they do not get to see those values in practice anymore.

 
 

Easter

01 Apr

Easter Sunday Color is White symbolizing the purity of Christ and the new believer, washed in the blood of Christ. Easter was an important time for baptism in the early church because it celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ and reenacts the new believer’s death and resurrection in Christ. It is a new beginning, washed in the blood of Christ, but it is not the end. That new life does not come full blown and complete. We must begin to grow into what Christ wants for us, just as a child grows to maturity.