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Tolerance & Chick-Fil-A

   Homosexuals and their supporters are very intolerant.  For example, the president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy stated that he was for marriage between a man and a woman because that is what the Bible says.  But he also stated that "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,"  Thus, Chick-fil-A's position is that they would serve all people, gays as well as straight, although the company's position is for marriage.
    Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Boston's Mayor Tom Menino both initially stated they were going to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in their cities.  So although Chick-fil-A will serve homosexuals, the mayors' initial response is that Chick-fil-A are not welcome to open restaurants because the official policy of the company is for Biblical marriage.  So the homosexual movement, which claims to be tolerant, is really intolerant of those who take a Biblical-view of marriage.
    The mask of "tolerance" has been removed.  We now know who are intolerant.  And it is not those who believe in the Bible.

Drought and National Day of Prayer

While most of the nation is experiencing drought, I wait in vain for our Senate to call for "A Day Of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in the The United States Of America." 

     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, required the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation:
     And whereas, it is the duty of nations as as well as of men, to owe 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, in so much 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 the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!  It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
     Now, therefore, in compliance with the request , and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
      All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
     In witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
   
Done at the city of Washington this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventy.

By the President:
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

William H. Seward, Secretary of State
(bold added)
Our denomination has called for prayer, but there was no call for confession of sins.  We-all have sinned against God, but we have not been confessing our sins.  Notice in Lincoln's proclamation the emphasis on humiliation, fasting, repentance.  Note also that the day of payer the Senate and Lincoln wanted to stop all work and spend the day in prayer.  It was not something you did in the evening.  Rather, it was a entire day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer. 

Lord, we ask that we would turn to Thee and confess our sins.

Death and the Future

     This past week a member of our congregation passed away.  In the last days he was getting confused.  Although he was elderly, he wanted to go visit his grandmother.  He was not sure in which country he was living, as he was reverting back to his childhood home in the Netherlands.
   Now he has died, or as said in polite company, he has passed away.  But passed away is not a good description of what really happens.  Passed away emphasizes our existence from an earthly perspective.  It would be better to say that he has passed on to glory.  Christ Jesus cares so much about the body that when He died, He also rose physically from the grave.  Christ rose first.  Just like the first fruits promise a more abundant harvest, so Christ's resurrection promises that we will all be raised to life.  (I Corinthians 15:23:  "But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him.")
     So we should be saying that we will pass on to glory.  We will be raised.  We will not be in the dungeon of death forever.  We will die because of our sins, but then we will be raised at the Second Coming of Christ to live with God forever.