Watching the TV news, listening to talk radio shows, reading about all the politics in the newspaper, computer or smart phone can make us mad or even depressed. But, as Christians we can't just ignore the election process. We need to bring the values of our faith into the election process.
Voting is a privilege of our free nation, and one not many other countries of the world have. It was won and protected by the shed blood of patriots and should not be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in America should play a part in upholding America.
Each vote makes a difference in the cumulative number of votes a candidate receives and that is how we as Christians are to help influence our society for good. Voting recognizes the equality of all citizens and their right to express their values through their votes.
Voting is a simple, yet significant way to do something about public policy in our country. As people of faith, we will be held accountable for our actions, as well as our lack of action.
Voting is a part of stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God. To waste a vote is to squander a gift. Not voting is a form of voting. By not voting, you are giving 2 votes to the candidate you might not want to see elected. As Edmund Burke once said, “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Christians should vote as led through prayer and study of both God’s Word and the realities of the choices on the ballot.
I am not telling you who to vote for but I am asking you learn what each candidate stands for, pray about it and then make sure you go vote. May God bless America!
"In the wilderness is the preservation of the world."
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER
Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.
We’ll be gathering at a creek instead of a river but Sunday, September 13th will be a very special day and especially for those who have made the commitment to be baptized at our annual “Baptism at the Creek”. It is a significant next step in the journey of following Jesus.
Jesus himself was baptized. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow. Mark 1:9-11 NIV says, “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Before being baptized you need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and that he died on that cross for your sins, you need to confess your sins to God and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Baptism is a public confession of faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. The entrance into the water during baptism identifies with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb and His resurrection from the dead. Baptism is meant to show that you love, trust and have put your hope in Christ. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.
Many have already added their name and phone number to the baptism sheets on all our tables at the Livestock Center and the Event Center. This information is needed in order to have baptismal certificates ready for that day. But, if you don’t decide to be baptized until that day don’t let that stop you. We will be waiting in the water with open arms and God will be smiling down as we gather at the creek.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR HIM?
Hank Parker was once a drunk, thief, cheater, liar and sinner. Today he is a 2-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, hosts three outdoor TV shows, is a member of numerous Fishing Hall of Fame’s and is a sought after speaker. He enjoys and is thankful for all that God has blessed him with but Hank’s passion is to tell others about Jesus.
At an event in Springfield back in February before COVID-19 changed our lives, Hank told the story of a guy that came up to him quoting bible verses. The man said, “I read my bible every day Hank and I know it inside out.” Hank said, “That’s great but do you really know Jesus and tell me what you are doing to bring the lost to Jesus?”
Hank told of another man coming to him and saying, “I am in church every Sunday. Same row, same seat, same people sitting next to me.” Hank says, “That’s really good but you do know going to church doesn’t mean you are going to heaven don’t you? Are you coming to hear the music or learn and grow by listening to God’s word? Tell me what you are doing to make visitors or people you don’t know feel welcome? What are you doing to reach the lost?”
Another man says to Hank, “God has blessed me with a good living. I tithe what I am supposed to. I give to programs to help those in need.” Hank says, “That is tremendous but are you investing time telling others about Jesus?”
Another man speaks up and says, “I do all those things Hank and I have been going to church since I was a kid and I have been a good person all my life.” “That is awesome,” Hank says, “But just being good won’t get you to heaven you know. Can I tell you about Jesus”?
In closing Hank looked out at all of us and said, “Even if you believe in Him, confess your sins and accept him as your Lord and Savior, He doesn’t want you keeping Him to yourself. Don’t use this pandemic as an excuse either. There are still things you can be doing to bring others to Jesus? He died for you on a cross. What are you doing for Him?”