The Truth as I See it

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By Jack C. Corcoran

 

Pontius Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 14:6… “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 8:32… “The truth shall set you free.”

And without a doubt, I believe the Bible is the truth; the Word of God. Therefore, I believe it when it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” And this verse is referring to Jesus, the Christ (Messiah).

I use the word Messiah, which is the meaning of the Greek word, Christ, because many people believe that the name Christ is Jesus’ last name. I recall reading somewhere that there are people who actually believe that Mary and Joseph were Mr. and Mrs. Christ. That is wrong!

As I said, and according to Strong”s  Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the word, Christ, is a Greek word meaning “the Messiah”. And, according to Strong’s, the word Messiah is Hebrew for king or priest. In Revelations 17:14 Jesus is called King of kings; and the writer of the Book of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our High Priest.

Jesus is our redeemer. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” And Romans 5:8 tells us that “God demonstrates His own love for us (recall John 3:16) in this: while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us.” He  paid our wages; He is our redeemer.

Throughout the Bible – prophecies in the Old Testament and eyewitness accounts in the New Testament – we learn that Jesus lived, died, and was raised from the dead by God the Father and He is seated at the right hand of God the father.

And because I believe all of this as I have just stated – and I will be passing on to you in future writings more of why I believe – I must be obedient to the Word as written in the Book of Ephesians, chapter five and especially verses 3 – 5 and 11.

Most of the Scriptures I will be using from here on are taken from the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). Some may come from another version and, if so, I will make note of it.

So, let’s begin…

Ephesians 5: 3-7…

“3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.”

And verse 11 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

This is my reason for writing: to expose these evil deeds of darkness because the truth, as I see it, is these evil things are destroying our beloved nation, the United States of America.

For this first message, I would like to hone in on just verse 3 and it is my sincere hope and prayer that you read with an open mind.

I believe that sexual immorality is, at least, partly to blame for what is happening in our country right now as I write.

 

A friend and I were discussing the wide spread use of porn on the internet and it led me to what I am about to share with you. For two whole days after our conversation I actually cried my heart out to God; I couldn’t even eat; I couldn’t sit down and listen to music; I couldn’t do my favorite thing and play games on my PC because no matter what I tried to do, The Spirit of God kept interrupting me with these thoughts: Sexual immorality is running rampant in this country and causing a massive breakdown of morality and God is angry.

I started by going online and actually went in to two of these sites that promote sexual immorality; Craigslist and Adult Friend Finder. As I perused these two sites I became increasingly amazed and frightened.

Amazed at the massiveness of this stuff and frightened because I know God is angry. And He should be. Just two sites and I only browsed parts of them. These two sites are set up to allow their members to pick and choose from an array of categories so I only went through a few of them because I could only stand so much.

They allow you to choose your state, where you live; and they allow you to pinpoint exactly which part of the state you are interested in. So, I chose a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Then you choose which category of which there were at least twenty different categories such as male for male, female for female, male for couples, female for couples, male for transvestites and so on; I think you get the picture.

I picked the category of “Casual Encounters” and went through the listings of just male for male and female for female and male for couples. Folks, within fifty miles of my zip code, I came up with a total of 6,078 on Craigslist and 10,916 on Adult Friend Finder. That’s over 17,000 people looking for immoral sexual encounters just within a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Did you know that there are at least 297 cities in the United States that have a population of more than 100,000? No, I didn’t either until I Googled it but, can you imagine if all these cities have the same amount that I just found, from only a fraction of the choices on these two sites, looking for immoral sex?

I’m not even close to being good at math but I wish someone with the math skills could figure this out. I’m willing to bet there are more than 5 million people in this country on just these two sites and how many sites are there?

Now here is what absolutely sickened me. In my research and using Google and Wikipedia, I found these statistics. The United States Department of Justice states that “At any one time there are estimated to be more than one million pornographic images of children on the internet. And the average age is eleven.

They estimate that there are over 100,000 websites. Every second $3,075 is spent on porn; EVERY SECOND! 28,258 viewing porn and every second of the day there are an estimated 372 people on the Adult websites in the USA. EVERY SECOND!

And there is a new porn video created every 39 minutes.

And God’s word says to “Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them.

 

We think we are getting away with it but we are not getting away with anything. The Bible tells us that God knows our hearts and our very thoughts. It also tells us that God is slow to anger but you can see for yourself what He did when He finally had enough.

Read about the city of Sodom and see what God did. Read the story of Noah and see what God did. Read the stories of Israel and see what God did. And now, look at today’s news. For example, just follow the Trump rallies and look at all the violence; the hatred; and the death toll in this country. Look at the number of police killings in the past few years. OMG! You can’t even use a toilet in peace.

And I truly believe that God is allowing these things because He is angry! And it will only get worse if we, the people, don’t get serious and look toward heaven and beg His forgiveness.

The Bible says to repent

The Bible says to confess your sins

The Bible says to confess Jesus as Lord

The Bible says to believe in His Name

The Bible says to believe that God raised Him from the dead

The Bible says to obey the will of God

The Bible says in Ephesian 5:3 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity,”

Now listen to me; I’m not just talking to those who don’t believe; I am talking to you people who go to church every Sunday. I’ve been in your churches and I have seen it firsthand. I spent two years in seminary and I have seen, with my own eyes, the so-called men of God in all their glory. I have stories to tell but, not now. This, what I am writing today, is a wake-up call to the church.

I have been in churches where the preacher spends an entire forty minutes without ever opening a Bible. And lately, I have been in churches where the majority of the congregation doesn’t even bring a Bible. They depend on what is being cast onto a screen. Have you ever read Acts 17:11?

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

You cannot; you should not put your entire trust on what is being put before you. You must open your Bible and read it for yourself. At least take notes; write down the Scriptures being cast upon the screen and read it for yourselves. I’m not trying to belittle the work of the good pastors and Bible teachers out there; but I am trying to make you use your head as the Bereans did. Make sure what you are being taught is the truth.

I’m willing to bet that a great majority of you go to church on Sunday and forget all about it through the week. How many of your unchurched friends even know what you stand for?  For that matter, how many of you even have unchurched friends? Jesus did! And the church leaders of that day hated Him for it. Jesus said it’s the sinners who need a physician. (Luke 5:31)

The church has given up its job. We no longer share the Word of God. We hide inside our concrete walls. We should be standing up against our enemies; the enemies of God But we don’t and he is stomping us into the ground so that we are irrelevant.

And because of it, we have this massive breakdown of morality.

But now, for the good news. Revival is in the wind. There are rumors of revival…

One headline says “Extraordinary revival in L.A. and Orange County high schools” (Google this headline and read the whole story)

Another headline tells us that “Revival Rocks West Virginia School, Surrounding Towns” (Google revival in W. VA.)

Look, it’s on opposite ends of the country. Can it close in on the rest of us?

It’s up to us to grab hold of it; to bring it to your churches. Each one of you; every single one of you is a potential carrier of these rumored revivals. I’m doing my part by writing this material. What will you do?

What are you willing to do to keep our country from total destruction? It all begins with prayer; honest, earnest, tear-jerking prayer. I know; I spent several days crying out to God – asking His forgiveness, confessing my sin, and begging His help.

And one morning I awoke with all of this on my heart. And as I began my search of those web sites, God began putting these words into my head.

I will continue to pray and continue to follow His lead in my writing. And I will share it with you as quickly as I receive it. Please pray with me and pray for me as I dare to write the truth.

May the Lord God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

I am your faithful servant and friend

Jack C. Corcoran

 

 

 

I was talking to God

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by Jack C. Corcoran

I was lying on the bed and I was thinking: yes Lord, it’s easy for the Apostles to have believed. After all, they walked with you; talked with you; ate with you; and watched you pray to the Father.

They watched you die and then; AND THEN, they watched you walk among them; they talked with you after your resurrection; they had a fish breakfast with you on the shore after you arose from the dead; they walked along the road with you after you arose from the dead.

So, of course, it was easy peasy for them to believe.

If any of them had denied talking to you after you died; they would have been lying; if any of them had denied having a meal on the shore with you after you had died, they would have been lying; and if any of them had denied watching you rise up into the clouds, they would have been lying.

It was easy for them, but what about us?

I never ate a meal with you, I never sat down and prayed with you; I never walked along the road with you; so how am I supposed to believe the way they did?

Yes, I actually had that conversation with our heavenly Father as I lay on my bed this afternoon. And He immediately answered me with the words from John 20:29: “And Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”

Yes, it’s all about faith. That’s how we believe; by faith; Jesus says faith as small as a mustard seed.

Have you ever sat in a court room during a criminal case? I spent a lot of years in law enforcement so I naturally spent a lot of time in court. If two or three people stood up in front of the judge and testified that they saw the man pull the gun, point the gun at the other man and shoot him; would you believe it?

Of course you would; you know you would. It came straight from the mouths of three witnesses. Why wouldn’t you believe it? Well, we have at least 12 men and as possibly as many as 400 witnesses who saw Jesus after he had been crucified and died and was buried. We have 4 men who wrote the gospels and tell the story of his death and resurrection; and his ascension into the clouds.

And then, of course, there’s Peter. During Jesus’ trial, good old Peter denied even knowing him, but look at him 50 days later. He tells the crowd in Acts 2:32, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”

And just a few days later, we see Peter talking to the Jewish leaders, the Sanhedrin, when they were forbidden to speak of this Jesus. Peter said, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

And again remember the words of Jesus to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Read the 11th chapter of Hebrews. No less than nineteen times the writer of Hebrews uses the phrase “by faith” – by faith, Moses; by faith Abraham; by faith Noah; and on and on through the chapter. It is by faith that we believe.

And faith comes by hearing the word of God says another writer. In order to hear the word of God, you need to read the bible; every day as it says in Acts 17:11.

Oh Lord, fill us with the urgency to read Your holy Words. Amen

If You Believe in Jesus

by Jack C. Corcoran

Today I want to ask you a serious question: Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I mean, really believe?

If you believe in Jesus, you believe in the virgin birth; you believe that God sent His Son to us on earth by means of the virgin birth as it is written in Luke 1:34-35

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He was tempted by Satan and resisted those temptations as it is written in Matthew 4:1-11,  and thus He was without sin.

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that he performed all the miracles as it is written throughout the four gospels; healing the blind, the lame, and raising people from the dead.

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He became the sacrificial Lamb as the sacrifice for our sins as it is written in John 1:29.

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He suffered and died and shed His blood as payment in full for our sins because the wages of sin is death as it is written in Romans 6:23

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that God the Father raised Him from the dead as it is written in the four Gospels i.e. Luke 24:6 when an angel tells His disciples, “He is not here; He has risen.” Whereby He has defeated death and we, those who believe, will have eternal life through Christ Jesus as it is written in 2 Timothy 1:10.

If you believe in Jesus and believe that God raised Him from the dead, then you should confess Him as your Lord as it is written in Romans 10:9. A Lord is a person who has authority, and control over another person. Is Jesus in control of your life? If you confess Him as Lord, do you obey Him as it is written in Matthew. 28:20 or Luke 11:28?

If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He is the only way to inherit eternal life, that through Him is the only way to God the Father as it is written in 1 Timothy 2:5.

If you believe in Jesus then you believe that you have been forgiven all your sins and cleansed from all unrighteousness as it is written in 1 John 1:9.

And if you believe in Jesus, you believe that through Him you have been made righteous as it is written in Romans 5:19 and you will begin to live by faith because it is written that “the righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17 and Galatians 3:11.

And finally, if you believe in Jesus, you will believe that Jesus has baptized you with the Holy Spirit as it is written in Matthew 3:11 and in John 14:25-26 where Jesus, himself says that we will receive the Holy Spirit from the Father and that He, the Holy Spirit, will teach us and remind us of the things Christ has told us.

So, if you believe in Jesus, you must believe that you have been cleansed of all sin; that you now live under control of His Holy Spirit; and that you are a light to this sinful world.

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light.” Acts 13:47

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

So, if you are a true believer, let your light shine. Don’t hide your faith; learn to use the word of God in your conversations. Remember; in Mark 8:37 Jesus says “If anyone is ashamed of Me and my words…the Son of Man will be ashamed of him…”

Let them know who you are and what you are in Christ and if they ask you why you believe, be ready to tell them. Be a true believer.

And my prayer for you comes from the word as well; “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen

 

 

 

Like a Little Child

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Have you ever seen a little child opening gifts on Christmas morning? That’s how God wants us to receive His gift of salvation. John 1:12 says “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
Are you a child of God?
How do we receive the Kingdom of God? Do we trust God like we trusted our earthly father when we were little children.
I remember one of the fondest days of my young childhood. My father took me to the theater to see a movie: “The Durango Kid”. The theater was on Market Street and, as we were walking up Market Street toward the theater, we met two men who worked with my father.
One of them said, “Is this your son?” My father placed his large hand on my head and said, “yep, this is Jackie and we’re going to the movies.” Man,what a proud moment that was; so much so that I still recall it. And that is how God wants us to recall the day we came to Him and asked Him to save us.He wants us to expect Him to grab us in His loving arms and never let go.
He wants us to believe in His Son, Jesus; to trust Him as we trusted our parents when we were kids.
When I was a kid, I expected my parents to take care of me; to feed me; to protect me, And that is how God wants us to trust Him. He tells us that He will provide our every need in Philippians 4:19.
Our earthly father may let us down at times but God promises that He will “never leave us nor forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5).
Have you learned to trust Him? Have you confessed Jesus as Lord? Do you believe that God raised His Son, Jesus, from the grave? This is what it takes to have Jesus call you a child of God?
The Bible says that “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Today is the day of salvation because you may not be here tomorrow.
On the news today; happening as I write this, is a report of a shooting at a college in Oregon where several people were killed. Did they know they would die today? Were they ready to meet God? I certainly hope so.
Are you ready to meet God? I certainly hope so.

Our Time Is Not Our Own

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Our Time is not Our Own
Yesterday, Wednesday – August 26th – at 11:30 am, I sat stunned in front of my television as they aired the unfolding story of the two people shot and killed in Virginia. A news reporter and her cameraman were gunned down at seven o’clock in the morning as they conducted an interview on the sidewalk. The lady, who was being interviewed, was also shot but these two news people, both in their twenties, were killed.
They were doing their job just as they had done the day before and the day before that etc.. They both probably woke up around 5 am to start their day. They probably had coffee and thought about their plans for the day. They probably even had thoughts of what they would be doing later that day when the job was finished.
I’m pretty sure they were not thinking that their lives would end before their day ended. And that brought me to the realization that our time is not our own. We just don’t know, do we?

And that reminded me of a friend of mine.
It was a Friday afternoon when I pulled through the gate to report for the 3-11 shift and my friend, Ron, waved to me as he was leaving. And he shouted from his car, “See ya Monday,” and he drove on; happy as a lark to be going home for the weekend. But when Monday came and I arrived at work, I heard the sad news; Ron had died over the weekend.
He was almost half my age. When we got off work that day, he drove away waving to everyone. He wasn’t sick; he wasn’t overweight; didn’t have diabetes or cancer and, as far as anyone knew (including his wife), he didn’t have any heart trouble. He was strong as an ox and appeared to be in good health. But he died the next day.
He was outside working on his garden and just collapsed. By the time they got him to the hospital, he had passed from heart failure.
So, let me ask you; are you healthy? It doesn’t really matter, apparently, because when God calls you to leave this earth, you have no choice; no matter how healthy you may be. Now, it’s true in many, and most, cases that death usually follows a sickness or injury but there is nothing in the playbook that says that will be the case.
I was a police officer for many years and I saw many of my fellow officers around the country fall to a madman’s bullet. Look what happened on 9/11. Many people died that day while they were simply going about their daily routine. None of them gave it a thought when they left for work that morning. And, Oh my God, look at the number of police officers killed in the line of duty in the past 2 years.
They probably kissed their spouses goodbye for the day; probably even promised to bring home a quart of milk or a loaf of bread; whatever. But they never came home. They died.
Life is fragile and there are no guarantees of longevity.
Ecclesiastes says in chapter 3: “There is a time for everything…..a time to be born and a time to die.”
And the age-old question is this: If you were to die today, do you know if you will go to Heaven?
I’m sure that most people don’t even think about it. And, probably most people have never been asked that question. That’s why I’m here; to spread a seed of hope.
So let’s go now to God’s word and see what He says about our final destiny and the times.
In the Book of Job it says in 14:5 that “man’s days are determined” and Psalm 31: 14 &15 says “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say You are my God. My times are in your hands.” So, as the title of this article says: “Our Time is not our Own” –  Our time belongs to God and is set by Him. Jesus said in Acts 1:7 that “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.” And Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1 “Now brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
We don’t know when our time will end; it can come while you’re cutting the grass, preparing a meal, enjoying a good laugh with a friend; or even on your job. So we must be prepared. But, how; What shall we do?
When Peter was asked “what shall we do?” he answered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” Acts 2:38.
Reading and studying the word of God brings hope to everyone. “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:9-10.
2 Corinthians 6:2 says “…now is the day of salvation.” Now is the only time you truly have because you don’t know if you will still be alive five minutes from now. Now is the time to start preparing for the day your life on earth comes to an end. I’ll bet you have life insurance and probably some sort of medical insurance so you think you have all the bases covered. Well let me tell you something brother, you need after-life insurance and there’s only one policy that covers it. That policy is salvation delivered to you by the blood of Jesus Christ because “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
You need to repent, which means to turn away from your present life and turn your life to God. Believing in Jesus means to fully trust your life to Him to the point that you obey His words. Jesus says in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” And in John 6:40 Jesus says “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.”
“Believe in Jesus”

“Trust in Jesus”

“Come follow Me.”

How can we believe in Him and trust Him and follow Him without knowing what His word, the Bible, says. After you repent and get baptized, you need to obtain a Bible so that you can read and study the word yourself. Going to church once or even twice a week and listening to a sermon – no matter how inspiring it is – is not enough for you to truly learn.

You need to do as Bereans did. Acts 17:11 says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
So, there it is; I’ve laid it out for you and now is the right time. Repent, be baptized, and learn the will of God. Read the Scriptures (Bible) every day so you can know that what your being taught by your leaders, or preacher, is true. In fact, search out everything I’ve just told you to see if it’s all true. And don’t allow your time to run out before you do.
God bless you and may He keep you in the palm of His hand.

Do I Hear an Amen?

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Do I Hear an Amen?

By J C Corcoran

The Lord said to Moses:

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”  (Numbers 14:11)

And Jesus had the same problem; even the religious leaders refused to believe in him; in spite of all the miraculous signs he performed.

And isn’t it the same today; here in this great nation that has been so blessed?

Yes, some believe, but most don’t. And even those who do, there are some among us who do not follow the Way. We have become too complacent; we have become arrogant; we have become too prideful. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous idea that we built this great nation ourselves, through our own merits and we have failed to give God the glory. Just as the Israelites did.

And now we stand on the brink of destruction and wonder why. We still refuse to trust God. You speak of Him; you even say you pray; but do you really believe? Do you really trust God?

One man said to me recently, “There’s no point, why bother? America will never be the same.” What a defeatist attitude. This same man used to send me emails with pornographic pictures and dirty jokes and other emails about praying to God. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? And those porn pictures led to porn sites. I had to ask him to stop or quit emailing me altogether. There must be hundreds of thousands of those sites on the internet. And homosexuality has become an accepted alternative lifestyle while the Christian community, as a whole, remains silent. Doesn’t it tell us in Ephesians 5:11 to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness?

Sexual immorality is rampant, even among so-called believers and again I remind you of what it says in Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”

And God is crying out to us. I see it everywhere on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and even on television: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

“called by my name” Christian; “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

“turn from their wicked ways…” 1 John 1:9 “confess your sins”

“forgive their sins”.. 1John 1:9.. “and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.”

“I will heal their land.” Our land, the United States of America, can be saved from destruction if God’s people will humble themselves, turn to Him and repent.

I know I did. Several years ago, when I lived alone in Texas, I cruised the porn sites. I was a born-again Christian, have been for over four decades; but I was angry at God because of one of my own failures, and I turned my back on him. Then I moved up here to Indiana to be with my wife (not my wife at that time); we were living together without the benefit of marriage.

And one day we came to the realization that we were living in sin. We asked God’s forgiveness; my wife was baptized, and we got married. And God is blessing us.

We humbled ourselves; turned from our sins, and asked God’s forgiveness. And now here I am serving God with my writing.

Children of God, listen to me. Stop what you are doing.

Are you cheating on your spouse? Stop it and ask God’s forgiveness

Are you stealing from your employer? Stop it and seek God’s forgiveness

Are you cruising porn sites? For God’s sake, stop it and ask his forgiveness

Are you so busy working for the almighty dollar that you don’t have time to spend with Almighty God? Stop it. Humble yourself, confess your sin, seek God and his forgiveness and He will heal our land.

I will bring this to a close with a prayer from Toni Babcock, a member Of FaithWriters.com:

“Lord, help every child of God carry the demeanor of a child of God, fully expecting you to do great things through faith in Jesus Christ according to your Word.”

Do I hear an Amen?