Columns

Remembering and Replacing 9/11

Ten years ago this weekend the world seemed to stand still in a state of total shock. Terrorists had flown two airliners into both towers of the World Trade Center. It was a direct hit on symbols representing the United States’ economic strength. A third plane slammed into the Pentagon, which represented our military power and security. Another airliner was brought down short of its intended target by truly brave passengers.

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Preachers and Politics

I think America has been headed in the wrong direction – straight into the ditch of out-of-control debt, with government agencies enforcing rules that were never passed and had even been rejected by Congress. Much of the media and population continually mock the God of the Bible, diminishing the value of marriage, family and even innocent life itself. Blind leaders have our blind nation headed over a cliff.

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Has America Found A King?

This past week when I read the following statement in the gospel of John, I was stunned – even though I had read it before. How could God’s chosen people of faith make such a statement concerning any false god?

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The Right Way: His Righteousness

We have many reasons to be concerned about the national challenges we face, and they go far beyond the economy. We are reaping the consequences of what has been sown in personal and collective lives. Necessary changes will be made by changed people who are led by wisdom from above and purpose-inspired living—God’s purpose. Do not blame a person who has been elected, a party, the media, or any highly-visible person of influence for our problems.

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The Church of State

Permit me to open with Prime Minister Cameron’s remarks concerning the riots in Great Britain. He indicated that the problem was the result of “a culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect for authority, and says everything about rights and nothing about responsibility.” He then pointed to parental failure and the breakdown of families. Without a return to God, here in our own nation, we are headed in the same direction.

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America: A Secular Theocracy

Governor Rick Perry of Texas called a prayer meeting set for Saturday, August 6, to encourage personal repentance while seeking God’s blessing and guidance for our nation, leaders and citizens. He is calling it “TheResponse: A Solemn Assembly.” I will be there praying for God’s will to be done.

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The Greatest Mission Field: America

The nation that should be the greatest force for missions has now become the field in greatest need of mission outreach. Pastors and churches have inspired positive outreach around the world; and their ability and willingness to continue doing so is being threatened by a culture that ignores truth and biblical principles while openly mocking those who reference God. Many missionaries that LIFE Outreach supports tell us that America and the church in our nation is a focal point for their prayers.

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The Enemy’s Plan

During our recent Leadership Summit, Wayne Grudem, Ph.D., who is a professor at Phoenix Seminary and a gifted author, began to write what God revealed to him concerning the strategy and effectiveness of the enemy. He outlined the enemy’s tactics and contrasted them with the will of God as it relates to many issues of deep concern to everyone who understands the importance of faith, family and freedom. The information he shared was sobering, but true.

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A Broken Heart

From the time God called me to preach, I have carried a burden for others, but never have I felt such deep concern for the well being of our nation. God has kept me in prayer for the church, for America and for the world Jesus died to redeem. Please hear this loud and clear: NOW is the time for the church and our nation to get right with God or be buried beneath the consequences of denying God and mocking His truth.

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Supernatural Gatherings

Two weeks ago I experienced a great moment in my Christian journey. Seventy-two leaders joined together in supernatural spiritual unity. Many who attended had Ph.D.’s and Th.D.’s and were serious students of church, world and American history. Several commented that even considering great moments in history, they had never been aware of such strength of character, leadership and diversity coming together with obvious humility and honor for God and one another.

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