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On this July 4th, there is only One God

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I received this message today from American Family Association.  It is well worth reading.  Our nations issues stem from a denial of who God is.  As Christians, we must not join the culture war but we must pray for God to bring conviction of sin to our country.

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On this July 4, there is only One 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

It is a time of divisiveness in America that has not been seen since the late 1960s. Colleges and universities are once again hot spots for radical ideologies; riots are springing up, and conservative speakers are shouted down; American ideals are despised by a small but vocal segment of the population, and the American flag, seen as the symbol of those values, is spurned by them; and the hostility between the right and the left is white hot.

We might not be as badly divided as the America that fought on battlefields in the Civil War, but that no longer seems like an impossibility.

When Pat Buchanan, addressing the Republican National Convention in 1992, famously labeled this divide as a “culture war,” he was ridiculed by the mainstream media for being on the “fringe.” Now, no one doubts the accuracy of his assessment.

At its most fundamental level, this is not a war about mere cultural values or even public policies such as abortion, sex, or marriage. At its heart, this is a war over the subject of God.

Is He real? Is He the God of the Bible? Did He create mankind? Does He care what we do? Do His commandments apply to us in America? Will we all one day stand before Him in judgment? Does God judge nations as well as individuals?

These are the questions behind the rancor. They are questions that had, with minimal dissent, been settled at the founding of our country. Even those founders who were not Christian knew our nation could not survive without God.

They believed God had His hand on those who fought the American Revolution and that God had granted us liberty. They knew the constitutional republic that they eventually established could not succeed without an educated and involved citizenry, whose lives were anchored by what George Washington called the “indispensible supports” of “religion and morality.”

Even as late as 1956, our national leaders validated that foundation when Congress adopted our national motto: “In God We Trust.”

While we are witnessing the disheartening results of forsaking the founders’ wisdom, many Christians refuse to let this terrible tragedy destroy our nation. In fact, for the last 40 years, AFA has continued to inform, equip, and activate God’s people to stand boldly and firmly against secular humanist attacks on the founding principles of America.

That is no exaggeration. The progressive faction in this nation believes that there is no God and thus no absolute morality. They reject the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, which famously states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

For the secularist, man is the highest being on earth, and the governmental state is the highest authority. Humanists believe that society’s elites should make the decisions that are important, and human rights are granted by the state – not God. The America they are building has a different motto: “In Man We Trust.”

For four decades, AFA has fought against every inch of encroachment by the secular humanist progressive movement. From earlier clashes over violent, profane, and filthy television programming on the nation’s networks, to current threats to the safety of women and children in the bathrooms of Target, AFA has understood that all these battles are skirmishes in the war over God.

As long as we are free to do so, we will continue to fight in this culture war with the cherished help of thousands of like-minded, God-fearing supporters, who fight side by side with us.

There is only One who can reunite this disintegrating nation, but that can only happen when the hearts of this people are united to His. That has been the only route – for individuals, communities, and countries – to true blessing and peace. For that goal AFA exists; toward that end AFA will continue to fight.

May God bless America,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

 

The funeral for Nancy was well attended and the gospel was given.  Today is the burial, continue to pray for her family members who need to turn from their sin to the Lord Jesus. 

Yesterday I introduced a prayer initiative for our church.  If you can join us at 8:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday please  do so.  We are praying for God to empower our outreach as He did in Acts 4.  I offered a 6:00am time but no one signed up for that one.  If there is a morning time that works for you please let me know and I will meet you then.

Tonight we will be watching the Naperville fire works from the church parking lot.  Come early to cook on the grill or play games with us. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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In the will of God

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Caleb and Lindsey with fam at Ohare

Psalm 37:23-24

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,

And He delights in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;

For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Here we are at 10:30 last night at the O’hare International terminal saying goodbye to Caleb and Lindsey for a year.  They boarded their plane around midnight and flew out around 12:30.  It was a time mixed with great joy and grief.  The great joy comes from the heart that Caleb and Lindsey share to do the will of God wherever that Will takes them.  Our hearts overflow with joy to know that our son and his wife are stepping into an opportunity to live and share Christ with people who have never heard His name.

All Christian parents should wish this for their children.  Instead of chasing the illusive riches of this world they are chasing the eternal riches of heaven.  Their lives are set like an arrow toward the target of Thailand to see what God has for them in the Asian world.  We know this could be the full direction of their lives and therein lies the grief.  To be that far from family is not easy.  So we chose to focus on the joy of them following the clear will of God and in that we greatly rejoice.

We began praying for both Caleb and Lindsey (though we did not know her yet) when they were born.  We prayed they would come to know Christ and would seek His will for their lives.  Last night was an answer to that prayer.  The time of transition is both exciting and fearful.  Pray with us for them that God will show HImself near and open unique doors for them.  Pray for their safety and for wisdom in all of their steps.  Pray for Lindsey as she is the first of her family to live so far away from South Bend and for her mom.  Pray for them as they start their new job teaching English to Thai children.  Pray for unique and clear opportunities to tell them of Jesus.

 

Tonight is our regular prayer time.  Our church, our community, our country and our world needs our prayers.  We need the wisdom of God to build His church His way.  We are begging God for His wisdom and guidance. 

If you are sending your children to camp we are going to need registrations soon.  If you would like to sponsor a child for camp we have children and teens who needs sponsorship. 

Have a great day in the Lord ,
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Our Thanksgiving is in you

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1 Thessalonians 3

For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,

As Paul was writing his dear friends in the church at Thessalonica he let them know in no uncertain terms of his love for them and how dear they were to him.  He already called them his joy and crown of rejoicing at the coming of Christ and now he tells them that as they stand fast in the Lord he lives.  Reading the epistles has shown me the great love Paul had for all whom he ministered Christ to.  I understand this.  In business relationships the goal is to make more money.  In the mean time you will make a friend or two but when the money stops flowing you need to go to the next client.  In ministry the minister of the Gospel connects heart to heart people who when they come to Christ form both a friendship and an eternal bond.

Paul’s very life was encouraged or discouraged by the spiritual temperature of those he had pointed to Christ.  The Thessalonian Christians brought great joy to him as they continued in the word of the Lord.  You see, we who proclaim Christ do not do so for personal gain but we are seeking the eternal salvation of people whom Jesus died to save.  The stakes are so much higher than anything else we can do.  So when those whom we have pointed to Christ are living for Christ, our lives are greatly enriched.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to echo the words of Paul: “what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God.”  Bobbi and I are so very thankful for each of you who have received the grace of God and have allowed us to have a part in the development of your faith.  We give thanksgiving to God today for all of the joy that we feel for your sake before our God.  We live when you stand fast in the Lord.

Thank you for your steadfast faith.  For what is our hope or joy or our crown of rejoicing?  Of course, it is you at the coming of our Lord Jesus, for you are our glory and joy.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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VBS first day!

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Thank you for your prayers for our VBS campaign.  We had a great opening night with a lot of enthusiasm, a staff ready and excited to serve, and great music from Steven and Rachel.  37 children were in attendance with many parents staying for the whole time.  We challenged the kids to bring friends back and they were all excited to do so.
The weather was fantastic for outdoor games and the kids loved the activities.  The crafts were a hit and kept their attention.  Our skit team did a fantastic job as they worked together for the first time.
All in all we are thankful to the Lord for a great first day.
My request to you is that you would continue to labor in prayer to God for the salvation of children and moms and dads this week.  Much labor goes into making the best VBS that we can possibly pull off.  Stop by and see the church, the workers have done an amazing job of creating an under the sea environment for our Ocean Commotion theme.
Jesus said, “Allow the little children to come unto me and do not forbid them from coming, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  We reach out to children under the direct call of Christ to invite them to Himself.
Our hearts are grieved with the parents and friends who lost loved ones in the Orlando shooting.  Let us remember that Jesus showed compassion on the woman taken in adultery.  For while she was wrong she needed the Savior’s compassion.  There are many grieving people today who are seeking solace in many different places.  It s not a government issue here but a people issue.  We as people need to let other people, made in God’s image for whom Christ died to redeem, that there is and always has been hope in the Savior.
Good news, the day care did sell; the papers were signed Saturday morning.  I am going through the finances today to determine how much our financial liability is going to be.  Our first assessment is that we are going to need between $8,000 – $10,000 to finish paying people and bills.  Pray with us for God to show Himself mighty on our behalf.  Again, thank you for all of your prayers for this endeavor.
Have a great day in the Lord,
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Ben and Anna’s Wedding, June 6, 2015

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/130120054″>Ben Schroeder and Anna Borkert become Mr. And Mrs. Ben Schroeder</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user3461934″>Pastor Steve Schroeder</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>