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Pray for Our New President

We now have a new president - Joe Biden. Many are happy with the change and many are not, but as Christians we need to pray for our new president. Remembering that our highest allegiance is always to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and then to the words He gives us in the Bible regarding how to live.

Therefore, how then should we pray for our new President, Joe Biden, and our new Vice President, Kamala Harris? We need to pray daily for them and the other elected officials. Here's some guidance.

1 Timothy 2:1-2, "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."

1.   Acknowledge to God that He has placed them in these positions of authority. Daniel 2:21 says that God changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings.

2.   Ask God to protect President Biden and his wife, as well as Vice President Harris and her husband, from the forces of evil that may desire to do them harm.

3.   Appeal to God that He will provide His wisdom to President Biden and Vice President Harris so they will see what God desires and be influenced by those around them who will give them the right counsel.

4.   Ask God to empower them to make decisions that will protect our nation at all times, leading us to be able to live tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.

5.   Appeal to God earnestly that President Biden and Vice President Harris and all of their administration will find ways to work with both houses of Congress, bringing resolution to the most pressing needs facing America today.

America needs our prayers more than ever! We are facing a multitude of crises with the greatest being spiritual. Our spiritual crises is the foundational cause of most, it not all, of the others. Remember Proverbs 13:24 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."

Keep praying !

See you Sunday!

Onward and Upward!

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Relating to Job

As I've been reading through Job lately, I'm impressed with how Job can't understand why he is being tested. As far as he knows, he's been living a righteous life. He wants to know why God is punishing him. His friends tell him he surely has sinned and he should admit it. He refuses and continues to defend himself and question God. You'll have to read the daily readings next week to find out how he fares.

Meditating on the Scripture is a great way to internalize what you are reading. As I've done this, I don't think I would be like Job. I would hope I could endure all the pain and suffering. However, I don't think I could question God because I know I've done wrong. It is a constant battle to live according to God's ways and I fail often. But, the Bible says, "If you confess..." you will be forgiven. (1 John 1:9) I rely on that verse a lot!

While doing the daily readings through Job, imagine how you would do in his shoes. Would you question God? Would you fight for yourself? Or would you give up? Thankfully, we may never go through all he did, but we do go through hardships. In the end, we can trust God to see us through and prayerfully we'll come out of it a stronger and more mature believer.

See you Sunday! Onward and Upward!

See you Sunday! Onward and Upward!

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Rough Start for 2021

Having a Happy New Year? We were so ready for 2020 to be over and excited for the new year. Yet, after what happened Wednesday I feel nothing has changed and the outlook for 2021 is off to a bad start. A couple of things come to mind as this year is starting.

First, we Christians need to remember that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God first and then the United States second. It's easy to let politics to takeover every aspect of life including our relationship with God and others. Thinking that God is on our side is dangerous. I know very spiritual people on both sides of the political landscape. When we begin to judge others for not believing like we do, we move into sinful actions. Remember, part of the Great Commandment is "Love your neighbor as yourself." That means those who disagree with you politically also. We should be driven by the love of God to look beyond who someone voted for to decide if they are a good person or even a "Christian." Last time I read the Bible being a Republican, Democrat, or some other description, was not a requirement to being a believer in Christ. God wants priority in our hearts, mind, soul, and body and that includes our politics.

Secondly, we are commanded to honor, obey and pray for our leaders. (See Romans 13:1-7) So let's pray for our new president, vice president, governor, Congress, and other elected representatives. Even if you did not vote for them, we need to pray for them. We know they all need God's guidance!

See you Sunday! Onward and Upward!

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