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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Bulletin Note 9-11-16

November 11th, 2016

It’s hard to believe that today is already the 15th Anniversary of “9/11” – the day Islamic extremists killed 3000 Americans in a terrorist attack in New York. It’s also a reflection of the swiftness of passing time to realize that none of our teens here today can remember that day, since some of them were not even born yet! You who did experience the day and its aftermath, can recall the outpouring of unity and old style patriotism that occurred for a brief few weeks following.
Churches across the land, including ours, saw increased attendance from people who hadn’t been in church for a while. American flags sprouted everywhere, and sold out of all stores. The U.S. Congress stood on the Capitol steps and sang at the top of their voices, “God bless America.” In the midst of national trial there was unity.
Others of us remember the day President Reagan was shot in the chest and rushed to George Washington University Hospital. In the operating room, Reagan removed his oxygen mask to joke, “I hope you are all Republicans.” The doctors and nurses laughed, and Giordano, a liberal Democrat, replied, “Today, Mr. President, we are all Republicans.” There was in America then too, a sense of unity.
But a greater need than national unity is national humility. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). Nothing causes a nation, or an individual to forget God more quickly and completely than the sin of pride. “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4). Pride requires the exaltation of self and self-interest to front and center.
To see America get back to where the song Congress sang 15 years ago can be answered Americans must get into a position to be blessed. That position is not back turned to God, but knee bent before God.

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