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America Return To Your First Love

“Thou hast left thy first love.”   Revelation 2:4 We had such a great beginning!  Our constitutional republic was built upon a solid foundation of freedom, liberty, rebellion against tyranny and, most importantly, faith and trust in God.  The Word of God was a part of our schooling from kindergarten on up.  There were churches absolutely everywhere and they were all full every Sunday.  Most people had biblical ideas about what was good and what was evil and, for the most part, we shunned that which is evil and celebrated life and wisdom and that which is good.  But somewhere along the way we left our first love, and we have fallen. We no longer teach our children the Word of God in the schools, we have taken the ten commandments down off the courthouse walls, and even down off the church walls, and we celebrate that which God calls abominable.  Is it any wonder we are in the pitiful state we are in? We have shunned wisdom, and so we have insanity.  We have shunned Christ, and so we hav

It’s All About Jesus

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”   Revelation 5:11-14 We have here before us an awesome scene. The imagery of Revelation chapters four and five is ripe with symbolism, types and shadows, but what leaps out at me is the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is the center of everything. “. . . Lo

From Someone Who Lived There

As I write this, I am somewhat numb.  Anyone who has followed my ministry for a while knows that until 2018 my family and I lived in Uvalde, Texas. When I moved to Uvalde, I was fresh out of college.  My whole life was in front of me and I was ablaze with the fire of youthful zeal and enthusiasm.  I had answered the call of God to preach just a few years prior to attending college, and had served as a youth minister at a couple of churches in central and southwest Texas during and prior to college, then God called me to minister to the youth of Uvalde full time.  We held youth meetings and Bible Studies there, and in the surrounding area, as well as several area-wide evangelistic meetings, from 1986 until 2018, when the LORD called us up to Michigan to start a church. Shortly after I moved to Uvalde, my wife and I were married, and began our life together in Uvalde.  Our children were all born in Uvalde, four of whom were born in the very hospital you have seen on the new

Were You There?

There is an old song that goes “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?  Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble!” If you had been there that dreadful day, watching our Lord and Master as He hung there, stripped and bleeding upon that cruel cross, what would you have done? Would you have run away and hidden as so many of His disciples had done?  They ran for fear of their lives.  They had followed Him, and for all they knew, they would die with Him.  This one who had given such words of wisdom and hope!  How could this be happening? Would you have disassociated yourself from Him as sharply as Peter had done earlier that day?  He vehemently denied the charge that He knew Christ, and then trembled in horror and disgrace as he heard the cock crow, for His Lord had foretold it. Would you have gathered around to witness this dreadful scene?  There were indeed those who were His followers in the crowd.  These were not scared off by this tragic scene.  They loved Him, and wanted to be with

What Shall We Do?

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:8-10 We are at a time of great national distress.  No one alive can remember a worse time of national distress and division as what we are witnessing, and all indications are, it is going to get worse. Our national sins have risen high above our heads, and that sin has a consequence.  Like the law of gravity, it cannot be changed and it cannot be avoided. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  We have sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind. What shall we do? In our pitiful state, our hope may be found in God’s Word. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; the

The Greatest Need of the Day Is Repentance

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”   2 Chronicles 7:14 There is much talk today about the need for prayer and revival.  Prayer is indeed essential, and if there was ever a desperate need for revival, it is in this dark and evil day. But prayers will not be heard, nor will revival ever come, without genuine heartfelt repentance and obedience on the part of God’s people. In our text, God gives clear instruction for revival and blessing. First of all, He says, “If my people, which are called by my name . . .”   This message is to God’s people only.  No other people can ask for revival and it be given except God’s people.  It is they who can bend His ear regarding this matter, and they only. God’s instruction to His people is that we must humble ourselves.  There can be no prideful arrogance about us, no conceit,

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”   Psalm 46:1-5 In times of trouble, the redeemed of God need not fear.  Our Great God is bigger than any trouble we will ever face.   In the fiercest of tempests, we can be in perfect peace because  He who calmed the raging storm with a word is with us, and He will deliver us.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Cast all your cares upon the Great Saviour, for He cares for you. He said  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest