Pastor's Corner

2 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

With all the chaos in Washington it seems like individuals there have cast God out of their daily lives.  That might be true for some but it is refreshing to learn that not all are lost.  Christianitytoday.com reports that the White House holds a weekly Bible study open to all the President’s Cabinet members.  Founded in 1996 by Ralph Drollinger, Capitol Ministries has started Bible studies in several state and foreign capitals that includes weekly studies with members of both the U.S. House and the Senate. Drollinger also offers prayer and spiritual support to anyone seeking.  So who attends these studies?  Christian Broadcasting Network reports about a dozen members of the Cabinet gather.  Among those who regularly attend: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Vice President Mike Pence, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt all attend when they are in town.  President Trump has been invited and receives a copy of each week's Bible lesson.  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685908/Cabinet-members-study-Bible-together-weekly.html       https://www.christiantoday.com/article/bible-study-in-donald-trumps-christian-friendly-white-house-is-a-weekly-event-for-the-first-time-in-a-hundred-years/111376.htm

The story was picked up by a few news outlets but you probably will not see it on the evening news.  Why?  Because things like this are not sensational enough to make the nightly news.  Unfortunately all we hear about is North Korea, Trump on Twitter and how dysfunctional our political system is at working together.  Due to this negativity most Americans are led to believe that our country is in a tailspin and all hope is lost. But just like those prophets in Elijah’s day that God hid away in 1 Kings 18:4 (While Jezebel was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.), God has some influential men and women that He is preparing for the right time.  These people have the Presidents ear and they pull a lot of weight on their own.  They have not given up and we cannot either!  

Don’t let the negative media and humanistic influences in our world rob you of your joy! If Satan can trick us into stopping to pray for our country and our leaders, giving up and giving in, then his work is finished.  Elijah was in that boat, thinking he was the only one, but how surprised he must have been when God reminded him that He does not miss a thing.  Go back and read Romans 11.  The people in Paul’s time went through the same thing we are going through now.  What this tells me is that no matter who is in the White House, God is still on the Throne! 

“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him."  1 Kings 19:18

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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