What to Do When the Mighty Fall

What to Do When the Mighty Fall

2 Samuel 1:17-27

(17)  And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

(18)  (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

(19)  The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

(20)  Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

(21)  Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

(22)  From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

(23)  Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

(24)  Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

(25)  How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

(26)  I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

(27)  How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

The world of many Christians has been shaken this week with two great blows.  The unthinkable fall of one mighty man of God and another mighty man of God leaving a thriving church unexpectedly.  The circumstances are different, but the results of hurt, disbelief and injury to the cause of Christ are the same.  Every generation must face the pain of fallen heroes.  Many in our church are young Christians and have never felt this type of pain, while others who may be more mature have been insulated from this unusual kind of hurt.  America is replete with born-again believers sitting on the sidelines of God’s work because they do not know how to handle the unimaginable disappointment of fallen leaders.  I thank God for the army of Christians who have served God for many years through many dangers, toils and snares while the amazing grace of God has kept their eyes firmly fixed on our worthy Lord.   (more…)

Phony Study links Being ‘Born-Again’ to Brain Atrophy

As the “enlightened and intelligent” people of the world get more creative in trying to remove God and His influence from mainstream thought, it becomes increasingly more apparent that “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”.

After the long-held belief by some atheists that people who believe in God are delusional or suffering from a psychosis, now the medical studies seeking to disprove the reality of faith begin.  The following study suggests that those who claim to be born again are actually suffering from a shrinkage in the hippocampus of the brain.

Being ‘Born-Again’ Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

Oh, now I understand.  All of us who believe in God are not just crazy.  Some of us are actually suffering from a physical brain malady.  That clears everything up!  (Sarcasm intended)

Regardless of how foolish the world becomes in trying to disprove our God and disdain our faith, the truth remains.  God is real.  Jesus saves those that believe.  The Holy Spirit indwells believers. Heaven is our home. The Bible is the Word of God.

Romans 3:3-4b “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (4) God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;”

As the lies begin to pile up and the world becomes more bold against God, the truth becomes more evident to those who have eyes to see it and ears to hear it.  Let the heathen rage – our faith remains strong.

Signs of Culture War visible in Rhode Island

Just weeks after the unbelievable decision of a Rhode Island school principal that a mural that depicted a family consisting of a Father, Mother and Child was offensive (Story), many are wondering what is not offensive any more.  It is obvious that the culture is reeling trying find itself.  After many in leadership have disregarded or denied our countries Christian heritage (Story), the culture has lost its Biblical anchor for many of its traditional moral and ethical values.  Under the guise of the illusive and misunderstood “Separation of Church and State”, which is not found in any founding documents, God has been removed from our schools and most government endeavors.  In January the court ordered a Rhode Island school to remove a generic prayer banner that had hung in the school for 65 years because of 1 teen (out of over 1200 students) who claimed to be an atheist said it offended non-christians.  (Story)

Through the erroneous view of “Separation of Church and State”, the government has even sought to silence our pulpits about political issues and elections by threatening action from the ever-expanding power of the IRS.  As we approach the most important election in our lifetime, we must hear a clear Biblical perspective from our nations pulpits.

Now “political correctness” has become the new enforcer of progressive speech and thinking.  If anyone dare to voice opposition to  the “enlightened positions” regarding sexuality, family, politics, fairness, morality, justice, etc, there are a variety of names, conditions, -isms and phobias ready to be assigned to you.  Do you have the courage to stand for truth?  We will see.  You will get your chance.

The enemies of God are taking advantage of the confusion in our country while trying to remove every reminder of God’s presence and commandments.  Before you read the short article below, let me remind you of two crucial Bible verses pertaining to our country.

Psalm 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Psalm 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

The fate of America does not rest in the hands of those in Washington, but in the hearts  of God’s people.  Will we turn to the Lord with all of our hearts, or will we sit by quietly as we watch our country and communities fall apart?

2 Chronicles 7:14  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.

What can you do?  Walk with God today.  Yield to Him fully.  Tell someone about Jesus today.  Join a good Bible preaching church like CCBC.  Help your pastor fulfill the vision God has given him for your area.  Ask God to forgive the collective sins of our country and bring revival.

Atheist group demands Rhode Island city remove cross from atop war memorial

Published April 25, 2012

FoxNews.com

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    A national atheist organization is seeking to remove this cross from a 91-year-old war memorial in Woonsocket, R.I., claiming it violates separation of church and state.

A national atheist organization is demanding that a Rhode Island city remove a cross from a 91-year-old memorial honoring hometown soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their county.

Although the memorial has stood in the parking lot of the Woonsocket fire station for decades with no complaints, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is now calling for it to be stripped of the cross that sits atop it, claiming it violates the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause. The group also wants the Woonsocket Fire Department to remove “The Firefighter’s Prayer” and a picture of an angel from its website.

Atheist group wants firefighter’s 91-year-old war memorial and prayer removed: MyFoxBOSTON.com

“We ask that you immediately remove the cross from the Fire Station parking lot and remove the prayer and angel from the Woonsocket Fire Department website,” the foundation’s senior staff attorney, Rebecca Market, wrote in a letter to Woonsocket officials.

The memorial was erected nearly a century ago to honor the city’s war dead, including three brothers killed in World War I. Mayor Leo Fontaine told the Woonsocket Call he will not remove the cross “under any circumstances.”

Tom Poole, a disabled veteran, is one of many former soldiers in Woonsocket trying to protect the memorial cross, MyFoxBoston.com reports.

Roger Jalette, a longtime Woonsocket City Councilor, told FOX 25 that it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight the group in court. The city is currently facing the possibility of bankruptcy and does not necessarily have the money to fight this battle.