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      Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 11:32 PM
      Subject: daily devotional (Mon. 7-1-2002)Liveprayer.com


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      > SPECIAL: ONE NATION.....UNDER GOD!!!
      >
      > DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY JULY 1, 2002
      > ( Deuteronomy 8:19, Proverbs 14:34 )
      >
      > One nation...under GOD!!! I purposely wanted to wait a few days
      for the
      > emotion of the court ruling on this issue to settle down a bit
      before I
      > commented. First and most important, let me assure you 100% that
      this
      will
      > NEVER become law. Most likely in a review by the entire panel of
      the 9th
      > circuit, it will be overturned, or, the Supreme Court will over
      turn it,
      or
      > if it EVER came to this, the Congress will simply make a
      Constitutional
      > amendment to overturn it. So don't worry, "one nation, under God"
      will
      NOT
      > be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance. To magnify this point,
      the very
      > judge who wrote the majority opinion (2-1) put a hold on his
      ruling the
      very
      > next day, pending a review of the entire panel of the 9th Circuit
      Court.
      >
      > I do have to say that a by-product of this was the
      predictable "outcry"
      from
      > many of our nations Christian leaders and organizations. I have
      always
      told
      > you people the truth and won't stop today. I was actually
      saddened by the
      > fact this ruling that EVERYONE who studied it understood would
      NEVER be
      > upheld, was used immediately in direct mail campaigns by
      ministries to
      'give
      > to save our nation". We are by far the largest interactive
      Christian
      > website in the world. I received 39 separate petitions to "change
      this
      > ruling" from mostly very well know nation ministries. Let me tell
      you
      > something right now. Your name on a petition like that won't
      change the
      > name of tea in China. It is simply a ploy by ministries to get
      your email
      > address, get other personal information from you so that they can
      get you
      on
      > their mailing list. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PETITION LIKE THAT IN
      THE
      HISTORY
      > OF OUR NATION THAT HAS EVER CHANGED ANYTHING!!!! One of the
      saddest
      things
      > to me personally was the way the "Christian leadership" used this
      event to
      > rile up the masses and find a way to personally benefit from it.
      I find
      > that as appalling as the ruling itself!
      >
      > Having said that, let me tell you the REAL story behind this court
      opinion
      > that WILL be overturned. Like 9/11, like all throughout the Old
      testament,
      > it is a wake up call to the people of faith, the Christians of this
      nation!
      > Let
      > me say right now, what happened in this ruling is OUR FAULT. All
      of the
      > ungodly rulings from our courts the last 40 years, including the
      legalized
      > slaughter of tens of millions of innocent lives, is OUR FAULT!
      In THE
      > EARLY 60's, the church started to become an insignificant part of
      the
      lives
      > of many Americans. A nation founded and built on Christina
      ideals, had
      > gotten to a place that many simply did not think God was
      important. In
      that
      > decade you saw the rise of the women's lib movement, the birth of
      the
      > movement amongst those who viewed homosexuality as a legitimate
      choice.
      For
      > the last 40 years, we have simply lost almost 2 full generations
      of people
      > to the TRUTH of the Bible and to a commitment to a relationship
      with Jesus
      > Christ. THAT IS OUR FAULT. WE ARE NOW REAPING WHAT WE HAVE
      SOWN!!!!
      >
      > All that has happened to the Christians in this nation is simply a
      > by-product of the apathy the CHRISTIANS have expressed over the
      last 40
      > years. What happened in Roe v Wade was OUR FAULT. What happened
      this
      past
      > week was OUR FAULT. We need to quit blaming the world at large
      for these
      > issues, and accept the responsibility that we have simply net been
      doing
      our
      > job effectively!
      >
      > What can YOU do? Pray and serve. Today is a wake up call for
      all of
      God's
      > children to realize how serious this battle is. We have it way
      too easy
      > here in the United States. We have the freedom to worship God any
      way
      that
      > we want, we face minimal if any persecution, we have the
      resources of
      the
      > greatest nation in the world. Yet despite all of that, the
      majority of
      > God's children here are spiritually fat and lazy. We pay very
      little cost
      > to be called a child of God. I think about those early
      Christians, how
      they
      > sat in the Roman prisons, waiting to be fed to the lions. They
      knew that
      > there was a price to be a Christian, and were happy to pay it. I
      think
      > about how a handful of common men after our Lord's death, burial,
      and
      > resurrection turned the world of their day upside down with the
      Good News
      > of Jesus Christ. How? They were sold out and committed to share
      the
      Gospel
      > with everyone. They knew the price of being a Christian was their
      very
      > life. It no longer belonged to them, but belonged to God.
      >
      > I pray that today will be a wake up call in your life that being a
      Christian
      > has a price attached to it. So many are focused on this brief
      time here,
      > instead of the eternity that awaits each of us. They forget that
      their
      role
      > here is to be a servant, not be served. I take this message today
      to the
      > masses, because the majority of the spiritual leaders of our day
      have no
      > vision, they have no leadership skills, they have no fire to send
      the
      people
      > of God out into this sin-filled and evil world and proclaim that
      Jesus
      > Christ is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!!!!!! My word for
      you
      > tonight is quit waiting for your pastor, or some evangelist, or a
      TV
      > preacher, or anyone else to do great things for God. THAT IS WHY
      GOD HAS
      > RAISED YOU UP IN THESE LAST DAYS. TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR HIM. No
      football
      > player ever won the Super Bowl, no baseball player ever won the
      World
      Series
      > by sitting in he stands. You have to get out on the field and
      work hard
      > every day, give it 100%, and expect God to use you to share the
      hope and
      > love of Christ with this dying world. I PRAY TONIGHT THAT YOU
      WILL NEVER
      BE
      > THE SAME AGAIN, THAT EVERYONE WHO DIED IN THIS TRAGEDY TODAY WILL
      BE A
      > REMINDER TO YOU THAT THE ENEMY IS OUT TO KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY,
      AND
      THAT
      > GOD HAS CALLED YOU!!!!...YOU!!!...FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!!!!!!
      >
      > I love you and care about you so much. I am not afraid of the
      events of
      > today, I am challenged by them. I see them as an incredible
      opportunity
      to
      > share Christ with a world that is hurting, lost, and looking for
      answers.
      > We have the answers for this world, and they are in a personal
      relationship
      > with the Lord Jesus Christ. Bad things will happen to good people
      in this
      > evil world until God brings this world to an end. We ARE living
      in the
      end
      > times according to Scripture. We each have a responsibility as a
      Christian
      > to be about our Father's business until either Christ comes or God
      tells
      us
      > our work here is over and calls us home. May we never forget that
      we must
      > work while it is still light, that night is coming. May you and
      your
      family
      > be richly blessed during these extraordinary times in which we
      live.
      >
      > A dear friend of mine who does not believe in God recently wrote
      that
      > "Christians were an insignificant gaggle of humanity". I took his
      words
      to
      > heart. While our forefathers were anything BUT an "insignificant
      gaggle,
      I
      > am sad to say his words may be true of the Christians of today.
      If Jesus
      > tarries, we MUST become significant in our culture today. That
      will ONLY
      > happen if we take our faith seriously and rise up. The ruling on
      the
      > "Pledge" is nothing more then a wake-up call.
      >
      > IN GOD WE TRUST!!!!!
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