Engaging Your World

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

GOODBYE MOM!


It has been stated here more than once that the Muslim faith is one that demeans people, particularly women, is not interested in peace, but in fact does what it has to in order to see it spread world wide. The rules do not apply to Muslims, and in fact they are changed to accommodate those who intimidate again and again. A great example of this is seen in Egypt where there is a growing trend of judges going against the law they are called to enforce in order to see that children are not raised by any Christians. I am referencing those situations of marriage and divorce where there might be a Muslim man and a Christian woman. Egyptian law's Article 20 is clear that a child is to stay with his or her mother until the age of 15. Here are some recent rulings from the bench in Egypt;

"On Sept. 24, an appeals court defied the statute and awarded custody of 13-year-old twins Andrew and Mario Medhat Ramses Labib to their father. The father divorced his wife to marry another woman and converted to Islam in 1999. He then changed the boys' official religious status and applied for custody in 2006.

"Obviously in this custody decision, it is a flagrant disregard of the Personal Status Law, which ensures custody for the mother until the children are 15 years old," said Hossam Bahgat of the EIPR. "In this case the judiciary chose to ignore statutory law and apply their own interpretation of sharia."


In another case, two sisters, Ashraqat Gohar, 12, and Maria Gohar, 8, were removed from their Christian mother in January. Even though the eldest daughter claims her Muslim father, Wafiq Gohar, is an alcoholic, and he has a criminal history, the girls were placed in his care.

Even when an Egyptian court ordered 3-year-old Barthenia Rezqallah of Tanta to be returned to her Christian mother's custody, police refused to comply. The police fear the child would be raised in a Christian environment rather than an Islamic one."

You see, when it comes to Islam, the law and the rules matter and are enforced only as they support and promote the religion. It is not the welfare of children or women that are a concern in Islam, but rather the spread of Islam. And if it comes to the choice of a childs best interest or Islam, the child loses every time!

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pastor tom
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Monday, November 24, 2008

HOW WAS THE WORKOUT, MR. PRESIDENT-ELECT?


It has been three weeks since the country elected Barak Obama as the new President. A position with more responsibility than any of us could ever imagine. It is also a position that comes with great attention from people of all ages, particularly with this President, who had an extraordinary connection with young people. It is with that understanding that I am puzzled by President-Elect Obama's choice to not attend church somewhere for the last three Sundays. With the world watching and most importantly, the young of the world, Obama has not only not gone to church, but instead has gone to the gym. While there is certainly nothing wrong with going to a gym on Sunday, there does seem to be a disconnect when you can get to the gym but not to church.

Particularly if you campaigned as a man of faith, which Obama did. He states that he has not gone to church due to his not wanting to create unnecessary attention at the church, were he to show up. But he did not have that concern on the campaign trail, when it seemed that he had no problem finding a church to be in on Sunday. And while he could very well begin to attend service in Washington D.C. when he arrives in January, I find it telling that now elected, church does not seem to be a priority.

The young people of our nation will take their cues, for good or ill, from President-Elect Obama. And while I have great trouble with the Black Liberation Theology of the church he attended for decades, and while I certainly do not consider him to be a true follower of Christ, I would hope and pray for the man that in this process he would come to have a true vibrant relationship with Christ Jesus. A relationship whose consequence would be the need to gather with the called out people of God on Sunday and proclaim the Glory due His name!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

THE CUT AND PASTE GOSPEL OF TONY JONES!

In our homosexually indoctrinated, man at the center of the world, biblically weak, church culture, we have people like Tony Jones, making statements like this;

"I now believe that GLBTQ can live lives in accord with biblical Christianity (at least as much as any of us can!) and that their monogamy can and should be sanctioned and blessed by church and state."

Tony Jones is a professing believer in Christ who is a national youth leader. Someone who is spoken highly of by many evangelical leaders and publications. And tragically he works and speaks often to youth. I say tragically because that mean he has the opportunity to pass on his heretical, demonically inspired beliefs to the youth of our country. It is Satan himself who would agree with the church blessing homosexual marriage, as it is the complete opposite of Gods design for marriage. In fact we could say that it is Anti- Christ to believe what Tony Jones puts forth.

But I will leave that obvious point to itself. I just have one simple question for Tony Jones and all who hold to his statement to consider. Why should it matter that homosexuals are monogamous? If we do not care about the definition of marriage being what God says, heterosexual, why should we care about monogamy? Why does Tony Jones get to hold to that ideal, while casting aside the all important one about marriage? The answer is that Tony Jones does what the Emergent Church is known for, the cut and paste of Scripture. Take what you like and discard what you do not. The problem is once you begin to do that you have damaged the Gospel and in fact have come up with a much different Gospel than the one of the Bible.

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:8 that anyone who preaches a different gospel is to be accursed. That means you Tony Jones!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

GETTING IT DONE!

Officials in North Korea are are quite upset these days, in fact some reports are using the word "enraged". What has them so upset are plastics bags that are being dropped into the country via gas filled balloons. It is the content that is maddening to them, as inside of these bags are gospel pamphlets. Hundreds of thousands have been dropped into the country. The pamphlets say, "The Bible tells us that 'God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life" (John 3:16). We love God because He first loved us. God loved you so much that He sent His only Son to die to save you-and He rose from the dead and is watching over you today. That is why you have found this paper."

This is all the work of an organization that must remain nameless in order to protect themselves and those they have on the inside of North Korea working for them. Praise God for these brave men and women who are using their lives to reach the lost in North Korea. Praise God for their courage and ingenuity. Praise God that there are still heroes of the faith who are willing to go and do whatever and whenever for their King Jesus. It does us all good to hear these great contemporary examples of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are on the front lines serving.

What we all should take from this is that God will do extraordinary things through ordinary people. Our job is to be available and willing, and He will give us all we need to do what it is that He is calling us to do. What is it that He might be calling you to do? Is it impossible? Is it beyond you? Is it something that could only be done by God? Perfect, as that is exactly the type of thing the Lord would have us commit to. That way when it gets done, He gets all the glory, as it will be something that only He could have accomplished. So while you pray for the people of North Korea, and I hope you do, pray for direction for what great thing God wants to accomplish through you!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!

Well here we go, the beginning of the Obama era. And to start things off it looks like he is going to give Hillary Clinton the powerful position of Secretary of State. Which means she will be the one handling the diplomacy on behalf of the United States around the world. It means when Obama decides it is time to have those negotiations with insane people like the leader of Iran, our hopes and welfare as a nation and as a people will rest with Hillary Clinton. And the strange thing is that most people have come to accept and like her, which demonstrates how far left President elect Obama is. He is so liberal he makes Mrs. Clinton look appealing.

We are about to witness the most liberal, socialist Presidency ever. The President who believes in spreading the wealth around, as Marx did, might just appoint as Secretary of State a woman who tried to socialize health care under her husbands administration. This Presidency is going to be something to behold. The good news is that it will not take long for people to crave good old American Conservative principals, which means 2010 will be a great year for the right, and Obama can plan on one term, as most Democratic Presidents do!

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pastor tom
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

STILL THE PLACE!

Kandhar Afghanistan is considered to be the Taliban's birthplace. Wednesday at the Mirwais Mena girls' school fifteen girls, both students and teachers were attacked for simply going to school. For having the nerve and audacity to go to school these girls had acid thrown on them. Acid that ripped through their clothing, scarred their faces and left them afraid to go back, terrorized. The interesting thing about this is the UN calling the attack a "hideous crime". I find their reaction disingenuous and hypocritical as they have done nothing to address the reasons for these types of attacks, which is Islam. All over the world there are hideous crimes as they put it, and they more often than not have an Islamic undertone. We see women stoned in Islamic countries, we see them shot in the head, we see them incredibly mistreated on a regular basis, and yet the UN never sees fit to do anything about it. The United Nations has become nothing more than a front for Islam. They find it very easy to criticize and bring the hammer down on Israel, yet they cannot find it within themselves to ever truly deal with Islamic terror around the world.

This is why the United States of America is so critical to our world. With all, or most countries lining up behind the Crescent Moon flag and all the abuses therein, it will be our country that offers hope and freedom, still. It cannot be alright with us that girls are treated this way. That can never sit right with us. While we cannot always do something immediate about it, we can always be the voice of reason and humanity. We can always be the humane answer to inhumane actions. And it has always been the United States that sends the most money, brings in the most workers, and frankly cares the most about people like these poor terrorized girls. It is the genius of our founders and our country. In spite of all our problems we are still the worlds best hope. We are still the place where courage is found when it is lacking everywhere else. We are still that place, at least for now!

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pastor tom
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Friday, November 14, 2008

BORN IN THE USA?

There has been a lot of talk about President -Elect Obama. From his religion, to his schooling, to his drug use, to his ideology, to his friends etc etc. But there is one continuing question that seems a bit more troubling to me, and that is the place of his birth. There have been a number of law suits filed, both state and federal seeking proof of Obama's place of birth, and at this point to no avail. The Obama camp answers that Hawaii has verified that he was born there. But what Hawaii provides for proof isn't evidence that the President-Elect is a natural born citizen because it doesn't reveal the hospital where Obama was born, a doctor's name or the baby's footprint, according the Associated Press. The million dollar question in all of this is why doesn't President -Elect Obama simply come forth and produce those documents? Why would he not?

One possible answer is devastating to consider, and that would be if in fact he was not born in Hawaii but in Kenya, as his grandmother attests to. If this is the reason for not coming forth, there are some amazing consequences, not the least of which is that Obama would be ineligible to be President. If it were proven that he was not born in this country, that would mean he could not hold the office according to the Constitution. Which would leave our country in a very precarious position, to uphold the Constitution and see the largest and wildest race riots ever, or look the other way and allow the man to serve, finding or creating some weak loophole or exception.

I would strongly advocate and insist that the Constitution must be upheld, regardless of consequence. If Obama were truly not born in our country, then we must obey what the founders set in place for our great country. If we deny or ignore the constitution then we will be no better than............oh yeah President elect Obama. For the sake of our country, let us hope and pray the man was born in the United States, so we can move forward with the great issues of the day. But if he was not , let us also have the courage of our founders to do the right thing!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WARTIME STRATEGY FOR YOUR FAMILY. DO YOU HAVE ONE?

In the continuing discovery of all the things about our country that are anti Christ, we come to bus ads. The American Humanist Association is spending $40,000.00 on ads in the Washington D.C. area that appear in a variety of city metro buses. The ad says this; "Why believe in a god? Just do good for goodness sake." There is a person in the ads dressed up in a Santa outfit around which those words appear. There is a point to be made that it is the freedom we have in this country that allows such an ad, but even that point is growing dim, as you and I know that speech is free until and unless you bring Jesus Christ into the picture.

These ads will be seen by thousands of impressionable young people as they ride the bus, and the question will resonate in their minds. Which is why we need to be all the more diligent to preach and teach the Word of God to our young people. We are living and they are growing up in an anti Christian nation. We are no longer a Christian nation, nor are we a post Christian nation, but in fact we are an anti Christian nation. We have become a country that is hostile to the Lord Jesus Christ, and His followers. This is the world our young people are growing up in. A place where they will be ridiculed should they display their faith publicly. A country where school is no longer a safe haven for the kids. We can no longer believe that our children will be protected in school, but in fact we must worry if their attacker and persecutors will be their teachers.

Lets us accept the challenge and teach our young people to be apologists for the faith. Not that they apologize for anything, but rather they are able to defend their faith and are ready to give the reason for the hope that is in them. So when they see an ad that asks why believe in a god, they can answer rightly. That they do not believe in a god, that is of no use or benefit to anyone. Rather they believe in THE GOD, the maker of heaven and earth. He is not only to be believed in, but worshipped, revered, and yes feared, as one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. These are the things we want the next generation to believe and express, as they will have great opportunities that we never have had. They will see things we have never seen. They will face hostility unlike anything we have ever had to face.

Dad, Mom, it is up to you to see that your kids are ready for what is coming. That means you find a church where the Word of God is seriously exposited. Not a place that tickles your ears and seeks to meet all of your felt needs. But a place where Gods Word is held high, taught, believed and lived out in the lives of the believers in that fellowship. Find that church and plant yourself there. See to it that your kids are there whenever the doors are open, as you must develop a war time strategy for their survival. You do not know how long the Lord will leave you on this earth to help them, so do not wait any longer. Get your priorities right so when the Lord does call you home, you leave behind warriors for God , who happen to carry your last name!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

IT IS NOW HERE!

It is interesting to watch the progress of the homosexual movement. They have achieved most of the goals they set forth in their 1972 platform. One of the areas where the most progress has been seen is in the Bible believing church. It is there that you see the progress most vividly, as many who would once call homosexuality a sin, a perversion of Gods design for marriage, now would cringe at such talk. People who once would stand on the Word of God now are taking positions of apathy, lethargy and even the advocating of such behavior. Many professed believers find is distasteful to speak the biblical truth about homosexuality. It has become an achievement of gnostic like status to see homosexuality as something other than sin. Tolerance is the altar that many who name Christ as their Savior, bow to.

Well this past Sunday in Michigan, while service was going on in Mount Hope Church in Lansing Michigan, a group of homosexuals decided to make themselves known. "Bash Back", as they are called, disrupted the service in ways that would once have been unthinkable. From the wires;

"According to a blog posting by Nick De Leeuw on Right Michigan, the Bash Back organization orchestrated a protest in front of Mount Hope Church to draw the church's security staff away from the sanctuary. Then Bash Backers who had dressed up and infiltrated worshippers took action. According to De Leeuw, "Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony.

Jesus was gay,' they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss," he wrote. He cited the Bash Back organization's own announcement of other items members brought into the church, including "a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, pink fabric. ..."

Once this sickening demonstration was finished, the pastor led the congregation in prayer for these people, a noble and Christ like act. But make no mistake about it, the climate has changed. The homosexual movement is encouraged by the election of a pro homosexual President. They are encouraged by the lack of courage and resolve in the followers of Christ, and they are now on the offensive in ways we have never seen in our country. Understand this was not some far away country, this was Michigan! The homosexuals have put everyone who oppose their lifestyle on notice, either get on board with their movement or be crushed. Soon they will have the law behind them in this country as it is in Canada.

It will soon be hate speech to speak of homosexuality as a sin, as something that Christ can forgive at Calvary. It will be hate speech worthy of a fine or even imprisonment to speak of homosexuality as a perversion. The lines are clearly being drawn and soon there will be no room for fence sitters or line walkers. You will either stand for God and His Word and His Son, and face the punishment that comes with that stance, or you will deny Christ and His Word, giving in to the pressure of the culture.
Praise God that we will be given this glorious opportunity. It is a privilege to suffer for our Savior. It is an honor to be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of His name. And this is the honor that is coming soon to all who name Jesus Christ as their King. Let us begin to pray now for one another that in that moment we would stand and make the decision that gives God the most glory. Let us begin to pray now for one another that we would not cave in due to our loved ones, or our perceived need to be free or to stay on this earth. Let us pray that we will, in that moment, follow the footsteps of the Apostles, the Prophets and all the courageous men and women who have given their all, literally for the sake of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTIN LUTHER!

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the great men in all of Gods history. Martin Luther was born on this day, November 10th five hundred and twenty years ago, 1483. Here was a man who had a zealous love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave his life for the cause of Christ, in the midst of much opposition, persecution and criticism. Luther as we know was the one who posted the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenburg Church, an event said to have begun the Protestant Reformation. We have so much to be thankful for when it comes to Luther and the life he lived. From the printing of the Word of God, to the courageous opposition to the ever powerful Papacy, he was an example in word and deed.

What is often overlooked though, is his conversion. In the midst of his struggle with his own sinfulness in the light of the holiness of God, Luther came to a point of hating God. In the midst of the life of a monk, Luther came to hate God. The perceived weight of the Law was too much for him to bare. Until he came to the passages that spoke of the justification that is by faith. When Luther learned from Scripture that the righteous are those who are justified by faith, the chains fell off. His encounter with Gods grace and mercy through the Word of God, is a powerful example of how it is that Scripture saves people. Luther came to faith in Christ through his encounter with the living Word of God. And God through His Word, radically saved this troubled monk.

The rest at they say, is history, and what a great history it is. Happy Birthday Martin, and thank you for a life well lived!

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

GOD KNOWS!


Some thing happened Friday that went completely under the radar. While President elect Obama was giving his first press conference,getting information wrong and offending Nancy Reagan in the process, O.J. Simpson was in court being told that his request for a new trial was denied. Mr. Simpson came to court in shackles and a prison uniform and it appears that he will spend most of the rest of his life, if not all of it in jail. Simpson as you know was found guilty of a number of charges including kidnapping and eerily he was found guilty on that exact anniversary date of his acquittal for the murder of his wife.

Even though he was found innocent many years ago in the criminal trial, most people understood he was guilty. And in a later civil trial he was found guilty, yes with a lesser burden of proof, but for anyone who followed the trial it was clear he murdered his wife and Ron Goldman. While it seemed that he got away with murder here he was some years later being found guilty, here he is today being denied a new trial and soon he will be sentenced to what will amount to a life sentence.

I am reminded by all of this that Gods Word tells us that our ways will be found out. What is done in private will be made known. This should give those of you who have been wronged without vindication, peace, knowing that God does not let anything go undone. He will right all the wrongs and balance all of the accounts. It might not be in the time frame that you would like but He will bring justice to those that deserve it. It is a great comfort to know that no one gets anything by our Lord. He knows the motives of the heart and the truth about all situations, and He will bring glory to His name, by how He exposes those who need to be exposed.

O. J. Simpson believed he got away with murder, like many who live their lives today believing they too have gotten away with something. But they, like Simpson will also have their day of exposure. And one can only hope in that day it will either bring them to true faith in the Lord, or bring them to a place of repenting as His child. Either way it will resound to His glory!

Friday, November 07, 2008

WILL YOU PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED?

This Sunday is another occasion for the worldwide church to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters. While those of us who live in this part of the world have little if any idea of what actually happens daily to those persecuted, it is good for us to try to understand, so that we will pray. I believe our prayers are dictated by the passions of our heart. The mom who prays for her sick child, prays in a way unlike any other. It is what permeates our hearts that dictates our prayers. The cry of King David in the psalms as he begs his God to not leave him, but rather, forgive him. To help our hearts get in line with the reality that is persecution of followers of Christ around the world, I give you this tragic report from the wires;


"India's Communist Party estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa, 12 times more than official government claims of only 40 homicides. One official said he personally authorized "cremation of more than 200 bodies" found in jungles after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 24. Thousands of homes and churches have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee the violence. Mission Network News estimates 5,000 Christian homes have been burned, 200 churches ruined, 10,000 people remain in government-operated refugee camps, and tens of thousands are living in forests – many seriously wounded."

This is just a fraction of what is happening around the world today. The question becomes, does it stir your heart at all? Does it make you want to pray for those who are your spiritual family who right now are suffering and in the midst of dying for their faith. They are right now thinking of their loved ones and if they will ever see them again. They are trying to survive for one more breath. Will you pray for them? Please do.

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA!

And more good news from election night. Now that might sound strange to those of you who are still wallowing in the misery that comes from having elected the first socialist, Marxist, radically pro abortion President. But take heart there is more good news. In California, yes liberal California, there was a vote on Proposition 8 that would overturn the Supreme Court decision that granted homosexual couples the right to wed. It was a vote on homosexual and lesbian marriage. A yes vote would mean that it would be outlawed and that marriage in the state could only be between a man and a woman. Of course we would expect in California that the vote would be for the homosexuals, as it is California.

Well the results are in and once again my position has been reinforced. I have stated all along that every state if given the chance to vote would vote for traditional marriage between one man and one woman. California has decided, and 52% to 48% they voted to outlaw homosexual and lesbian marriage! That's right, it is not a misprint or a typo, liberal California voted for marriage being between one man and one woman, and outlawed the perversion that is homosexual and lesbian marriage. Which tells us again that the country is conservative, it is center right, a fact the Republican party would have done well to take note of.

So while the most unqualified, most liberal, most inexperienced man with the most dangerous and questionable of associations was being elected President, the people of California were reminding us who truly makes up this great country of ours.

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

TAKE HEART, ALL IS WELL!

It has been a while since my last post and it is on the occasion of the election of Barack Obama to the office of President that I begin anew this blog. First lets consider the positive part of this election. The turnout was fantastic which means that many people took advantage of the privilege we have as Americans to exercise our right to vote. It is to the honor of all of those who have fought and bled and even died for us to have this right. This is a good thing. Second, a black man was voted in as President. We are not that far from the Jim Crowe days. We are not that far from Martin Luther King Jr. speaking and marching and sharing his dream. Yet only some forty years later here we are electing a black President, which speaks well of how far we have come as a country when it comes to race. The negatives of this election are apparently many, from socialist economic policies to big brother shutting down free speech on the air waves. But the greatest and most tragic reality of this election is that we have elected the most pro abortion candidate ever. We now have a President elect who will do his very best to see abortion more frequent, more accessible, and more affordable with you and I paying the bill.

But all is not lost on this night. Gods Word tells us that He is in control. That He is the one who put Obama in office as President. He raises up one nation and brings down another, and that includes the election of Barack Obama. We ask why, and God says my ways are not your ways and my thoughts are not your thoughts. But here is one possible reason that I can think of, and that is the furtherance of the Gospel! Maybe Obama has been elected for us to be the salt and light we are supposed to be. To be sure there will be more abortions, more homosexual indoctrination, and more attack on the Word of God. And this is where we are called to stand up for Christ. So do not despair, this is our time. Our God is in control and He has called us to represent Him well in these the darkest of days. So brothers, sisters, pray for our new President, he is young and without experience and will need all of our prayers. And rejoice with confidence that this is all part of Gods plan to further His Gospel throughout the world!

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pastor tom
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