Children in Church

To You Who Bring Small Children to Church
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many; that’s right, encouraging. The little elderly woman who often feels so alone beams with a smile at the sight of you wrestling with your little one. She’s been there before. She knows how hard it can be, but she smiles because to hear that brings back precious memories. To see young parents and their small children actually brightens her day, and she may have just received bad news this week about her health, but seeing the vitality of young ones removes — if but for a moment — her fears.
The older man who always seems to be grouchy notices you too. He’s always talking about how children in this day have no respect or sense of good. But, he sees you — a young family — in church, and you don’t miss any gathering. Like clockwork, he can depend on the sight of you and your young family. You give him hope that maybe the church isn’t doomed after all, because there are still young parents who love God enough to bring their restless children to worship.
Bring your children to church. If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement, and you’re starting off your children’s lives as you should. (Author Unknown)

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When I was only a couple of years old my mother was so embarrassed in church because I was “singing” quite loudly in church, it might have even been the wrong song, and she was trying to get me to be quiet but the folks around us kept telling her, “It’s okay, let him sing. It’s okay, we love it.” A couple people even prophesied “that one is going to be a preacher someday.”

— pastorwardclinton.com

Prayer Based on Psalm 80

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Psalm 80:1-3, 17-19

O Shepherd of Israel, hear us, you who lead Joseph’s flock, shine forth from your throne upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.  O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.

God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.  May your hand be on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength, and we shall never forsake you again: give us life that we may call upon your name.

God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Amen, and Amen

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Making America Godly

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. – Proverbs 17:15

It was a saying of Solon the Athenian lawgiver, that “a Republic walks upon two feet; one being just punishment for the unworthy, the other due regard for the worthy.  If it fail in either of these, it necessarily goes lame.  How much more if it fail in both?”

Form your opinions of others and of right and wrong, not at the prompting of the world, but as though you are under the watchful eye of God.  Because you are, whether you are a friend of God or not.  The PC (politically correct) crowd constantly tries to force us to obey and treat them as gods as they usurp and twist God’s authority.  Those individuals do not realize how awfully they are provoking God, but they will; we Christians ought to pray that they experience punishment from His hand sooner rather than later so that they might have the opportunity to repent.  In all our most secret judgments of men and things we are accountable to Him.  Don’t let that cripple you in your judgments; however, do let it empower you to always make good and proper judgments/decisions.

The majority of Christians seem to have abjured the duty of conscientiousness, and the abjuration is one of the most fearful symptoms of our time.

To abjure is to formally renounce something.  It is to give up a previously held belief, especially formally or solemnly.  One of the most blatant examples is the “ordination” of “priests” who advocate for ongoing, active homosexuality in the church as a practicing homosexual.  Now I know full well that I have just committed blasphemy with the PC crowd but Heaven is doing a slow clap and saying, “About time you started waking up and declaring truth as it is revealed by God in the Holy Bible.  Don’t stop there, because there is so much more.  Do not be kowtowed by the PC crowd, their ways are not God’s ways and their ways shall not successfully stand when the judgment of God comes upon them.”  Don’t like this?  Dial 1-800 TELL-GOD.  (Actually that is probably a “900” number because someone is going to pay the price for not obeying the Word of God.)

Proverb 12:2, “A good man obtaineth favor of the Lord; but a man of wicked devices He will condemn.”

The second abomination to the Lord according to Proverb 17:15 is “he that condemneth the just.”  We must form our opinions of others as under the watchful eye of God and not according to the world’s constantly changing opinion.  Deviancy has been getting defined downward because of a lack of boldness to stand against the PC crowd.  “All it takes for evil to triumph is for the good to fail to take a stand against it,” Edmund Burke. –or words to that effect-  The duty of estimating others as in the sight of God is not by any means a light one, but a most solemn one.  Unholy and unprincipled and unethical life, wherever found, ought to be protested against by the servants of God.  It is a blessing that unethical Hillary does not currently hold a public office; it is a shame that she ever did.  There is a sad tendency among us to overlook those faults (sins) which fall in line with the practice of the day, which consist in the neglect of unwelcome duties, or the committing of lightly esteemed sins.

Men and women who refuse to acknowledge God’s existence do so, in the final analysis, because it is contrary to their manner of living.  They do not want to bow down to the moral claims of a holy God on their lives. – R. C. Sproul

An excerpt from my forthcoming book: “Deeper Faith: Completely Consecrated Christianity”  pastorwardclinton.com

Pray for America

What I believe is that Donald J. Trump has been put in as the President of the United States of America by God… As much as I believe that. I also believe that Satan has the goal to remove him in disgrace. I have never seen a president attacked so viciously as President Trump is. It’s obvious that Satan thought he had this country in his control with his people in charge of things but God has a plan.  It’s not time for the United States to fall as long as God’s people will seek Him, pray, and believe.  We may yet have a brand new Great Awakening – it will be awesome.

Pray first 2nd Chronicles 7:14 and then Pray in accordance with 2nd Timothy 2:1.

Pray for President Donald Trump that God will give him strength to stand against the attacks the enemy is sending to him now…It doesn’t matter what party you belong to, it matters who God has chosen to lead. This country is in better shape than it has been since Ronald Reagan. Jesus said to pray for our leaders. PRAY!

I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity – because as a lover of my county, I trembled at the coming day of wrath. – Harriet Beecher Stowe