How much longer will we be favored?

Psalm 44:3 "For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them." (NKJV)

Here in Psalm 44:3, it speaks of the Israelites being given the Promised Land "because God favored them." The Psalmist acknowledges that the Israelites' conquest of the land did not come about due to their fierceness or military strength. Their success did not depend upon their own efforts or skills. Their achievement was made possible by One Source--that source of their blessing was God, and God alone. All of which prompts a very pertinent question for America today. How much longer will we as a nation be blessed by God's favor when people march in parades to celebrate the sins of the LGBTQ community, or when countless babies are slaughtered week after week by Planned Parenthood, or when arrogant, demeaning, rude and hate-filled words continue to emanate from the very top of our countries political leadership--both from Democrats and especially from the top of the Republican panicle of power? Just a few matters to ponder as we approach the Fourth of July celebration this week. -- Pastor Darvin

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1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  (NKJV)

“A thousand voices clamor for our attention, and a thousand causes vie for our support. But until we have learned to be satisfied with fellowship with God, until he is our rock and our fortress, we will be restless with our place in the world.”  Erwin W. Lutzer

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Be careful of the things you say.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (NKJV)

Matthew 12:36  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (NKJV)

“Words are born in the heart, not in the head.”  Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

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1 Timothy 1:18-19  18  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19  having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck. (NKJV)

“A sleeping pill will never take the place of a clear conscience.” Eddie Cantor (1892-1964)

“An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“A man could not have anything upon his conscience if God did not exist, for the relationship between the individual and God, the God-relationship, is the conscience, and that is why it is so terrible to have even the least thing upon one's conscience, because one is immediately conscious of the infinite weight of God.”  Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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There will be no justice until we all walk humbly with God.

Micah 6:8 No, the LORD has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. (TEV)

"The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." Horace Greeley (1811-1872)

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Proverbs 12:22  The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (NIV)

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  George Washington (1732-1799)

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Hebrews 10:24-25  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together [yeah—that means going to Church on Sunday], as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT2)

“A man's Sunday self and his weekday self are like two halves of a round trip ticket; not good if detached.”  Lee H. Bristol, Jr. (1923-1979)

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“Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.” Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

And what does that mean?

“For the early Christians, koinonia was not the frilly "fellowship" of church-sponsored, biweekly little meetings to ponder the latest self-help book. It was not coffee, donuts and small talk in the Fellowship Hall before Sunday School. It was an almost unconditional sharing of their lives with the other members of Christ's body.”  [Adapted from Ronald J. Sider]

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

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“God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of reason make faith a necessity.” -- Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

“If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would be no longer wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof.” --  Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)

“Faith and sight are set in opposition to each other in Scripture, but not faith and reason.... True faith is essentially reasonable because it trusts in the character and the promises of God. A believing Christian is one whose mind reflects and rests on these certitudes.” -- John R. W. Stott (1921-2011)

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (NLT2)

1 Corinthians 13:12  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (NASB)

2 Corinthians 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.  (NASB)

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“I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.” Proverbs 7:7 (NIV)

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”—Unknown

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