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Recently in my area, I have run into several cults. These cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of God are teaching to worship on Sunday is a sin, and this sin is punishable by Hellfire. They say that we must keep the Sabbath, and failure to do so means we are part of the great whores church. I tell you this as someone who has had several 2-3 hour debates with a Jehovah Witness and have had no success changing their minds. To them, we are not part of the Lord’s church, and one of the reasons is because we are not keeping the Sabbath.

The Church of God also teaches this, but they do not like to come right out and tell you. On one occasion I was in a heated debate and I kept asking if the couple attempting to convert another fellow if they thought I was going to Hell for not keeping their Saturday Sabbath. After saying the same question 4 or 5 times, I told them I would no longer listen to them unless they gave me an answer. They reluctantly told me I was Hell bound for worshipping on the wrong day.

But who are you to tell me that if I worship on a Sunday I am going to Hell? Only the authority of the Bible could tell me that, so to the Bible we will go.

Rev 1:10 I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day

John, the early church leader, one of the 12 disciples, received the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ on what day? A Sunday! Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Why would Jesus come to John on a Sunday, when the Holy day is on a Saturday? Because it is not the Holy day any longer? Or is Jesus confused as to which day He should have came? Or is John confused as to which day it is?

So you say that this is not evidence of church on Sunday, and that Constantine was the one who switched the Holy day in the fourth century? Ok, Let’s look into church services in the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, we assembled to break bread. Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he extended his message until midnight.

On what day? Sunday! They assembled to have communion and Paul taught a sermon until midnight because he was leaving soon. Sounds like a church service to me! Here’s another one.

1 Cor 16:2 On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.

On what day? Sunday! When were they meeting together? Sunday! When were they collecting an offering for Paul? Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Was the writer of half the NT sinning by holding a service and worshiping and praying and teaching on a Sunday? Certainly not. We can meet on any day of the week, but the early church meet on a Sunday.

Ok, you say that there is no proof outside of the Bible until Constantine switched the date, and your sticking with that eh? Well let me tell you friend, that Constantine, or any other Pope for that matter, does not have the right to switch God’s laws, or change anything. He is a mere man who is claiming to be perfect, and that right there is a sin. I do not give a rip that Constantine said we ought to change the date from Saturday to Sunday. Nor do I care that Gregory invented Purgatory along with Augustine, nor do I care that the Papacy thinks they are infallible, nor do I care that they teach the Virgin Mary is divine, nor do I care that they added the Apocrypha to their cannon of scripture, nor do I care that they invented the doctrine of free will, nor do I care about anything they do, I do not give a crap what they teach. I care about what the Bible says, and about what history bears witness to, and history bears witness to the fact that long before Constantine took office, the early church was celebrating their church services on Sunday.

Pliny the younger (61-113 AD) was a Roman historian who wrote a letter to the emperor. In his letter (that is severely slanted against the Christians by the way) he wrote some of the things he observed about the early Christians, one of which was the fact that they worshipped and had a service on the Lord’s day, Sunday. This is 200+ years before Constantine “switched” the “Sabbath” which by the way as I have already said who cares, he does not have authority to switch anything.

Justin Martry (105-165 AD) was a Christian apologist who wrote his now famous First Apology. Here’s what he wrote about when they held a church service:

On the day commonly called Sunday all the believers… gather in their meetings… (and) read the memoirs of the apostles and the prophets (OT and NT)… after this we stand as one and pray…take communion… and take up offerings. We hold this meeting on Sunday because it is the first day in which God created the world, and also the day which Jesus, our Savior, rose from the Dead.

It is obvious, from the three examples provided in scripture and the two examples of early church formation, that the early church worshipped on a Sunday.

Having said that, there is no need to only worship on Sunday, you can worship any day you like. Sunday was just the day they had service. Let no one tell you otherwise, the early church, right after Jesus left and in the Bible, worshipped corporately on Sunday.

I might add that if you truly believe that those who worship on Sunday are Hell bound, you do not believe that Jesus died for every sin. If Jesus died for every sin (and he did) and we are under the new covenant of grace (which we are) and grace forgives trespasses (which it does) then even if we were all deceived and worshipping on the wrong day (which were not) then Jesus would forgive us anyways. We could worship on the wrong day our whole life and Jesus would forgive us. Jesus forgives sins, past present and future. He died for every sin right? So the people who are worshipping on the “wrong day” are not forgiven? Well did not our Lord Jesus Christ die for all sins? Then how can we say these “wrong” worshippers are Hell bound? Clearly using this logic Jesus could not have died for all sins, if there is a sin in which He cannot forgive right?

But there is no wrong day friends. We can worship on ANY old day of the week.

Col 2:8-17 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.
 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

Rom 14:5-10 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat [it], yet he thanks God. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.

There is no set day to keep a Sabbath, in fact Jesus, nor Paul, nor Peter, nor any of the apostles tell us we have to keep a Sabbath. Jesus reintegrated all of the commandments, except the Sabbath day commandment! I dare you to find me a scripture that tells us we have to keep the Sabbath in the NT… I double dog dare you!

Whatever day you worship, whatever day you want to hold as Holy, do it to the Lord, and leave these old practices behind you. We might as well begin reciting food laws and sacrificing pigs if we really want to be under the Old Covenant. Jesus freed us from that, we can now Live a free life in Christ. Not to abuse this great gift, but to live for Him daily and not get so wrapped up in what someone thinks about a Sabbath or a Holy Day.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

Some people say that Christians are SO stubborn in their ways. How could they possibly only believe in the Bible, and how could Jesus be the ONLY way to Heaven… they are so closed-minded.

However, the ones who say statements like these are being closed-minded.

You see, everyone has a belief system that defines them.

A Muslim, for example, believes that they have to pray 5 times a day during Ramadan. I don’t see many people going up to them and telling them to stop.

In fact I once had a job where my boss was a Muslim, and in the month of Ramadan I outsold him 3-1, and they gave me his job. Of course, he was allowed to pray… AT WORK 5 times a day, but when they found out I read a Bible between making phone calls, they asked me to get ride of it.

Many Muslim’s also believes in Shuria Law, which allows women to be killed if they marry a non-Muslim… Isn’t that a little closed minded?

I don’t see Christians killing each other over affairs and divorces…

Jehovah’s Witnesses are VERY closed minded.

I had a JW coming to my house 3 times, and he told me that everything I had to say did not matter, because I was not part of their so called ‘anointed’ and I was lost.

They cannot even think for themselves, someone else tells them how to read the Bible, pray, ext.

In fact they are so closed-minded, that they will SHUN the unbeliever. Even if it’s there own kid, they may kick them out of the house if they do not believe in Jehovah God.

Mormons believe that you have to accept Joseph Smith as the last prophet, or there is no way to enter Heaven… now we Christians know that we have to accept Jesus Christ, but who is this Smith character…

Catholics have a list of rules and regulations they have to abide by. They also believe in Purgatory, praying for the dead, a man is the head of the church i.e. the pope, and so on.

Seventh day Adventists believe you must worship on a Saturday, because that is the Sabbath.

Atheists have a belief system friends… they believe in nothing.

Of course, if you are an atheist, and there really is nothing before or after your life, and God does not love us because there is no God, then how can we have any value at all?

In the Atheist system, we have no self worth, we have to borrow principles from the Bible as an atheist to give ourselves any worth at all. If no one made you, why should anyone love you? You are a random chance, and then you’ll be gone. There’s no self worth in that.

My point is this; everyone is somewhat closed-minded. Here’s the definition.

close-minded – not ready to receive to new ideas

My second point is this; if you believe the truth and know the truth, it’s OK to be closed minded be definition.

What do I mean. John 14:6 say’s. “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Now the definition says that you are not ready to receive a new idea… and I’m not!

Jesus said He was the way.

Jesus said He was the truth.

Jesus said He was the life!

If Jesus is God, then I have to believe Him.

See friends, you have three choices when it comes to Jesus.

He is your Lord (or someone else’s Lord), a liar, or a crazy person.
How can I say that? Well he said he is the only way to Heaven right? SO he is either telling the truth, or he is a liar, or he is nuts!

I’m gonna talk about that more in a future sermon, but remember, He’s not a moral teacher if He’s a liar. He’s either Lord, or not. Good, or Evil.

If you believe that somehow you or anyone else can receive the gift of eternal life without knowing LIFE (Jesus) then you are mistaken. Jesus does not give that option; it is not open to you, or anyone.

Please take this with you; it is OK to believe in the truth.

You don’t have to ponder if Jesus is Lord, He is.

You don’t have to ponder if other religions are right, there not.

You don’t have to ponder if Atheists are correct, there not.

John 8:31-32
Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 18:37-38
You are a king then?” Pilate asked.


“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the
world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”

“What is truth?” said Pilate.

Jesus is the truth.

God Bless,
Dan Fogarty.

What will you do with Jesus?

Luke 6:6-10 NLT
On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.
The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
 But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

Think about that, they What would they do with Jesus?…

Jesus is a lot of things to a lot of people.

To a Jew, Jesus was a false Messiah, someone who claimed to be divine, but was not.

To the Mormon’s, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer. He had multiple wives and was created by God the Father. They also believe that Jesus failed His earthly mission and that Joseph Smith (the founder of Mormonism) picked it up and finished it… YIKES

To an agnostic, they cannot know if Jesus was God or not (for an agnostic believes Deity is not something we can grasp).

To an atheist, God does not exist, so Jesus couldn’t have been God, because there is no God to them.

To a Muslim, Jesus was a prophet, but not the son of God, and not even the last prophet (Muhammad was the last).

To a Hindu, Jesus shared a message of love and was in no way divine.

To a Jehovah’s Witness, Jesus is a god, but not almighty God… He is a spirit creature and is also, somehow Michael the Archangel… if you can work that one out.

To a Buddhist, Jesus was a great person, but not God.

Only to a Christian (a true Christian) is Jesus Christ the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s.

And to the rest of the world, we are crazy to say that.

My first question to you is this: who is Jesus to you?

Not who is He to your parents, not who is he to your family, who is Jesus to you?

The second question is this, what will you do with Jesus?

While you think of your answer, keep in mind that for any theory (or concept) taken from a book, writing or idea to be legitimate, it has to make sense from the time we are taking it from.

You cannot just say that now you believe the Jews had several gods when through all of history, every document you can find (biblical or not) refers to only one God for the Jewish people.

If you find my book 2000 years from now, and the language is different for some reason, now everyone speaks in Klingon, and you say, “oh look. This fellow was referring to Jesus as a lesser god,” but the English text clearly says that Jesus was the one and only true God, it would not make sense.

I’ll give you another example.

The book of Mormon
Wrote by Joseph Smith from what he said was a revelation to him from an angel. This angel came to him and told him that Jesus failed his mission on earth, and that he had to pick up the torch and finish the job.

The book of Mormon was wrote from golden plates that were buried (supposedly) by the tribe of Native Americans around 325 AD. Smith said that the templates were the “reformed Egyptian Hieroglyphics.”

The problem:
1. The book refers to horses in North America prior to the year 400 AD, which we now know that no horses were in North America at that time.
2. Recent DNA evidence has proved that the tribe that made the tablets were, in fact, not JEWISH
3. And the text has been altered at different times and different places over 4,000 times.

It does not make sense. It was not what the original authors wrote or intended to say.

Here’s another example:
Joseph Smith purchased a document (that he claimed) containing writings from Abraham.
This would have been a huge discovery, however it’s not true.
No one was able to translate the document when Smith found it, however now we can translate it with the finding of the Rosetta Stone, and the book has nothing to do with Abraham… its an Egyptian book of the dead referring to the afterlife of their dead pharos.

It does not make sense. It was not what the original authors wrote or intended to say.

I tell you this because we cannot pick up the Bible today and say whatever we want about it, if it was not what the original authors wrote, meant or intended to say. Putting a new age twist on something that never meant what we now claim it means is plain foolishness.

With that said, lets look at what Jesus said about Himself from a book that has been so well preserved, that the critics who say that man altered the text have absolutely no proof to found that claim; the Bible.

#1 Jesus claimed He was God

Some of you have heard otherwise… some of you are under the false assumption that Jesus never said He was God.

But He did say He was God not just a god.

John 14:7-11
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

Here’s Jesus, claiming to be God. He does this all through the Gospels.

Lets look at what made the Jew’s so mad that they crucified Him.

Jesus could have came and said he was any pagan god and the Jews would have cared less, but that’s not what happened, He said he was God almighty.

Some never translations of the Bible have perverted the Greek and Hebrew to say things like Jesus was a god, but you have to understand that once again, this would not make sense in the time Jesus lived.

Keep in mind that the people who persecuted Jesus were monotheists, meaning they had only one God.

They were not like the pagan nations who had several hundred gods; they had one according to the first commandment, “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.”

Jesus could have came and said he was any pagan god and the Jews would have cared less, but that’s not what happened. What happened was Jesus came and said he was God, and it pissed off the Pharisees to the point where they were ready to stone Him and ultimately crucified him!

John 10:30-33
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God (Theos in Greek).”

Theos in the Greek in this verse is referring to the one and only true God.

That bring me to #2; other people called him God, and worshipped Him as God.

It’s one thing to say you are God, it’s another to accept worship as God, as it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ (Luke 4:8)

Matt 8:2 behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord (Kyrios=God the Messiah), if You are willing, You can make me clean.

Why didn’t Jesus rebuke the leper for worshiping Him… because He is God.

An example of someone calling him God

John 20:28 Thomas said, “My Lord and My God (Theos).”

Thomas called him God, (Theos, the one and only true God) and Jesus did not rebuke him.
People worshipped Jesus, and He did not rebuke them

Notice Jesus never said to Thomas, “now, now… you mustn’t call me God…” He never said that…

Still more evidence that the disciples were convinced of who He was (and this is only scratching the surface).

10 of the 11 (faithful) disciples (with the exception of John, of course they tried to kill him he just would not die) died a martyr’s death. They were all killed for believing in Jesus and never recanted their testimony to death.

These Jewish monotheists were absolutely sure that Jesus was God.

It’s one thing to believe something, but to be willing to die for it, now that’s another story.

An example in the scriptures is when Peter and John were thrown in jail and while on trial they said to their persecutors, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:1-15)

That brings me to #3 Jesus said that he is the only way to heaven.

If we say there is another way to heaven, then Jesus is a liar.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus here once again is claiming to be God when we look at the Old Testament scriptures.

Isaiah 45:21, 43:11
There is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.
I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

So if you wrote on your card that you though Jesus was a moral teacher but not God, he could not possibly be moral. He is a gigantic liar if He’s not God.

The second question is what will you do with Jesus.

If He truly is Lord like he said, will you accept Him or reject Him?

Only you can make that choice

No one can make it for you.

And let me say this, that there are people who go to church that do not know Him.

You can spend a lot of time in a garage that does not make you a car. (I stole this from somewhere)

And someone will say at this time, “well I don’t believe in Hell or Heaven,” to which I would reply that just because you do not believe in something does not mean it’s not 100% true.

Let me go out here on Sewell’s Point (a local road) and drive 100 mph, and when I get pulled over I’ll tell the cop that I don’t believe there’s a speed limit… how do you think that would work for me?

Better yet I’ll do something illegal, say parking in an area I didn’t know I couldn’t park. When they tow my car, just because I go tell them I didn’t know about the law does not mean I will not have to pay the price.

Saying I do not know or I don’t believe doesn’t mean anything when it comes to the judgment we all have to face one day.

Jesus Christ is either your Lord, or someone else’s Lord.

We either accept Him as Savior or not.

Rom 6:23, 10:9
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord….
AND if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

You have to be the one to confess Christ.

Not your grandma, or your family… you.

What will you do with Jesus?

God Bless,

Dan Fogarty.

#1 Get over yourself
If anyone had there dreams crushed, it was Joseph.
If anyone needed to be humbled, it was Joseph.
God had big plans for Joseph that’s for sure, but that doesn’t mean Joseph was not a little cocky about it.
He went to his brothers and told him how they would all bow down to him, then he went to his dad and told him he would bow down to him as well!

Genesis 37:5-11 ESV
5-8 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more…His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9-11 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his … But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Joseph was becoming a little cocky at the age of 17. He needed to get over himself. So, God used His brothers hatred for Joseph for good, and had him humbled in a very harsh way.

Gen 37:26-27 Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.

What a nightmare! Imagine, your own brothers, selling you into slavery.
Nothing would humble you more than being sold into slavery.
Slaves at this time had a very low life expectancy.
If you family did not have enough food, guess who didn’t get to eat.
If a slave needed medical attention, they would rarely get it unless they were of some value to their master.

So Joseph was humbled and forced to get over himself.

#2 Get over your circumstances
After Josephs dreams were crushed, it could have been very easy to stop caring, or trying for that matter. He could have blended in with the other slaves and just did his thing until he died, but Joseph held on to those dreams.

Gen 39:2-4
The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man…His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

Joseph did not give up on his dreams. I’ll share a little bit more on how I got down here to Norfolk now.
When I was in my church in MI we were going through some transitions, our roles were shrinking allot.
So we moved out here to plant a church with 2 people, but it did not work out.
We were out here, just signed a mortgage on a condo, and had nothing and no one. We went to a few churches, and none of them fit for us.
Our dreams were crushed.
I knew it, my wife knew it, and we were depressed.
However, we were not ruled by our circumstances. We found Harvest and three weeks later I was on staff here. They made me the military coordinator, and now a military care pastor.
We got over our circumstances, and kept serving the Lord, just like Joseph. The Lord was with us, and what we did began to prosper.
I feel like me and Joseph have some things in common, not that I suffered as bas as he did or anything, but while I read about his life I can see how he never gave up and never let his circumstances rule him.

#3 Going from Victim to Victor
On page 19 Steve Farrar talks about Joseph as a legit victim. Not like most of the “victims” we have today that felt wronged about almost nothing and want the whole world to feel sorry for them, but a real victim!
Oprah would have done a weeklong study on his trials and tribulations.
Experts would have lined up to talk about his trauma… it would have been a scene.
In America most victims are looking for payback. They want the people who made them suffer to be punished, but Joseph did not have punishment in mind when he meet his brothers.

So why did Joseph not seek revenge? Answer: He learned to fear the Lord.
Instead of destroying them or suing them or throwing them in a pit, he build them a gated subdivision in the best lands of Egypt.
He could do this because his God was big.

How to go from victim to victor
1. learn the doctrine of the sovereignty and providence of God.
What are the ingredients of sovereignty?
1.1 Ownership
1.2 Authorship
1.3 Control
God owns it all, he is over it all and He controls it all!
Look up scriptures on page 22

That is a big God!

What is the providence of God?
God’s execution of His plan in your life and in the entire universe! THAT’S A BIG GOD

He is in all of the details
Is 25:1
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
When we ask God something He could give us one of three answers
1. Yes
2. No
3. Not Yet

Yes meaning now.
No meaning NEVER
Not now meaning that sometime, when it is Gods time, you will get what you want.

Ps 91:1-11 NLT
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High 
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord: 
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; 
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap 
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. 
He will shelter you with his wings. 
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, 
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, 
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, 
though ten thousand are dying around you, 
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, 
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, 
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; 
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels 
to protect you wherever you go.

As we reflect upon the ten-year anniversary of the most devastating day in American history, I pray for the ones who lost someone they loved on that terrible day. No words can be given that will bring a loved one back… and some wounds never fully heal with time.

When I think about the friends I have lost in the military it brings a tear to my eye. It is very hard to express the emotions of this day for me. As I sit in a Army uniform on a 27 hour shift, I cannot help but wonder, what would have happened if Americans did not respond to the call of their countries needs. What would have happened if no-one… no-one came to the aid of this great nation. It truly is a great nation, like no other. Sure we have our faults, but America will always be here… striving to get better… striving to be a light in this world.

I want to leave with a prayer for the nation and for the grieving. Please pray this today.

The Lord alone is my refuge on this day. He will keep you and sustain you. He will cover you with His love. We do not need to fear, for the perfect love of Christ casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Though we greave and mourn, we know that the night is the darkest before the dawn… We know that a nation that turns to the Lord will be healed (2 Chron 7:14). No evil is to great for God, even death could not hold our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (Rev 1:18). He orders the steps of the righteous (Psalm 37:23) let us turn to Him today.

God Bless