A few years ago when our kids were all at home, we had a little piggy bank at our breakfast table. Each morning to get breakfast, all of the family members had to put a coin in the piggy bank to be used to sponsor urban kids to an urban camp. Every time anyone in the house made any money, no matter how small or how large, the first portion always went to some work God was doing around the world.

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some ways that you can give your widow's mite unto Jesus, specifically?
  2. Who are some less fortunate that you know today who would benefit from your sharing your time and your talent and your resources?
  3. Who gets the most when you give?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 I have a tiny little coin in my hand, and I carry with me as often as I think about it. It's a little Denarius, a little copy of the old Roman Denarius that the widow put into the offering, and Jesus said, "I'll tell you that she out of her poverty gave all that she had and so she gave more than everybody else." Today, I'm going to challenge you about your little widow's mite and how much it can mean to Jesus. We're in Matthew 25 verse 31, and Jesus says this, "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep on his right side and the goats on his left side. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world for I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. Naked, and you clothed me. Sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and invite you in or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?' The king will answer and say to them, 'Truly, I say to you, to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even to the least of them, even to the least of them, you did it unto me.'"

01:45 Poor people are starving to death. Hundreds of thousands are starving to death right now. Even as we're talking to each other, the rich throw food away. Old people lie in their hospital beds and starve for attention. You know, people, young and old, throw away an average of three to five hours a day in front of the TV set, you know, playing the video games, whatever, the Walkmans. Mentally and physically less-gifted people long for the opportunity to have a friend in school. The athletically and intellectually gifted pass them by in the hallways by the thousands without even saying hello or giving a smile. Fortunately, there are many, many Christians I meet who reach out to the less fortunate. Likewise, many solid Christians sacrifice necessity and give heartily to the poor of the nation and the world. In this passage, Jesus is very clear that if you love him, you take your time, your talents, and your possessions, and you give them away.

02:42 If you do that, you're what he calls a sheep, and you can know that he is well pleased. If you don't, you're a goat. Your faith is questionable at best. A few years ago when our kids were all at home, we had a little piggy bank at our breakfast table. Each morning to get breakfast, all of the family members had to put a coin in the piggy bank to be used to sponsor urban kids to an urban camp. Every time anyone in the house made any money, no matter how small or how large, the first portion always went to some work God was doing around the world. You know, we don't need to be ashamed that we're so blessed to live in our country, but sharing those blessings extensively shows God that you're a sheep and a treasured follower of the shepherd of the flock. The discussion questions today of this great devotional time are this: what are some ways that you can give your widow's mite unto Jesus, specifically? Secondly, who are some less fortunate that you know today who would benefit from your sharing your time and your talent and your resources? And then third question is this, who gets the most when you give? A little thought for the day would be this: giving, you see, is the trademark of legitimate faith. Got Your windows mite ready? Go out and use it.

December 29, 2018

Dream Big - Matthew 25:14-21

The pages of history are literally packed with men and women who the world said had no talent. They didn't stand a chance, but they took God's gifts to them and invested them to the max every day until their dreams came true.

Family Discussions:

  1. What are talents God has given you?
  2. What are gifts you see in your family members?
  3. What are your dreams?
  4. How can you give your talents to the glory of God today?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Wow, I love opening presents. I just received this last night. I am excited. A new throw rug for my wife. I'm going to talk about opening a gift today, better than this. Jesus is in Matthew 25 verse 14, and he says this, "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one, he gave five talents, to another, two, to another, one - each according to his own ability, and he went on his journey. Immediately, the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more talent. In the same manner, the one who had received two talents gained two more, but he who received one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' And his master said to him, 'Well done good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.'"

01:37 I heard a slogan one time that I've never forgotten, and it said this, "Who you are is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God."

01:48 On September 19, 1967 in Flint, Michigan, a baby was born with only one hand. When he was in grade school, he didn't stand a chance when baseball season came around and all of his friends went out to play catch and hit the ball, but Jim Abbott had a dream, and he had the courage to backup his dream as a pitcher for the USA Olympic team. Believe it or not, he won the gold medal. As a New York Yankee, he stunned the world by being the first one-handed pitcher to ever throw a no hitter in a baseball game. Another one, Anthony Jerome Webb, was much too short to play the game he loved the most. His friends towered over him like Goliath. They rebounded over him, shot over him, and dunked over him. The most he would ever weigh would be 135 pounds. His maximum height would never exceed five-foot-seven. How could he ever achieve his dream? Well, Spud Webb, as we now know him, had a heart as big as he was, and he trained his God-given talent with sheer dedication. Anthony wasn't a star at North Carolina state, but that young man scored over 2,000 points as the NBA star and even won the slam dunk title in 1986 during the all-star weekend in his hometown, Dallas, Texas. Little Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles - too blind to see the keyboards. Beethoven's deafness barred him from ever hearing a note of his great compositions, but they too became some of the greatest composers and entertainers to ever live.

03:32 Man. The pages of history are literally packed with men and women who the world said had no talent. They didn't stand a chance, but they took God's gifts to them and invested them to the max every day until their dreams came true. I think as a parent, the greatest gift we can give our kids is dreaming dreams with them and helping their dreams come true. And if you're a teenager, and you're looking at this, you know what, the greatest gift you can give you're parents is to take the talents that you've been given and give them for the glory of God. Whatever God's given you, invest it and go make him proud.

Scripture is clear, and history stands witness that Jesus Christ came once to the planet on earth as a Lamb to be sacrificed for our sins. Scripture is equally clear that in hundreds, literally, of passages throughout the Bible, the old and new testaments, that Jesus will return again. This time he'll return as the Lion of Judah to rule sovereignly over the earth.

Family Discussions:

  1. What are you most excited for about Christ's return?
  2. How does knowing Jesus will return change how you live today?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 Wow, I wish my grandkids were here today. Looks like a zoo around here. Today's Bible verse is... gonna wake you up. This is Matthew 24 verse 36, and Jesus says this, "But on that day, an hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking and marrying and giving in the marriage until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and carried them all away. So will the coming of the Son of Man be. There will be two men in the field. One will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding in the mill. One will be taken, and one will be left." And I always wonder why the two men are sitting around, and the women are out working. I don't know. But anyway, in verse 42, he says, "Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming."

01:19 Scripture is clear, and history stands witness that Jesus Christ came once to the planet on earth as a Lamb to be sacrificed for our sins. Scripture is equally clear that in hundreds, literally, of passages throughout the Bible, the old and new testaments, that Jesus will return again. This time he'll return as the Lion of Judah to rule sovereignly over the earth. This time he will resurrect all of his followers, and they will join him in his eternal kingdom. When will his return be? No one knows but God. Will it be soon? You know what? We hope so because when he does, all murder, all abuse, all crime, all sadness for his followers will cease.

02:04 There are many indications, I believe, that Christ's return could be very soon. According to the books of Daniel, Isaiah, the book of Revelation and others, the nation of Israel will be intact when he returns. You know what? That was impossible from A.D. 67 when Jerusalem was destroyed until May 14th, 1948 - the year I was born - when Israel was restored as a nation. Today, that tiny, turbulent nation is poised like never before for his return. According to Revelation 13:17, a world leader would emerge who could control all the world purchasing through one system. And anyone not having this leader's approval, which would be as it says in scripture, "the mark of the beast," wouldn't be allowed to buy or sell. It is chilling to see what's happened in the last few years through the emerging World Wide Web, the scanners, the electronic banking, the bio-metrics whereby we purchase now with our fingerprint or even the little, the little bionic, computer chip implants that they're now using on humans.

03:09 This system is feasible today for the first time ever. According to Revelation 9:16, in an amazing prophecy, it says, a 200 million man army would come from the land of east to fight in the final battle. You know what? That was impossible until recently. But today and in fact, encyclopedia of Volume 4 page 294 Britannica says, today, China boasts of an army of exactly 200 million men and women. Hey, Christ's references to his second coming are many, and they are specific. He is discreet about the details to ensure that no man knows the hour, but he is certain about his return so that we will have hope, and we will live for his coming every day of our lives, when the lamb will lay down with the lion and peace will reign finally on earth. Forever.

December 27, 2018

Homecoming - Matthew 2:4-5

There's nothing special about the real estate my home occupies, but my wife and my kids and my grandkids now are the strongest magnet I've ever known. Those magnets drew me to my home from a recruiting trip like honey draws bees to a beehive. Man, I'd drive a million miles if that's what it took to get home, to be there when my kids woke up in the morning.

Family Discussions:

  1. What is your favorite thing about home?
  2. What is the longest you have been away from home?
  3. How incredible do you think it will be when the final homecoming happens?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 You know, what some people love their briefcases and love to travel. Well, I like home and, I'm going to talk about a homecoming today, and the Bible verses today are from Matthew 24, starting in verse four. "And Jesus answered and said to them, 'See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name saying, "I am the Christ," and will mislead many"

00:41 As I travel to recruit Christian athletes for our sports camps as a profession, I agree with Chuck Swindoll who one time said, "You know what? Happiness to me is seeing anything but home in the rear view mirror of my car." To put it flatly... I hate leaving home, but, alas, I'm on the road 40 to 50, sometimes more than that I'm embarrassed to say, days a year. Now, there's nothing special about the real estate my home occupies, but my wife and my kids and my grandkids now are the strongest magnet I've ever known.

01:17 Those magnets drew me to my home from a recruiting trip like honey draws bees to a beehive. Man, I'd drive a million miles if that's what it took to get home, to be there when my kids woke up in the morning. When they were small, sometimes after I'd been gone for a week or two, I'd come home to, to, you know, "Daddy's home!" and "Welcome home, Dad" banners. Sometimes they'd put posters all over the front door and around the house. And more often than now I came home with little gifts for all the kids. I'd bring him a pack of baseball cards, and I bring them some kind of Precious Moments dolls, and sometimes I'd bring them a little NBA t-shirt. You know, and sometimes they'd come running to the door, and they'd say, "Dad, what'd you bring me?"

02:01 You know, I remember when little Cooper would run to the door a little four year old. He would always ask me, "Hey dad, what'd you bring me?" You know, and I'd say, "I brought you me." And he'd say, "Yeah, I know that dad, but what'd you really bring me?" What kinda gifts I brought him. Late one night I arrived at my door after a week of travel away from home and, the cutest thing - I found one of my little girls asleep with a blanket just in front of the front door so I wouldn't miss her when I first walked in. I miss those days. I wept with joy inside as I picked her up and carried her into her room and cuddled her lovingly to my chest. And I just held her tight as I could. You know what, if my homecoming was that much fun, how incredible do you think it will be when the final homecoming happens, and the real "Daddy's home" will be? Imagine.

A family working together can have a beautiful home whether you drive by on the street or whether you stop by for dinner. Everybody's got a paint brush. Dip yours in the paint, and paint the inside of your house today.

Family Discussions:

  1. What can I do today to help beautify the inside of my home?
  2. What can I do today to beautify the outside of my home?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Let's see, is this interior paint or exterior paint? I'm not sure. Today we're going to talk a little bit about interior paint and painting the inside of the house. Jesus always calls it like it is. He tells it like you see it.

00:28 Verse 25 of Chapter 23, Jesus says this, "Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they're full of robbery and self indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first, clean the inside of the cup and of the dish so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you are like whitewashed tombs which are on the outside appearing beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness."

00:57 My brothers and I were always so excited when it came time to paint our Texas home every five years. Not exactly. But Dad said, "Do it, boys." So, you know what, we sluggishly dipped our brushes in the paint. We told our friends, we'd play baseball later. It would make our house shine like new. Mowing the grass, weeding the flower bed, painting the house, and watering the trees, the yard was our job with Dad. Our house looked good on the outside, but inside it was everybody's job to make the home a happy place to live and a place that honored God in every way.

01:34 Did the inside of our house always look as good as the outside? Not always, definitely not always, but rest assured, God isn't nearly as concerned about the length of the grass in the front yard or the shade of the paint on the front door as he is the length of our arguments or the shades of gray in our heart.

01:53 Cleaning up the inside of the home is a daily job for everybody. It happens as we get on our knees at night and truly forgive those who let us down. It happens as we say, "I'm sorry," and determine to follow Christ more diligently tomorrow.

02:07 Painting the house and mowing the lawn are great ways to polish our houses, but painting the walls of our heart and cutting the bitterness out of our minds is a greater way to polish our lives. Interior paint or exterior paint? The home needs both. My life needs both today.

02:25 Our discussion questions are this, what can I do today to help beautify the inside of my home? And the second question would be, what can I do today to beautify the outside of my home? The thought for the day is this, a family working together can have a beautiful home whether you drive by on the street or whether you stop by for dinner. Everybody's got a paint brush. Dip yours in the paint, and paint the inside of your house today.

December 24, 2018

Walk the Talk - Matthew 23:1-3

Hypocrisy. It's the antithesis of leadership. It's confusing, it's misleading, and it's destructive.

Family Discussions:

  1. Who are you a leader to?
  2. How can you demonstrate consistent leadership in your life?
  3. Who are you following and what kind of a leader is he or she?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 You know the gavel of authority can be a great thing. It can also be a foreboding thing. Listen to what Jesus says about the gavel of authority. We're in Matthew 23 today, and we're starting in verse one. "Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and said to his disciples, 'The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore, all that they tell you do and observe, but do not do and observe the things that you see for they say things and they do not do them."

00:47 Hypocrisy. It's the antithesis of leadership. It's confusing, it's misleading, and it's destructive. Leadership is consistent. The one you follow is the one you trust. Jesus always did what he said and condemned those who didn't then he dared to forgive our inconsistencies. Next time somebody hands you the gavel. Think about Jesus' word. A true leader walks his talk.

01:16 The discussion questions today are this: who are you a leader to? If you're a high school student, there's a junior high student looking up to you. Number two, how can you demonstrate consistent leadership in your life? And number three, who are you following and what kind of a leader is he or she? The lifeline for today is this: there is no place like home to forgive inconsistencies and where we strive to be more consistent and walk our talk.

December 22, 2018

I’m Third - Matthew 22:35-39

At our little sports camp, we have a motto, and it is called, 'I'm Third.' God first, others second, and 'I'm third.' And that motto is built around a story. And the story is of a pilot named Johnny Ferrier.

Family Discussions:

  1. What does putting God first mean to you?
  2. What are some specific ways you can practice 'I'm third' today?
  3. Who are a couple of people in your life that you need to be 'I'm third' with today?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 This is the copy of an F86 Saber Jet. Not an average plane and not an average story about what happened in a plane like this one day.

00:24 The text today is from Matthew 22, verse 35 through 39. "One of them, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question, testing him saying, 'Teacher, which is the great commandment of the law.' And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.'"

00:55 At our little sports camp, we have a motto, and it is called, 'I'm Third.' God first, others second, and 'I'm third.' And that motto is built around a story. And the story is of a pilot named Johnny Ferrier.

01:09 It seems like Johnny Ferrier was a camper in our camp years and years ago. And as a little eight-year-old boy, I understand through the years that he was taught this lesson. And Johnny took this card, and he put it in his billfold, and he carried it with him everywhere he went. Johnny was the 'I'm Third' guy. After he graduated from college as a great running back at Colorado State University, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and he began to fly the F86 Saber Jet. As the war that he was in in those days ended, Johnny became a part of a great team of pilots called the 'Minute Men'. And one day over Dayton, Ohio in the national air races, Johnny and his team of other pilots were flying in an airshow. "Four of these planes literally flying," as the Denver Post, the newspaper who carried the story the next day, said, "almost as if they were one plane." 100,000 people's faces below, gazing at the planes in the sky, and then all of a sudden the four planes stood on their afterburners shooting straight up into the great, beautiful Ohio Sky, and then in an instant Johnny's plane took a screaming right turn and Major Win Coomer, his buddies plane, took a screaming left turn, and they made their famous Fleur-de-lis with smoke coming out of the back of the planes. But then the Denver post again who was writing the story the next day said this, "All of a sudden, the morning of beauty turned in to a morning of horror."

02:30 One of the planes was in trouble. One of the planes was out of control, and of course, it was the plane of Johnny Ferrier. Johnny's plane was diving into the little suburb town of Fairborn, Ohio, into a little housing district there. The commander said, "Johnny bail out of your plane. Get Out." Johnny pushed the smoke button on the control stick, telling the commander, "Hey, I could bail out. I could push the button. I could eject, but I'm not going to let this plane crash into the houses below. I'm not going to kill those innocent people." So Johnny rode it in and with strength of an athlete and the convictions of a man of God who was a God first, others second, and I'm third man, Johnny road that plane right into the ground just over the house and planted it in a garden behind the house. No one was killed except for one person, Captain John T. Ferrier, who had read his notes well from the day he met Jesus.

03:19 God is first, the other person second, and I am third. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart," Jesus said, "but love your neighbor as yourself." Put your mom first. Put your dad first. Put your kids first. Put your spouse first. Put the needs of somebody else first. And then you put God first when you do what he wants you to do, when you honor him with everything you've got.

03:42 And here are the discussion questions for the day. What does putting God first mean to you? And secondly, what are some specific ways you can practice 'I'm third' today? And the third question, who are a couple of people in your life that you need to be 'I'm third' with today? And the thought for the day is this: an 'I'm third' home is a great place to live.

There's always a higher law that rules when there's a confrontation in right and wrong. When you show up for work, render your finest talent possible to your boss. Do that! When you receive a paycheck, render your first 10 percent to God, at least, and the proper percent of tax to the state and national government. You got to do that, but before you render anything to anyone, be sure that everything is first rendered to God because it is still in these United States of America "In God We First Trust."

Family Discussions:

  1. How do you apply Jesus' parable in your life today?
  2. Has there been a time when you've been faced with a conflict between two parties on whom it was right to render to?
  3. When you have a choice between rendering unto Caesar or rendering unto God, what are you going to do?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 Interesting little silver dollar I'm holding in my hands. I think it's silver. Maybe it's half copper. Who knows anymore? But there's a picture of Ike Eisenhower on the front of the coin, but there's also four amazing words. You know what they are? In God We trust. Priorities. I want to talk about that today. We're in Matthew chapter 22 and verse 17. "Someone says, 'Jesus, tell us then what do you think? Is it lawful to give a poll tax to Caesar or not?' But Jesus perceived their malice and said, 'Why are you testing me, you Hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the poll tax." And they brought him a Denarius, and he said to them, 'Whose likeness and inscription is this?' They said to him, 'Caesar's.' Then he said to them, 'Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.' And hearing this, they were amazed and leaving him, they went away."

01:06 If you've read the history books, you read about Adolf Eichmann, who was the German general serving under Adolf Hitler. Apprehended, he was tried and convicted in Jerusalem in a trial in 1961. Eichmann pleaded his alibi, "I never did anything great or small without obtaining advanced express instructions from my superiors. I was in the iron grip of orders, and I had to obey the rules of war. I obeyed the laws of my flag."

01:32 He rendered unto Hitler, maybe so, but there's always a higher law that rules when there's a confrontation in right and wrong. When you show up for work, render your finest talent possible to your boss. Do that! When you receive a paycheck, render your first 10 percent to God, at least, and the proper percent of tax to the state and national government. You got to do that, but before you render anything to anyone, be sure that everything is first rendered to God because it is still in these United States of America "In God We First Trust." Discussion questions for today could be this: how do you apply Jesus' parable in your life today? And secondly, has there been a time when you've been faced with a conflict between two parties on whom it was right to render to? And the third question is when you have a choice between rendering unto Caesar or rendering unto God, what are you going to do? Thought for the day is this: you know, families give discernment best. You can take the tough ones to the family. That's why God gives parents. That's why God gives kids.

I love weddings. I always get a 50-yard-line seat as the guy lucky enough to help the bride and groom tie the knot. Man, I've done $50,000 weddings where we came in in Rolls Royces. And you know what? I've done $50 weddings.

Family Discussions:

  1. What was the most beautiful wedding you have attended?
  2. What made it special?
  3. Will you be at the wedding feast of the Lamb?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 "Oh, baby!" my daddy used to say when he'd look at my mom. After 66 years of marriage, he was still saying, "Oh, baby!" There's something about a wedding veil. There's something about a wedding. Let me tell you about a wedding today.

00:26 Matthew 22 verse 11. This is a sobering story about a wedding. Jesus says this, "But when the king came to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without your wedding clothes on?' And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness in that place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"

01:02 Hey, I love weddings. I always get a 50-yard-line seat as the guy lucky enough to help the bride and groom tie the knot. Man, I've done $50,000 weddings where we came in in Rolls Royces. And you know what? I've done $50 weddings, and by the way, there was one wedding where the bride was very poor, and she only had $100 to spend on the whole wedding. I'm telling you, because of her godliness, it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever done in my life. But no matter how much you spend on a wedding, as long as you can say, "I do," and stand by it for about 75 years, it really doesn't matter what the price tag is.

01:44 Man, the most incredible moment, maybe, of all moments is the second the bride enters the chamber. The bride, actually walks down the aisle, and she is adorned in this beautiful, delicate, white lace. Guys, I'm going to tell you something, it will make you faint in awe if you're not prepared. There is nothing on earth like a bride adorned for her husband. As my kids say, "It is awesome!" It's only true because I limit my statement to what's on this earth because there's one more set of wedding clothes that only true believers and followers of Christ will ever wear, and of course, that's the wedding clothes we wear to the Union of God's children, that's the bride, to Jesus Christ who is the groom. On that fantastic day when we'll meet him face to face. Yes, it will be a wedding feast. Yes, it will blow your mind when you arrive, and yes, God makes it crystal clear that the only ones welcome are those who are clothed in the righteousness of Christ and only Jesus could make one of these for somebody as undeserving as me.

You may not have heard this in your history class but George Washington established our first presidential reign on his godly heart. He said this, "Oh more, most glorious God, in Jesus Christ, my merciful and loving Father, let me live according to those holy rules, which Thou has this day prescribed in Thy holy word."

Family Discussions:

  1. How do you see America acting contrary to God's word?
  2. What does a life found on the Word of God look like?
  3. How can you live on the Word of God today?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 You know this old, pitiful Ozark rock may look worthless to you, and in fact, it probably is, but today I'm going to talk about the rock that you and I better be standing on. The passage we're going to read from is in Matthew 21. And as Jesus did so well, he looks right into your heart when he says this, "Jesus said to them, 'Did you never read in the scriptures 'The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone. This came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes.' Therefore, I say to you the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it.'" Although God was speaking here to all non-Jewish believers in this passage, he certainly knew that someday a nation would spring up in the western hemisphere that would be founded by serious Christians for a Christian purpose with a Christian form of government.

01:15 You may not have heard this in your history class but George Washington established our first presidential reign on his godly heart. He said this, "Oh more, most glorious God, in Jesus Christ, my merciful and loving Father, let me live according to those holy rules, which Thou has this day prescribed in Thy holy word." Alexander Hamilton was known as the ratifier of the constitution, and he sealed his signature on the constitution with these words. He said, "I now offer you the outline of the plan they have suggested. Let an association be formed to be denominated the Christian constitutional society. Its object to be first the support of the Christian religion." He said, "The second object is the support of the United States."

02:09 Folks, since America's founding, we have been blessed with prosperity like no other nation in the history of the world. We're the only nation on earth with all the natural resource we need to sustain every single one of our needs from border to border. It's all inside. Our almost now 300 million people, believe it or not, gobble up $5.9 trillion worth of natural resources every single year. That's $23,000 bucks per person. Hey, China's 1.1 billion people only use $393 billion worth of natural resources every year. That's about $360 per person. The kids that I work with in Haiti, the average income in that little island just off the coast of Florida, is 11 bucks a week per family. Folks, were the envy of the nations, but in spite of our blessings, our federal government, our media, our educational system and so many of us are systematically and purposely canceling God out of every aspect of our daily lives.

03:17 Somebody, some, you know, antagonists, said to a Christian right after the horrible day of 9/11, they said, "Where's your God now?" And the Christian said, "Man, you cancel Him with the laws out of the courts and the federal government years ago. You cast him out of America. Why do you say, 'Where's your God now?'?"

03:34 America, our dream is God's scripture where He says, "If my people who are called by my name, if they call upon me, if they humble themselves, if they seek my face," he says, "I will hear them, and I will heal their land." Oh, that you might take this devotional today, and it might purpose in your heart to be one of those to take this great nation back to the Word of God upon the rock upon which it was founded.

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