April 5, 2019

Reverence to God - John 17:1-6

"A 14 year old hero of mine who in Boulder, Colorado stands up in her classroom alone every day to say the pledge of allegiance. It's optional in the her classroom to stand up and just say one nation under God and so nobody stands but her. "

Family Discussions:

  1. How is America turning our back on God?
  2. What does Jesus say that is telling us how to reverence God?
  3. What does he mean when he says that eternal life is knowing god? 

Transcription:

00:14 I want to tell you about a 14 year old hero of mine who in Boulder, Colorado stands up in her classroom alone every day to say the pledge of allegiance. It's optional in the her classroom to stand up and just say one nation under God and so nobody stands but her. This little girl got some courage from this passage right here. It's John Chapter 17 verses one through six Jesus's last prayer before he left the upper room to go to Garden of Gethsemane to pray and then on to the crucifixion. Here's what he says in this tender moments of his life, it says, "Jesus spoke these things and lifting up his ass to heaven. He said, 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son that the son may glorify you. Even as you gave him authority over all mankind that to whom all you have given him, he may give eternal life.

01:04 This is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth having accomplished the work which you have given me to do. Now, father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was, I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave to me out of the world. They were yours, but you gave them to me and they have kept your word.'" The phrase, "One nation under God" believe it or not, is being thrown out of the pledge of allegiance in many public places across our country. This is the desire of many of our lawmakers. you know, the boy scouts had been under legal fire for years for saying, I will do my duty to God and my country. Uh, you know, years ago the girl scouts even took God out of their pledge.

02:03 Uh, you know, today it's illegal in some cities to put up manger scenes around government grounds because the courts say it's a violation of the first amendment to put up a manger scene. Can you believe that? Where have we come in this nation, man? The laws that govern our land are being twisted from their original God-fearing meaning to this anti-God bias that makes it very difficult for Christians to live and worship God with our daily lives. Folks, Jesus showed us deep reverence and awe in his devotion to God. Our founding fathers knew that reverence. This nation was not founded by religionists but by Christians on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

02:56 Benjamin Franklin said that, and then this quote, "He who introduces into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world." Thomas Jefferson said that. It checked this quote from a founder "Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which you've come under my observation, none appear to men is pure, is that of Jesus. No power over the freedom of religion is delegated. No power over the freedom of religion is delegate to the United States government." That's Jefferson. Hey, even though it's more difficult today, we can still give God the honest respect he deserves. Just like that little girl who stands up all by herself. It says "One nation under God." I don't care what anybody thinks. Here's the questions today. Hey, how is America turning our back on God and, and then, and then this in the scripture reading from today out of Jesus's last prayer in the upper room. Oh, what does Jesus say that is telling us how to reverence God? This is awesome. What does he mean when he says that eternal life is knowing god? Is that cool? And then here's the lifeline for today. Man. Home is the best place where God, he is highly respected and put in a position of greatest honor. How are we going to do that in our home?

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