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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 15, 2018

Be Careful What You Ask For (Psalm 106:15). Dr. Bob Horton

Psalm 106 condenses much of the record of Israel recorded in the Pentateuch and the historical books. It recounts the sinfulness of Israel from the time they left Egypt continuing until they were taken into captivity. It tells of how they complained against God, forgot His mercies to them, rebelled against Him, and adopted the wicked practices of the heathen nations. It declares as well God’s response to them throughout their history of this period before concluding with thankfulness that God did not forget them.

Notice one particular verse in this psalm: “And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (15). In the wilderness the people got tired of manna and cried for the foods they had in Egypt (see Num. 11). God responded and gave them quail, but with the quail came His judgment. They people were where they were supposed to be, having been led there by the immediate presence of God in the pillar of cloud and fire. God provided them all they needed to sustain life with very little labor required on their part. And yet they complained about their situation longing for what they had when they were slaves. So God gave them meat, but they lost His blessing. Shortly after this incident they refuse to enter the promised land (Num. 14). Lack of contentment in the will of God brought death and suffering to all the people.

Let us not be like them remembering instead the instruction of Paul:

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:6-8).

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 15, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/15/2018

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. — 1 John 4:16 (KJV)

Thought

How do you know God is at home in your heart? You know when you are doing loving things to bless the lives of others! Just as we trust and rely on God’s constant love for us, our brothers and sisters in Christ need love demonstrated to them, too!

Prayer

Loving God and Almighty Father, fill me with your Spirit so I can be more loving to my family, my friends, and those whom you place in my path so they can learn about Jesus and his love. In the name of my gracious Savior I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 14, 2018

Julien/Julia

Young children are being raped of their innocence in public schools!

There’s already a slew of children’s books so that tiny tots can be introduced to gender confusion at a young age. And now, there’s a cute and cuddly transgender puppet to boot.

His/her name is Julian/Julia, and he/she is here to tell you all about how he/she was “born” a girl but “feels like” a boy. [When I was a little boy, I felt I was Superman! That didn’t prevent me from felling hurt when I jumped off the shed’s roof!]

What better way to indoctrinate children into the un-scientific and incredibly dangerous philosophy of gender confusion than a Sesame Street-like puppet?

The message to children is a simple one: Your gender is not dictated by biology and your body is irrelevant to who you actually are (and it can be changed, anyway!) Julien/Julia is now the star of several bi-lingual videos that provide what trans activists are calling the “necessary tools” for kids and their bewildered parents to navigate these issues.

There are only two genders! God created male and female! You might change a person’s plumbing; but, you cannot change their gender. You can change how they act – – but it is an act.

Children should be allowed to develop naturally.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 14, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/14/2018

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. — Philippians 2:1-2 (KJV)

Thought

Our call to sacrificially submit ourselves to others does not begin with our sacrifice, but with God’s blessings. The actual grammatical construction of this statement is more accurately translated when all the “if”s changed to “since”s! We are called to unity in spirit and purpose after having received all these blessings from being in Jesus! We are encouraged by being united with Christ. We are comforted by his love. We do share in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We have received tenderness and compassion. So how can we not share those with our Christian family and find a way to live together in his Kingdom in harmony?

Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, you have blessed me so richly in Jesus. Open my eyes to see how those around me in my spiritual family need to receive those same blessings from me. In the name of Jesus, and because of the grace he has lavished upon me, I pray with thanksgiving in my heart. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 13, 2018

HE WROTE MY NAME james@hinklefamily.org

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 13, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/13/2018

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: — 1 Peter 3:8 (KJV)

Thought

Unity and harmony are no accident! They happen because of intention and submission. But more than just states of being, they are commanded by God. How do we have unity and harmony? Peter reminds we must have three commitments in our “church” lifestyle — 1) actively share the sorrows and concerns of those who grieve; 2) love each other just like a healthy family loves and values each member; and 3) show compassion rather than arrogance as we deal with the failures of others that hurt us, recognizing that we are vulnerable to sinning and hurting those we love, too.

Prayer

Father, I confess that I have let my own over-sensitive self be wounded and have reacted with pettiness when my brothers and sisters in Christ have not treated me as I felt I deserved. I know Jesus was treated so rudely and shamefully by those he created and so I shouldn’t be surprised when things don’t always go well for me. But Father, please help me to know when to challenge those who wound me with a loving confrontation and when to just ignore the barb and find a way to minister to them because of some deeper wound has crippled them in their life. Father, let me be an instrument of your peace, harmony, grace, and unity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 12, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/12/2018

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. — Philippians 4:4 (KJV)

Thought

Joy is found in the Lord, not in things. Joy is found in knowing that he always accompanies, sustains, helps, protects, and upholds me. How can I not rejoice? God loves me so much that he emptied heaven of his greatest treasure so that I could join him in glory. Joy is mine because of his grace.

Prayer

Precious Father, thank you for always being there and knowing what is on my heart and caring for me in ways that I cannot even imagine. I long to know you face to face and share in the unbridled joy of heaven with you. Until then, I truly rejoice because I know my future is in your hands! Thank you in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 11, 2018

House of Prayer (Mark 11:17). Dr. R.L. Horton

Immediately after Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem a couple days before His crucifixion, He entered the temple and drove out those transacting business there. “Then He taught them, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”?’” (Mk.11:17). This had to be a curious statement to the Israelites, both when Isaiah first said it (Isa.56:7) as well as when Jesus quoted it.

Think of the original construction of the tabernacle which was the pattern for the temple that would later be built. The people are at the foot of Mount Sinai which is covered with dark clouds, lightning flashes, thunder shakes the mountain, and all Israel hears the voice of God as He delivers to them the Ten Commandments. While still camped there He gives Moses explicit instructions on building the tabernacle and its purpose. The priests, and priests only, minister in it as they offer the sacrifices prescribed by God. So sacred is the tabernacle that Moses, Aaron, and his sons were to camp in front of the entrance with instructions that “the outsider who came near was to be put to death” (Num.3:38).

Jesus, however, tells the people that the primary purpose of God’s house, the temple, was prayer. Sacrifices and the ministry of the priests were secondary to communing with God. From the beginning, God’s intention was that people come to the tabernacle and later the temple to have fellowship with God. In the old dispensation it was mediated through priests and sacrifices, but it still represented entering into communion with God. The priesthood and sacrifices were never an end in themselves. God always wanted the hearts of the people. And secondly, it was a place for the people to join one another in prayer. Private and family prayer is important, and yet it is corporate prayer that God institutionalized. In this present dispensation we come together “in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim.315). When we do so, let’s be careful to commune with the living God with a full heart through every part of the service.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 11, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/11/2018

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. — Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV)

Thought

In a world of startling beauty and a universe of dazzling diversity, our hearts are to be drawn back to the One who made it and now sustains it. He knows us and will help us if we will but believe what he has tried so many ways to say: “I love you as my child and I deeply care what happens to you and those you love.”

Prayer

Almighty Creator, Majestic Architect and Eternal Engineer, it absolutely bewilders and delights me to know that you care for me. With all the things of such vast importance, I find your desire to know and love me humbling and assuring. Today I will worship, work, and witness, aware of your presence and care. Thank you, dear Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 10, 2018

Nike

Sherry Potter. Yesterday at 12:05 AM

Dear Nike,

I want to have a conversation about this hat. It’s over 13 years old. I don’t remember when I bought it exactly, I don’t remember where I bought it. But what I do remember is why I wore it.

On August 10, 2005, I was a newlywed with two young sons. My husband Tim and I had toasted our one-month anniversary the night before, and I was enjoying a rare evening to myself, catching up on reading and relishing the quiet. Until there was a knock on my door. I had no way of knowing that the small act of turning a knob was about to shatter my life into a million pieces. I sat numb and in sheer disbelief as I was told that my husband, while in a foot pursuit and subsequent struggle with a suspect that ended up in the road, had been struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle. He took his last breath lying in the middle of the street. What I lost in that moment is indescribable. I had to watch his mother be dealt the most agonizing blow a parent can face, and I couldn’t comfort her because I was in my own hell. I had to find a way to gut my own children in the gentlest way possible and tell them that this man they had come to love, who they looked up to, who cared for them as his own, would never walk through our door again.

I don’t know if you’ve ever attended a police funeral, but watching grown men who’ve seen the absolute worst things a civilian can imagine, break down and sob over the casket of their brother is an image that never leaves you. The bagpipes haunt my dreams to this day, but it was the faces of my children, the innocence that abandoned them at such a tender age that brought me to my knees.

I had no choice but to move on. We trudged zombie-like through our days for weeks and weeks on end. I never left the house except to drive the boys to school or buy food we barely touched. I realized that I had to do something. I had to move my body, or I was going to crawl out of my own skin. So, I put on the only cap I had, and I went for a run. It was short, it hurt, and it was ugly. But I felt, just for those few moments on that road, like a normal person. So, I kept doing it. I put that hat on and I ran every day. Sometimes I had to stop and sit down because I was sobbing so hard. Sometimes I was so angry I ran until I thought I my heart would stop, sometimes I would just scream over and over again, but it still felt better than doing nothing.

That black cap became a symbol to me, it is sweat stained, and its shape is gone, the buckle in the back barely closes; but that hat represents my family’s rise from the ashes. It stands for the strength and the sacrifice we made loving a man who had a job that we all knew could end his life, every time he walked out that door. And it did. And I accept that.

I still wear this hat, I wore it on my run this morning.

And then I heard about your new ad campaign.

Colin Kapernick has the absolute right to protest anything he damn well pleases. I don’t dispute that for one second. My father, my husband and many, many friends have all served this country and were willing to fight for his right to kneel.

But that right goes both ways. I also have a right to express my disgust at your decision to portray him as some kind of hero. What, exactly has Colin Kapernick sacrificed? His multi-million dollar paycheck…? Nope, you already gave him one of those. His reputation? No, he’s been fawned over by celebrities and media alike. Funny, Tim Tebow was never called courageous when he knelt.

This man, whose contempt for law enforcement fits him like a…sock, has promoted an agenda that has been proven false time and time again, in study after study. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore. This man has thrown his support behind divisive anti-police groups, and donated money directly to a fugitive from justice who escaped prison after killing a police officer. I question the judgement of anyone who would put someone this controversial and divisive at the head of an advertising campaign, but it isn’t my company to run.

I don’t know if I’ll have the heart to ever get rid of this cap, but I will tell you this, I’ll never purchase another Nike product as long as I live. You got this one wrong Nike, terribly, terribly wrong.

Sherry Graham-Potter, surviving spouse of Deputy Tim Graham

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