Early in life I learned the signs of a coming storm. These signs were visible, dark clouds forming and wind seen blowing the trees. You could even smell rain prior to the storms arrival. During the right conditions tornados would form setting off the community siren warning of impending danger. The storm that I sense is coming is not a natural storm but one of immediate judgement for our plaint disregard of God’s sovereign order. Personally witnessing the dismantling of values that are the foundation of our nation, leaves me very unsettled in mind and spirit. With the conditions forming for a coming judgement is it possible to evert this through appealing to God’s attribute of mercy. Yes, I believe through humbling ourselves, praying, seeking God’s face, and “repenting of our sins”, He will forgive us.  At another defining moment in American history after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on March 30, 1863, President Lincoln set a day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Listen to the words of President Lincoln’s heart……. It is the duty of nations… to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins… with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy….. The awful calamity of civil war… may be but the punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins… Lincoln continued: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven…. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of the hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom or virtue of our own. Lincoln concluded: “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and pray for… forgiveness.” During great times of sin, and pending judgement God has always looked for someone who would stand in the gap, and build a wall of prayer so that the land would not be destroyed. “Answer the Call”. Join me in Duncan Plaza beginning Aug. 7, 2:00, at the conclusion of a brief ceremony at the Purple Heart Memorial and every Sunday following in prayer for our nation. We need God’s intervention!!!  

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