The CCN Daily Worship by Pastor Don. Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, May the Almighty God of hosts be with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen.
Judges 17. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 And there was a man of Mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
2 And he said unto his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursed and spokest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son.”
3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, “I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son to make a graven image and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it unto thee.”
4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother. And his mother took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to a founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image; and they were in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
6 (In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehem in Judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place; and he came to Mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
9 And Micah said unto him, “From whence comest thou?” And he said unto him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.”
10 And Micah said unto him, “Dwell with me and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel and thy victuals.” So the Levite went in.
11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
13 Then said Micah, “Now know I that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite as my priest.”
Lord father God, harken to us your lowly children, as we join together this day in your name, to praise and worship before the one true living God of heaven and ask that you let us draw near in devoted supplication. Father, grant us your help in all things, strengthen our faith and give us the power to overcome the whiles and temptations of Satan and his demons. Fill us lord we pray, with your Holy Spirit, that we may be your good and faithful servants, let us complete the race in good strength and at the last, let us come with our Saviour Christ Jesus into your presence, in your eternal Kingdom. Bless us this day we pray and if we at any time in this day should forget you. our lord and God, we humbly beseech you heavenly father, do not forget us. May the lord God of heaven be praised, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
(6) In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
(25) In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
(12) There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
A conservative radio talk show out of Atlanta caught my ear one day as a discussion developed about the moral and ethical standards of youth today. Callers, young and old, gave their wisdom or the lack thereof. At one particular time, the subject matter had narrowed down to how young adults and teenagers evaluate what makes a person good or bad.
The next caller was Natalie, a 17-year-old girl who lives in an upper-middle-class neighborhood and achieves a B+ average in school. As her comments continued, it became clear that Natalie judged her own life by what others around her were doing and saying. Her moral and ethical standards did not come from the Bible or from standards taught to her by her parents. Her standards were based solely upon what was acceptable to her peers—those “wise” counselors who encourage individualism but all dress, act, and speak the same.
As Natalie vainly described her lifestyle, it was amazing to realize her total removal from reality and moral responsibility. She said she did not sleep around—she only has sex with her boyfriend (whoever that is that particular week). She does not drink alcohol—except at parties (which she attends several times a week). She defensively sighed, “I’m not bad, not like the others.”
She claims she only smokes pot about two times during the school week and occasionally before school in the morning—but not as much as most kids. When she goes to school stoned, the teachers know it, but no one mentions it. According to Natalie, most kids in her high school smoke pot mixed with LSD “because they go together so well.” She has tried it, but does not smoke it regularly (only a few times a month). Natalie admits, “Pot definitely affects my memory, definitely. There’s a lot I can’t remember. But everybody does it! I don’t do it like the others. Not as often.”
Natalie justified herself by saying, “I’m not bad, not like the others. I think I’m a pretty good person, I haven’t killed anybody. I know it’s wrong to do drugs, but it’s the only thing I do wrong. I’m a pretty good person. I haven’t killed anybody yet!”
The announcer was stunned, “Are you telling me, because you haven’t killed anyone—yet—that makes you a good person?”
In a matter-of-fact way Natalie replied, “Well, yes!”
What a sad indictment of the society in which we live that children have descended to the level of moral bankruptcy. Natalie is a typical product of this society. She is the fruit of a nation that has rejected the way of the righteous God. As the children of Israel did throughout most of their history, Natalie does whatever seems right in her own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25).
May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’, Amen.
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