John

New Testament Reference

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Lord of Truth and Freedom

You established America as a place where individual liberty could shine. This is a nation established as an historical experiment unleashing the full potential of mankind by minimizing government power and unlocking the potential of a free people.

Our depraved descent from those lofty goals into a divided tribal culture without any moral values while abandoning historical standards of behavior leaves liberty without a champion.

A sad symbol of our fall is our destruction of the statue of the drafter of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and erecting one honoring George Floyd.

We have turned virtue on its head and honor criminals above transcendent truth.

It’s as evident today as never before…You are our one true hope. Help me stand courageously for the cross of Christ.

AMEN

Scripture: “So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” John 8:36

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King over All Human History

I give You my humble “Thank You” for Your intervention in the affairs of kings, to establish centuries ago the concept of freedom for all mankind on these shores.

Seeking freedom from an oppressive king and seeking the right to worship You as their conscience dictated, a small band of godly, courageous men and women embarked on an impossible journey daring to dream an impossible dream. You planted, nurtured, and blessed their dreams.

Their vision became a reality many years ago on July 4, 1776.

In many ways, our journey follows the pattern of another impossible journey; the exodus, the new beginning and the ups and downs of Israel.

May neither their failures nor ours mark the end of the quest to find and serve You.

God bless America.

AMEN

Scripture: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

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Keeper of my Future

Your plans for the future for Your children, those accepting the salvation You offer so freely to anyone who believes, are beyond our comprehension.

But the prince of this world…the master liar and sower of darkness would blind us to the wonder and power of Your love for us.

You have called me to go to battle daily for those eternal souls lost in darkness, depravity, and pain.

It would bring deep sadness to me if, when I arrive at heaven’s gate, You showed me the nail scars in Your hands and asked, “My child, show me your scars.”

And I replied, “I have none.”

Then, in a gentle rebuke as I entered eternity You quietly asked me, “Was there nothing worth fighting for?”

AMEN

Scripture, “Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands…” John 20:27

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Lord Over All Science

Your creative work defies scientific boundaries. Mankind has been able to observe Your perfection. The total lack of randomness in the universe has allowed science to probe deep mysteries and uncover the majesty of Your work.

But science is limited to what can be observed in nature and/or tested in a laboratory. We, the beneficiary of Your creative work have become so enamored by our discoveries, we are choosing to replace You with foolish theories in an attempt to deny Your existence. But questions of the origins of the universe and of life are beyond our comprehension. Science cannot resolve the supernatural

You alone are the answer to the supernatural mysteries of the universe. Continue to thwart mankind’s efforts to explain You away and light our darkness with truth.

AMEN

Scripture: “Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3

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Source of Human Rights

Our Declaration of Independence and nearly all our state constitutions acknowledge that our rights and blessings come from You. No government bestows these rights…but, governments always seek to limit them.

Personal liberty is always a threat to government power. It takes wisdom and courage to defend freedom and ensure liberty survives government. We are losing our liberties because we have abandoned its source…our Creator. We prefer victimhood to accepting our personal responsibility. Our national motto has become: “There is no right or wrong…only winning or losing”. While we gladly receive the fruit of our success…the consequences of our failures are someone else’s fault. America is no longer the “…land of the free and home of the brave”.

Please restore to us character rooted in Your truth that made America the hope of those yearning to be free.

AMEN

Scripture: “So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

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God of Perfect Humility

Way too often, my pride gets in the way of serving You. Way too often, I think myself too valuable for the menial tasks of everyday service. Forgive my arrogance, teach me how to love by my service…not simply my words.

Two centuries ago on this day, You demonstrated for us how we are to represent You as kingdom ambassadors. Not by ruling wisely…not by great deeds worthy of praise, but by simply becoming a servant to all.

In our culture, humbling experiences are to be avoided…we are above being demeaned by others…used by others…that is beneath us.

How wrong my haughty attitude has been. When You knelt and washed Your followers’ feet I was broken…but too often I forget.

Humble me when I forget.

AMEN

Scripture: “Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father…So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”   John 13: 1,5

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Lover and Defender of Justice

The powers in DC fear Your Light and are choosing to “attack the messengers”.

Who, besides our federal government, knew that citizens attending worship services in Latin were our enemies? Does their devotion to church traditions make them a threat to the god of wokeness and his disciples? I’m so thankful for the vigilance of the FBI. But, am I next? Does my faith present an existential threat to America or just to the darkness? Will I courageously stand in the gap…or buckle to the enemy’s intimidation and authority?

The day is coming when declaring salvation through Christ alone is considered a threat to our “would-be” masters…what will I do?
I, we, cannot stand in our own strength…without You, darkness will surely prevail. Fill us with power and courage from Your Spirit.

AMEN

Scripture: “And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” John 3:19

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Source of all Truth

I am brokenhearted today, America has embraced despicable lies to support their evil choices.

The evil that abounds in our culture is unimaginable. To quote Jesus in support of abortion or to equate moving illegal immigrants to places that publicly express support and promise to care for them with the historical evil of the slave trade are lies so bold they can only originate in and survive in darkness. The lies are so bold that they should be laughed at and ridiculed…but not in America…they become mainstream talking points repeated by many in the press and among our elites.

When people abandon truth and embrace dark lies to cover their sin, only a turning to the perfect light of Scripture can rescue them. Lord rescue us!

AMEN

Scripture: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

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Creator of Unflinching Reality

Reality isn’t always what I wish it to be. The unflinching truth of the consequences of sin is devastating. So devastating that to secure for us an eternity of peace and joy with You it required the cross and the shedding of blood.

In America today, we seek safe spaces to hide from truth…we desperately want an alternative reality that soothes rather than challenges…that provides momentary escape from the real world. A people who remove heroes from the public square to lift up criminals. A people who remove the 10 Commandments from public display to avoid their challenge to honor and virtue…have traded the truth for a soothing lie.

Father give each of us the courage to embrace the truth and reject the darkness. You are America’s only hope.

AMEN

Scripture: “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

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Father of my Salvation

It seems a perfect metaphor. The day following one of the darkest days of the year…in the midst of winter’s cold surrounded by barren, seemingly lifeless trees and without a glimmer of hope for tomorrow, we choose to celebrate Christmas. Into a dark, lost and desperate world, You sent Your Son to bring light and salvation to mankind.

Jesus is our first responder…He is our hope for eternal joy…He is our escape from the dark grasp of the prince of this earth. Hallelujah! We are rescued…our future is secure.
To all who will accept God’s gracious gift of forgiveness and restoration, Christmas Is the greatest celebration of all. Our independence day has been declared.

Without Jesus, no peace…with Jesus know peace.

AMEN

Scripture: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

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