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May 3, 2020

  


   Sermon Title: The Only Hope for America--God's People!!





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Scripture Reading: James 1: 16-27



Scripture Text: Psalms 121:1-2


1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.




The Only Hope for America--God's People!!

Illustration: In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, completed in 1787, Edward Gibbon (English historian and Member of Parliament) lists the following reasons for that fall:
1. The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within: the decadence (state of decline) of the people.
5. The decay of religion -- faith fading into mere form -- losing touch with life and becoming impotent to guide the people.

Things don't sound very good in America and I seriously doubt, they will get better without divine intervention. The government can't seem to fix anything. (However, I believe we are living in the best country possible. If not I would try to move to where I felt it was better. I am PROUD to be an American!!!)

What do we need to do help turn America around?
There is no magic solution to save America. To save America we must save ourselves and others.

Point I. WE MUST REPENT
II Chronicles 7:14
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Point II. WE MUST PRAY
I Timothy 2:1-2
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

Point III. WE MUST TRUST
Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

Point IV. WE MUST EVANGELIZE
I Timothy 2:3-7
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men -- the testimony given in its proper time.
7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle -- I am telling the truth, I am not lying -- and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

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