Spiritual Sacrifices of Praise and Thanksgiving

Some 8 out of 10 Americans describe themselves as Christians. Not surprising, only 1 out 4 Americans (23%) have gone at least a year without attending any type of church service. Of the 23%, “one-third of this segment had never attended a church at any time in their life” (Source: Barna Research Group).

As Christians we rightly pray for revival to come to our land and restore the foundations of our nation. And yet we have over 75% of Americans not even attending a church. I could write a book on what is keeping America out of church, but let us focus on the importance of church attendance to those who are actual blood-bought, born-again Christians in dire need of revival.

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Polluted By Every Kind of Impurities

One of the first thing good King Hezekiah did was to cleanse the temple. He knew that his forefathers had neglected the House of God and let it be left is disrepair and filled with debris. The king knew that to bring the nation of Israel back to God that he must first prepare the House of God:

    “In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square, and said to them: ‘Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and turned their backs on Him. They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to desolation, and to jeering, as you see with your eyes. For indeed, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity.’” (2 Chronicles 29:3-9)

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A Deeper Awareness of Sin

Every Christian I know and I imagine any that I would ask agrees that our nation needs revival. Where we end up branching off is in the meaning of revival. When you ask the average American Christian if America needs revival I venture to guess most of them want to see those serving in Washington DC get saved, along with all others who do not hold their worldview. While that is a lofty and worthy goal, that is not revival.

Some may think that to have revival all you have to do is have revival services. I know it’s easier to say “We’re having revival” than it is “We’re having revival services hoping for revival” but I do believe the former too often is confused with the latter.

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A Soul Upon Which Truth Resounds

I received a response from a dear sister-in-Christ to the comments the past two emails I sent out on whether or not we can vote for the lesser of two evils. Understand that this is no simple matter, voting that is. I am glad to see so many Christians thinking through all of this by questioning and searching the scriptures for answers. That is what we are called to do. In fact, I presented some questions to my pastor and interviewed him Monday night to get his perspective. Bro Dennis is the one man I trust most in this world and while I may not always agree with him, I know I will get a straight answer from him. So is the case with so many other men who bless my life. There are a few women who fit that category also. You can hear Part 1 of Bro Dennis interview at my other blog: http://www.aletheiagroup.org/?p=1088

Here are the words of one sister-in-Christ and her thought process in this election season, admittedly by her incomplete words but I believe they warrant sharing:

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There’s No Distinction Between “Imperfection” and “Evil”

I am truly a blessed man. The many great men God has place in my life to sharpen me as iron sharpens iron is one of the great benefits of the blessed life in Christ.

One such man is my dear brother-in-Christ Dr. Rod D. Martin. Rod has been a great encourager of mine for over 5 years and gave me my start here at Salt and Light through he and his precious wife Sherri’s sponsoring of this blog. Rod saw the vision for it long before I did.

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Imperfection Is Not Evil

Alan Keyes
I have the honor of corresponding with Dr. Alan Keyes who has over the past couple of years gave me counsel and encouragement on occasion. I never miss his Friday columns on World Net Daily and visit his blog Loyal to Liberty often.

I struggled with writing yesterday’s devotional because I knew I was missing the mark on what I was trying to explain. Alan responded to my devotional and has wonderfully written of what I was only beginning to figure out. Without understanding it, it was the imperfection of which Alan writes that I was trying to allude. Alan has given me permission to publish his response.

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The Lord Is Holy

Apparently the debate went real well for Mitt Romney from what I’m seeing in my email box and on social media. Many voters are lamenting the fact that we once again are stuck with voting for “the lesser of two evils.” I used to have the same lament but then I wondered if there were any other possibilities. Is there a such thing as a man or a woman who is not evil, biblically speaking that is? Is that “perfect” candidate or “good” candidate available? Can we judge a man by his words only or does his record count? What if he doesn’t have a record of public service? How do we judge him then? Just by his words? I have found in my 55 years on earth that it is far easier to say you will do right then to actually do it when faced with the situation.

So is there such a thing as a man not being evil, because if we are not to vote for the lesser of two evils or to never chose evil, what are our options when it comes to man? Is there even someone we can look at and call righteous?

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The Tithe Is Holy

Did you know that? You say, “Of course I know that!” So did I…so do I. Had you forgotten that until you read the subject line? I had up until yesterday morning during our offering time at church. Our Minister of Discipleship and Evangelism Bro Pete Belmain had to remind me of that. Not sure if anyone else needed to be reminded of that, but I needed it. Sad thing is, just less than an hour before I had filled out the tithe check. Bro Pete referred to the teaching of the tithe in Leviticus:

    “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30)

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