Salvation

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‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Salvation

Our Sunday school lesson raised the question of “can we regain salvation after rejecting it?” Certainly we all continue to sin and fall short of being anywhere near righteous with our own works; but, what if we denounce God and turn away from Him? Can we turn back and still have salvation?? Our culture tends to push us to tolerate, then accept, and finally embrace all sorts of sinful behavior, but what are the eternal consequences?
Apparently this is one of the BIG theological questions. Some believe there is always hope, even in this situation. Clearly it has given me reason to pause and ponder. I realize I sin even though I know better—clearly not ideal, but is that forgivable? Only God knows and we can only hope and pray.

Power of Prayer

2F987E0F-6304-4426-BA12-866024D35B2B“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The power of prayer has been declared in The Bible and demonstrated in clinical trials. Obviously this world in which we live is broken in so many ways and we need to pray harder than ever before that God will continue to guide us on our journey and deliver us from evil.

Security

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The price of being safe from danger in this country alone is staggering. It costs about $32M per hour for national security. Protecting our President costs $2-3 M per day. The costs of law enforcement officers is over $20B per year. All this money and we still have so much violence. Like Miss Congeniality, I really do want world peace.