Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Call to Worship (conclusion)

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Pastor Bill, “Do you know who Madeline Mary O’Hare is? She is the worst thing that ever happened to us. She is the one that took prayer and God out of our schools.”

So, I did some digging to see if I could provide an informative link to the biography of Ms. O’Hare, as I like to provide background for anyone interested, and was unable to garner anything (really). See, being back in school it is drilled into my head the Wikipedia is not a viable source of information. We are not allowed to utilize it in any papers as a reference because anyone has the ability to alter the information included, thus eliminating its credibility. However, that is the only resource link I was able to find, Wikipedia, which is why you won’t find a link here. On the flip side of the coin, sometimes digging for one piece of treasure will land you something even a little better. Check this out…

My Life Without God: The Rest of the Story

 

My Life Without God: The Rest of the Story [Paperback]

William J. Murray

Anyone dismissing Madalyn O’Hair as a kooky atheist who stretched her 15 minutes of fame as far as possible should read My Life Without God. Atheism may be what brought her celebrity status, but it was just one of her many perfidious pursuits. Written by her estranged son-disowned by his embrace of religion-Madalyn is shown to be at various times a drug-dealer, pornography patron, Communist rebel-rouser, and those are her good points!

The question here stands to read as Pastor Bill’s fourth headline for 2013:

“People Experience Peace in the Storm”

That seems a might bold leap from discounting a person whom we are suppose to be showing grace to experiencing peace in the storm, but if you think about it there is a logical transition.

One person can bring about a storm surge unlike anything you thought imaginable.

One person can also bring about the biggest umbrella you’ve ever witnessed – GOD!

One nation can stand under this umbrella of protection and survive the storm.

Have you ever experienced a true storm? I have visions of the crisp blue sky, beaming rays of sun that tickle the earth after a tornado, or the day following terrific, flooding rain, or a hurricane. The light is nearly blinding. The air seems so clean, fresh, like a newborn baby. The sweet smell that lingers heavy over the dampened ground. And the sight of the devastation left in the path cradling the eyes of all who survived. There is such a gravity of loss with such a light of peace.

Light vs. Dark

How can we bring this light home to rest?

How can we find the good through the bad?

How can we weather more storms?

Pastor Bill, “Through God’s powerful presence!”

It truly is that simple.

Pesos… Credo… Fides

Pastor Bill, “The disciples in the sotrm when Jesus was asleep. He is restfully with us in every storm as well. Matthew 14:24 – 27, “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Be not afraid.”

You all know someone, yourself or another, whom has experienced challenges in 2012 and 2013. Loss of a loved one, a job, a family, a home. We are all touched daily by the trials we face. But nobody has ever asked you to face them alone.

Let God help you through this.

Allow his disciples to enter into your life…

touch your life…

lift your spirit….

And all that is asked in return is that you Credo (believe), and pass that along to another.

Pretty soon there will be no more Madalyn O’Hare trying to keep prayer and God out of our schools because God’s light will be so bright that the only salvation to this would be sunglasses.

Pastor Bill, “People like her can try to keep God out of our schools but nobody can stop a person from praying regardless of where they are.”

Peace coming out of the storm.

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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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