The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Velvet-Covered Brick

“OUR” Seat.

Paul felt grieved—perhaps even angered—over the reports he received about his Corinthian colleagues. We can see in his letter the anguish he felt over what has been going on in the church, but we also read of an overriding sense of love and concern for these dear friends. It was as if Paul were hitting the Corinthian church on the head with a velvet-covered brick—the brick his condemnation of their sin, the velvet being his love for those whom God had set apart for good works. ~ John C. Maxwell, The Velvet Covered Brick

Seeing is believing…when we see. The heartbreaking grief Paul felt in his day is more than alive in ours because of the multitude who cannot see or refuse to see. I capped my week off with a frustrating conversation I had late yesterday afternoon with a Christian brother who will not see. And the heartbreak of it is that he leads an exemplary Christian life led by an exemplary shepherd who, thus far, has failed to inform, ready, and prepare his people for the war we are in, what’s at stake in November, and what is coming regardless of who wins. I listened in shock and disbelief as he rationalized his passive lack of involvement…his indifference concerning this epic battle for the soul of our nation. When he said, “If Biden wins, then it was God’s will”, I cried inside.

Sadly, we are witnessing an epic failure of leadership on too many fronts to count. But the most devastating front is, or was, at the pulpit. “If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics becomes so corrupt, that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” ~ Charles Finney, Presbyterian revivalist

…and this weekend experience of disappointment made it back-to-back with the same experience last weekend involving life-long friends…people who are good and caring people with good hearts, who for whatever reason simply cannot see, setting the stage for P&FW…

“Behold, O My people, I will open your graves”…If the Spirit of God has given you a vision of what you are apart from the grace of God (and He only does it when His Spirit is at work), you know there is no criminal who is half as bad in actuality as you know yourself to be in possibility. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Staggering Question

He gave His blood to wash us white as snow, so that one fine day…

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I found myself staggered this past weekend; in a way I know every single one of us will be able to relate to. I had the bittersweet experience of spending an afternoon and evening with two of my oldest and dearest friends whom I hadn’t seen since February 2nd. The sweet part was seeing them. The bitter part was learning of the mutual friends we grew up with who, along with their kids, have been standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the executioners of men and women who risk all to serve and protect. Add submission to the bitterness of solidarity in their unquestioning acceptance of the facemasks they are forced to wear.

My dear friends, there are two old sayings that come to mind in this, our darkest hour…to help shine a light on our choice between two distinct and separate paths; “If you can’t beat them, join them” and, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I can only say, looking out our window in New York and LA, it’s awfully hard to see the country in between.

Please join us for a very special Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow. With prayerful focus on His something from nothing Word in Ezekiel 37:1-3, and the coming together Satan cannot stop in Ezekiel 37:15-17, to the light of truth on the right path in James 4:4 that we may all find our way…

…to His house we could go.

For Him,


In fact, one cannot escape the tragic fact that far too many manning the modern-day pulpit are modeling fear where courage is needed, and compliance where resistance is required. Where, dear God, has this man gone?

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, and sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. But he who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions. He who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Jim Caviezel wants to know!

Paul’s Velvet-Covered Brick is a wonderful reflection of who God made us to be. Accountable in our lives, condemning of our sin, and loving in our correction. Many of our institutions are lost, but we are not a nation owing to institutions holding supreme authority over us. The late Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s final request was to not fill “her” seat until after the election. We ALL need the velvet-covered brick because too many of us have forgotten who we are, and what is worth fighting for. I cannot begin to tell you how it hurts my ears to hear “style” complaints from those not in the fight, about the man who is ending the America-hating propaganda being taught in our schools, who has brought peace to the Middle East, and is doing more to save our children than any other president in American History. But the man who will nominate the next Supreme Court Justice to fill “OUR” seat this week, cannot save this great nation of ours by himself. Our Lord’s last prayer on this earth (John 17:21) was for us all to come together. Now, my friends, would be the perfect time.


Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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