| KANSAS PRAYER
This is a Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their
It seems Prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright
was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate,
Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, But this is what they heard:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and
reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and
called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called
We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of __expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our
forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from Every sin and set us free.
The response was immediate.
A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is
pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those
responding negatively. The church is now receiving international
requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program,
Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program
any other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help! , may this prayer sweep over our
nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can
called "one nation Under God."
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don't
Stand for something, you will fall for everything."
|By Dennis L. Pearson of The COMMON SENSE HERALD
(c) 2003 by Dennis L. Pearson and Revised (c) 2009... All
The Old Testament (and the New Testament) speaks to the USA as much
as it did to ancient Israel. If we allow the atheists, the false believers and
the secular humanists to force the USA to turn its face from God, God will
respond by taking our blessing away from us. He will allow the enemy to
come to our gates and do great damage to us. We look at world history
and see that empires have risen and fallen. Kingdoms have risen and
fallen. Nations have risen and fallen. Obviously the USA can share the
same fate if the eternal God turns his face from us because we have
decided that we are a government and a people above God rather than
under God. And additionally, we have decided that we are a government
and a people that no longer place our trust in God or have become so
arrogant that we think that we do not need God’s potent forced field or
We need to remind ourselves that God gives us the stewardship to rule
and we must do it wisely. In ancient Israel God replaced King Saul with
David because King Saul abused his power and sinned. He did not allow
David to build the temple because he sinned. He did not allow Moses to
enter the Promised Land because he sinned. Take God out of society and
wickedness will flourish; therefore for the good of the nation it is essential
that we remember that his values are superior to ours.
AND I DO EMPHASIZE THAT GOD IS NOT DEAD.
If the atheists, the false believers and the secular humanists believe that
citizens can be safe in a nation, which, having no eternal values to set its
standards creates its own values, then they all are deluding themselves.
For in such a society the standards for morality will change from day to day
and morality will be ordered like a fad. What is in for morality one day, one
week, one month, one year or one decade will be out the next day, next
week, next month, next year or next decade.
Indeed, the federal government cannot promote a state religion... The early
German speaking immigrants to the U.S were much concerned about this
for In their homelands they were told by their ruling prince what religion
they were to practice. Consequently, many families have their origins in
America due to the persecution of France's Louis XIV who invaded the
Duchy of Lorraine and provinces of the Holy Roman Empire (now
Southwest Germany)... These people had to convert to Catholicism or die
or the very least have their property taken away and be enslaved.
Emigration of Protestants was forbidden. However many Protestants did
convert to Catholicism with the aim to emigrate if they could and then
return to their reformed Christian or Lutheran faith.
For the American Slaves it was follow the Northern Star to get to the Free
States in the North... For the people suffering in the lands and period so
described, it was follow the Rhine River downstream to Holland, high tail it
to England and then America.
Incredibly in the period during and after the 30 Years War and Louis XIV’s
incursions – that part of the Holy Roman Empire which later became
Southwest Germany lost approximately 90 percent of its population by
death or emigration... It took the economy of the area 120 years to recover.
But as it happened, Religious bigotry as well as ethnic bigotry again in the
twentieth Century reared its ugly head and overtook Germany and Central
Europe... The end result --- Mass death --- forced emigration --- forced
slavery --- Cruel treatment of Human Beings by other Human Being ---The
Holocaust of both the Jewish people and other European Ethnics --- The
eventual establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.
There are people in the world such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
who deny that the Holocaust occurred but I do not join him as part of that
chorus... And anyone who accuses me of being part of that chorus is
misguided at the least, and very nasty, wicked and political at the most. I
know that the Holocaust --- the slaughter of 6,000,000 European Jews
held in German concentration camps occurred. The fact is, my father
Kenneth Pearson as part of the U.S. Army Signal Corp was attached to a
unit of videographers and journalists that in the last stages of World War II
had visited the Concentration camps and told the stories of the living and
dead who were forced into the Camps by the German NAZI PARTY and its
Gestapo. And I personally as part of a trip to Germany for a special
Passion Play at Oberamergrau had visited what was left of the Dachau
Concentration near Munich. I purchased a book there that described step
by step how Hitler and his band of criminals took over German society and
choreographed the Holocaust.
I repeat -- Take God out of society and wickedness will flourish; therefore
for the good of the nation it is essential that we remember that his values
are superior to ours. Individuals that use the big lie technique to do harm to
other individuals in school, or in the work place or in the political world or
out in the community may be described as nasty, devious, manipulative
and at the worst --- wicked.
As far as I am concerned posting the 10 commandments is not the
establishment of a state religion. Singing the 4th Stanza of the National
Anthem is not the establishment of a state religion. Saying the pledge of
allegiance is not the establishment of a state religion.
However, adopting an official atheist policy in government is a violation of
the Church State principle by adopting secular humanism as a state
approved religion. Indeed in the United State, government cannot force an
individual to adhere to a certain religious way of life but neither can
government force an individual to cease adhering to a certain religious way
Indeed the laws of government are affected by the pressures put on by
those who adhere to or not adhere to a certain religious way of life. And
people in that society are expected to submit to the laws of the land. But
for those who practice the religious way of life, their guide for morality will
be in the time-honored writings and traditions of their faith which ought to
be accord with eternal law established by the Creator of the Universe.
| DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE IN THE WORLD
BUT NOT OF THE WORLD
by Dennis L. Pearson of the Common Sense Herald
Copyright (c) 1993 by Dennis L. Pearson ***
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
What causes conflicts and quarrels among us? Do they not
spring from the aggressiveness of our bodily desires? We
want something that we cannot have or have immediately;
and thus, we become bent on destructive behavior. We are
envious, and cannot obtain our ambition, and so we quarrel
Followers of Jesus Christ are admonished in the First Letter of
John Chapter 2 not to set their hearts on the godless world or
anything in it.
The reason for this is that anyone who loves the world will
become a stranger to the Father's love. It is written that
everything the world affords, all that panders to the appetites
or entices the eyes; all the glamour of its life, springs not from
the father but the godless world. And that world will pass away
with all its allurements, but he who does God's will stands for
Does this mean that followers of Christ, which I profess to be,
should not participate in the affairs of the community or its
No, I don't believe that is so. However, in our participation we
must be like the man or woman who sees his and her brother
or sister commit a sin which is not a deadly sin. We must pray
to God for them, that he grant them forgiveness and new hope.
Our purpose or mission in participation ought not be to
disparage or cast judgement; rather,our mission should be to
put to an end to ignorance and stupidity by example of our
good conduct. We ought never repay wrong with wrong or
abuse with abuse.
Anyone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ should
understand that they are citizens of heaven, but by the
circumstance of our existence, we also express our
citizenship in the place where we are. In John 17:11,15,16,
Jesus reminds his disciples that they are "in the world" but
not "of the world."}
The Catechism of the Evangelical Congregational Church
maintains that Christian citizenship is a highly important part
of a believer's stewardship. With a sympathetic understanding
of the cultural and religious background of the people, we are
to share in community life by participation in worthwhile
projects, by showing keen interest in the moral and civic
betterment, and, in all these relationships, to honor the Christ
whom we worship as Savior and Lord.
First John Chapter 2 verses 9 to 11 states: " A man may say, 'I
am in the light'; but if he hates his brother, he is still in the
dark. Only the man who loves his brother dwells in light;there
is nothing to make him stumble. But one who hates his brother
is in darkness; he walks in the dark and has no idea where he
is going, because the darkness has made him blind."
Those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ should not
be surprised if the world hates them. After all, Jesus Christ
was in the world, but the world though it owed its being to him
did not recognize him. Jesus entered his own realm, and his
own would not receive him.
I ask? Do we deserve or expect better treatment than the one
who gave us the right to be called the Children of God?
Certainly not, for anyone who does not love is still in the realm
of death; for everyone who hates his brother or sister is a
murderer and no murderer has the eternal dwelling within him.
Therefore, it is our duty if we profess to be Christians or
religious people to keep our good name clear so that when we
receive the criticism or abuse of the world, that those
institutions or individuals who malign or insult us will be put to
If we suffer, it must not be for murder, theft, sins of the heart
or body or sorcery; and importantly, we must not suffer for
infringing upon the rights of others.
Our mission and purpose as believers is to engage in
honourable occupations, which are not only honourable in
themselves, but also useful to their fellow man.
Jesus of Nazareth gave up his life for us. Therefore, we are
bond to lend a helping hand for those in need.
Indeed it is written that if a man or woman has enough to live
on, and yet sees his brother or sister in need and shuts up his
heart against them, how can it be said that divine love dwells
Love indeed must not be a matter of words or talk. Love must
be genuine and show itself in action.
For if an individual willfully persists in sin after receiving the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins remain. What is
left is the terrifying expectation of the Judgement and fierce
fire that will consume those who set their hearts on the
As stated in the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy Chapter 3
verse 1-5: "Those who will be consumed are men who will
love nothing but money and self; they will be arrogant,
boastful, and abusive; with no respect for parents, no
gratitude, no piety, no natural affection; they will be
implacable in their hatreds, scandalmonger's, denial of its