Saturday, June 21, 2014

Crisis of Confidence


In 1979, President Jimmy Carter faced a crisis of confidence in this nation. Gas shortages, inflation, and high unemployment produced an uneasy feeling among Americans that the future was not so bright. President Carter’s approval ratings dipped lower than Richard Nixon’s had during the Watergate scandal. On July 15, the President gave a speech, sometimes called the most important speech of his presidency, hoping to inspire the nation. It didn’t work. The next year, the country looked elsewhere for hope by electing Ronald Reagan as the 39th president of the U.S.  

Nations are not the only entities to have a crisis of confidence. Churches do. Christians do. Perhaps you have. Tomorrow, we will gather to hear what God has to say to people faced with a spiritual crisis of confidence, and we will find that he has provided precisely what we need for living in the last hour.

Songs
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (49)
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (495)
Psalm 27b
A Sovereign Protector I Have (615)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 28:1-15; Psalm 119:105-112
New Testament: John 10:22-42

Sermon
Confidence in the Abiding Anointing - 1 John 2:18-27

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