From the Pen of the Pastor
Thoughts for the Month of July:
 
July is the month we celebrate the birthday of America. Independence Day was
July 4, 1776. 
This year we celebrate our country's 245th birthday. 
America was founded on Christian principles. 
 
Woodrow Wilson once said "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do."
Abraham Lincoln believed that "those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord". In 1811, our Supreme Court stated, "Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends to destroy civil government." That same body later concluded, "Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based on and include the teachings of the Redeemer". 
What happened?
In 1920 John Dewey, the father of progressive education, declared, "There is no God and no soul. No absolute moral code exists, and therefore man must adjust his ethical standards according to his own judgment." His words eerily echo those written earlier by people living in the darkest ages of Israel's history: "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). 
In 1947 Justice Hugo Black erroneously interpreted Thomas Jefferson's letter assuring the Danbury Baptist Association that goverment would not institute a state religion. This erected a "wall of separation" between church and state that has purged Christianity from virtually all civic influence. 
In 1962 the Supreme Court removed prayer and Scripture from schools, stating, "Bible reading in schools could cause psychological damage to students". Next, the Ten Commandments were stripped from the public square. Without evidence to convict us of God's presence, it is easy to ignore His commands. 
Abington School District vs. Schempp in 1963 - removal of the Bible from public schools. 
Roe vs. Wade in 1973 -- slaying of unborn children. 
Stone vs. Graham in 1980 - removal of the Ten Commandments from public school walls. 
Obergefell vs. Hodges in 2015 -- legalization of the sin of homosexuality and homosexual marriage. 
Bostock vs. Clayton County in 2020 -- expansion of homosexual and transfender rights. 
As a nation we have wandered away from the Christian values and principles we were founded on 
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
In a part of Malachi 3:1 you find these words: Return unto me and I will return unto you saith the Lord. 
2 Chronicles 7:14 you find these words:
If my people, which are called by name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 
MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON AMERICA AND MAY WE AS CITIZENS OF AMERICA, TURN BACK TO GOD. 
                   
Information for the above came from Dr. Charles Stanley Article titled "The Foundation of Our Father" and the American Renewal Project dated 9-23-2020.
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Also:
 
If you are unable to attend services in person this Sunday, hover your Cursor over "PEN OF THE PASTOR" above and click on the  link "Pastor Green Video" when it appears.
 
Pastor Green would also like to ask that congregants who are unable to attend services send their your tithes and offerings to:
Pine Grove Baptist Church 
P.O. Box 1476
Cartersville, GA 30120
Attention: Stephen Lively
 
It is important to get these funds into our system in order to support our charitable operations as well as continue the operations of our church. Electric, gas, telephone, insurance, maintenance, and etc.
 
Special Prayer Requests:

1. Pray for our church, our nation and our leaders.

2. Pray for all who are recovering from natural disasters, and those who are assisting in the cleanup effort.

3. Pray for the persecuted Christians around the world. 

4. Pray for all missionaries. 

5. Pray for every church without a pastor.

6. Pray for all schools, colleges, etc.

7. Pray for all who have the coronavirus and also pray that the spread of it will            come  to an end.

8. Pray that confusion and division will cease and that God will lead to proper              answers for the problems facing our country.

***Our church family would like to extend our prayers and Christian sympathy to the family of Jeannie Peek. Pat DeShazo's sister.