Stand in the Gap Minute Archives
Friday, September 17, 2021 - God's Blessings Series: God's Favor
September 17, 2021
Can our nation be blessed once again? Yes, if we again glorify God in our lives, laws and culture. When that happens, God’s blessings flow. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we’ve looked at the traits of a nation blessed by God. These blessings include health, abundance, peace, and respect. They result when God is honored, revered and obeyed by our people and our leaders. As a nation, Israel was highly blessed by God. America was once also. Deuteronomy 14:9 says, “The Lord will establish you as the head not the tail – if you obey My words.” It’s one thing to read Scripture; it’s another to live it. It’s one thing to say, In God we Trust. it’s another thing to mock the God who blessed us. A nation blessed of God will be a nation who honors God and is grateful to Him. Blessed is the nation, whose God is the LORD. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - God's Blessings Series: Respect
September 16, 2021
Once America like Israel was respected by the world. Today we are mocked. How can our nation again earn the respect of those around us and make the godly impact our Lord desires? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Deuteronomy 14:10 says “all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.” God worked so powerfully among the Israelites that it earned the respect of the people around them. So it once was with America. How can that respect be renewed? The answer is found in the verse before: “keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways.” When we do, people will see His Spirit living through us. For America, it did not happen in a day. To happen again, will require God’s people living it day by day. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - God's Blessings Series: Peace
September 15, 2021
How can our nation experience security within and peace with our enemies? God’s Word has an answer, but only if we will listen—and live out—what Scripture says. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Deuteronomy 14:7 says, “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” The Israelites experienced defeat when they disobeyed God and victory when they obeyed Him. The same happens in our nation today. When the people of nation fear the Lord and our leaders fear the Lord, God says that He will make our enemies to peace with us. Lawlessness, fightings within and enemy threats from abroad are marks of God’s removal of blessing. Like all of God’s promised blessings, they hinge on our personal and national obedience to His word. Want peace? Obey the Lord. Discover more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - God's Blessings Series: Health
September 14, 2021
Many products claim to prolong or improve our health, but what is God’s emphasis for an abundant life? It may be less complicated than you think. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Many people seek vitamins, medications, or other products to extend life. Yet God’s Word offers clear advice for abundant life. Deuteronomy 14:11 says “the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb.” This isn’t just about money; it includes a healthy life that results in children and grandchildren. God said the way of healthy living is holy living. When we follow God’s ways, it enhances many areas of lives, including our health. Paul wrote physical training is of some value, but godliness has value in every way. Today, perhaps the best way to improve your health would be to spend time in God’s Word—and to obey it. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Monday, September 13, 2021 - God's Blessings Series: Leadership
September 13, 2021
How can we once again experience God’s blessing in our nation? The Bible offers a clear explanation—if we will obey it. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In God told Israel as a nation “the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God.” The process of experiencing national blessing then or now is not a secret. It’s the result of obedience. If we desire that our nation once again leads the world in integrity, we and our leaders must once again choose to be led of the Lord. The righteous hold the key. When we become more like our culture than God, we become the tail, not the head. If we wish to impact our world, we must stop being like it. Instead, our call to living like Christ will transform the lives of those in our communities and our nation.. Discover more leadership resources at American Pastors Network dot net.
Friday, September 10, 2021 - Living by Faith Series: The Hall of Fame of Faith
September 10, 2021
Hebrews 11 describes many heroes in the Bible's faith hall of fame. What did these men and women do that we can learn from in our own lives? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we've discussed what Scripture teaches about living by faith. Faith is more than feelings, but a conviction based on the facts God has revealed in His Word. In Hebrews 11, we find many examples of people who trusted in God during difficult times, often risking their lives in the process. God's desire for us is the same. Are we willing to place our lives in God's hands even in the most difficult moments of life? When we do, we follow the pattern of those the Lord commended in the past, providing modern examples of a faithful believer for others. God is calling you to live by faith today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - Living by Faith Series: That Which is Not Faith is Sin
September 9, 2021
In Romans 13:23, Paul wrote that everything that does not come from faith is sin. What do these words mean for us today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In Paul's situation, he wrote that those who had doubts about eating certain foods sinned when they did not act in faith. Why? Because they based their decisions on their own feelings rather than God's truth and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Still today, many follow the faulty advice of doing what feels right rather than seeking God's will. When we lack wisdom, we are called to turn to the Lord in prayer rather than choosing our own way. It is when we place our faith in His ways that we avoid sin and truly live in a way that pleases Him. In addition, Scripture encourages us to consider how our actions impact those around us. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - Living by Faith Series: What Does Faith Look Like?
September 7, 2021
What does faith look like? According to Scripture, our faith is more than our thoughts. Faith extends from beliefs to actions that honor the Lord and show His love. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As believers, we desire to live by faith and to be faithful to the Lord, but how does this look? In Hebrews 11, we find several examples of faithful followers. They revealed their faith through their beliefs and their actions. Abel brought a better offering that Cain. Noah lived in obedience through building an ark. What about you? What would faith look like in your life? If we are to be commended by the Lοrd, our lives must include both convictions and actions that honor God. This includes meditating on Scripture and applying it, starting with the next person we meet. Ultimately, faith looks like the attitudes and actions of Jesus. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Monday, September 6, 2021 - Living by Faith Series: What is Faith?
September 6, 2021
What is faith? Many believe faith is an invisible belief difficult to define, yet God's Word offers a clear explanation. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In Hebrews 11:1, we discover, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Biblical faith includes assurance. Faith is not in the category of uncertainty, but serves as a certainty regarding spiritual realities. In addition, faith is expressed as a conviction. Our beliefs are values, not aspirations. We trust in God and His ways because of His promises and presence. It has been said faith in God is like our belief in the wind. We cannot see the wind, but we feel its power and presence. Yet with God, we also have the person of Jesus Christ who has walked among us. Let's not waver in our faith; let's live it out today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Friday, September 3, 2021 - Choices and Consequences Series: When We Choose God
September 3, 2021
David chose to stand for God against a giant, and he changed our world forever. Would you like to do the same today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we've discussed what Scripture teaches about our choices and their consequences. When we choose the Lord and His ways, we receive a blessing. When we do not, we endure judgment. The life of David also shows the legacy our godly choices can leave. While God's people refused to oppose Goliath and his rage against the Lord, David chose to confront evil by the power of God. Despite his human limitations, his single stone provided victory over a more powerful opponent. No matter the situation you face today, trust in the Lord's power to strengthen you. Remember, it's not the size of your problem that matters; it's the size of your God that makes the difference. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - Choices and Consequences Series: Choosing to Fear the Lord
September 2, 2021
Did you know that choosing to fear the Lord brings blessing? Our response to God greatly influences His response to us. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Proverbs 1:28 notes that some people "called upon" God but He wouldn’t answer. Why not? Verse 29 reveals, "Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord." They "would have none of" God's counsel. These wise words should cause us to reflect on our own view of God. If we desire to experience His work in our lives, we must fear Him, and honor Him -- on His terms. God’s not a genie in a bottle who gives us wishes; He’s our Creator and Savior. When we humble ourselves, and follow His ways, we find a heavenly Father who longs to bless our lives. Let's choose to fear the Lord and receive His blessings today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - Choices and Consequences Series: Christ or the Crowd?
September 1, 2021
Before Jesus was crucified, the people were given the choice to set him free. So why didn't they? They chose the view that was popular rather than what was right. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. It’s been said that what is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. This was certainly the case when Jesus stood trial before Pilate. The governor even gave the people an opportunity to free Jesus, yet they chose to release a criminal named Barabbas instead. On that fateful day, the popular view opposed Jesus and upheld evil. It’s the same today. Standing for Christ is increasingly ridiculed and reviled. However, those who choose Christ stand with the one who died for us, offering us eternal life. Let's continue to choose to stand up for our Lord and His truth, regardless of whether His views are accepted in our culture or not. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - Choices and Consequences Series: Who Will You Serve?
August 31, 2021
Who do you really serve? Joshua's challenge to God's people revealed many people bowed down to other gods, even among those who claim the name of the Lord. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In ancient Israel, Joshua challenged the Jewish people to serve the Lord. Why was this needed? Despite more than forty years of freedom from Egyptian slavery, many continued to privately serve the idols of their past. In Joshua 24:15, he chose to lead by example, proclaiming, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." What about you? Despite the influence of modern idols, will you uphold following the Lord in your home? Don't let the distractions of this world turn your eyes from the one who has changed you. May our response be as the people told Joshua, "We also will serve the Lord, for he is our God." Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Monday, August 30, 2021 - Choices and Consequences Series: Choices Have Consequences
August 30, 2021
Choices have consequences. The decisions we make today carry impact, both now and for eternity. What choices will you make today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As Moses concluded his leadership among the Israelites, he taught in Deuteronomy 30:15: "See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil." He presented obedience to God's commands as a choice with significant consequences. They didn’t get put into time out like a disobedient child if they turned against the Lord. The consequences were life and death. Still today, we face daily decisions that reveal our true convictions. How we treat our neighbor, how we vote, the priority we give to our family, our church, and even God's Word indicate the direction of our lives. Take a moment today to consider how to improve your choices. Your godly choices can have tremendous influence for good. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Friday, August 27, 2021 - Asking Questions Series: God's Presence When We Question
August 27, 2021
Transcription: The challenges of life can sometimes cause us to question God, but they should never cause us to quit on God. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As Jesus struggled in agony during His final moments on the cross, He cried out, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?" The cross served as part of God's plan of salvation, but left Jesus in great pain at that moment. Likewise, we often question God's plan when we face difficulty and pain. Yet even with nails in His feet and hands, Jesus did not allow His question to keep Him from fulfilling His mission. He remained faithful, serving as an example for us. As you endure setbacks in your own life, questions are okay. God can handle our doubts. But don't let pain cause you to quit on God. He has a purpose, even when we feel forsaken. Find more helpful resources at American Pastors Network dot net.