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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Stand Under Fire

July 27, 2021

Transcript: A Kroger grocery store recently fired two Christian workers who refused to wear an LGBT rainbow. What is the believer's responsibility in opposing beliefs that stand against our faith? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In the case of these grocery store workers, Christians were fired, then chose to pursue a legal settlement. This conflict reminds me of the words of Isaiah 7:9 that read, "If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." God is clear that silence is not an option in response to evil. We must take bold action and oppose sin. Otherwise, we are complicit participants of our surrounding culture. When you face opposition to your beliefs today, don't shrink back. Stand firm! The one who died and rose from the grave will give you the power to resist evil no matter what you face today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Monday, July 26, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Respond with Salt

July 26, 2021

Transcript: Resisting evil is something every Christian must do. Sometimes that evil confronts us personally through words of hatred or animosity because of our biblical convictions. The apostle Paul instructs our response through a word picture related to salt. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke of our role as being salt and light. In the ancient world, salt primarily served as a preservative. Salt burns when placed into a wound, for example, but it heals as a result. Likewise, light chases away darkness, offering a better alternative that illuminates the way for others. And the darker the culture, the brighter our light shines when we speak truth to the evil around us. We cannot be silent at the evil in our culture, but are called to oppose it through our words and actions. Only then will we serve as the salt and light our Lord commands. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - Integrity Series: Continual Obedience for Integrity

July 23, 2021

Transcript: Integrity’s not temporary; it’s continual. There’s a big difference, and that difference MAKES all the difference. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we've discussed the role of integrity in the life of the believer and in America. This includes authority, a common vision, virtue and self-government. Yet another key aspect that brings these forces together is continual obedience. In Deuteronomy, God clearly defined blessings for obedience and judgment for disobedience. Their actions included consequences regarding God’s hand at work among them. Still today, we are called not only to serve God for a season, but to preach the Word in season and out of season. Some of our biblical convictions may not be popular today, but they remain important to our faith. Let’s continue to live and speak our convictions. What matters most to God is not our popularity, but our integrity. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - Integrity Series: Integrity and Self Government

July 22, 2021

Transcript: What’s it mean to be a self-governing republic? And why’s this form of government so important to Christians living in America? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. William Penn once wrote that Americans “will be governed by the laws of your own making and live as a free, and, if you will, serious and industrious people.” He’s right. But he made it clear that those laws must be in alignment with God’s moral laws to which people voluntarily submitted. Penn and others said often, that no republic could ever rise or continue unless the people and the leaders voluntarily submitted themselves to the 10 Commandments of God. They believed that integrity – a right relationship with God in heart and actions was where it started. Virtue – the voluntary obedience to God’s Truth is where it must go. Upon these things a self-governing republic can survive. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Integrity Series: A Common Vision

July 21, 2021

Transcript: William Penn expressed a common vision for government later built within the Declaration of Independence. How does integrity, a common vision and national renewal link? I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The rotunda in the Pennsylvania state Capitol includes the words of William Penn which read, “That there may be room there for such a holy experiment, for the nations want a precedent. And my God will make it the seed of a nation.” What a vision? A self-governing republic based on God’s authority. When we recognize this vision shared by our nation’s founding fathers, we’ll gain a vision for blessing and accept our duty to pursue it. God will then make it to happen. Praying for our nation, seeking the good of our land, and honoring those who serve our land are just some the ways we can pursue this vision with integrity. Discover more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Integrity Series: Authority and Integrity

July 20, 2021

Transcript: Spiritual renewal’s not based on our human achievements, but on God’s authority in our lives. So, what’s the difference? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Americans tend to emphasize achievements. We focus on income, education, influence, and other external factors to measure a person’s success. Yet God challenges us to view life differently—from His perspective. Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it.” In other words, unless we live lives of integrity according to God’s expectations and under His authority, our achievements are worthless. Jesus compared this to building our lives on His solid foundation rather than on sinking sand. If we hope to build anything that lasts, we need more than our accomplishments; we need the Lord to build our house. When we submit to God’s authority and build His way, we will then experience true success. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Monday, July 19, 2021 - Integrity Series: The Importance of Integrity

July 19, 2021

Transcript: King David asked God to preserve him in “integrity and uprightness.” What’s this mean for us—and for our nation—today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. David’s emphasis in Psalm 25 should be our desire as a foundation for national renewal today. We can’t expect God to work through us in power when we don’t live before Him in integrity. Unfortunately, the importance of integrity is mocked in our society. The word “integrity” comes from a Latin word meaning complete or whole. It’s living with unconfessed sin before God and in honesty before others. Jesus called it living with a pure heart. Biblical integrity’s built on the Truth of God’s Word. As you seek God’s blessing in your life, remember the necessity of walking with integrity before Him. His plan for integrity is found in the pages of Scripture. Through it, God will preserve you—as He did King David.. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Friday, July 16, 2021 - Liberty and Freedom Series: For Freedom

July 12, 2021

Transcript: Why do we long for freedom? The answer’s found in the one who created us. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we've discussed the role of freedom in the life of a believer. This includes our source of freedom, advancing freedom, freedom based on truth, and freedom through God’s Spirit. Yet these areas do not explain why we desire freedom. Galatians 5:1 teaches, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Our freedom is set in contrast with sin. We crave freedom because we feel defeated and controlled by the sins of this world and in our lives. To find freedom, we don’t simply try harder. We look higher. Through God’s power, we find freedom from sin that impacts how we live today and where we will live for eternity. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Liberty and Freedom Series: The Spirit of the Lord

July 14, 2021

Transcript: Paul wrote “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” What does this mean for our lives—and for our nation—today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As Americans, we often focus on our freedoms found in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These noble documents include many biblical values that impact the lives of our nation’s citizens nearly 250 years later. But there’s a freedom even greater than what our nation offers. 2 Corinthians 3:17 shares that the greatest freedom is found in the Spirit of the Lord. Those who know Christ personally have His Spirit within them. The Holy Spirit guides us toward God’s ways and away from sin. The Spirit is also the third person of the Triune God, offering freedom through His presence. True freedom ultimately comes through the power of God’s Spirit within us. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Liberty and Freedom Series: Freedom is Built on Truth

July 14, 2021

Transcript: The founding fathers often spoke of advancing freedom. What does it mean to advance freedom? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As Americans, we enjoy many freedoms built into our founding documents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They include our freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and a free press. But advancing freedom involves expanding the freedoms we have to help others. America’s frequently assisted other nations as part of this mission. As believers in Christ, we are also called to advance freedom. The freedom we’ve received from the guilt of sin is certainly worth sharing. Romans 8:2 teaches, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Isn’t this good news worth sharing? Don’t hold freedom only for yourself; advance freedom through sharing Christ with someone today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - Liberty and Freedom Series: Advancing Freedom

July 13, 2021

Transcript: The founding fathers often spoke of advancing freedom. What does it mean to advance freedom? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As Americans, we enjoy many freedoms built into our founding documents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They include our freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and a free press. But advancing freedom involves expanding the freedoms we have to help others. America’s frequently assisted other nations as part of this mission. As believers in Christ, we are also called to advance freedom. The freedom we’ve received from the guilt of sin is certainly worth sharing. Romans 8:2 teaches, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Isn’t this good news worth sharing? Don’t hold freedom only for yourself; advance freedom through sharing Christ with someone today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Monday, July 12, 2021 - Liberty and Freedom Series: True Freedom

July 12, 2021

Transcript: The famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia represents America’s Holy Experiment in freedom. What’s the story of this iconic symbol? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The Liberty Bell was delivered from London in 1752. It cracked twice while being tested due to being cast too brittle. Yet it remains the nation’s symbol of liberty, rung on July 8th, 1776, celebrating the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. This symbol holds spiritual application as well. Like the flawed Liberty Bell, we also are brittle and cracked. Through the liberty found in a relationship with Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven set free and made whole. In John 8:36, Jesus said, “When the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” True freedom starts with being liberated from the bondage of sin. Make certain you possess the eternal freedom in Christ that only He offers you today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Friday, July 9, 2021 - Truth in Tough Times Series: Truth in Troubled Times

July 9, 2021

Transcript: What does it mean to return to our first love as followers of Christ? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In Revelation two, Jesus told the Ephesian Christians they were faithful, yet had left their first love. Instead of living for God with passion, they were going through the motions of life. He said, "Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first." God desires more for our lives! Think about the time when you first believed in Jesus. How did you feel? How was your life changed? How strongly did you share your faith? Return to that same desire, giving God your full attention and affection. As you do, you'll discover newfound power for your daily life today. Discover more helpful resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - Truth in Tough Times Series: Our First Love

July 8, 2021

Transcription: What does it mean to return to our first love as followers of Christ? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In Revelation two, Jesus told the Ephesian Christians they were faithful, yet had left their first love. Instead of living for God with passion, they were going through the motions of life. He said, "Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first." God desires more for our lives! Think about the time when you first believed in Jesus. How did you feel? How was your life changed? How strongly did you share your faith? Return to that same desire, giving God your full attention and affection. As you do, you'll discover newfound power for your daily life today. Discover more helpful resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - Truth in Tough Times: Encouragement in Struggles

July 28, 2021

Transcript: How can the difficult times in our society be an encouragement? The answer is found in the prophecies of Scripture. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The struggles and apostasy in our society can easily discourage us. Yet we can also look at these negatives in a positive manner. In Matthew 24, Jesus spoke of many falling away from the faith, wars and rumors of war, and other world problems as the beginning of birth pains. In other words, when we see these problems increasing, it should encourage us that the Lord's return is near. We know Jesus could come any day—even today—giving us the hope we need to stand firm through today's trials. If we are ready to meet Him, we are prepared to face any challenge in our world today. Let's focus on what is eternal as we face life's battles. Discover more helpful resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

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