Stand in the Gap Minute Archives
Friday, October 15, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Overcome Evil with Good
October 15, 2021
Transcript Our current lawless society witnessed by violent protests, looting, and the destruction of historic monuments can cause fear and frustration. Thankfully, God gives us the right way to respond to the upheaval we’re experiencing today. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Psalm 7:9 teaches God establishes the righteous. Psalm 34:15 adds, "The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous." When it comes to the righteous, we must choose to personally obey the commands of God, live out the commands of God, unapologetically articulate the truth, and proclaim the truth. If we want to see a better tomorrow in our nation, it will require confronting evil, not running from it, as we seek to advance God's standards for a godly and orderly society – first in our own lives then broadly in our culture. Only then can we expect God's blessing upon our lives and upon our nation. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Restore the Law
October 14, 2021
Transcript We must all resist the lawlessness and the evil in our nation day? In August 2020, our ministry sent an open letter to all citizens of Pennsylvania and each elected member of the 3 Branches of government. Why? To affirm the responsibility of the citizen and God's plan for civil authority, imploring leaders to recognize their accountability to God, the people, and the Constitution. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As we argue in our letter, the state cannot remove the God-given liberty of others, including the gathering of churches for worship despite the threat of Covid-19. Our nation's Founders would adamantly oppose today's response by some states to limit the freedom of worship we have recently experienced. At all times, we must speak out and lift up God's standards of authority and His order for society. Don't back down when facing opposition. Join the work to restore the law, doing good where God has placed you today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Actively Resist
October 13, 2021
Transcripts: Do you realize that when we remain silent in the face of evil, we actually endorse and encourage that evil? So how can we resist the sin we witness in today's culture? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Proverbs 28:4 teaches, "Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them." At the American Pastors Network, we intentionally band together to faithfully stand for biblical truth in the public square. This includes preaching passionately the whole counsel of God, praying fervently, encouraging congregations, and engaging together as ministers. The lawlessness in our time is too great for only a few to oppose it. We must stand with one another, as believers, ministers, and congregations, to oppose evil and provide an influence of good in our society. We need you to join us through prayer, encouragement, and sharing information on key issues as we resist evil today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Standing in Fire
October 12, 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, October 11, 2021 - Resisting Evil Series: Respond with Salt
October 11, 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, October 8, 2021 - God is... Series: Jesus is All Authority
October 8, 2021
Transcript: Law enforcement officers are sometimes referred to as the authorities because they have the power to arrest those who break the law. But parents, employers and those in public office are also authorities. But there is one who holds supreme authority having been delegated that authority by the Author of all Authority. That name is Jesus. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we’ve looked at more of God’s traits, including how they relate to Jesus. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” What does this mean? God has ultimate Authority has delegated all to Jesus Christ and all earthly authorities from all individuals, parents, employers, church and civil government authorities all report to Him and will give account to Him. May we understand God’s ranking of authority and that we all give account to Him one day. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - God is...Series: Jesus is King of Kings
October 7, 2021
Transcript: There’ve been many great leaders throughout history, but no leader compares to Jesus Christ the Son of God. The Bible refers to Him as the King of kings. A look at this phrase can change the way we live today. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. 1 Timothy 6:15 refers to Jesus as the King of kings, placing Him in a unique category unmatched by any other being. Jesus was more than a great human leader; He is the Son of God. He proved His identity through His death and resurrection, offering a display of power unmatched in history. The Bible says that one day, all will bow – including the kings of the earth – and will confess that Jesus is King to the glory of God the Father. Bow before Him now in repentance and receive eternal life so that you’ll not be forced to bow before Him before being condemned to eternal punishment. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - God is...Series: God is King
October 6, 2021
Transcription: As Americans, we value the opportunity to choose our leaders through the power of our vote. We don’t like the idea of being led by a king. What does it mean for us today that God is king? The answer is more powerful than you may think. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Psalm 47:7 declares, “For God is the King of all the earth.” Why was this important? A king was the leader of the nation. By referring to God as king, it acknowledge Him as supreme over all kings.. The verse adds the response as well: “sing praises with a psalm!” When we recognize God as Supreme and king of all kings, including every aspect of our lives, our proper response should to ask of we honor Him with our words and our lives. If God is king – and He is– then let’s live lives devoted in service and worship to Him. Discover more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Judge
October 5, 2021
Transcript: A judge holds the power to sentence someone who’s broken the law, or to set one free if he determines innocence. Is this how God operates today? Scripture offers both warning and hope to answer this important question. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Psalm 50 verse 6 says, “The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge!” In biblical times, a human judge was often more than a legal decision maker. He also served as the leader of the community and held power over all laws. As God, He is the Judge of the world. It is him who decides our eternal fate. How can we be made right with God and escape eternal judgment? It’s through knowing the Son of God who forgives from all wrong and declares us justified. Romans 8:2 says “the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Monday, October 4, 2021 - God is...Series: God is the Lawgiver
October 4, 2021
Transcript: For the last week. I’ve been focusing on who God says He is. The Bible calls God a lawgiver, a term packed with truth for our lives today. Just laws are essential to the wellbeing of society. But did you realize they’re also important for our walk with God? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Isaiah 33:22 reads, “the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” In ancient times, those who made the laws were not the legislative branch of today, but the kings who ruled. God as the lawgiver, acknowledges Him as supreme authority. As lawgiver, He’s also the determiner of all right and wrong. As the Lawmaker, God determines the not only the rules, but the consequences -whether blessing or punishment. May we learn the law in the Bible and choose to obey so blessing can be ours. Discover more leadership resources at American Pastors Network dot net.
Friday, October 1, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Merciful
October 1, 2021
Transcript: It’s much easier to BE forgiven than to ask for forgiveness. This week, we’ve looked at God’s traits and how they should impact the way we live. While God is holy, good, just and love, God is also merciful. One of the greatest marks of spiritual maturity is the ability to show mercy in response to personal offense by someone else. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. One of the most challenging traits is emulating the mercy of God. Psalm 116:5 says, “God is merciful,” but what does that mean? Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone else, often from one who is stronger to one who is weaker. We are called to be merciful to those around us. Jesus promised blessed are the merciful? Why? For they shall obtain mercy. You see, mercy is part of our DNA as followers of Christ. So, let’s help others see it through our actions. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Love
September 30, 2021
Transcript: This week I’ve focused on God as holy, good, and just. But God is also, love. In English, we use the word “love” for many things,-- I love this food or I love this person. But is that the same as “God is love”? The answer is clearly no. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. 1 John 4:8 says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The Bible equates God and love. God is not only loving; He is the fullest expression of love. Jesus displayed true, perfect, agape love. He demonstrated this love by obeying His Father and coming to earth to die on the cross for you and me. When we deserved death, God gave us life. that it true God-love. The love we show to others should be a God-love. The standard is high. The impact is enormous. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Just
September 29, 2021
Transcript: God is Holy, Good and Just. Our culture speaks of social justice, but is it the same justice? Knowing the difference requires knowing who God is and how we should live because of who His is. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The words of Deuteronomy 32:4 refer to the Lord as, “A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” When Scripture refers to God as just, it acknowledges Him as the perfect judge who alone defines right and wrong. That’s justice. True justice produces trust and confidence. With social justice, standards move, definitions change, distrust and doubt results. So if God is holy, Good and Just, shouldn’t we celebrate and imitate God’s definition and expectation for holiness, goodness and justice? If we’d obey God’s Word and use His definition of justice, what a difference it would make in our land today. Discover more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Good
September 28, 2021
Transcript: Not only is God holy- He is good. Both are characteristics we should celebrate and imitate. But, how can we live according to God’s goodness in our lives? The answer is found in our attitude of worship. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. When King Solomon prayed to God in 2 Chronicles 6:41, he said “let your saints rejoice in your goodness.” When we understand God’s goodness in our lives, our response should be worship. This isn’t just about songs we sing during a church service, but a heart filled with gratitude for who God is and how He is working in our lives. In our busy lives, we often live in our own strength and forget it is the Lord who blesses and guides our efforts. Let’s take time today—and everyday—to worship God for His goodness and watch the way it changes not only our lives but those around us. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.
Monday, September 27, 2021 - God is...Series: God is Holy
September 27, 2021
Transcript: The Bible declares that God is many things. The first is that God is holy. How important is God’s holiness to you? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In Leviticus 19:2, God said, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” The word “holy” means to be set apart. God is unique and set apart from all creation. He is completely perfect and without sin. While we are imperfect and unable to match God’s standard of perfection, we are called to live set apart from the sinful ways of this world. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12, we are not to be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds. Our goal must not be to fit in with those around us. The one we are trying to reflect is God and His Holiness. Discover more leadership resources at American Pastors Network dot net.