A Public Prayer

Most of us would not have any idea who Hal Capps is. I didn’t either until I read an article about him. He is a football coach in North Carolina who is under fire for a so called indecent act of leading his team in prayer before football games and it has certainly ruffled the feathers of some. A letter to the school district stated this had to be stopped and was in violation of the constitution of the school. The players Coach Hal coaches have stepped up and stated they want the prayers to continue and would ensure they did. This story got me to thinking about how far we have gotten away from any acknowledgment of God in our daily lives to include school. Have we really forgotten who is the giver and sustainer of life? This story reminds me of the fiery furnace found in Daniel chapter 3. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” These men knew the consequences of not worshiping an idol of the king yet they chose to remain faithful to God and trust in Him. They acknowledged who God was and would not back down, not even from death in a fiery furnace. When a fiery furnace awaits how will your response be? Your furnace may be going against your family beliefs, not taking that drink, staying away from the drugs or abstaining from a relation with a married person (adultery). Whatever the furnace may be, the consequences for giving in to stay out of the furnace of man is far worse (Rom. 3:23 & 6:23). Don’t you think it is time to put God back into our eventful lives? If God is for us who can be against us? Coach Hal faced a furnace but did not face it alone. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth. Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net

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