Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


"The sole object of all music should be to the glory of God and pleasant recreation" Johann Sabasian Bach. When I became a new creation in Christ, I changed my car radio station to Christian music. John R. W. Scott wrote, "Nobody can call himself a Christian who does not worship Jesus." Praise and worship music serves to reduce stress, and keep our focus forward. Revelation 14:3, "And they sang as it were a new song before the throne." Make music to the Master.


In 1954 Congress passed an act that inserted "under God" into our pledge of allegiance. The American Atheists Association wants to delete it from our pledge. NBC television network conducted a survey on this issue with the following results: 86% of citizens want to keep God in; 14% want to remove Him. It seems public response favors God. Psalm 14:1, "The fool has said in his heart there is no God.


Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Answer: 1 Samuel 16:7, "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." In 1839 an American photographer took a picture of himself; possible the first selfie. Picture images of people do not show the condition of their heart. The Word today tells us that God sees inside where sin resides. R. B. Kuiper wrote, "A man's heart is what he is." Psalm 51:10, "Create within me Lord a clean heart."


Upon the return of Jesus, He will reign a thousand years on earth; this time period is known as the Millenmium. The prophet Isaiah wrote, "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders." Think of it: no demonic dictators, no corrupt congressmen; rather the King of kings. Finally, a Holy Supreme Court. When Issac Watts wrote JOY TO THE WORLD, he didn't intend for it to be a Christmas song. His lyrics actually announce the second coming of Christ," Joy to the World! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her king; no more let sins and sorrows grow; He rules the world with truth and grace." Come quickly King Jesus!


Proverbs 29:2, When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people mourn. When Russell Vought was nominated Deputy Director, Finance & Budget, Senator Bernie Sanders accused him of racism and bigotry. Sanders presented a paper written by Vought that stated, "Muslims do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ." Sanders stated, "Anyone who believes in the Bible should not be allowed to serve in public office." When the Senator was sworn-in, he pledged to uphold the Constitution. Article 11, Section 3 reads,"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office under the United States."  Sanders said, "Mr. Chairman, this nominee is not someone this country is supposed to be about." God won when the committee confirmed the nomination.