march 24 spotlight

dealing with division

These articles focus on specific concerns deemed relevant to the Christian community.  We are observing the dividing lines between church and state. Click on the photo to read the story.  Articles are for information only and do not necessarily represent the views of Cornerstone Community Church.

  • persecution watch

    Christian Nationalism: Rejecting the Left's Misleading Narrative

    A new Public Religion Research Institute poll shows roughly three in ten Americans qualify as Christian Nationalist adherents or sympathizers.  In that specific survey, the criteria cites someone as a Christian Nationalist if they believe the following: that the government should declare America a Christian Nation; laws should be based on Christian values; that we will not have a country anymore if America moves away from our Christian foundations; being Christian is an important part of being truly American and that God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all areas of American society. 

    That sort of grouping could potentially include millions of Bible-believing, church-going Christians who don't view any or all of those concepts as radical at all. And some don't think the left should get to decide or define what Christians in the U.S. are allowed to believe. MORE

  • culture watch

    Pro-Lifers Warn 'Extremely Deceptive' Amendments to Open Abortion Floodgates in Many States in 2024

    ARKANSAS – Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, abortion advocates throughout the country have been hard at work trying to expand abortion in many states that restricted it after the court's decision.  As pro-life groups are battling the abortion effort, CBN News visited the state of Arkansas to see what they're up against.
    "Decline to sign" is the theme of Arkansas pro-life advocates as they fight to keep a state abortion ban in place.
    Abigail DeJarnatt of Counteract USA said, "Arkansas is the most pro-life state in the union. The only reason a woman can get an abortion in Arkansas is for a medical emergency."
    The goal of these rallies is to convince voters not to approve an amendment initiative on the November ballot.   The amendment aims to enshrine abortion access in the state constitution.
    Arkansas was one of 13 states with a trigger law that banned abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The Dobbs ruling allows states to decide the issue on their own.  

    So far, abortion advocates have seen success in six states to make abortion legal again through the voting process. In 2024, there are efforts in as many as 13 more. 

    "The key thing to know about these ballot initiatives all across the country is that they permanently change state constitutions. The elected officials cannot go back and reverse the effects of the abortion amendment should they make it into your state constitution," DeJarnatt said. MORE

  • revival watch

    Border Revival Heats Up: 'We're Going Back to What We Know Works'

    Franklin Graham's recent border outreach (Credit: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

    Latino faith leader Rev. Tony Suarez will host revival events on the border this week and next week. 

    "We've tried politics, we've tried protesting. We've tried advocating. Now we're going to go back to what we know works which is prayer, fasting, coming before God and just knowing that He really is the only hope that our nation and our southern border has," Suarez told CBN News.

    Suarez, the chief operating officer of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the founder of Revivalmakers, is leading Texas revival events in El Paso on March 21-23 and in McAllen on March 27-29 as well as strategic prayer stops in Presidio, Laredo, Eagle Pass and Brownsville.  MORE


limelight

These articles focus on current events deemed relevant to the Christian community.  Click on the link to read the story.  Articles are for information only and do not necessarily represent the views of Cornerstone Community Church.

lovelight

A Shout out to our viewers!

Many members are not able to be present today but will be joining us online.  Here's a shout out to let you know we are praying for you today, that God will supply every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Everyone is encouraged to use the prayer request form at the PRAYER WALL

Nancy, Leanne, Diana, Betty, Mike, Sarah, Ryan, Jim, Janet, Irene, Patrick, Abner, Chermaine, Erin, Seive, Eliana, Stella, Francine, Laura, Ron, Brenda, Cole, Angela

Today:  Brandi, Jolene, Dennis Rayburn, Nancy, Leanne, Betty, Diana, and Cole!  Also Vanya and Lydia Szabo

lamplight

The Branch of the Lord


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 02, 2024


“In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.” (Isaiah 4:2)

One of the fascinating titles of the promised Messiah is that of “the Branch.” Here He is called “the branch of the LORD,” along with “the fruit of the earth.” As the first, He is “beautiful and glorious.” As the second, He is “excellent and comely.” “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem [or ‘stump’] of Jesse [that is, the father of King David], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11:1).

In addition to the two references in Isaiah, there are two in Jeremiah and two in Zechariah. In both Jeremiah passages, He is a Branch of David. “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch” (Jeremiah 23:5). See also Jeremiah 33:15.

In Zechariah’s prophecy, He is called God’s servant and God’s man. “For, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH” (Zechariah 3:8). “Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD” (Zechariah 6:12).

This fourfold presentation of the Branch of David, the Branch as a servant, the man who is the Branch, and the Branch of the Lord beautifully corresponds to the fourfold gospel depiction of Christ as King (Matthew), Servant (Mark), Perfect Man (Luke), and Son of God (John).

Just as a branch when it first begins to shoot forth appears small and fragile and easily broken, so would the Messiah first appear to be inconspicuous and unattractive. “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground” (Isaiah 53:2). Yet, this same fragile branch will one day become a great vine with innumerable branches (John 15:5) that will spread its excellent fruit throughout all the earth. HMM

morning message

until shiloh comes

Palm sunday 2024

Genesis 49:10

2 Samuel 7:16

Matthew 20:29-30

Isaiah 9:6, 53:4-5

Leviticus 23:40-43

Psalm 118:25-29

John 11:55-57

Zechariah 9:9

Luke 19:29-35

Mark 11:8-10

Zechariah 12:10

2 Corinthians 5:21

Isaiah 53:6

John 3:3