july 14 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.

  • history watch

    The British Marksman Who Refused to Shoot George Washington

    George Washington’s life may have been spared at the Battle of Brandywine by a British marksman who placed honor before glory.


    by Ernest B. Furgurson

    On September 11, 1777, an army of 12,500 British troops who had recently landed at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay marched through Pennsylvania toward the patriot capital of Philadelphia. Covering their flank, a detachment of green-clad British marksmen hid in the woods along Brandywine Creek, near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and kept a lookout for American forces led by General George Washington. Suddenly a cavalry officer dressed in the flamboyant uniform of a European hussar rode into view, followed by a senior American officer wearing a high-cocked hat.

    Captain Patrick Ferguson, a 33-year-old Scotsman reputed to be the finest shot in the British army, commanded the British marksmen, who were equipped with fast-firing, breech-loading rifles of Ferguson’s own design. He whispered to three of his best riflemen to creep forward and pick off the unsuspecting officers. But before the men were in place, he felt disgust at the idea of such an ambush, and ordered them not to fire. He shouted to the American officer, who was riding a bay horse. The American looked his way for a moment, and turned to ride on. Ferguson called again, this time leveling his rifle toward the officer. The American glanced back before slowly cantering away.

    A day later, after he had been seriously wounded himself, Ferguson learned that the American officer he let ride off was most likely General George Washington. “I could have lodged half a dozen balls in or about him, before he was out of my reach,” Ferguson recalled, “but it was not pleasant to fire at the back of an unoffending individual, who was acquitting himself very coolly of his duty—so I let him alone.”

    If Ferguson had taken aim and fired at the officer who turned his back and rode away, there is no telling how the American Revolution would have turned out. Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine and then the city of Philadelphia, but lived on to win the war. A century later, American historian Lyman C. Draper wrote: “How slight, oftentimes, are the incidents which…seem to give direction to the most momentous concerns of the human race. This singular impulse of Ferguson illustrates, in a forcible manner, the over-ruling hand of Providence in directing the operation of a man’s mind when he himself is least of all aware of it.”

    Generations have honored the name of Washington, but few remember the chivalrous officer who held his fire and let the general ride on into history.

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  • culture watch

    How a perfect storm sent church insurance rates skyrocketing

    The same factors that have caused a crisis in the homeowner's insurance market are also affecting churches, who have to choose between paying for insurance or running programs.

    Bob Smietana

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  • revival watch


    Country Star Reveals Real-Life Miracle He Saw Amid Addiction, Chaos: 'I Asked God to Help Me'


    Country star T. Graham Brown was always a “believer in Jesus,” but, over time, he sort of “drifted away” from the truth — that is, until a conversation with himself and God ushered in a real-life miracle.

    Listen to the latest episode of “Quick Start”

    Brown, 69, told Fox News he was baptized early in life and was “always … a believer in Jesus.” But, as time went on, he found himself on the wrong path, struggling with addiction and mental health issues....

    It wasn’t until Brown had an honest conversation with himself and the Lord one morning around 14 years ago that everything came together....

    “And I asked God to help me,” he said. “And you know, from that instant — I have not had one craving.”

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  • more revival

    This State Is Publicly Seeking God After Lawmakers Declared 31 Days of Prayer and Fasting

    A powerful prayer movement is springing to life in America's heartland. People across Tennessee are engaged in 31 days of prayer and fasting after state officials approved a resolution to "seek God's hand of mercy and healing" throughout the month of July.

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  • creation watch

    Recent Paleontological Discoveries Are Just What Creationists Predict


    BY *   | 

    THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2024


    Current news from the field of paleontology is what creationists expected and even predicted. Whether recent fossil discoveries are invertebrates or vertebrates, they will not document gradual evolutionary progression from one kind into another kind.

    Some of the latest examples include a new species of extinct shark named Parvodus ominechonensis that was discovered in Japan.1 ...

    Creationists maintain that although new species of plant or animal are constantly discovered, many can be placed within the created kinds that God described in Genesis 1. Sharks are an excellent example. Although today’s oceans are teeming with many unique types of shark—and even more so in the pre-Flood world—they remain sharks. Evolutionist Michael Benton states that sharks of the genus Cladoselache are basal, i.e., some of the first sharks to have evolved. Yet, these sharks are “surprisingly modern looking.”3

    Sharks were created as sharks,4,5and many were killed and fossilized during the Flood about 4,500 years ago.

    The creation model also predicts that a group of unique arthropods—spiders—would be found either in amber or sedimentary rocks—as spiders—with no indication of evolutionary ancestry.6,7

    Now evidence of a 100% “310-million-year-old” web-spinning spider has been discovered, and it’s a 100% spider....

    Cephalopods are a class of marine invertebrates that include the squid, nautilus, and octopus, and they are “the most advanced of all molluscs.”10 But regarding their origin, evolutionists can only say the origin of the ammonoid cephalopod evolved from a “hypothetical archimollusc.”11...

    As with the other examples listed, there is no real evolution of this nautilus-like cephalopod....

    Finally, the ugly and elegant pterosaur has made recent paleontological news. The discovery of a new pterosaur species was found in Australia and is supposedly “100-million-years-old....”14

    As is always the case, varieties and variations of creatures (e.g., pterosaurs) are found, but not their evolutionary ancestors....

    The Genesis account of creation stands. God created the living world to only reproduce after their own kind. When paleontologists unearth victims of the recent worldwide cataclysm—either vertebrate of invertebrate—they show either sudden appearance with variation within the created kind, sudden disappearance, or are still alive today as living fossils.17,18 There are God-designed natural limits to biological change.19

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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, Socorro

Today:  Socorro, Nancy, Leanne, Sarah and Ryan, Tom, Lydia, Mary and Vanya Szabo

lamplight

Before the World Began



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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2024


“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2)

There are some things that God, even in His omnipotence, cannot do. He cannot fail in His ultimate purpose in creation, for one thing. He cannot do wrong or be wrong, for what He does is right and what He says is true, by definition. And God cannot lie, so whatever He has promised, He will perform.

One of His most glorious promises is that of eternal life, for this promise was made even before He made the world, including space and time. But how could anything take place before time began? The same word is used in 2 Timothy 1:9: “his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” Similarly, Romans 16:25 speaks of “the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began.”

Our very minds are locked in space and time, and therefore we cannot even conceive of anything “beyond” space or “before” time. Nevertheless, God is the Creator, and even “the worlds [that is, the aeons, the space/times] were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3). He created time and space and all the phenomena that exist in time and space, and the fact that we cannot comprehend this simply confirms the Scriptures. “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?” (Isaiah 40:13). “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it” (Psalm 139:6).

But what we cannot understand, we simply believe, for God cannot lie. Even though the worlds had a beginning, and our lives each had a beginning, the world will never end, and our lives will never end, for God will never end! We receive, by faith, His immutable promise of everlasting life, given us in Christ Jesus, according to His own purpose and infinite grace, before the world began. HMM

morning message

The Day After

Psalm 7