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Living Water Christina Church                                                                    September 29, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner              

We Can’t Change HIS-TORY

Written by Carson Lauder

We can’t change HIS-story. HIS-story states that from the beginning God created everything. We can’t rewrite what has been done. PERIOD!

What we can do as a God-fearing people is to create a better future that will leave a better world behind. We have to stop destructive living and live constructively.

LET’S CULTIVATE AND NOT DI SIN TEGRATE our earth built

by God. If your roof leaks you don’t tear down the whole house, you repair it. If your foundation is sinking you again don’t demolish the entire structure you fortify it.

That goes for anything in the rest of the house. A little paint goes a long way in giving a new look.  A new roof will keep out the storms of life.   A better and stronger foundation will keep things from caving in.

So, as we repair and improve our living conditions today, we insure a better and stronger HIS-story for tomorrow.

And that will be HIS –TORY.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                   September 25, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner             

What’s on Your Menu?

Written by Carson Lauder

Uncle Marlin in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania would often tell the story of two friends who worked and always ate lunch together.  In those days almost everyone brought their lunch from home.

Every day one of the men would unpack his lunch, look at his friend with disgust and say, “peanut butter sandwiches, I hate peanut butter sandwiches.” His friend would answer, “Why don’t you ask your wife to pack something different?” The upset man asked, “Why, I pack my own lunches.”

I’m sure you laughed, just like I always did.

But sometimes we do the same! We keep doing the same things the

same way and don’t understand why we keep getting the same results. Why do we continue to pack in our lives every day what we know we really don’t want there?

Do we use our time wisely? Who do we hang out with? Do we really strive to do our best? How is our spiritual diet? Is our spiritual diet well rounded? Do we pray daily with thanksgiving and praise, or do pray to God only when we need something?

Do we share God’s love and concern and the Bible with people we meet as well as our church friends? Do we really know that God is in control of our lives?   Are we hungry for God’s word? So, let’s not pack something into our menu that we know Jesus would not like. That would be a real joke and that would not be very funny at all.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

             

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                   September 15, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner   

Keep Your Hands off Our Statue

Written by Carson Lauder

Statues are being removed in this Country; but there is one they should not touch. It’s called the Emancipation Statue. It’s the statue of President Lincoln and young Archer Alexander who was the last slave captured under the Fugitive Slave Act.

The statue was put in Washington, DC back in 1876, exactly 100 years after the

U. S. Constitution was written. (Maybe that was a God Wink!) This monument was also known as the Freedmen’s Memorial.                                              And it was paid for almost entirely by former slaves who wanted to honor President Abe Lincoln.

D. C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton is seeking to remove the statue with the help of Congress. It is rarely noted that many enslaved African Americans pushed for their own emancipation.

Archer Alexander had escaped from four owners. Pastor William Greenleaf Eliot took him in and sheltered him, until Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to picture a statue of Jesus (instead of Lincoln) with a young boy kneeling. Jesus would have his hand on the boy’s head, saying go now and proclaim that you have been released from bondage.

There are many details of Archer Alexander’s story not included because of limited space. What we can learn by studying HIS-TORY and the Bible is that no country or people should dominate anyone or any people from now on.

We’re not perfect by any means; we’ve made mistakes. But today is a new day in HIS-TORY. We need to remember the past so we don’t continue to be unchristian to any one at any time. God has forgiven everyone if we confess we have wronged Him. Go and sin no more.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

Living Water Christina Church                                                                    September 8, 2020

                              Carson’s Corner             

It’s in the Bank

Written by Carson Lauder

Our daughter Jenna recently went to a birthday party for one of her close friend’s four year old son Grayson. Jenna did not give him the usual present of a toy that might be broken and certainly outgrown. She gave him some money for use years from now; perhaps for college. Jenna’s thinking was that Rheannon his mom would put it away for that very reason.

But mom didn’t have a chance. Grayson grabbed the twenty dollar bill and hollered, “TWENTY DOLLARS,” AND ZIP ZIP ZIP UP THE STAIRS HE WENT and put it in his money

bunny (bank).  Wow, how about that?  It’s in the bank.

But can we say that about money in this country? Is it in the bank? Oh it does not matter, you say. The country can just print some more.

YEAH RIGHT!

We have to slow down the money presses. There are many reasons why our country is sinking; one of them is MASSIVE DEBT! Let’s pay attention to great and early leaders.

Thomas Jefferson: “We must not let our leaders load us with perpetual debt.”

Alexander Hamilton: “Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibl(e) the incurring of any new debt.”

George Washington: “Avoid occasions of expense… and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing on prosperity the burden which we ourselves should bear.”

James Madison: “I go on the principal that a public debt is a public curse.”

Lastly, John Adams: “The consequences arising from the continued accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be more careful to prevent their growth in our own.”

CONGRESS, PUT YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND AND LISTEN. Do you hear the earth

thumping? That’s a landslide of massive debt. Our leaders’ thinking is like Annie singing,

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow is always a day away.”

Tomorrow might not get here, but we are being crushed by the avalanche of debt. Until Jesus’ Second Coming, let’s tighten our belts - money belts that is! Let’s make sure it’s in the bank.


A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                          August 31, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner      

I’m Home

Written by Carson Lauder

I called my 14-year-old grandson one Monday afternoon and asked him, “where are you”? He answered; “at home”.

Everything was fine. I knew it would be. I wanted to be sure because COVID-19 was just ramping up. And I just wanted to know.

That reminds me of a joke. A man was in a hardware store and his wife called him on his cell phone. And after a short chat and a fond good-bye, he said to the store clerk, bragging about his wife, “she’s so smart that no matter where I am, she can find me.”

That’s God. No matter where you are, He can find you. You can’t hide from God! He is your Father, and your Father knows where you are and what you are doing.

You might be at a meeting or in a store but he knows your number. You could be in school or at play or at work.

What’s that? Someone’s at the door. Jesus wants to say, “Hi, how are you?” Invite Him in, show him around.

He gets along with everybody, and He wants to be your

trusted friend.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                         August 18, 2020

20/20 Capital Improvements Vision for 2020                          Carson’s Corner        

    VISION

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Written by Carson Lauder

Have you had your vision checked lately? If you couldn’t read the eye chart your eye-doctor most likely was able to help you.

Seeing things clearly is a big challenge. Seeing things in the mind’s eye is even more difficult. We can distort what we really see and sometimes slant opinions that we otherwise know to be true.

We can distort anything we don’t wish to be right. We often see people and facts through shattered lens.

We have said or have heard it said, “if I knew that was going to turn out that way, I would have done things differently.” I myself have said, ”if our far sight was as good as our hind sight, we would be a lot better off damn sight.”

We need to make better decisions.                                                       And that is a hard and tough task.

But if you have a partnership with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with God’s help you will see things as God’s intends them; and your vision will improve.             Try it and SEE!

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christian Church                                                                              July 15, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner      

Under Water Too Long

Written by Carson Lauder

Turn around, Don’t drown. That’s a very important piece of advice, when you come upon water across the road. However, in this moment I’m talking about being under water in our country. Since the early 1960’s we have been in over our heads. How long can we keep treading water? We need to keep our country afloat. Three U. S. supreme court decisions have taken our breath away. They are “The Bible”, “Prayer”, and the “Ten Commandments”. And without these in our schools the connection to God whom our forefathers knew, trusted and sought continued guidance was lost.

The Bible was in Boston’s schools in the form of a textbook in 1690. After learning the alphabet, they were taught to memorize a Bible verse with each letter. A,B,C,D, etc. Also in the reading primer.

The prayer that sunk prayers in school was: “Almighty God we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee. And we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.

The Ten Commandments could not be displayed in schools. They are as you know: Honor thy father and mother, thou shall not steal, and thou shall not kill, and thou shall not covet, to list a few.

Why would any court or school system not want our kids to learn the Bible, to pray and follow God’s commandments? It might not be too late to save us.

But if we don’t perform C.P. R. we’re dead in the water.

C.P.R. “Christian Principles Revived”.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

Living Water Christina Church                                                                              Augest 5, 2020

                                                Carson’s Corner  

USE YOUR G.P.S. GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM

Written by Carson Lauder

Life’s a trip! “Really”; From our first breath until our last; we’re going places that we have not been before. Our nation is founded on God led ideals and laws. Anything done to the contrary will take us off the chosen path.

That’s where we are as a nation today. Yes, it’s the responsibility of everyone, yes everyone, to find the road that our founding fathers laid out for us. It’s our challenge as Christian Americans to rebuild the highway of history.

As we travel into new territory, we need to insure that our families, schools, and churches are moving together. Because, remember God has our backs. “Power Steering” makes us aware that God is in control.

Our Bible is our roadmap. Jesus is our instructor and the Holy Spirit tells us a turn is coming up in a few more miles. That makes a viable adventurous trip. Want to go along?

If we travel on our own and start losing our where-abouts, let’s not forget to consult our G.P.S. If we don’t, we’ll stay lost on the sometimes bumpy, twisting and unfamiliar road.

Follow your G.P.S. Now turn RIGHT!....

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A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

Living Water Christina Church                                                                              July 30, 2020

                                                Carson’s Corner     

INCOGNITO

Written by Carson Lauder

Can you see me? I’m right beside you. Wherever you go, I’ll be there. I’m not just around the corner. I’m right here.

I’m with you when you go to lunch and all during the work day. I am with you when you go: shopping or go to a meeting. Any where you go, I’ll be there. And when you go back home, I’ll be there.

Oh, by the way, it doesn’t matter what road you take. Because I have the whole world mapped out. I’m still right beside you, when you are on the road again. You cannot lose me!

However, there is one thing that scares me. And I can’t hide from Him.

His name is Jesus. He’s right outside and He’s knocking on the door. He wants to come in. He’s waiting for you to inquire and invite Him in. It’s your choice. Don’t, don’t, don’t answer the door. If you do, I’m out of here.

There’s not enough room for both of us. Signed, (The Tempter)

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                              July 23, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner        

DO THE MATH

Written by Carson Lauder

What’s wrong with our country? A simple observation will allow us to understand. Looking at adding and subtraction, multiplying and dividing, we can see what’s right and what’s wrong. Instead of adding things of value, we subtract them. Instead of multiplying them, we divide them. Instead of becoming stronger in family life, church life and human rights; they melt away.

It doesn’t mean that we have to give everything to everybody. But we can encourage, help build our homes, towns, counties, and states with principles of responsibility and with restoring of caring expectations.

Let’s not devalue life. Let’s value it with Godly laws. There’s more of

course, but it’s no wonder we can’t save our problems when we can’t do the math. Numbers don’t lie.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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