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American Christian Connection
August 23, 2021


Colts’ QB Sam Ehlinger Says Faith, not Football, Is ‘What We’re on this Earth’ For

Indianapolis quarterback Sam Ehlinger says his Christian faith has helped him stay grounded as he competes for snaps and a starting job during his rookie season. Ehlinger was drafted in May out of the University of Texas and was expected to be a backup, but was thrust into a quarterback competition when starter Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury in late July. Although Wentz was expected to return to practice Monday, he won’t be 100 percent. It isn’t known who will start at quarterback in the Colts’ regular-season opener Sept. 12 against Seattle. Ehlinger has competed with Jacob Eason during the preseason.


Christian Organization in Haiti Calls for Prayer as Death Toll Tops 2,100

A Christian nonprofit organization based in Haiti is urging people worldwide to pray for the nation’s recovery following a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck last Saturday near Les Cayes. As of late Wednesday, Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency reported the death toll at 2,189, with 12,268 people injured and dozens still missing. In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Dr. David Vanderpool, the founder of LiveBeyond, explained how the organization is operating in the Caribbean country at the present time. LiveBeyond is working as part of a disaster relief group under the Haitian Ministry of Health as they have put up a hospital to receive injured people by helicopter. “Even though I’m not currently there now, our base is operating completely normal, and our staff have reported that we are feeding more people because marketplaces and ports have been shut down in Haiti, so food is scarce,” Vanderpool explained. “Typically, persecution increases faith for those who have faith."


Jeremy Camp Shares How Trusting God during Pandemic Inspired New Album

Grammy-nominated Christian artist Jeremy Camp has a new album coming out next month, and it was inspired by what God taught him throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Camp’s initial reaction to the pandemic, like millions of Americans, was to get it over with. “I remember that feeling I had — ‘I just want to get through this. I can't wait to get through this,'” he told The Christian Post. However, the 43-year-old singer revealed what God told him in that moment that would change his mindset: “Jeremy, I want to get through to you during this. I want to teach you things during this. You have to be willing to listen and not just try to get through it.”

 

This Week's Thought

by Brad Campbell

Just a thought to help start your week.


This majestic (and very large) bird was just one of the beautiful creatures we saw on a brief but nice visit to Navarre Beach, Florida this week.  After moving our youngest to the coast to begin her new post-college-graduation job, we enjoyed a nice visit with some great people, had a great seafood supper, and then enjoyed the great views!


Kiddo has worked hard, and while we certainly have shed some parental tears over her relocation, we couldn’t be more thrilled for her or for any of our kids.  Her excitement is mixed with apprehension and wonder, as is ours.
These birds, the dolphins we watched playing in the surf, the large sea turtle that popped up to say “hi,” and the many other creatures we had the privilege of observing had not one worry or care in the world.  Even as this big bird stood scanning the waters for his next meal, he wasn’t worried that it might not come.  He was simply patient, waiting for the right moment to swoop down and snack away.


To truly cast all our cares upon the Lord means to give him all of our worries and concerns about the day.  Yes, as parents (and as God’s children), we will continue to stand watch.  But we do so not worrying about the future, only praying that each new opportunity is even better than the one before it.


As you face your new week or whatever may come your way soon, simply watch and wait.  He will provide.  You have my promise in that.  And more importantly, you have His promise to take care of you.  What a blessing it is to know He is watching over all of His kiddos!


Just a thought.

My Soul Waits for the Lord

by Madison Moore

A Song of Ascents.

Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

Do you ever feel like God doesn’t hear you? The key word here is “feel.” Human nature and cultural influence tells us that if we don’t feel something, it must not be right—that we shouldn’t trust whatever it is we’re seeking. But this Psalm says differently. David cries out to the Lord about his distressed heart but doesn’t just focus on his needs—he focuses on the Lord.

He’s reminded of a gracious God, one that’s to be feared. He shifts from self to:

  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

Watchmen spied for enemies approaching their city, and in some cases, sat over vineyards and fields to protect the crops from thieves and animals. The watchmen’s duties required an eagle eye and active observation. Like watchmen at their stations, David patiently and attentively waits for the Lord. He waits expectantly to see and hear the Lord take action because he knows God’s promises never fail.

We Won't Perfectly Practice What We Preach

by Jen Wilkin

But as our sanctification continues, we keep teaching others and ourselves.

You’ve probably heard a pastor remark during a particularly pointed exhortation, “I’m preaching to myself.” That line is often used to reassure listeners that, “Yes, what I’m telling you is a hard word, but it’s one first and foremost for me.”

I have always respected this attitude but recently came to appreciate it in a deeper way. Scrolling through Instagram, my eyes fell on a scripted quote overlaid neatly on a soft-focus photo: “You will never turn from a sin you don’t hate.”

It felt like divine timing. The message came not long after I had committed a familiar sin, one of those I had hoped was behind me. A believer for over four decades, I was keenly aware that the Lord’s patience should have run out on me by now on this particular weakness. How was I still battling it?

The answer was spelled out before me: I didn’t hate it yet. Not like I should. Not completely enough to extinguish it once and for all. Like Lot’s wife, I had turned back toward something I should detest, something from which I had been dragged free. With my conviction and confession still fresh, God chose to deliver a miniature sermon to me via Instagram. Using, of all things, my own words.

The sentence was mine, written in my books and taught by my lips for years, properly attributed for all to see. In the strange alternate universe that is social media, I was literally preaching to myself.

It is the great liability of a teaching ministry: knowing you will likely out-teach your own ability to obey, knowing there will be days when you will not practice what you have preached. But it’s also a liability of the Christian life. 

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