Come Together

Worship Service for November 14, 2021

WELCOME

Good day, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today is the last day to bring in items for Operation Christmas Child.

We have until next Sunday to bring in food items that we are collecting to fill 15 Thanksgiving Boxes which will be distributed to folks who live in the greater Chippewa Lake area. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the back.

For those of you who would like to know more about CrossPointe, I invite you to stay after worship and join me for pizza and information about who we are and what we stand for.

Annie and Gale will be hosting a Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays seminar Saturday, November 20th from noon to 2:00pm. If you are interested or need more info on either one, please call Annie at (330) 807-8148.

If you placed someone on our weekly prayer list and their status has changed, please e-mail Gail or I and give us an update.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges, He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:6-11

OPENING WORSHIP SONGS

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Perronet, Edward/Holden, Oliver/Rippon, John (adapt)

All hail the power of Jesus name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all;

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
Ye ransomed from the fall.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all;

Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball.
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all;

O that with yonder sacred throng,
We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all;
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all;

Public Domain
CCLI License No. 1843349

Shout to the North

Smith, Martin

Men of faith rise up and sing
Of the great and glorious King.
You are strong when you feel weak,
In your brokenness complete.

Shout to the north and the south,
Sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is Savior to all,
Lord of heaven and earth.

Rise up women of the truth,
Stand and sing to broken hearts,
Who can know the healing pow’r
Of our glorious King of love.

Shout to the north and the south,
Sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is Savior to all,
Lord of heaven and earth.

Rise up church with broken wings;
Fill this place with songs again,
Of our God who reigns on high:
By His grace again we’ll fly.

Shout to the north and the south,
Sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is Savior to all,
Lord of heaven and earth.

We’ve been through fire,
We’ve been through rain.
We’ve been refined by the pow’r of His name.
We’ve fallen deeper in love with You,
You’ve burned the truth on our lips.

Shout to the north and the south,
Sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is Savior to all,
Lord of heaven and earth.
Shout to the north and the south,
Sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is Savior to all,
Lord of heaven and earth.

Lord of heaven and earth,
He is Lord of heaven and earth.

©1995 Curious? Music UK (admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
CCLI License No. 1843349

He is Lord

Cloninger, Claire/Johnson, Linda Lee/Fettke, Tom

He is Lord. He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

©Arr. 1986 by Word Music (a div of Word Music).
CCLI License No. 1843349

OPENING PRAYER

You, O God are Lord; Lord of all creation and Lord of all human beings as You will someday judge the living and the dead. We are grateful for your coming among us to give Your life, a ransom for many. We thank You for granting us saving faith and adopting us into Your family. And we pray that as a result of our being here today, we would continue on the path of declaring and following You as King of Kings and Lord of Lords; in Your church as well as in our lives for we ask this in His precious and holy name, amen.

OFFERING

If you would like to send your offering through the mail, our mailing address is:

P O Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215

I thank God for you and for your continued faithfulness in giving.

VETERAN’S DAY RECOGNITION

As part of recognizing and honoring Veterans this day, I have a reading by an unknown Author:

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.

It is the Veteran, with faith in God and Country, who has given us all our Freedoms! 1

OFFERING/PRAYER SONG

Blessed

Zschech, Darlene/Morgan, Reuben

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You
Blessed are those whose strength is in You
Whose hearts are set on our God

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You
Blessed are those whose strength is in You
Whose hearts are set on our God

We will go from strength to strength
Till we see You face to Face
Hear our prayer, O Lord, God Almighty
Come bless our land as we seek You
Worship You.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You
Blessed are those whose strength is in You
Whose hearts are set on our God

We will go from strength to strength
Till we see You face to Face
Hear our prayer, O Lord, God Almighty
Come bless our land, as we seek You
Worship You

Hear our prayer, O Lord, God Almighty
Come bless our land as we seek You
Worship You.

For You are holy, for You are holy
For You are holy, Lord

For You are holy, for You are holy
For You are holy, Lord

For You are holy, for You are holy
For You are holy, Lord

For You are holy, for You are holy
For You are holy, Lord

Hear our prayer, O Lord, God Almighty
Come bless our land as we seek You
Worship You

Hear our prayer, O Lord, God Almighty
Come bless our land as we seek You
Worship You.

©2002 Darlene Zschech/Reuben Morgan/Hillsong Publishing
CCLI License No. 1843349

MORNING PRAYER

Deborah Haumesser

I thank you for this day; this is your day and I am rejoicing and being glad in it.

Lord, this song we just sang takes me back to your word:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Lord, you blessed me when you chose me to go on a journey with cancer. You blessed me with loving and protecting me. You blessed me with the resources we needed to get to the doctor’s offices and hospitals. You have blessed Shane and I’s marriage. You blessed me with the most wonderful people who pray and have prayed for me, who mentored us and loved on us. You blessed me with talking to the lost about You and Your Son. You blessed me when I was so sick I couldn’t even raise my head to know that You would only give me what I could handle. You blessed me to still be here on earth, to hide me behind Your cross so that others could see You. you blessed me by tugging on Shane’s heart so he would choose You as his Lord and Savior.

Lord You remind us of Your blessing in Your word, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” You are always there to love us, to protect us. Give us wisdom and grace, and yet we are like Peter sometimes in Matthew 8:26: “He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Thank You for all You give us and do for us and what You will do for us in the future. I give You all my praise, my love, my life, my heart, my body, my soul. All that I am is Yours Lord.

I pray for all who choose to be here today, to fellowship, listen to Your message and worship and praise You. I pray for the sick, that You will comfort them and give them rest. I pray for the lost wandering around in the wilderness looking for something or someone to believe in. Please let them find you and have peace and love that is never ending. I pray for those who need financial help, that they will be taken care of. I pray for all the veterans and their bravery to serve this world. Protect them and bless them beyond measure. I pray for Your service today, that it will be pleasing to You and a blessing to hear in our lives. Please keep us quiet and let us hear what Your will is for us and that we will follow You and not the world. Please give peace and comfort to those who are trying to move forward with You, but that old man that was in us keeps wanting us to do and believe other things.

I love You with all my bowels, my heart, my life, I truly give you.

In Your Son’s precious name, Christ, Jesus Christ, amen.

SCRIPTURE

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

Matthew 7:1-5

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him, as I should.

Ephesians 6:10-20

MESSAGE

Come Together

Randy K’Meyer

Knowing that I am a Beatles fan, you might think that today’s sermon title, Come Together, has something to do with the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Alas, I wish that it was a kind of light-hearted Beatle-esque message, but it is not.

This message has been slowly simmering in my soul for a couple of years now and in the last few months, it seems that the heat has been turned up. And so before it boils over and I say something stupid, I thought it best to address this now.

I am not preaching this sermon as a warning or chastisement of you folks. I don’t know of a more grace-filled group of people than CrossPointe people. Of course, I know, I might be a little biased. No, I am preaching this message to remind you that the evil forces Paul wrote about 2,000 years ago are still active today in this world and in our nation. And my intention is to inform and hopefully inspire us in such a way that will enable us to counterattack those evil forces by doing what we can to make the light of Christ shine brightly from us as individuals, as well as the church.

Our country is in desperate need of His light and life for many reasons; one of which is that we as a nation are increasingly becoming a very judgmental, and in some cases, hateful people. And because we are, we are becoming increasingly polarized.

Spiritually speaking, it seems to me that the evil powers are winning more and more skirmishes and in some cases, all-out battles, every day. And we, as Christ-followers, need to recognize that the battle rages all around us and that we have to not only be aware of it but also stand up and fight the good fight!

Much of our country’s division is fueled by the very nature of our media.

Long gone are the days when any media news source simply reported the facts. I don’t know how long ago it happened but somewhere along the way, there was a conversation in some news organization board room where someone said, “My friends and colleagues, think of the power we could yield if we manipulated the facts in such a way that we could subtly sway our viewers to think like we think. If we can sway public opinion, we can influence our nation.

Heady stuff; talk about power and control.

And so news organizations began to spin their stories to support their views. And since we as human beings like to be reinforced that our views are correct, we tend to gravitate to the news source that will stroke our need to be right.

One of the long-term effects of this dynamic is that our nation is becoming more and more polarized.

For example, four years ago, the Pew Research Center revealed that Democrats and Republicans don’t have many friends of the opposite party. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans admit they have zero or just a few close friends from across the political aisle. The number of Democrats and Republicans who see the opposing party as ‘very unfavorable’ has more than doubled from 1994. 2

The result of this is that our nation is more divided now along several fault lines than at any time since the Civil War. This is why some prognosticators are predicting that if the rhetoric doesn’t stop, we are headed to another civil war of some kind.

Even worse, since its advent, social media has served to intensify this problem.

To be sure, social media, like the media, is simply a tool; a tool that can be used for good or evil.

And to be sure, on the positive side, social media gives us the ability to connect with others and stay in touch with long-distance friends. And I am sure that many of you use it for that precise purpose.

But the downside of social media is making it possible for anyone to get a public following by expressing their opinions about anything, and more damaging, anyone.

Judging others runs rampant on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on. After the Steelers beat the Browns two Sundays ago, social media lit up with people blaming and calling for the heads of Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham, and/or Coach Kevin Stefansky. Yes, it’s true that there are those who came to the defense of those guys. But there’s a lot of judgementalism going on out there.

The dynamic is so prevalent that about five years ago a new term was coined to describe this phenomenon: ‘Cancel Culture.’

According to Dictionary.com, cancel culture refers to “the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. [It’s] generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.” 3

If so and so, doesn’t agree with our values, we’ll use social media to cancel them; that is, to publicly discredit them, or to publicly humiliate them, or to boycott them; and/or to make them suffer.

Oh yeah, it’s possible to make them suffer. A black school security guard was fired for using the N-word in the course of telling a student not to direct that word at him. A teacher was fired for inadvertently failing to address a student by his self-identified gender pronoun. The security guard and the teacher each have four children to support and lost their health insurance as well as their income when they were fired. 4

The power to get someone fired must be a thrilling feeling.

If that’s not bad enough, cancel culture has extended its talons to include anything a person has said or done at any time in the past. A top exec at Boeing recently lost his job because of an article he wrote in 1987, opposing allowing women to serve as fighter pilots in the military. 5

This past Tuesday, I saw where Bloomberg News put out a tweet that said, “Churchill helped lead the free world through war. He was also a racist. How should we consider him today?”

What a loaded question! I don’t have to tell you that thousands of people rushed to judgment. Yes, some supported Churchill, but many more demanded he be canceled; comparing Churchill to Adolph Hitler. It has started a movement to get Churchill’s statue removed from Parliament Square in London. 6

We have witnessed similar stories occur in our country. The end result in either country is the forces of evil win another battle as people are more and more divided.

General Colin Powell, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and who died a little less than a month ago, would often tell the following story:

ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson was interviewing a young African-American soldier in a tank platoon on the eve of the battle in Desert Storm. Donaldson asked, ‘How do you think the battle will go? Are you afraid?’
‘We’ll do okay; we’re well trained and I’m not afraid,’ the GI answered, gesturing toward his buddies around him. ‘I’m not afraid because I’m with my family.’
The other soldiers shouted, ‘Tell him again, he didn’t hear you.’
The soldier repeated, ‘This is my family, and we’ll take care of each other.’
That story never fails to touch me or the audience. It is a metaphor for what we have to do as a nation. We have to start thinking of America as a family.
We have to stop screeching at each other, stop hurting each other, and instead start caring for, sacrificing for, and sharing with each other. We have to stop constantly criticizing, which is the way of the malcontent, and instead get back to the can-do attitude that made America. We have to keep trying, and risk failing, in order to solve this country’s problems. We cannot move forward if cynics and critics swoop down and pick apart anything that goes wrong to a point where we lose sight of what is right, decent, and uniquely good about America.” 7

I say, “Amen General Powell!”

I went to see Duane Fulton on Veteran’s Day. Duane is 95 years old and doing well in the Silver Wings Assisted Living facility located on Greenwich Road in Seville. I went to see Duane to thank him for his service. Immediately after graduating from High School in 1944, he joined the Army in time to fight in General Patton’s Army as they rescued our troops who were under siege at the Battle of the Bulge.

Duane was doing something you don’t often see; he was reading a newspaper. I said, “I see you’re keeping up with the news.”
He said, “I’m reading the Sport’s Page but I don’t keep up with the news.”
I said, “No?”
“No, it’s too depressing to me to see all the fighting and bickering in America.
Sometimes, it makes me wonder what we fought for back then.”
I said, “Don’t think that, you know what you were fighting for and it was the right thing to do.”

I happen to believe that we have a union that is still worth preserving. Not too many years ago, almost all Americans believed that. I am sorry to say that is no longer the case!

But I believe our nation is worth preserving because our nation was founded on Christian principles. In fact, our founding fathers said, that in order for our democracy to thrive our leaders and our people would have to be governed by God’s morality. That’s why the Bible was used in our schools until 1963, when the Supreme Court put a stop to that practice.

And since that time, our nation as a whole has been walking further and further away from God and God’s values. This has been especially true over the last 25 years as more and more people claim no religious affiliation at all.

It seems to me that as a nation, we are, more and more, giving up on God.

But I want to believe that God hasn’t given up on us yet!

However; if we are going to be a God-honoring nation, the church in America, that is, Christians must realize there is a battle to be fought and won! The Church is going to have, as Paul admonishes, “Stand our ground!” (6:14)

The Church in America cannot cower to the voices of public opinion!

The Church in America is going to have to, as Paul counsels, “stand firm” (6:13) for what we believe to be right and true and God-honoring!

The Church in America is going to have to take the initiative in reaching across the great divides in our culture and share Christ’s love and be the body of Christ.

The Church in America is going to have to do a better job of giving God’s word to people, in hopes that those people will give their hearts to God in Christ.

That’s our great hope! That as more and more people become Christ-followers, their influence will be felt in the schools, in the marketplace of business and ideas, in the halls of justice, and in the chambers of the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

Some are saying it’s too late for anyone to change course, let alone, reverse the direction in which we are headed. But I say, “It’s not too late. Not as long as there is still a God in heaven!”

So what can we do?

We must maintain unity in the midst of a diversity of political views. We know that we are a congregation made up of people with different political persuasions; Democrats and Republicans and Independents. But we also have embraced the truth that we are Christians first, and we are not about to allow our Christian ideals to be threatened by political ideologies. It doesn’t matter if we are Independents or Republicans or Democrats; we are brothers and sisters in Christ who love each other and will never allow our political persuasion to threaten our unity.

We must refuse to yield to the temptation to use social media in a negative way; especially to judge others. Some of us can and probably should spend less time on social media. Studies indicate a correlation between time spent on social media and loneliness and depression. 8

If you haven’t seen it, everyone needs to watch the docudrama, The Social Dilemma which is available on your favorite streaming service; right now for free on Netflix.

If you are going to use social media, use it to advance God’s Kingdom.

We must take Paul seriously as he writes in Ephesians 6, there is still a spiritual battle being waged between dark and light. We must realize that the battle is real and we must not shirk our duty to fight. Rather, we must draw inspiration from these vets who are with us today and fight the good fight to preserve what they fought for!

We must equip ourselves to do battle by putting on the whole armor of God (13). Which basically means have faith in Christ, avail yourselves of the opportunities to grow strong in Him (worship, fellowship, Bible, prayer)

We must recruit others to fight alongside us. We must never give up on reaching people for Christ. We must, as Jesus said, “let our lights shine” (Matthew 5:16) in such a way that people will turn from the darkness to His light!

I remind you about the challenge I put forth this past Easter for Each One, to Reach One by next Easter. I challenged each of us to come up with a handful of names of folks you would like to see come to Christ and begin to pray for them that God would soften their hearts in such a way that when we reached out to either invite them to come to church with us or shared some aspect of our faith with them they would receive our word gladly!

I remind you to keep praying and never give up on the people on your list.

Doug Waite served as a young lieutenant chaplain in a Marine hospital in Japan where the highest-ranking Marine doctor was also the best surgeon. But his bedside manner was terrible; he was loud, arrogant, and rude and everybody, even the staff, avoided him as much as possible.

One day this doctor contracted salmonella poisoning. Over several days no treatment helped him and he was in extreme pain. He was a horrible patient; yelling and screaming at everyone who tried to help.

Chaplain Wait heard the Lord say, “Go pray for that doctor.” At first, he protested, “No way Lord, I’m not going to do it.” But it wasn’t long before he acquiesced. When he got there the nurses implored him not to go in; “He’ll take your head off, you know how he feels about religion.”

Sure enough, when Lt. Waite stuck his head in the door, the doctor snarled, “What are you doing here, chaplain?”
“Well sir, I came down here to pray for you.”
“You know I don’t believe in that stuff.”
“Well, I do and I am here to pray for you.”
“Well,” he huffed, “You’re here and nothing else is working so go ahead.”

His prayer was short and sweet: “Lord, please touch the doctor and heal him,”
and the chaplain left before the doctor could say anything else.

The next morning, when he walked into his office, the phone was ringing. It was the doctor: “Chaplin,” he barked, get down here right now!” Shaking in his boots as he walked in, the Captain got right to the point.

“Chaplain, the minute you said that prayer last night my pain stopped.”
But that wasn’t all.
“I grew up in a Catholic family,” he continued. “But medical school took me far away from God; this has brought me back.”

The doctor made a quick complete recovery and from that day on he was known to ask every patient he treated, “Has our Chaplain been over to pray for you?”

And Lt. Waite concludes, “The Lord wanted to heal the doctor. I don’t know why, I can’t tell you how many people I have prayed for who haven’t got well, even my family and friends. I just know I need to listen to His voice even if I don’t want to.” 9

We too must listen to God’s voice!

Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

II Chronicles 7:14

CLOSING PRAYER

[I encourage you to pray as you feel led by the Spirit of God].

CLOSING SONG

Shine, Jesus, Shine

Kendrick, Graham

Lord, the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us;
Set us free by the truth You now bring us.
Shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine.
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow.
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your Word, Lord,
And let there be light.

Lord, I come to Your awesome presence.
From the shadows into your radiance;
By the blood I may enter Your brightness,
Search me, try me,
Consume all my darkness.
Shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine.
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow.
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your Word, Lord,
And let there be light.

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness,
So our faces display Your likeness;
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirror’d here, may our lives tell Your story.
Shine on me, Shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine.
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow.
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your Word, Lord,
And let there be light.

Shine, Jesus, shine.
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow.
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your Word, Lord,
And let there be light.

©1987 Make Way Music
CCLI License No. 1843349

BENEDICTION

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

1 Author Unknown
Jim Leddy, The Simple Truth, [Maitland, Florida: Xulon Press, © 2008], Page 98.
2 Naomi Schaefer Riley, “How to Make (and Keep) Friends Across the Political Aisle,” Acculturated blog (10-13-17)
https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/november/4111317.html

3 https://www.dictionary.com/e/pop-culture/cancel-culture/

4 Evan Gerstmann, Cancel Culture Is Only Getting Worse, Forbes, September 13, 2020
https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2020/09/13/cancel-culture-is-only-getting-worse/?sh=67d5ffae63f4

5 Ibid.

6 Brandon Gillespie, Critics slam Bloomberg News for calling Winston Churchill ‘racist,’ questioning how he should be viewed today, Fox News November 9, 2021
https://www.foxnews.com/media/critics-bloomberg-winston-churchill-racist

7 Colin Powell, My American Journey: An Autobiography,
(Random House, 1995) https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2000/december/12737.html

8 Lindsey Toler, The Mental Health Effects of Cancel Culture, Mental Health A to Z, April 30, 2021
https://www.verywellmind.com/the-mental-health-effects-of-cancel-culture-5119201

9 Nancy Kennedy, Miracles and Moments of Grace, Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains, [Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, © 2011], Pages 27-29.

Randy K'Meyer

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