I’ve never done this before, but I felt like I should post the entire transcript of my teaching from last week, “God, Government, & You” from Harvest Church in Elk Grove. If you would prefer to listen to the teaching, that link is here: https://omny.fm/shows/harvest-church/2018-07-01-sunday-morning-dr-john-jackson-god-gove
Hope this encourages your heart (remember that it is a rough transcript, so please forgive any spelling or grammatical errors)
God, Government, & You
Harvest Church, Elk Grove CA
(c) Dr. John Jackson
Thank you pastor. That just encourages my heart to know that I’m considered as nice and I’m going to say that to my siblings when we have the family reunion coming up next month. I’m going to say I know somebody who thinks I’m nice. Hey, it is so great to be with you back at harvest church. This is just such a great church to be with because I feel like with family, this is where the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven Converge here on planet Earth. And just what a great thing your pastor, Pastor Perry and Barbara both have such a wonderful reputation, not just in this community, but across the region. And I want you to know that Harvest church is a celebrated church in our region. We know what the Lord is doing here. Your faithfulness, your fruitfulness is known. And I want to thank you personally for being a partner with William Jessup University.
You’ve been so fantastic. We just love and appreciate you and are deeply desiring to serve you better in the years ahead. So, I fly a lot and they told me that there’s a time limit and I know you’ve got another service. I’m not going to go into the other service, I’m sensitive to time, but pastor gave me freedom. He said, as long as you all are out by Wednesday, July fourth for celebration, that would be okay. That’s what your pastor said. So now actually I will, I will land the plane on time, but I do fly a lot. And so what I need you to do is to put your tray tables up and in the upright and locked position. Put your seat up, and fasten your seatbelt, we’re going to fly a little bit.
I just wanted you to know what’s been on my heart lately.
Lately I’ve been contemplating four different scriptural passages. Sometimes I just dive deep into one area of the scripture, but recently it’s been four scriptures that have been meaningful to me. The first one is Matthew Five, which we’ll refer to a couple of times today, it says that we should be salt and light. Salt that has lost its saltiness is not good for anything anymore. Light doesn’t get lit to be put under a bushel. It shines its light. Then I’ve been thinking about Matthew Twenty five. Matthew Twenty five is where we give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name. We feed the hungry, we clothe the naked, we visit those in prison; I’ve been thinking about the church and social engagement. Matthew Five, Matthew Twenty five. I’ve also been thinking of Acts chapter two; Acts chapter two is the time of the birth of the church and there were signs and wonders and miracles taking place the Lord was adding to their number daily, those who were being saved.
I personally believe we’re in a time of tremendous harvest. I believe there’s a great need for people to come to know Jesus as savior and Lord. So Matthew Five, Matthew Twenty Five, Acts chapter two, by the way, not only with their signs, wonders, and miracles. Not only was the Lord added to their number daily, those who were being saved, but they were having favor with all the people. When’s the last time you remember the church having favor with all the people? So I’ve been thinking of Matthew Five, Matthew Twenty Five, Acts chapter two, but I’ve also been thinking about Ephesians Six. How many of you would agree that we’re in a culture that’s adrift, right? We’re in a culture where lots of things are going crazy. Ephesians Six, it says this: that our battle is not with flesh and blood. It’s with principalities and powers and rulers and high place.
We live in a spiritual world. There are spiritual battles taking place, and I believe God wants us to understand how we as followers of Jesus here in America can exercise our freedom in a way that manifest the life and love of Jesus and gives hope to the world we live in. So this morning, I don’t have time to completely unpack Romans chapter 13, but you’re going to have to trust me. Sometimes you have to do that, right? You get a pastor up front. You don’t know him, but you do know that you know your pastor, you love him. He’s been faithful all these many years. You don’t know me, but just on authority of your pastor. I’m going to ask you to trust me. I will land the plane on time, but second of all, I want you to trust me that I’m going to faithfully teach you. It’s Romans 13, but I’m not going to read the passage.
So I want to give you three things out of Romans chapter 13. If you get a chance sometime read Romans 13 verses one through seven. Three things. Number one, civil government is a part of God’s purpose for the world. Every once in a while I’ll hear a Christian say, you know, I don’t like the government. We should just get rid of it and they’ll say, a perfect world would be a world without government. And I want you to understand that Romans 13 and all of Scripture teaches that God established the family. He established the church and he established the government. Today we’re talking about freedom, but I want you to hear that not only is freedom, not free, but absolute freedom is actually a form of imprisonment. Freedom without boundaries. Freedom without guidelines results in chaos and anarchy.
God established governments to rule over nations and peoples because actually the best kind of freedom, and you know this, if you’re a parent, the best kind of freedom is not complete license. The best kind of freedom is freedom with boundaries and love, right? You don’t raise great toddlers. You don’t raise great teenagers and have it be boundaryless . Anybody who has ever raised teenagers know that what teenagers want or what they say they want is no boundaries, but that is not true. Mom and dad, Grandma, Grandpa, you know what teenagers actually need is a loving boundaries. Those boundaries actually bring security and bring order and bring direction. Every human being needs some boundaries. By the way, if we didn’t have a speed limit, I’d drive even faster than I do. How many of you need speed limits in your life? Okay. See, the truth is, is if we didn’t have speed limits, we’d drive even faster.
We’d be unsafe. And the truth is we all need so civil government as part of God’s purpose for the world. Second thing I want you to hear is that government leaders are servants of God. Government leaders are servants of God. Now. Now, if you’re awake right now and poke the person gently next to if they’re not awake, but if you’re awake right now, I can hear you saying, wait a minute. I know some government leaders are not serving God. I know some government leaders that are not serving God. In fact, what their actions are is exactly the opposite, and I want you to understand this. The Bible says that God established government and that government leaders are servants of his. Now, if they disobey, there are consequences. You read the Bible from the first pages to the end. What happens when a leader of a nation particularly like in the Old Testament Israel, if a leader of a nation disobeyed God, what happened?
The leader gets punished and the nation also suffered. How many of you know when we have unjust leaders, the consequences of unjust leadership not only falls on the leader, it falls on the people. That is a biblical principle. God’s established government and government leaders are supposed to be his servants. Here’s another interesting thing. If a government will follow the laws of God, blessing will come. Whether that government is trying to follow after God or not, God’s laws are absolute in the universe. For instance, there’s the law of sowing and reaping. If you sow good seed, you’ll reap a good harvest. And did you know there are people who can sow good seeds. They’re not even following Jesus, but when they sow good seeds, they live their life in alignment with God’s purposes. Blessing comes into them. The reality is that government was established by God and government leaders are to be his servant, and if they’ll govern in alignment with him, there’ll be blessings that will come to the nation.
Bless it is that nation as pastor shared with you whose God is the Lord. Now, the third thing from Romans chapter 13, when you can read it by yourself, is that all government authority is temporary. I particularly want you to notice Philippians two up there. Philippians two tells us this. There will be a moment in time we’ll all governments will cease. All structures will cease. The church will cease, and at that moment in Philippians two, what will happen in that transitional era? It says, every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. There’s a moment, and by the way, I don’t know when it is, I can tell you this: We’re closer to that moment that I’ve ever been in my lifetime, but I don’t know if it’s five years from now, or 50 years or 500 years from now. I know I just need to be faithful until he comes, and that’s what you need to do.
Be Faithful over the course of your life. We don’t know when he’s coming. It’s closer than ever before, but Philippians two says, there’s a moment where every knee will bow. Every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
Well, that’s the reality of Governmental Authority. How do we then as Christians live out our lives? How many of you would agree that America is different than the America you grew up in? Like there’s been a lot of changes, right? I’m 56, almost 57 years of age, and I think about the decade of the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, the nineties, 2000, 2010 forward. The truth is folks, America’s changed a lot, but I got to tell you, we have an amazing heritage, so I want to read you something from the very beginning. George Washington first president of United States said these words “Let my heart gracious God be so affected with Your glory and majesty that I may discharge those weighty duties which thou requires of me again. I have called on the for pardon and forgiveness of sins for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, offered on the cross for me, now gave us his son to die for me and has given me assurance of my salvation”.
As we get ready to celebrate July fourth, recognize that statement was from the first president of the United States, George Washington. Some researchers at the University of Houston collected and reviewed over 15,000 documents from the early founders of our nation, the founding fathers, and they looked through their correspondence. They were trying to say, who were our early founding fathers most influenced by? Who did they quote? What were the sources? This is what they found. Ninety four percent of the quotes in the correspondence of the founding fathers as they were writing back to each other, getting ready to do the declaration of independence and the writing, the federalist papers and the Constitution of United States. Ninety four percent of their quotes came from the Bible.
This was a nation as imperfect and as many gaps and flaws and failings as we have. This is a nation that was conceived with an understanding of our creator and that our rights come from him not from each other. So the reality is that’s worth clapping for. You can clap for that and one of the reasons I want you to clap for that and be encouraged by that is this, we live in a nation where we have these unbelievable freedoms. We do have these freedoms, and the question for our day and age is, how will the church use these freedoms? How will we use these freedoms that God has entrusted to us? Well, I want you to know that I believe living here in the United States, we’ve won the genetic lottery. You live in the freest nation on the planet, and if you have traveled internationally, as pastor indicated, you have come back to America, and even if you didn’t physically kiss the ground when you walked on it, you know that the amazing gift we haven’t.
You know that freedom is not free if you’ve served in the military or know people who have, you know that freedom is not free. It’s paid with a great price, and you also know this. You also know this, that freedom is not free. It doesn’t stay free unless we commit to it. So I want you to know in the next few minutes, there’s not a word that I’m saying up to this point, not a word I’ll say all morning that’s political. This is not about being a D or an R or an I or nothing. I’m going to say nothing that is political. It’s a biblical, passionate heartbeat. How do we engage in the public square?
Many years ago, I was in conversation with a pastor in Las Vegas. How many of you think of Las Vegas as Sin City? I do. I mean, I think about Las Vegas. I think about San Francisco, a couple other places just go, oh my goodness. Those are cultures that have just gone 180 degrees away from God and I want to be honest with you. I was born and raised in the church.
I love the church. I am a lover of the church. I believe in the church. I love your church and I love any place where the people of God gather in his name as the people of God. We Read His word and submit to the authority of his word and they honor Jesus. Christ is Lord. I’m a lover of the church, but in my lifetime I’m burdened for the church. I think some of us have pulled away from culture. If you think about the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, we found it easier and easier to pull away from the culture because the culture has been so chaotic and so crazy and all you have to do today to sense the chaos is listen to the volume. It’s easy to want to withdraw from society, but about 25 years ago I was talking with a pastor friend in Las Vegas and he and I were sharing our heart on this and he said, this is my heart, and he wrote this in a book and I just wanted to share it with you.
He said, several years ago in a time of intense soul searching, the Lord asked me this startling question. Here’s the question from the Lord to this pastor. Here’s the question. “Who gave you the right to bargain off my property?” Now imagine you’re praying. You’re reading the Bible. You’re just wondering about what God has for you, and he says, who gave you the right to bargain off my property? This is what the pastor says, “though it was a simple question that produce a major paradigm shift. In my thinking, in a moment of revelation, I felt like I understood the purpose behind the question. Like many others, I had sat down at that table of unilateral disarmament with the enemy and I said to him, in effect, don’t bother us and we won’t bother you. You can have the kingdoms of this world, entertainment, the arts, media, politics, athletics, law, economics, and we’ll take our Sunday school programs. Our Bible clubs are Christian conferences and our Home Bible Studies. If you leave us alone, we’ll leave you alone. “
I wonder how many of us made that deal at the table of unilateral disarmament? Now we live in California. You’re just a few miles from the state capital of California, California, according to some statistics, is the fifth largest economy on the planet. California’s the largest state in our nation, the most populous, and by many, many respects, the most influential. Things that happen in California don’t stay in California. They spread across the nation and we’re followers of Jesus in California. Now, I was born and raised in California. How many of you know that California has changed the last four or five decades? So my question is, what are we to do as followers of Jesus? So I want to engage you in the next several minutes is what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in a culture that’s drifting seemingly further and further away from biblical Christ honoring truth?
What do we do? Well, I want to push hard on you because I feel like the Holy Spirit’s been pushing hard on me and if I’m uncomfortable, I just feel like you should be too. Is that all right? I don’t know if that just seems like that’s the way it should work. All right, so let me share with you from First Peter Chapter two verses 11 through 17 is from The Message. It’s a paraphrase, but I like the very common language. I think they’ll enjoy these scriptures. “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourself cozy in it like that. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices”
Stop right there. How many of you ever heard this about Christians? I know about Christians. They’re mean, they’re condemning, they are judgmental.
People will say that about Christians. Well, I love this passage, “live so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then there’ll be won over to God’s side. They’ll be there to join in the celebration and when he arrives, make the master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level, their gods, emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity or love your spiritual family”
And by the way, that’s what you got right here. I’m telling you, if what you think you have right here is a place where you go get to check a box. I’ve been in church for an hour and a half on Sunday and I’ve done my duty, that is a religion. This is not about religion here at Harvest church. This is about a relationship with the living God. It’s a, it’s a 24-37 365 day a year relationship.
And by the way, if you’re here today, just barely starting the journey, you’re in the right place. If you’re here and you’re angry with God, you are in the right place. If you’re here and you’ve walked with God your whole life, you are in the right place. This is a family that comes together to say, how should we then live? How should I live in my neighborhood, my school, my work, my activities. How do I live my life and do it not alone, but I do it with other people.
You got to do it with others. We’re better together. So treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family, revere God, and respect the government. When you get a chance to read Romans 13, I want you to think one thing. Romans 13, when the apostle Paul was writing those things, governments are established by God. Government leaders are servants. I want you to know he was writing in a time of great Roman persecution. You think we have it bad? He was writing in a terrible culture, and yet he wrote those things he did in Romans 13. Well, I want to help you. In the next few minutes, I’m going to equip you to walk your journey.
Here’s the first thing. If you’re taking notes, write this down. Pray for peace, and those in authority. Pray for peace and those in authority. Some of you know the fruit of the spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness. That’s a big, long list. There’s about nine of them. Here’s an easier one, in Romans 14:17, it says this, “the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the power of the Holy Spirit.” That’s kind of my simple list. I’ve been thinking about that a lot, righteousness, being aligned with God. Peace will come back to that in just a minute and joy in the power of the Holy Spirit. So I wanna encourage you to pray for peace and those in authority.
Now I told you, I was born in 1961. I’m 56, almost 57. I was kind of a precocious kid, so I remember 1968. I remember the riots. I remember the difficult things. I remember the decade of the seventies and eighties and I would just want to say this to you, and I’m going to confess it right here in my lifetime, I’ve had a few presidents that I was in severe disagreement with, presidents of the United States. Now, could you just join me? Has anybody ever had a president of United States that they disagreed with? Okay, now, by the way, this is not about an r or d or I or nothing. It’s just saying, if you’re a follower of Jesus and you’ve had a president that you disagreed with, you’re in really good company. So here’s what I’m going to tell you: As a follower of Jesus, you must pray. You must pray for every president of the United States of America. Everyone
You need to pray. You need to pray for your mayor. You need to pray for people in City Council, school boards, state government. You pray for people in authority. We don’t have time to read it, but in First Timothy, it says, prayer should be given for all in authority. Why should we pray? Pray for peace. Pray for calm so that we can live out the life of Jesus. When we deeply disagree with a President (of any party and about any policy), I feel like the Holy Spirit keeps pressing in on me and saying, you pray for that man. You pray for the people in authority. You pray for that woman in leadership. You pray for those in authority and pray for peace. That’s your first step. Prayer shifts, atmospheres. It’s awfully hard to hate somebody you’ve been praying for.
All right? Seems like it’s getting warmer in here, but I understand. The first thing, you pray for peace and those in authority. The second thing is act justly. Love mercy, and walk humbly before God. I like it when the Bible is very plain, very clear and Micah 6:8 is one of those passages: “He showed you o man. What is good? What does the Lord require of you? Act justly. Love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”. I personally believe now is the time where the world more than ever before needs to see what it means to be a woman or man who follows after Jesus. Our world is desperate. We’re sick and tired of a trendy, short term fad like faith. Kind of do these three things and it all works out. People need to see men and women who are walking faithfully with God. Men and women, who for decades have worked in their lives to walk into the power of the Holy Spirit and not do what is natural.
By the way, when somebody cuts me off on, on driving on the road, I’ll tell you what’s natural for me and it ain’t pretty. If I’m driving and somebody cuts me off, my natural reaction is immediately to go to anger. My natural reaction is to go to duke’s up. I’m an I want to get competitive. And how many of you know the Jesus may or may not take the wheel for you? Stick with me now, but Jesus is riding with you in the car wherever you’re driving. And so when Jesus is riding with me in the car, my behavior automatically changed and I don’t drive like I would drive naturally if I drive like I drive supernaturally. That person still may have done, by the way, a terrible wrong thing by cutting me off. And, just to point another area of justice, If the supermarket checkout aisle says five items or less, it is an injustice and a crime against humanity for you to walk into that aisle with like 15 things I’m not. It’s just not right.
So in the natural I can get all amped up about stuff like that. But in the supernatural, I’m full of grace. By the way, I’m full of grace and I’m full of truth. I just got to make sure when I’m telling the truth, I’m full of grace. And how many of you know that’s a dynamic tension every day. I’ve always been thankful that that word grace came before the word truth because it was just me. It’d be all full of truth and we’d be telling some people stuff I was going to say, I got to be full of grace and full of truth, so we need to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
The Third thing is to be salt and light. I told you about this passage before in Matthew five. We’re not going to read it again, but I want you to know that God’s calling us to be salt and light desperately, and I don’t know what that means for you, but I want to tell you this. I want to tell you this.
We have a responsibility, so now please don’t speak out. Don’t say a word. Don’t say a word. Don’t say a word. Don’t say a word. What’s the biblical position on immigration? Don’t say a word. What’s the biblical position on healthcare? Don’t say a word. What’s the biblical position on public education? Don’t say a word. What’s the biblical position on international and foreign relations? See, I get to leave after this weekend, pastor. We’ll clean it up next week. Reason I’m raising that and trying to raise the temperature in the room
There are no simple answers to these profound questions, but I promise you there are people who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior. They don’t have a framework to operate from to address these issues, and if the church is cloistered in the building and not involved in society and not talking with our neighbors and not bringing Jesus, we want to have an influence. He wants us to be salt and light, so by the way, I don’t think there’s a single simple answer for any of those hugely complex and difficult subjects I just raised, but I know that Christians have to be in the game. Christians have to be in the conversation. We got to be saying, look, this is what we think God would be pleasing to God.
The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy. Listen to this, John Adams, our second president of the United States said these words. “We have no government armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion, avarice ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution. As a shale would go through a net, our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. “
Wow. That was the second president of our United States. Now, Alexis Tocqueville, a guy who came in 1848, he was from France. He was a diplomatic historian, observer. He observed America, observed people in communities, churches and other things, doing great things. Here’s what he said. “America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. “
You know, folks, everything changes, but sometimes things don’t change. That’s a good word. America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Now, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to close this teaching soon.. Don’t get all excited. Sometimes people get confused. Pastors say close and people think 60 seconds. When pastors close, it means four or five minutes. Okay? I’m going to keep tracking that. It will be four or five minutes. I’m going to read you nine manifestos, nine declarations. These are not original with me, but I found them from an author. I love them. I’ll share them with pastor if you want, but I’ve got nine manifestos. I want to read these over you. I want to stir you up in the Lord nine things that we can declare to be salt and light. Here’s the first one.
1) We will remain rooted to the Christian scriptures in a world where truth is feelings based will remain rooted to the Christian scriptures and they’re life giving direction.
2) We will train our young. I honor this church for being a multigenerational family church where everybody has a place and everybody can have a part in a society of educated ignorance. In blindness, we will train our young and the freedom, knowledge and power of Christian truth.
3) We will be known for doing good in a world where Christians are often labeled as bigots or backward will be known for doing good, serving the least of these and loving our neighbors.
4) We will dignify all people as image bearers of God in a world where people are treated as commodities or as opponents. We will dignify all people as image bearers of God. Let me stop right there and give you an example that came about because of my position.
I had occasion about nine months ago to be in a room and these initials may not mean much to you, but I was in the room with people from the Lgbtq community. And, if you’re in the Lgbtq community, a welcome you here you are in the right place. Jesus loves you. So in this room, and we were going to talk about our opposing beliefs. They knew exactly where I stood on issues they knew where I felt Scripture stood, and we’re going to talk about the fact that we had differences of opinion. Here’s what I said. I said before we start talking about our differences and why we’re in disagreement, I want to say this to you. It was five people sitting on one side of the table. I said, I want to say this to you. The Bible tells me that God loves you, that you are precious in his sight and that you have value to him and because God loves you and your precious in his sight and you have value to him, I want you to know this.
I love you. I care for you. You’re precious in my sight and you have value, so I’m saying those words and they know exactly where I’m coming from biblically, exactly where I’m coming from. Two of the men on the opposite side of the table have tears coming down their cheeks and they said, look, we know you don’t agree with us and we know that we are in disagreement on our lifestyle, but we want you to know this. We have never heard a Christian say that to us. Now, folks, I want to tell you that story is not about me. That story is not about me. That story is about God. When Jesus was hanging on the cross on both sides of him, there were thieves and murderers crucified next to him and one man turned and repented of his sin and Jesus said, today you’ll be with me in paradise. The word of God tells us that the arm of the Lord is not shortened so that it cannot save.
He is a redeeming, loving God, and so he is longing to reach out. So please hear these next four.
5) We will be ambassadors in a post Christian world to be ambassadors to foreign tribes behaving diplomatically towards neighbors who’ve been told the worst about Christianity. Many of your neighbors don’t know anything about Christianity except what they’ve heard, mean-spirited, judgmental, judgmental, and condemning.
6) We will love our persecutors. In a world where opponents are vilified and crucified, we will love our persecutors.
7) We will remain calm. Remember, peace and world competing for limited resources driven by fear, unrest, and scarcity. We will remain calm, confident that our father provides our daily bread.
8) We will be invincible in a world where we were discriminated against, prejudged and even persecuted will be invincible as we serve God’s purposes for which were placed. And now and finally, listen to this.
9) We will be fearless in a world divided by violence, terrorism, and war. We will be fearless.
Would you close your eyes? I want to pray over you. I know this church believes in the power of blessing. I know you believe in the power of the spoken word. I know you believe that the tongue has the power to curse or the tongue has the power to speak life. So with your eyes closed, I’m going to pray over you. Father Right now, I bless this church. I bless the ministry of harvest. I thank you for the men and women gathered here in this place. I thank you for Pastor Perry and Barbara. Thank you for their faithful leadership, the fruit that they’ve grown over the years. I thank you for the leaders here, the staff and the elders, people uncharged of ministries. Lord, I bless them. I bless us to be salt and light.
I bless us. To be the people who will carry forth your name and Lord Jesus. There’s an assignment in this community, the community of Elk Grove, the Sacramento region, California, the nation and beyond. You call us to be responsible in those various spheres of society so low. There’s somebody in this room. It may not be city government. It may not be state government or national government or somebody in this room who’s supposed to have an influence in their neighborhood. They’re supposed to have an influence in the cubicle in the office where they work or in the warehouse or on the truck, they drive Jesus.
You’ve called us to be ambassadors, so I pray, Lord, that we would take this amazing gift of freedom, this unbelievable stewardship. We have literally won the genetic lottery being born in this place and that we will receive that as a sacred trust. I speak life. I speak hope. I speak joy, righteousness, peace and joy. Your kingdom on earth as it isn’t this now I speak about this church, that the harvest would be great, that signs, wonders, and miracles will take place, that people would be added daily who are being saved and that there would be favor with all the people. We asked this, the precious name of Jesus, King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, everlasting father, prince of peace, and all God’s people said, Amen. God bless you.