My parents raised me in Christian Faith my youth closely intertwined with the First Baptist Church of Knoxville TN. From Sunday morning Sunday school and services, to Sunday night meals and prayer meeting, add Wednesday afternoon choir practice, Royal Ambassadors, and Wednesday night meals and prayer meeting. Social life revolved around church activity. I dated girls from church not my high-school, played on the church basketball team, went to church retreats and camps and my teen year parties were with my friends from the church I attended from birth thru my 26th year. My brothers and I were Christians, Eagle Scouts, and sons of the Democrat who held Knox County's chief executive position for over 26 years in an area so Republican no Democrat has ever held the seat in Congress.
Johnathan Merritt editor of Faith and Culture for THE RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE lists President James Earl Carter first among "Presidents who were the most religious".
Jimmy Carter: Famous for being a baptist Sunday School teacher (even after his term), Jimmy Carter is recognized as the first “born again” president. Prior to serving, Carter took a missionary journey in which he knocked on strangers doors and said, “I’m Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer. Do you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior?” He read his Bible and prayed daily throughout his time in office, yet Carter was ultimately rejected by the emerging evangelical right.
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Toy Caldwell, Carter, George McCorkle
The pastor who had the most influence on my life, Dr. Charles Trentham of the First Baptist Church of Knoxville, TN. was a renowned 'intellectual' Baptist who authored four books including THE SHEPARD OF THE STARS and once preached a sermon based on Leonard Cohen's SUZANNE. Dr. Trentham moved to the First Baptist Church of Washington D.C. to become pastor at the church frequented by President Carter.
The cosmopolitan First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. offered Dr Charles A Trentham its pulpit in Nov1973 The 175-year-old church became "the President's church" and the Rev. Trentham Jimmy Carter's preacher. Attorney General Griffin
Belland his wife followed. Attendance has tripled and Amy Carter was baptized here.
The First Family's 57-year-old pastor combines personal warmth, religious conservatism and scholarship. The author of four books, he gave one of them to Amy—Daring Discipleship, "which tells what membership in the church means."
As a civil rights activist, Trentham was named to an 18-member Commission on Religion and Race in 1963 by President Kennedy. For 21 years Trentham was pastor of
First Baptist Churchin Knoxville, TN. when a Billy Graham Crusade was attended by Richard Nixon at Neyland Stadium on campus soon after the Kent State shootings that saw strikes erupt on campuses across America
Carter took his D.C churchgoing quite seriously. After a missed service, he called Trentham to explain, "Pastor, I want you to know only a great emergency will take me out of church."
"I have resolved to keep my sermons from being newsworthy," Trentham declared, with a note of caution,"The closer a preacher gets to power, the more he may lose his sensitivity as a man of God and servant of the Word."
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you think you maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with her mind
As time has passed we have learned many things about Jimmy Carter and the actor who replaced him. Carter warned us back in the late 1970's that our voracious consumption of energy and reckless dependence on foreign oil would lead to dangerous consequences. Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House - Reagan had them removed. Carter got policies that rewarded energy conservation passed into law. Reagan systematically dismantled them. When Iran seized the Iranian hostages Reagan seized an opportunity to exploit the crisis to get him elected in one of the most cynical and unpatriotic ploys in election history and it was Reagan who traded money and arms for hostages going against a solid solemn obligation that forbid the practice. Reagan lied about what he had authorized many times prior to admitting that is what he had done.
Reagan's inauguration did not secure the released of 52 Americans held captive in Tehran, months of negotiations by the Carter administration did. And as it turned out during the Iran-Contra scandal, the American President who actually paid a "ransom" and "negotiated with terrorists" was none other than St. Ronnie himself.
, as you'll recall, almost laid waste to the Reagan presidency. Desperate to free U.S. hostages held by Iranian proxies in Lebanon, President Reagan provided weapons Tehran badly needed in its long war with Saddam Hussein (who, of course, was backed by the United States). In a clumsy and illegal attempt to skirt U.S. law, the proceeds of those sales were then funneled to the Contras fighting the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Jon Perr American President Paid Ransom to Iran - not Barack Obama
Matthew 25:31-46 Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Luke 12:33-34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
1 John 3:17-18 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Mark 10:21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 19:20 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the
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Matthew 6:2-4 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This year we have an unusual opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton and the pro-abortion, pro-gender-confusion, anti-religious liberty, tax-and-spend, big government liberalism that she champions. I believe that defeating that kind of liberalism would be a morally right action. Therefore I feel the force of the words of James: “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). Wayne Gruden Trump a Morally Good Choice