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America the Beautiful

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On this annual celebration of our country’s founding some 2.5 centuries ago, I would like take you back to Game 2 of the 2001 World Series that involved the New York Yankees, and specifically to this video clip of America the Beautiful being sung on home plate at Bank One Ballpark. If you love this country, and you love freedom, it may give you a chill.
The series start was delayed and finally opened almost 7 weeks after the attacks of 9/11/2001 in New York City.
At that time, America was reeling, shocked, and angry. 
Watch as first responders and service members unfurl an American flag that covers most of outfield that they later shake to create rippling from the wind, as it were, as four F-16 fighter jets fly overhead. The atmosphere was just electric.
Singing this classic anthem is none other than the incomparable Ray Charles, who received a standing ovation to a deafening roar from almost 50,000 fans. Ray Charles Robinson left us in 2004 and this rendition may be mostly forgotten, but both now belong to the ages.
On that day in September almost 18 years ago, we were all New Yorkers.
Today, we are all Americans.

Posted by Rich Stein

His Coming is Close at Hand

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Apostolic church-we are at the very end of the church age, in the midst of an 11th hour outpouring of the Holy Ghost on all flesh, with the last few names (relatively speaking) being added to the Lamb's Book of Life, during the waning days of the times of the Gentiles. We are at a tipping point, on the cusp & precipice of being on the edge of a cliff with this generation which is staring down at a dark abyss of no return, to reach them.

Even those without His Spirit can sense it.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision right now.

We have such great hope of His soon return!

Posted by Rich Stein

A Pastors Heart

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We came to this city not to control the weak, but to produce the strong.
We came not to be served, but to stir change.
We came not to demand, but to teach.
We came to this city hoping to freely make new friends. But we are never really free, until we forgive every foe.
We came to this city to fulfil the most cardinal responsibility of any pastor-to add those who seek to be a part of the body of Christ to the Kingdom of God. And to play some small part, whatever it may be, in impacting a community. 
For if we cannot now save the many who are poor, we cannot then save the few who are rich.
I think all sincere pastors everywhere can say these words.

Posted by Rich Stein

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