GOOD MORNING FROM THE FGGAM MEDIA CENTER!
Washington Irving wrote, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
I love this scripture on crying………I find myself weeping many times a day……MANY TIMES! It is good for the soul……..weeping also means joy! Amen!
We have a friend here in Albuquerque that was put in the hospital on Tuesday, they do not know for sure at this time if it is COVID-19. Please all in your prayers. This morning we have two reports from the ABQ Journal.
PTL!!! PTL!! FOR SUCH HEROES!!!
So very, very thankful for all that are helping fight this virus!!! CALIFORNIA DOCTORS AND NURSES flew into Albuquerque yesterday to serve on the Navajo Nation which has been so devastated by COVOID-19! Prayers UP, as Pastor Bull Ruhl always says! Amen!
So many folks all over God’s World are sacrificing themselves to help those in need!
FROM THE FGGAM MEDIA CENTER:
We have all this covered in our prayers to our Lord Jesus Christ.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Most states continue to explore when and how to restart their economies. The National Governors Association released a 10-point plan to guide state officials, while suggesting a lack of tests, medical supplies, and properly trained staff were chokepoints in wide-scale reopening.
The US has reported 842,000 cases, with 46,785 deaths, as of this morning. About 8 in 10 who get /COVID-19 will have only a mild illness. The overall recovery rate is between 97 and 99.75%.
With New Mexico’s COVID-19 rates showing signs of flattening and testing capacity increasing, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that state officials can begin gradually easing up on business restrictions. NM Governor Extends ‘Stay at Home’
The talked about Hospital bed shortage is no longer. Report Here
Antibody test Coming to New Mexico. Antibody Testing
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Overall, 41.79% responded that they drink while on the clock and working from home.
North Carolina had the highest percentage answering with Yes, with 47.7%. Following closely behind were Oregon (47.58%), Connecticut (47.41%), Colorado (46.93%), and Washington (46.3%).
Arkansas had the lowest percentage answering with Yes, with 28.85%. Following closely behind were New Jersey (32.94%), Virginia (35.47%), Michigan (37.83%), and Missouri (37.96%).
Advertising and marketing agency employees had the highest percentage of employees answering with Yes, with 49.14%.
More locally, 38.98% of New Mexico employees responded with Yes.(The data for each state can be found HERE)
FGGAM NEWS just received this news release, we have been promoting the need for people to still tithe to their local Church, please do so if you can. I know many of you are in a tight spot. Here at FGGAM we also have seen a downward trend as we expected. Our son Lars said yesterday, “We are all in this together.” Lars is unemployed at this time and is still waiting on his first unemployment check. Our daughter Gretchen got laid off from her job as a Respiratory Therapist here in Albuquerque, so strange some hospitals have laid off people! Gretchen was able to pick up a part-time job. Let us be in prayer for the over 22 million who have lost their jobs.
COVID-19: New Poll Reveals Almost Two Thirds of Churches See Drop in Giving
More than six out of 10 churches see offerings decline to varying degrees in lockdown; National Association
of Evangelicals to share ‘Bless Your Pastor’ campaign to assist pastors and church staff
A new “State of the Plate” poll involving more than 1,000 churches across all 50 states shows that more than six out of 10 churches have seen a decline in offerings since the coronavirus outbreak began.
The news comes as the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) — a national organization serving 40 denominations and representing 45,000 churches — prepares to launch its annual Bless Your Pastor campaign, encouraging congregations to “show and share God’s love” for pastors and church staff.
Conducted April 8–20, 2020, the State of the Plate constituency-based survey of leaders from over 1,000 churches revealed 65 percent have seen giving decrease since mid-March as churches stopped holding in-person services.
“For pastors and church staff, there will be difficult days ahead as more church families are laid off or experience reduced incomes,” said Brian Kluth, who originally launched the State of the Plate research following the 2008 financial crisis. Kluth is also the national spokesperson for Bless Your Pastor.
The State of the Plate poll, organized by Kluth with the participation of organizations such as Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax and NAE Financial Health, revealed:
- 34 percent of churches reported giving had fallen by 10-20+ percent
- 22 percent reported a decline of 30-50+ percent
- 9 percent said they’d seen a drop of 75 percent or more in their church offerings
- 27 percent churches reported that offerings were steady, and 8 percent reported giving had increased
Giving decreases in churches will likely lead to tighter church staffing budgets. The NAE’s Bless Your Pastor movement (BlessYourPastor.org) equips congregations to show appreciation for their pastors and church staff in creative ways.
Churches are encouraged to share “50 Creative Ways to Bless Your Pastor” — a list of practical ways to show pastors and church staff that they’re appreciated. Churches participating in the campaign will be able to request a grant-funded $250 Amazon gift card for their senior pastor.
Kluth said, “Having been a pastor myself, with three children and a wife who needed major medical treatments, I understand the financial struggle so many pastors and their families face and the tremendous difference it makes when a congregation shows their pastor they are there for them all the way.”
About National Association of Evangelicals:
Founded in 1942, the mission of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians. The NAE includes more than 45,000 churches from 40 denominations and serves a constituency of millions.
I just finished my run with Daisy and it is a time I also talk with God…more importantly to listen to God. I have been reporting and preaching against abortion for years…and the Lord told me this morning to speak out MORE in LOVE for His babies. So I prayed and asked the Lord what do I say?
How can God be happy with us here in New Mexico that will continue to kill His babies? I am just completely stunned that abortions continue in New Mexico while many, many businesses are closed during this pandemic! I can’t get a haircut, but abortions still take place.What a horrific message that sends. Governor Lujan Grisham in the love of Jesus, you have the power to end the killing of babies, you have the power to close those clinics at this time! I ask you in the love of Jesus, please. I first met you years ago when you visited the ARC of New Mexico “White Hat” Award Ceremony, which was given to Heather Wilson. You cared enough to come visit with all of us at the ARC of NM. (I was on the Board of Directors at that time) You saw how the clients of the ARC had overcome many disabilities in their life. They were given life by God and their Mother. Please give all the babies the opportunity we all have, the gift of life. I would welcome to visit with you on this and other matters. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please help God’s babies.
Governor, you have been very aggressive in fighting the pandemic, saying every life counts, Thank you for that, but why do you not put that same aggressiveness into ending abortion in our state?
President Ronald Reagan — ‘I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.’
It has been my contention for several years that the American society has lost its moral compass. The Church has failed to preach the Ten Commandments, many do not post them in the Church anymore. Many Preachers no longer preach them! So very tragic. Billy Graham wrote: God sets forth in the Bible His spiritual laws for all people. The Ten Commandments are just as valid today as they were when God gave them. They reflect the moral character of God, and they also provide the foundation of right living with others. Christians complain about the morals of our society, but are we doing with God’s Ten Commandments?
I preach it, have them posted in my office….I try to live by them. What are we teaching our young people? Feel good stuff? Tickle the ears? Read the entire book, there are ramifications of sinful behavior.
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Apr 23, 2020
|From the writings of the Rev. Billy GrahamQ: We have become a secular society yet there are those who continue to fight for keeping the Ten Commandments as monuments. It seems such a contradiction, doesn’t it? – T.C.A: Breaking the Ten Commandments is nothing new; however, there was a day when American society respected God’s law by posting it as a reminder to people that God is watching. Not only do men and women continue to break His commandments, but society glamorizes the breaking of His law! From remembering the Sabbath as holy to honoring parents, it appears there has been a concerted effort to deliberately breach each commandment. Not only that, but there seems to be a deliberate attempt to make it attractive.
It would be good to hang the Ten Commandments in every schoolroom in the country so that young people can know the difference between right and wrong. They don’t know the difference and we’re seeing the evidence of that throughout society every day.
The Apostle James made it plain in Scripture that we are all guilty. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
God sets forth in the Bible His spiritual laws for all people. The Ten Commandments are just as valid today as they were when God gave them. They reflect the moral character of God, and they also provide the foundation of right living with others.
“The work of the law [is] written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness” (Romans 2:15). We have only one authority and one compass, and that is the Word of God.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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