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As Christians, how do we view our nation? Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Or is our nation dangerously adrift on a sea of complacency and immorality? Too often we are content to think only of ourselves and our families, ignoring the world around us. We pay little attention to the continual changes taking place in governmental policies.

Like the frog in lukewarm water—unaware that the water is boiling until it is too late for him to leap—we, too, may be in more danger than we realize. When 2,000 babies are aborted every day in the U.S. alone, when the Bible and the Ten Commandments are removed from the classroom, and when prayer in school is forbidden, it is time to assess where we are as a nation.

Psalm 33:12 points the way: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

As Christians living in America, we must ask ourselves, “Whom will we serve?” Will we stand up and lead America to pursue the one, true God, or, like the children of Israel, will we compromise with false gods? Although our Founding Fathers based America’s important documents like the Declaration of Independence on Christianity and the Bible, through indifference, ignorance, and neglect of Biblical principles, we are in danger of losing our precious freedoms.

However, it is yet possible to reclaim what we’ve already lost—if God’s people will awake and rise up.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for having mercy on us. Awaken this nation to Your Truth before it’s too late. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. . . . For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers” (Proverbs 11:11, 14).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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