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    By Michael Hernandez

    NEWBURY PARK—”Find your song,” said Kirk Cameron at Sunday’s Godspeak Calvary in-person worship service. “Songs are powerful. They inspire us. They unite us.

    “We’re the cowboy church that is open when most churches in California are closed that is singing at the top of their lungs, gathering as God’s people, assembling to worship and sing which is essential,” said the Hollywood middle-aged child-actor (turning 50 on Monday) best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom ‘Growing Pains.’ “I am just pinch-hitting for the legitimate minister who stands here. Pastor Rob (McCoy) is on the road with Charlie Kirk in Texas.”

    Cameron’s message began with a “name that tune” contest in which four movie theme songs were played: “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park,” and “E.T.” He then switched to a story from a World Series 1918 game played between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox when the Star Spangled Banner was played and would eventually become the song played before every sports game becoming the nation’s National Anthem in 1931. “The Star Spangled Banner is our nation’s creed: One Nation under God; under One American flag; where all root for our homeland.

    “Whoever gives the greatest hope is the greatest influencer and will win the election. Hope always wins. People need hope like they need air.  America needs a song of hope. We have lost our song.

    “We are the shining city on a hill. Our role is as torch bearers of liberty. Imagine America alive with revival? We need to infect others with a hope virus, not the corona virus. We need to take off our masks of fear and speak to one another—singing and making music to the Lord.

    “We need to remember 1 Timothy 6:15 which tells us that God is the blessed controller of all things and Habakkuk 3:7-9 where we see God defeating His enemies.”  Kirk made reference to English author Hannah Hurnard, who wrote “HInds Feet on High Places” in 1955.

    “I can lose my job. I can lose my home. Schools can be closed. There can be violence in the streets. Cities burned. No police to serve and protect me. Socialism can replace capitalism. Abortion can continue. My family values can be mocked. Yet, I will sing my song of hope and rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful to God my Savior.  God helps me walk, run, soar and go to high places and not fear falling because He is able to hold me.

    “In our greatest struggles, we can discover a song of hope against the backdrop of injustice, with unrighteousness running rampant on our streets. We can discover we were made for music. God wants us to sing the song we were made to sing. The song we were born again to sing.

    “In Christ, we were made for a song—shaped for a song. Hope gives us energy. Hope gives us stamina. Paul was beaten and bloodied and thrown in jail and at midnight he sang a song. Job sang to his wife.”

    According to Cameron, “the just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). God has given us faith, so I have a confident hope; because I have a heart full of faith. I know that God has given me a song.” Cameron ended by playing one more song—the theme from “Star Wars.” 

    “We need to find our song and sing it again and again. We must have hope so deep that we can face every challenge. We must develop a crescendo of hope so we can face the future and overcome. We cannot stop singing. Our song is eternal.”

    (Editor’s Note: To watch Godspeak’s Sunday in-person worship service go to:

    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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