Sunday, November 16, 2008

Who told you that?

Gen 3:11a And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

That verse is the beginning of the very first earthly buck passing session. Adam tells God that the problem was Eve giving him the "apple", Eve blames the teaching of the serpent. But that's not what I'd like to speak on today.

I was listening online to a couple of messages from Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Ministries (part of the Calvary Chapel group of churches). One of his buzz phrases is "sound theology without apology". He mentioned the way the internet & other modern conveniences had predisposed some people to modifying their thinking around their comfortability. But I'm not sure it's the conveniences that are at issue.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What are you feeding?

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say to you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

The hot topic these days is the potential downward economic spiral. Recently, I spoke with a gentleman who was wondering if he should spend money on a necessary home repair or wait to spend money. My response to him was that, if we "live" in a fear of economic possibilities, we generate a self-fulfilling prophecy. Henry Ford is quoted as saying something like, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." And John Maxwell's reading for November 10th speaks of the fact that we always feed one of two emotions -- we can feed fear or we can feed faith.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for & evidence of things not seen. We have a great big God, so why live in a puny economy? It's true that we want to practice wisdom & restraint. But which emotion will you feed today -- fear or faith?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Presidential Priorities

Congratulations to President Obama. Our prayers will be with him. The election that brought him into office has highlighted some polarities in this country that ought to be eliminated. But, no matter who you voted for, there are a couple of things that need to be kept in mind.

First, the forefathers of our country instituted three branches of government, all balancing the other two. So, no matter how good a candidate wants to be or how bad you may think he is, his (or her) successes & failures are going to be mediated by the other two branches of government.

Secondly, my Bible says that God is in control. And God is for us, not against us. Our reaction to the circumstances around us are based on how much we believe that. If you look at the life of Job, he had some pretty negative things go on for some time. None of them were based on any sin in his life, but rather on God giving Satan a lesson. And it certainly was an opportunity for Job to develop his trust & faith in God. Are our circumstances today controlled any less by God? Does He love His creation any less today than in Biblical times? The Bible says we are all sinners & God does love the sinner, but not the sin. The Bible also tells us we can expect trials. So, here's one sinner who is looking forward to being continually loved by God, no matter what circumstances come my way.

Apologies for the long...

absence. Nothing bad happened. Just me trying to jam too much into too little time. :-) And the result was too little time to post here. Having changed some priorities, hopefully there'll be more time to be more consistent here.