Monday, November 24, 2008

What are we thankful for?

As Americans we are experiencing some difficult financial struggles. I have witnessed more than a few friends lose their jobs due to this "economic downturn." One dear friend had his job of 28 years eliminated as his company closed the store. When I turn on the news it seems like all I am hearing is doom and gloom. So it makes me ask the question, during this hard time "what are we thankful for?" I pray that we are thankful for the fact that God is still God, that He is in control, no matter what the media or the world would try to have us believe.

I think that it is important that we wake each and everyday and say, "Thank you God, for being in absolute control, you provide exactly what I need. Your Word tells me to pay attention to the birds of the air and how well you take care of your eyes I am so much more important than a bird, I was created in Your image, and I know you will care for me. Please forgive me when the human side of me forgets that. So I say again, thank you God."

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, let us remember the simple verse in Matthew 6:33, Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added.

For that alone I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How Can it Be Both Ways?

I am really struggling with Christians that are voting for a pro-choice candidate. I have had Christian friends tell me that there is more than one issue to vote on. I don't disagree however I do believe that as Christians we have a moral obligation to do the right thing. The tolerance of the church sickens me, and I include myself in that. We have stood and continue to stand almost silent as one by one the things that Scripture teaches us to value are stripped away.

Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us, "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." How we can stand quiet on issue like Gay Marriage and the sanctity of life is seriously beyond me. We are in a season that we seem to be focused on our economy more than other things. I certainly understand that things could stand to be better financially, I have friends that have lost their jobs recently and I know it puts a bind on things.

However, I feel we are trading what is moral for a chance at financial prosperity.
Seems to me that God's word says something about pleasing him or pleasing mammon, frankly I just cannot comprehend that. God tried to make it very simple for us. Matthew 6:33 says, " But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." So if I understand Him, if we first seek Him...He will meet all our other needs.

So I wonder, how can it be both ways?