Archive for November, 2016
Leaders worship. And the people follow their lead. It is true in your family and in your church. If you want to be a good leader, start with worship.
Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. (Genesis 24:1)
I love to talk to older Christians. They have perspective, they have lived a long time, and they appreciate the way God has taken care of them. All of us, whatever our age, need to recognize how much God has blessed us. And now that Thanksgiving is over… don’t stop.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” (Psalms 13:5–6)
As we go through our lives, many things will let us down: the promises of advertisers; the plans of politicians; our own bodies as we age.
But we can trust in God’s unfailing love and salvation. They will never let us down.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. (Luke 9:16)
It did seem like much. A few fish and some loaves of bread. But Jesus gave thanks for what they had. And God made sure it was enough. Be thankful.
In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. (Isaiah 12:4)
As people in the United States stop to have a day of thanksgiving, let all of us stop and say thanks to the Lord for what he has done. And let’s tell others about God and his goodness!
“The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. (Acts 26:4)
People notice how you live. It gives life — or lie — to the words you speak about Jesus. And over time, people will be able to tell who you really are. Just by watching how you live.
“Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:12)
What an awful thought, to want to know what God says and not be able to find out. Today we have God’s Word in written form; we can receive a message from him every day.
Take time to study the Word of God, today and every day.
It is the first of the ten commandments for a reason. Nothing comes before God. Nothing. Make him your number one priority in everything.
The last few months have will proven to be a time of drastic contradictions and improbable outcomes.
In the United States we will threatened our neighbors with “Trick or Treat”, and now we offer thankfulness followed by acknowledging a time of offering gifts and love. Ironically we will then plan to do it all again next year.
We also endured a political campaign of egos and personalities who screamed, hurled insults and accusations followed, once the electorate had chosen a “winner”, with the call for unity and healing of wounds in two short months.
I, like you, stand on the edge of the stage of the whirling world, seemingly inept to affect the spiral that sees violence and conflict as the only realities.
And yet, thankfully there is an “and yet,” I am reminded that things here in our world are only temporary. Our faith is grounded in the promise given in the gospel of John, where we are told we have eternal life. As faithful followers of Jesus we believe that:
….God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
So while the world around us tilts ever closer to self destruction, and the choices being made offer harsh contradictions of almost horrible conclusions, our focus must be on God and His Son.
Our reality is the And Yet, for God sent Jesus to be born and then to die for each one of us. And offers the hope and promise sung by angels:
Glory to God in highest and on earth peace,
Good will toward men. Luke 2:14
So what are YOU going to do with your “and yets”?
What makes you feel safe? A secure house? A vigilant police force? A mighty army?
Those that trust in God can feel safe even when they lack those things. Men can harm my body, but they can’t steal God’s promises.