Children today do not know a time when everyone didn’t have an i-phone, i-pod, or i-pad. Thirty years ago, an apple was something you ate. Today, eating the wrong apple might land you in the psych-ward of a hospital.
A study 100 years ago showed people felt the number of items necessary for life was around 50. That same study today showed the number has soared to 500. I guess our expectations in life have changed a bit.
Today, we welcome Rick Smith from You Matter Ministries. Rick ministers to those who are living on the edge of life; most don’t even own 50 items. His ministry supplies those in need with life’s physical necessities and, more importantly, with the spiritual necessity of the Gospel message.
Thank you , Rick, for taking my spot today and giving Cindy and me something that is necessary for a healthy life, a break.
Taking a rest,
A picture of earth was taken from a satellite some 65 millions miles away. In the upper left hand corner of the picture was the shoulder of the planet Saturn with its halos. Beyond the behemoth was the blackness of space except for a shinning dot in the center of the photo. That dot of light was the little blue marble we live on. In viewing this picture one cannot help but feel the insignificance of our existence.
If the picture doesn’t make you feel small then what scientists have discovered should. The fellows in the white coats say our little solar system exists on the outer edge of an average sized galaxy, and there are billions and billions of galaxies.
When we compare ourselves to the grand size of the universe we are insignificant; combined we are like a grain of sand on a beach. However, our God, who created the universe, is larger then what he created. The beauty of this whole thought is this: Our very large God knows you and loves you despite your contemptuous defiance.
It’s Thursday morning and a quiet start to a new day. The heat is gone for awhile, and a slight breeze is coming in through the window above my desk. I hope your morning has started out as fair.
It’s a good time to be in the word, and I’m reading Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. This old letter was written to people struggling with forces hostile to the church. The letter praises them for not just receiving the Gospel, but also for becoming imitators of Christ and displaying the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love (Cf. 1:3). No wonder Paul was proud of this church.
Though this letter was written long ago, the same hostility is still alive today; a noisy outcry of people shouting for the son of God to be put to death. It was their struggle and it is ours.
I’m not Paul, but here is my letter to you saying, “I’m proud of you for you have received the Gospel message and become imitators of Christ in so many ways.”
A Proud Pastor,
Before Cain committed murder most foul God counseled him, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it” (Gen 4:6-7). John Ortberg defined sin as, “An attempt to obtain the pleasure that does not rightfully belong to me or evade the pain that does.”
Yesterday I stomached a few minutes of the Cleveland, Ohio man’s sentencing for kidnapping and imprisoning of three women. He stated “I’m not a monster, I just have an addiction.” I thought here stands a man with egg on his face, but he proudly wears it like a badge of virtue.
There is an Indian saying, “I have two dogs living in me – a mean dog and a good dog. They are always fighting. The mean dog wants me to do bad things, and the good dog wants me to do good things. Do you want to know which dog wins? The one I feed the most.
Feeding the good dog,