Archive for August, 2013

08
Aug
13

God is, was and will always be…

From the very depths of the universe Almighty God proclaims to all who want to see and know Him that He is the creator of the heavens and the earth. In every aspect of creation we see His handiwork, His power and majesty. In every living thing we see the very essence of what God is, and that is LIFE.

Almighty God is not the god of death or hate. He is, as He always has been, the God of Life and Love.

Why did God bother to create this world in which we live? Why did He not be content to fellowship with angels? That Almighty God would see fit to create this earth and fill it with plants and animals in preparation for us being here is an act of super abounding love and grace.

Almighty God is not the god of despair or disgrace. He is, as He always will be, the God of Hope and Grace.

We know that in the beginning God told Adam and Eve that He had given to them, for their blessing, all that is on and in the earth. God gave them the herbs and fruit of the earth for their healing and nourishment. God made all the animals subject to them to be beasts of burden and sources of companionship and enjoyment.

Almighty God is not the god of stoicism and lack. He is, and always will be the God of Abundance and Blessings.

Even after man’s terrible fall, God did not strike him dead on the spot or place him in chains to live out his life in prison. No, God simply laid out the new rules in Genesis chapter 3 which entailed hard work for both the woman and the man. Instead of childbearing and working the earth being a joy; those things would now involve pain and hard grueling work.

Almighty God is not the god of injustice or spite. He is, as He always has been, the God of Righteousness and Justice.

Our God is a mighty God of power and strength and might. He is not as other gods who are not able to aid, help or assist anyone. Our God is a loving God who constantly is looking out for and watching over His children and who only desires the best for them. Our God is He who made us to worship Him and placed within us the need and desire to please Him. Our God knows our frame and everything about us for He is the one who made us.

As we go about our business here in life, I pray that we always seek to place God where He deserves to be in our hearts and minds, and that is of course FIRST. May we strive to never relegate Him to the position of being just another god among many, but rather that He is who He was, is and always will be—Almighty God, our creator and loving Father forever more.

06
Aug
13

Reaching out with the love of Christ to a dying and lying world

My heart aches as I think of and pray for numerous people in various stages of cancer diagnosis, treatment or follow-up. It is incredible how many people are directly or indirectly impacted by this horrible disease. Added together, the amount of time, effort and money spent to monitor and treat various cancers is staggering.

My heart aches as I think of and pray for numerous people facing battles that are testing and trying their faith. So many people are afflicted with pressure in their lives due to financial and other issues. So many people are firmly entangled in the various elements of oppression and depression. Situations that arise and will not quit leave a person tired, worn out and vulnerable.

My heart aches as I think of and pray for numerous people firmly in the grasp of oppressive powers intent on making and keeping them slaves. Those who have sold their bodies or minds to others for the sake of financial security are in reality slaves to whom they sold out to. Once caught, very few people ever escape from the imprisonment of their choices and corresponding obligations.

Never in the history of this world have things appeared so good on the outside but so rotten on the inside. At first glance, the world seems to be buzzing along doing better than ever. At first glance, people seem to be content, happy, satisfied and well taken care of. But are they really what they project?

Under the surface of the pretty facade so many put up are unhappy, dissatisfied and restless people worried about what tomorrow will bring and what they did yesterday. Locked in the prisons of their own minds, they become experts at looking good to hide the inner turmoil, unrest, guilt and fears that eat them from the inside out just as cancer does in the human body.

Subdivisions and communities are full of people who outwardly appear to have it together and happily are living the American (or any other country’s) dream. Behind the walls of their mini mansions and within the confines of their own minds, these people are tormented day and night by unanswered questions, regrets about the past, guilt for things done or said and fears about what tomorrow may bring.

Lying underneath the smooth exterior people project are truly troubled individuals. Hidden out of view of prying eyes are questions, temptations, battles and doubts that drive people mad. How many millions of people resort to drugs or alcohol to subdue the demons afflicting them? How many people run to every distraction this world offers in hope of finding an ounce of peace and comfort?

Without Jesus Christ there is no peace. Without God there are no answers. Without the Word of God there is no hope. Without the fellowship of believers there is no way to withstand the onslaught of all that seeks to derail and destroy the faith by which we live.

There is a whole world out there diseased and dying; waiting for someone to care enough to help them out of the nightmare they call life. Let us pray to be Ambassadors for Christ willing and able to reach out with His love to those hurting and teetering on the edge of spiritual oblivion.