Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Everyone seems to want change, but few people actually want to change.
There are many reasons for this, but here are three, I believe.
1. It takes us out of comfort zone. We talk about change, change, change, but when faced with it, we like to revert back to what we are comfortable with. It's human nature. You have to fight that urge to return to the comfort zone.
2. People talk about change, but really don't want it. They want to seem progressive and forward thinking, but they just act that way because it looks "cool" or cutting edge. In reality, they don't want to change anymore than people who want no change at all.
3. Finally, they continue talking about change, but have been burned so many times from the lack of change, they believe that going into anything new, they will get the same result as usual...no change.
It's unfortunate, but we all are guilty of our comfort zone in one form or the other.
We have to fight it while still believing in something.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Lord willing, I am headed to Nairobi, Kenya this summer.
My son and I went to Xenia and worked with some of the same kiddos this past summer, so when the opportunity opened to go, I could not pass it up.
It's another long amount of time away from the kids and wife, but it is worth it in the overall picture.
I am looking forward to it.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Matthew 29:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
I recently found out that some countries in the world are sending Christian missionaries to the United States.
At first, I was appalled, then I understood because it sort of reinforces what I believe about US Christianity. We aren't the "best" Christian country in the world today and we have not been for many, many years.
Here, we have an American Christian worldview. We celebrate the US before we think about the church or any celebration we might do there because of the pride we have in this great country.
It is the patriotic thing to do.
Now don't get me wrong, I love this country and we are supremely blessed to live here and from an economic and freedom standpoint there is no country better than us.
But we have been losing our way for many years and it is culminating because of materialism, growing secularism and humanism, our being too comfortable, and sexual immorality that has existed in some form here since the beginning of our country.
We have a capitalist economy, mostly, and it has been great to us. We are one of the richest countries in the world and most of us have economic opportunities that people are willing to die to attempt getting here just as our ancestors did. But that has helped us become somewhat heartless in our worldview. We usually rely on God only when we have experienced a health or death issue. We don't have to think about our faith, in fact, our faith often is of convenience and not of necessity and a private thing that we don't feel comfortable sharing.
We have removed God from almost all avenues when it comes to government, schools, etc. We remove God and biblical morals from schools and as much as we can in every way and then wonder why the country continues to descend into an immoral crevasse. Child abuse, molestation, shootings in neighborhoods/ schools, and for vengeance, etc are on the rise. Why? We are a miserable country for having so much, why is that? Because we continually try to fill a hole that we all have in our soul with things that are worldly and it never accomplishes our goal which causes more misery.
We have justified sin for so long in this country that the immorality from pre-marital sex to divorce to other sins are having the stigmas removed and even worse, glorified. And we do not show love for those who have done these things using judgment or condemnation without affection.
We want to be comfortable, I get it, I really do. After church, I cannot wait to take my nap after eating a lunch that costs more than a week’s wages in most of the world, but we have got to strive to be better. I have got to strive to better.
We have to rely on God every day and try to remove ourselves from being our own god because we are nothing without him!
And sadly, I have found this truth not here in the USA, but in third world countries where our arrogance looks at, points, and says "poor things have nothing" when in reality...they have so much more than us.
Total reliance on and total devotion to God.