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Tragedy in Newtown

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, many individuals are beginning to pose the question to these acts of senseless violence: "What is the cause?"  Some see it as a mental health problem.  Some see it as a gun control problem.  Some see it as an environmental problem.  Biblically speaking, it is a bigger issue than any of these.  It is a sin problem.  As our nation pushes God further and further aside, we remove Him who gives us our moral compass.  Instead of using our American freedoms to pursue a personal relationship with the Almighty or to better those around us, more and more individuals are using them to satisfy their most base desires.  Instead of using our freedoms to worship, we are using them for immorality.  Instead of using our freedoms to teach peace, we are using them to promote violence.  Instead of using our freedoms to help others, we are using them to indulge ourselves.  As long as our people continue to use their freedoms for their own selfi…

Thanksgiving's Direction

Thanksgiving is given when one recognizes that they are a debtor to someone else.  They recognize that they have been a beneficiary of someone else's mercy or grace.  They recognize that they have received something that they did not earn or deserve.  Therefore, true thanksgiving must be directed towards an individual or individuals.  To give thanks without directing it to the person or persons who provided the blessings is truly an immoral thing to do.  It purposefully slights the one or ones that should be honored.  This is why God should be the primary recipient of our thanks for without His mercy and grace we would not have life and all the blessings that come with it.  This Thanksgiving let's honor the One that is due it.  Let's give Him our praise and our thanks!

Not a Spurs fan but....

First, let me just say that I am not a San Antonio Spurs fan.  Watching them beat my Suns year after year in the playoffs has left a sour taste in my mouth that will not soon go away.  But I have to grudgingly give them praise on how they play basketball.  They play as a team.  Where more and more professional franchises are trying to hoard as much individual talent as possible, the Spurs just keep playing team basketball and they just keep on winning.  Consider the fact that the Spurs have only one player (Tim Duncan) who was a lottery pick where most other teams in the playoffs have six (Miami has eight).  Yet, the Spurs have won twenty games in a row and look to be the favorites to win this year's championship.

It seems that Coach Popovich and the Spurs have found out what God has known for all eternity.  It is always more productive for people to work as a team than as a separate set of individuals, no matter how talented those individuals may be.  God instituted the local chu…

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

As we finished up our Missions Conference this past week, I couldn't help but think how easy it is to get our priorities out of whack.  The urgency of the immediate seems to constantly want to take place of that which is most important.  For instance, it is easy to get into the habit of running our errands without noticing and witnessing to the people around us.  We are so focused on what is urgent (our errands) that we forget that which is most important (people).  We can do the same thing with our finances.  It is too easy to spend $300 on a new electronic device that we feel we must have now instead of giving $300 to missions which could see the lives of others changed for all eternity.  It seems that our problem is that we are too selfish and too short-sighted.  That is why I always love our Missions Conference.  It helps remind us to get our thoughts off ourselves and to keep the main thing, the main thing.

Wasted Talent

With the recent death of singer, Whitney Houston, many are mourning the fact that her incredible talent was wasted for much of her life.  I cannot disagree with them.  There have been few individuals that have had the power and voice control as Ms. Houston.  She is the only artist to ever chart seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 hits.  Her pre-recorded rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXV is the stuff of legends.  It caused our National Anthem to hit the "Top 40 List" for the first, and I believe only time, in its history.  So to see a talent such as hers largely be wasted to drugs and poor relationships was very difficult to watch all the way to her tragic end.  The thought for almost all of us is that "she could have given so much more."  But that makes me stop and ask myself, "How often does God say that about me and others in this world?  How often does He see His children wasting their spiritual gifts and talents by giving all of their…

Why Do We Go?

The other day I was talking with an individual and they were telling me about an experience they had at another church.  They said that when they went, the pastor was heated in his delivery as he preached against sin.  This individual said that they would never go back because they didn't go to church to get "yelled at, they went to church to feel good".  They said that since that day they have been successful in finding a church that meets their need.  Now mind you, I just met this person, and I have never been to the church that was referenced, but the phrase "I go to church to feel good" left me very uneasy.  I wouldn't want to sit under a mean-spirited pastor but neither do I want to sit under someone who is only going to make me "feel" good.  When I read the Scriptures, it is very evident that God is much more interested in me "being" good than "feeling" good.  He wants to make changes in my heart that will make real diffe…