“EVIL HEROES OR GOD’S HEROES?”

“THESE ARE THE LAST WORDS OF DAVID: ‘THE INSPIRED UTTERANCE OF DAVID SON OF JESSE, THE UTTERANCE OF THE MAN EXALTED BY THE MOST HIGH, THE MAN ANOINTED BY THE GOD OF JACOB, THE HERO OF ISRAEL’S SONGS:'” 2 SAMUEL 23:1 NIV READ: 2 SAMUEL 23 MY OLDEST GRANDSON RECENTLY TOLD ME OF ALL THE EVIL HEROES ON TELEVISION THESE DAYS. MORE AND MORE SHOWS ARE FEATURING CRIMINALS, EVIL DOERS, SATAN WORSHIPERS, DRUG USERS AND EVIL CHARACTERS IN THE ROLES OF HEROES. I DON’T WATCH A LOT OF TELEVISION, BUT I REMEMBER THE WESTERNS OF THE 1950s. THEN IT WAS EASY TO DETERMINE WHO WAS THE GOOD GUY AND WHO WAS THE BAD GUY. SO ARE YOU A GOOD GUY OR A BAD GUY? DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO IDENTIFY WITH THE GOOD GUYS OR THE BAD GUYS? DO YOU ACCEPT THE STANDARDS THE TELEVISION NETWORKS AND HOLLYWOOD CONTINUE TO PRODUCE? OUR WORLD IS CHANGING RAPIDLY. COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET ARE ADVANCING COMMUNICATIONS AT GIGABYTE-SPEEDS. SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ARE BEING USED TO DEFAME AND BULLY CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO THE POINT OF SUICIDE. GOD DOES NOT PREVENT CHANGE. GOD CREATED US TO BE ABLE TO BETTER OURSELVES. THE QUESTION EACH OF US MUST ASK IS: DO THESE THINGS REALLY BETTER US? TECHNOLOGY IS NOT EVIL. WHAT WE DO WITH ALL WE DEVELOP IS THE QUESTION. WE CAN USE ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT TO FORGE AHEAD WITH ALL GOD HAS PROMISED OR WE CAN USE THESE THINGS AGAINST GOD. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN. THERE IS A DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. GOD REMINDS US OF THE CERTAINTY...

“WORRYWART”

“SO DO NOT WORRY, SAYING, ‘WHAT SHALL WE EAT?’ OR ‘WHAT SHALL WE DRINK?’ OR ‘WHAT SHALL WE WEAR?’ FOR THE PAGANS RUN AFTER ALL THESE THINGS, AND YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED THEM.” MATTHEW 6:30-31 NIV READ: MATTHEW 6:25-34 WHILE I WAS GROWING UP AND I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT NEEDLESS THINGS, MY MOTHER HAD A OLD SAYING. SHE WOULD TELL ME NOT TO BE A ‘WORRYWART’. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS A NAME SHE HAD MADE UP. ACTUALLY, IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER A CENTURY. IT WAS ORIGINALLY FIRST KNOWN AS ‘WORRY GUT’ IN ENGLAND AND ‘WORRY GUT’ IS STILL USED THERE TODAY. IT BECAME POPULAR IN THE U.S. IN THE 1030s TO THE 1950s FROM AN ADAPTED NEWSPAPER CARTOON. SO, WHY DO WE WORRY ABOUT THINGS? ALMOST EVERYTHING WE FIND TO WORRY ABOUT ARE THINGS THAT REALLY DON’T MATTER OR ABOUT THINGS WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL. SOMETIMES WE GET SO CONCERNED WE IMAGINE THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT. SATAN USES ‘WHAT ABOUT THIS’ OR ‘WHAT ABOUT THAT’ WORRIES TO NEEDLESSLY CONSUME US AT TIMES. WE NEED WATER, FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER. WE HAVE OTHER WANTS, BUT WE HAVE NO OTHER PHYSICAL NEEDS. JESUS TELLS US WE HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ABOUT THESE PHYSICAL NEEDS. THE ONLY OTHER THING WE NEED IS A SPIRITUAL WELL BEING. SOME WOULD ARGUE WE HAVE EMOTIONAL NEEDS AS WELL. OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF WHEN WE DEVELOP A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD. GOD KNOWS ALL. WE HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY. WE NEED TO DEPEND UPON HIM FOR ALL THINGS. AS HUMANS,...

“DISAPPOINTED IN GOD’S GIFTS?”

“HEAR MY VOICE WHEN I CALL, LORD; BE MERCIFUL TO ME AND ANSWER ME.” PSALM 27: 7 NIV READ: PSALM 5:1-5 AND 27:7-14 THE FOLLOWING IS BELIEVED TO BE AN UNKNOWN CONFEDERATE SOLDIER’S POEM. SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN THIS AS THEIR CREED…AND FOR GOOD REASON. “I ASKED FOR STRENGTH, AND GOD GAVE ME DIFFICULTIES TO MAKE ME STRONG. I ASKED FOR WISDOM, AND GOD GAVE ME PROBLEMS TO SOLVE. I ASKED FOR PROSPERITY, AND GOD GAVE ME BRAIN AND BRAWN TO WORK. I ASKED FOR COURAGE, AND GOD GAVE ME DANGER TO OVERCOME. I ASKED FOR LOVE, AND GOD GAVE ME TROUBLED PEOPLE TO HELP. I ASKED FOR FAVORS, AND GOD GAVE ME OPPORTUNITIES. I RECEIVED NOTHING I WANTED, AND I RECEIVED EVERYTHING I NEEDED. WHO KNOW BEST, YOU OR GOD? THERE ARE TIMES IN ALL OUR LIVES WHEN WE ASK GOD FOR SPECIAL ‘WANTS’ WHICH ARE NEVER RECEIVED AS WE ASKED. IF WE LOOK BACK AT OUR LIVES, MANY OF THOSE WANTS WOULD HAVE BEEN DRAMATIC DISASTERS. ‘THANK GOD FOR UNANSWERED PRAYERS’ IS MORE THAN JUST A SLOGAN OR A LINE FROM A SONG. TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND THINK BACK ABOUT YOUR LIFE. HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU NEEDED ONLY TO FIND OUT WHAT GOD GAVE YOU WAS SO MUCH BETTER? THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT YOU WANT AND WHAT YOU NEED. GOD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE. TODAY’S PRAYER: “DEAR LORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GIFTS. I AM LEARNING MY HINDSIGHT IS BETTER THAN MY FORESIGHT. I AM SORRY FOR MY DEMANDING PRAYERS FOR THE THINGS...

“HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?”

“HE SAID TO ME: ‘IT IS DONE. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. TO THE THIRSTY I WILL GIVE WATER WITHOUT COST FROM THE SPRING OF THE WATER OF LIFE.'” REVELATION 21: 6 NIV READ: ACTS 20: 24-28 ON SALE! HUGE DISCOUNTS! CLEARANCE! TODAY ONLY! WE SEE THESE SIGNS AND PROMOTIONS EVERY WHERE WE GO. WITH STORES ADVERTISING SALES CONSTANTLY, HOW DO YOU KNOW THE REAL PRICE YOU SHOULD PAY FOR AN ITEM? THE MARK IT UP, MARK IT DOWN GAME MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT A GOOD BUY REALLY IS. WITH MANY ITEMS, THE COST CAN ESCALATE DRAMATICALLY WITH THE COST OF MAINTENANCE. BUYING A PRODUCT THAT YOU DON’T REGULARLY USE CAN ALSO BE VERY EXPENSIVE. WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE YOU HAVE EVER MADE…YOUR HOME, YOUR NEW CAR, HOW ABOUT WHAT IT COST YOU OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION? WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE YOU CAN MAKE? THERE IS CLEARLY ONLY ONE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE. REFUSING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LIVING LIFE AS YOU CHOSE THEN GOING TO HELL WOULD BE THE YOUR MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE. WHAT IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE? ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LIVING LIFE AS GOD TELLS YOU SO THAT YOU CAN SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN WILL BE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE THING IN YOUR LIFETIME. YOU WILL PAY NOTHING FOR GOD’S MOST EXPENSIVE GIFT. JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU WHEN HE DIED UPON THAT CROSS. THE MOST COSTLY ACT OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE WAS PAID FOR BY YOUR SAVIOR. NO MATTER WHAT WEALTH YOU ACCUMULATE ON THIS EARTH, YOU COULD NEVER...