Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How much do you pray daily?

The pastor gave a very interesting sermon on prayer this Sunday.
He mentioned a poll that was taken and it said most Christians spend less then five minutes a day praying.
How can that be?  How can we spend so little time talking to God and so much time complaining to others about things or doing things that prevent us from talking to God.  He did mention one woman who spent four hours a day praying and her prayer lists had over 6,000 names on it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (King James Version)

 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

When you get out of bed you should be thanking God you have a bed to sleep in as many people do not.  As you slip on your slippers, thank God you have shoes  or slippers on your feet.  The world is filled with people who do not have shoes. It only takes a few minutes to do that.  We all have two or three minutes to spare then.

Psalm 118:24 (King James Version)

 24This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

God gave you this day.  Resolve to be happy and asked Him to help you be happy no matter what happens .  If someone cuts you off in traffic, be happy.  Thank God an accident did not occur and be on you way.  If someone hurts your feelings at work, rejoice and let God guide.  He/she may have problems you do not know about and ask God to bless them and help them in whatever way they need.

Psalm 119:133 (King James Version)

 133Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Give God control over every situation.  Just hand it over to Him and he will see you thourgh it.

Ephesians 5:18-19 (King James Version)

 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Give of yourself.  Fill yourself with the spirit of God. Humble yourself when you pray. You do not have to shout it from the rooftops.  You can be sitting in a crowded bus station and mentally shut the door so you can pray about the things that happened at you workplace or in your home. The important thing is to shut the rest of the world out as you talk to your father in heaven.  Finding the extra time to pray is not hard but you have to be determined to do it daily.

Praying before meals is great if you do not use the same mundane prayers day after day. Mix it up alittle and pray like you really mean it instead of repeating the same thing over and over.  I often pray after the meal.

I do not have a certain time of the day I pray. I just pray when the spirit hits me and it has hit me often lately.  God bless all who read this. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

Had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. 

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stop playing the victim

I read this letter to the editor in our newspaper and I wanted to share it with everyone.  It says alot about how I feel about some of the Christians I have known.

Quit playing victim card
I find it almost laughable that Marilyn Mourer, as stated in a recent letter to the editor, thinks that she and other Christians are being pushed around by people of various backgrounds and then hints that the problem is being caused by the “slop” on TV, the computer and video games.
Those “sources” are things that many people, including Christians, knowingly and voluntarily introduce into their homes. What’s more laughable is that most of us, if we have invited those “sources” into our homes, pay to have them delivered to us, and some of us even pay to have “the premium package: 500 channels in high definition.”
The reason I don’t find Mourer’s premise entirely laughable is that she seems to think that there is some entity “out there” that needs to be pushed back when, in fact, it is the appetites of those who indulge in these “sources” that need to be controlled, from within.
If we sin, it is not because “the devil made me do it”; it is because we chose to turn our backs to God.
Mourer seems to think that the decadence of this world is, somehow, caused by “them,” and if we somehow fought back, all would be well. She longs for a world free of temptation, the idyllic days when good Christians were in charge.
Unfortunately, those days never were. Jesus came to redeem a fallen people, not to celebrate with the sinless. He sent his disciples “as sheep in the midst of wolves.”
It’s time for Christians to quit playing the victim card and acknowledge our own culpability in the degradation of God’s Kingdom, our own sinfulness. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” He did not suggest pointing fingers at others.
Mourer’s weak-kneed Christianity seeks to defend the poor, helpless Christian, to “fight back.” The muscular Christianity of Jesus commands, “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despite fully use you.”
Those don’t sound like fighting words; they are, instead, the confident words of a humble people, a people strong enough to accept responsibility for their own behavior.
People strong enough to acknowledge their own faults don’t need to “push back” against others.
Instead of “pushing back,” let me suggest another option. Just say, “No, thank you.”

I left the name of the person who wrote this off but I will just way it was not me. I wish I had.  We need to stop blaming tv, computers, and videos for what is going on in the world.  If you do not like them, turn them all off.  And do not be afraid to regulate what your kids watch on television and monitor what they are doing on the computer. Our kids were not allowed tvs in their room or computers until they needed them for college.  We monitored what they watched.

She is right.  Christians never had it easy and we never will but we do have a God that will see us through all those rough times.  We are not to point fingers at those who do not worship the way we do. My mom always said when you point a finger, four more are pointing back at you.