While the World Keeps Spinning

Today, a burgeoning trade war with China began, a reacting roller coaster Stock Market quivered, the Congressional Socialistic Squad (as they have been dubbed) continued to challenge the authority of our government, and multiple shootings took place all over the map. We wonder if our country is about to spin out of control.

Looking back into biblical history, there were times when the territory of Israel seemed to be spinning wildly out of control. The prophets of old sounded the warnings of God’s Voice, but His Elect people chose to disobey the messages. Still, His plan and purposes kept moving forward.

Even in the midst of turmoil in the 21st century, we can be confident that perfect control is being kept by a God who is in command and has the ultimate Plan. 

As I write this the Stock Market has plunged 600 points. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?

Those of us who trust in the God know that nothing slips through His Hands by mistake. Regardless of the Stock Market’s plunge today, the ugly trade war with China, Socialistic challenging of Capitalism, turmoil and unrest in our streets – we know that the Plan of the Almighty God moves on with precision. We have nothing to fear.

It was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who said during World War II: “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself”.

Besides death, fear is our second greatest enemy. God counters it by saying, perfect love casts out fear. In our case today – with the world looking like it’s spinning out control – the point is this: if we love and trust God, we have nothing to fear in our future.

 

 

 

A Sad Turning Away

First:I truly believe that God pursues us harder than anyone or anything else. He steps mysteriously and purposely into our lives to give us the right people – the right work – and the right things to keep us moving. It will cost you something to become whatever it is you want to be. But keep alive the wonder and the inspiration that incubates in your spirit. Never let your mind become tamed in that regard. Make sure you know the Truth about what you pursue. 

 

Will He Find His Way Back?

Songwriter, Marty Sampson (famous co-writer for the beloved song “We Give You Praise”) is about ready to turn away from his Christian faith. Most likely you have sung many of his songs, or heard them streaming. You may find it strange that after writing beautiful lyrics showcasing Jesus, Sampson puzzles us that he has suddenly become so disgruntled about his Christianity.

We all have questions and doubts from time to time, for now we see through a glass darkly. But it is shocking to those of us who are grounded in the Christian faith to hear him speak of the many things he is questioning and accusing. Shocking in the sense that his questions appear as though the enemy of his soul has craftily planted them into his mind and he has not been able to ward them off with the Truth.

This gifted and talented man is a former songwriter for Australia’s Hillsong worship team and Hillsong United, and has written several songs with beautiful Christian lyrics. Sadly, he announced on Instagram that he is actually “losing faith” in Christianity and he is feeling happy now because it helps ease all the questions he has about the Bible and the doctrine of Christianity. (How strange that someone losing faith would feel happy.)

When you know and believe the Truth it sets you free, and questioning should never lead to denouncing.

A wise old saint from decades ago has said that one sure way to know you are a Christian is to be caught in a battle over its authenticity.  This is how the enemy of our soul works.  Marty seems to be caught in this battle.

Brace yourself — I am listing what troubles Marty Sampson:
1. The hypocrisy of pastors
2. The lack of miracles
3. The contradictions in the Bible
4. The vast number of preachers that fall away
5. The fact that God is love, but will send billions of people to [hell]
6. The fact that some Christians are the most judgmental people on the planet
7. The fact that only “religion” can transform a life, when lots of things can
8. The fact that there are fake miracles
9. The fact that there are so many versions of the Bible instead of one solid translation.

Sampson goes on to admit that he is not convinced one way or the other about what he questions. Well, that’s a good sign. He acknowledges that there are plausible explanations on both sides. He says he hears the answers, but his search goes on. Bravo! The search goes on! there’s hope.

I’m sure that many reading this post have heard or even sung some of his songs: King of Majesty,  Now That You’re Near,  What the World Will Never Take,  There Is Nothing Like,  Reason I Live, Savior King, and Shout Unto God.

How beautiful his songs are, and how sad that he is so troubled.

Sources report that Sampson has clarified his remarks and stated that he would not say that he has actually renounced his faith, but that it is on incredibly shaky ground.
My grasp of his questions is that Marty is struggling with the same questions many Christians struggle over at some time or another ….. doubts and questions that come to our minds that are common and reasonable because we have the ability of logical thinking and reasoning. We wonder about all sorts of things, like how did God come to be in the first place. And, if we are caught in “beginnings” and “endings”, does God have a beginning and possibly an ending? We might wonder if it’s the fear of death that drives us to embrace the doctrine of Christianity and eternal life. Do we really love God, or are we simply afraid of Him? Do we love sin so much that we have to find fault with the principles and precepts of Christianity?  The point is that if there is no God, if there is no Savior, if there is no resurrection after death, we are above all totally miserable.

But we are not miserable! In one way or another, God has shown Himself to us. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divinity [in nature] have been made intelligible and have been clearly seen, so unbelievers are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

 God shows up everywhere. In the perfect control of the universe and in all of creation. He shows up the moment a mother feels her baby move in her womb. He shows up in the love that comes from one person to another. He shows up in forgiveness.

The old saint was right…when you are on the mountain top living for God and making great headway, the battles rage! The enemy of our soul seeks to destroy us. My prayer is that Marty Sampson will discover that something sinister is at work in his mind and heart.

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The Journey is the Destination

I truly believe that God pursues us harder than anyone or anything else. He steps mysteriously and purposely into our lives to give us the right people – the right work – and the right things to keep us moving. It will cost you something to become whatever it is you want to be. But keep alive the wonder and the inspiration that incubates in your spirit. Never let your mind become tamed in that regard.

I may shock you when I say that sometimes I love the scent of the world and wallow in my foolish desires – even knowing that their lavishing and tempting power seeks to lay waste of my life. Those are the moments when it pays to be afraid of God…to reverence Him and obey His principles. I’m sure you know what I am saying. We are all on a journey that Jesus Christ is shepherding, if we know Him as our Savior. The journey is the destination.

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Should We Be Afraid?

I kissed my husband goodbye this morning as he left to watch an air show at a former military airport…a very happy day lined up for him and some buddies. Yet, in the back of my mind, as he pulled out of the garage, there lingered the news reports of a massive shooting the day before, and the sight of the carnage captured on cell phones by panicking individuals running for cover in a parking lot where people were picked-off like sitting ducks. There would be lots of people at this air show. Would he come home safely?

This is the question we asked now, every time we attend a place where people are gathered and the target is soft.

The tone of the world is rough. We recognize that the culture we survive in is far from sweet and harmonious. The hate that is pouring out of people is shocking – as though there is no conscience left in the heart of mankind. It seems that man’s destiny is completely sullied by his ungodliness.

For those of us with faith, we need not be overcome with fear. God is in control of this planet, though sometimes it seems He has lost his grip. The truth is that we live in a fallen world, and we’ve been warned there will be persecution and heartache. Yet in the midst of it all, God is our lifeline.

I think of the message given to us in the Bible — the part that tells of the shepherds out in the field at night, when the sky suddenly opened up before them and an angel appeared, giving them a message of peace.

Frightened to the bone on that cold dark night, they stood there shivering while they heard these words: “Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy which has come to ALL people. For to you is born this day in the town of Bethlehem, a Savior who is Christ the Messiah – the Lord!” (Luke 2: 10-11)

Things look bad sometimes and we often mourn our losses. But God is still in control.

 

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Scrape Up What is Left

Scrape Up What Is Left

How many fresh perspectives does it take to help settle life’s problems?

The truth is that solving problems and making it to number one simply means you are where you should be — having a place and a plan you can follow. However, accomplishments, a dream career, a great marriage, and having a perfect family do not guarantee happiness. So the real question is: what is #1 and what does it mean?

For most of us it takes a lifetime for us to recognize our true calling — and sometimes we are cast into prison (so-to-speak) to find out what we are supposed to be doing.

Serious goal-seeking people generally have questions that never stop…questions like, what about the sweat equity put into a project or a child only to see it fail? Where is God when things go wrong? Where is God when a loved one suddenly gets sick and dies?

When the prison door locks behind us, it is there we must find the answer.

I confess, I am so “literal” that I often want to debate the Apostle Paul and sometimes even God. I become part of the human traffic on Jacob’s ladder – clinging to Heaven’s ropes. The truth is that everything points to the moral laws of God, which will always stand up against the person who seeks to be their own guide and tends to question everything.

I believe the issues we face are often caused by our own desires, even in the sorrow we face and the hope for relief. I say this because God never stacks the deck against us. So whatever we face, we must never quit, but always welcome and wait for God. (Oh so hard to do sometimes.)

Today is your day for a new perspective — to scrape up whatever is left of something that has gone wrong. God needs only a crumb to work with – but then, He can work even without that!

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When All Else Fails, Wait For Morning

I am reminded of a poem written by James Whitcomb Riley titled: “TIME”. He talks about waiting for morning…how we sometimes toss this side and whirl that way, and moan for dawn. Oh yes, the tick, tick, ticking of the clock vexed me last night! I was with Riley’s words till after midnight. But don’t get upset, I wasn’t basking in every word.

I’ll bet you may find yourself in what he wrote…

“Wait for the morning! Ah! we wait indeed. For the daylight, we who toss about in stress because of vacant-armed desires and emptiness. Of all the warm, warm touches we need, and the warm kisses upon which we feed.”

And then Riley really gets to it…

“Warm as the yearning blood our poor hearts bleed! ….A wild prayer! –bite thy pillow — praying so– Toss this side, and whirl that, and moan for dawn;  Let the clock’s seconds dribble out their woe, And Time be drained of sorrow! Long ago…We heard the crowing cock, with answered drawn, As hoarsely sad our throats sob. …Pray on!”

I’ve never saved the world in all my sleepless nights, but I’ve often saved myself from troublesome problems when my mind hashes over a mess I’m in, and I figure the way out. God bless those sleepless nights.

 

Where are the Heroes?

Can it really be true that there is not one wise man among us who can lead the country? No heroes? No one who can truly judge another brother? Let’s hope that “we the people” will not stay mute and be taken under by the power of those who destroy everything in their path.

I remember in my college psychology class that the professor was astounded at the hype and honor bestowed on Elvis Presley when he died back in the late 70’s. He was a good singer, but he died because he was drunk on dope. She asked, “Where are our real heroes?” The media was crazy with adoration for Presley. I didn’t give much thought to that back then for the lack of wisdom at the time. But now, as I look at how far our country leaders have slipped into the black murky mud of evil and selfish power, I understand what this professor was driving at.

Yet as each day unfolds and we remind ourselves that God is in command of this planet and it is His will that is operating, we can simply lean on Him and go forward with joy and purpose.

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