The Sunday Message

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.James 4:14 (NIV)

In the grand scheme of things, the verse (above) from the Book of James is pretty cold-hearted. It is like a punch in the stomach.

It does not say if you are important or rich or poor or well-known. It just says “You” are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

That means all of us.

Another verse that hits believers hard is this one:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)

Life has a way of taking our plans and putting them in the blender and mixing them up.

As I have become older and started to understand that I am not invincible, I try to thank God for each day I’ve been given. Sometimes I do it before my feet hit the floor in the morning – because I “do not know what a day may bring.”

Have a great week!

 

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The Sunday Message

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. – Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

The Bible has a lot of information about divorce. For example, check out Matthew 19:9, Romans 7:2, and Mark 10:12.

I don’t think divorce should ever be a common thing or the first thing a couple does when they have an argument. In some situations, divorce is the only answer.

A recent poll from Gallup shows that 73% of Americans feel that divorce is morally acceptable. That is up 14 points since 2001. The other interesting news is that the divorce rate is declining in the United States.

Gallup also reported the following about religious individuals and divorce:

More than any other major subgroup, “very religious” Americans — defined as those who attend church or some place of worship at least once a week — have been and remain the most morally opposed to divorce. But even their views have fundamentally shifted, such that, for the first time, a majority of this group (51%) calls divorce morally acceptable.

Maybe the best thing to remember when a friend or family member is going through a divorce is this:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)

 

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The Sunday Message

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa

This is my 236th Sunday Message, which means that for 236 straight weeks (maybe I missed one or two weeks in there) I provided a message geared toward God, the Bible, or something along those lines.

The first one was published back in November 2012.

Does this column matter? I was once going to quit writing this column and heard a pastor talking about if one person became a Christian after hearing his sermon, then the work he had put into the sermon was worth it.

So if one person draws closer to God because of the few words I’ve written, it was worth it.

Therefore, I will continue…

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The Sunday Message

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

Your mission today…

Take a minute today to say thanks to your dad. Call him, send him an e-mail, or go visit him if he lives close. If he’s passed on like mine, take a minute to tell your wife and/or your kids some stories about your dad.

In the end, all we have are the memories.

 

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The Sunday Message

This week I happened to catch an article in USA Today titled, “How Trump is highlighting divisions among Southern Baptists” and thought it was interesting. You can read it HERE.

The report says that the Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. so they have some clout on issues.

One question that was asked was “Should a presidential candidate’s party affiliation or political views trump flaws in his or her moral character?”

I think some of Donald Trump’s past actions made Christians hold their noses when voting for him.

Many people vote for a person depending on the “R” or the “D” after their name on the ballot. I’ve even heard some people say there’s no way that a Democrat can be a Christian, which is silly and shows how close-minded people can be.

I think the root of the problem is churches getting involved in politics. I think they should support and pray for the best candidate to win and when a person wins they should support and pray for him/her.

If you really think about it, isn’t God in control anyway?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. – Romans 13:1(NIV)

 

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The Sunday Message

Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NCV)

Do you attend church regularly? It may be good for your health according to a recent study.

USA Today reports that a study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce has found that people who attend religious services live longer and are less stressed.

The study also found that those middle-aged adults who go to church, synagogues, mosques or other houses of worship reduce their mortality risk by 55 percent.

Wow – 55%.

Read more about the study HERE.

I’ll see you in church!

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