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WHICH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DO YOU TRUST?

March 4, 2016

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)

Debate

I must be crazy. I can’t get enough of the 2016 presidential debates. This election season has become a circus and reminds me of a poorly produced reality TV show. I look at this great country of ours and find it hard to believe that those on the debate stages, both Democrat and Republican, are the best qualified people to serve as president. The name-calling, bullying, backstabbing, demeaning, and vulgarity simply do not represent the best qualities of leadership that I admire or want for this country or for the rest of the world. I am truly concerned for the future of our grandchildren. What kind of leadership are we teaching them? Is there a place for Christianity in politics?

I’m not going to rant and rave about any particular candidate. I simply want each of us to take a step back and think about our future. What kind of leader would you like to see in the White House? Who do you trust with the lives of your children and grandchildren?

Perhaps you’re just looking for free college, lower taxes, higher wages, or inexpensive healthcare? Sorry folks; everything comes at a price! All of the candidates on the debate stage make promises that are difficult, if not impossible, to keep.

Not one of the presidential candidates has the ability to bring the peace and security to our families that they promise. None of those candidates can keep us safe from the attacks of Satan or save us from our sinful selves. None of them can offer us eternal life!

It really doesn’t matter who is elected president of this country. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will still be in charge of all things. Our Almighty Father will be with us no matter who is president of this country.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

Yes, we’re going to choose one these men or women as the next president of the United States of America. It’s extremely important to understand we are simply electing a new president. We are not electing a new Savior! We must never replace Christ’s values with their values. We should always, always keep Christ first – from the time we wake up in the morning to the time we close our eyes at night.

There is no debate – Jesus Christ is, and will always be, in control!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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AGE IS JUST A NUMBER!

August 15, 2013

“When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” (Joshua 13:1, NIV)

“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (Luke 2:36-37, NIV)

Senior Citizens

Japanese mountain climber Yuichiro Miura reached the summit of Mount Everest at age 70. George Brunstad was also 70 when he swam the English Channel. Naval officer Grace Hopper became the first female rear-admiral of the United States Navy when she was 79. Margaret Haggerty completed her quest to run a marathon on each of the seven continents when she was 84.

If stories like these teach us anything, it’s that senior adults are capable of amazing things.

That was certainly true of Joshua. Even though he was probably nearing the century mark, God had a plan for him. Age didn’t matter to God. Rather than telling Joshua to rest, retire or step aside for a younger replacement, God instructed him to get to work.

Perhaps we should take a cue from God in our attitude toward older adults. From an early age most of us were taught to respect our elders. However, too often we confuse politeness for respect. What’s the difference? Politeness might include offering a hand to senior adults when they struggle with steps or making awkward small talk with aging relatives at family gatherings. Respect, however, would include realizing that with their years of challenges and experiences these adults are a rich, God-given resource.

In this age of politically correct labels, perhaps a better name for senior citizens is “ultra-experienced adults.” God entrusted Joshua with an important duty a quarter century after Joshua reached retirement age because of his vast military experience and knowledge.

Think of the older adults you know. How does God want to use them in your life? What experiences of theirs might benefit you? What life lessons have they learned that might keep you from making a bad decision? And what might you be able to learn from hearing their stories and asking for their advice?

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

A TRIP TO THE ER!

March 4, 2013

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

FLU

You may have noticed that I was relatively “quiet” last week. I had developed a case of the flu and it really knocked me down. Then, this weekend, I was having difficulty urinating (as you may recall, I had my prostate removed on December 3rd due to the presence of cancer). My wife took me to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with numerous blood clots in my reconstructed urethra. After about eight hours of trying to get various sizes of catheters (foleys) through my urethra and into my bladder, the doctor decided to put me under and operate. Two hours later, the pee began to flow again!

I’m writing about this because I felt that once the cancer was removed, the problems went away. Actually the threat of my urine backing up into my kidneys and liver was far more dangerous than the slow-growing cancer in my prostate. Praise God for the emergency room nurses and physicians. The Holy Spirit was definitely guiding their hands.

This little trip to the ER has made turn toward our Savior – once our sin is removed, do our problems go way? Absolutely not, but we should never be discouraged because “the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go”.

No matter what trials you are facing, “be strong and courageous; do not be discouraged”. Put your faith in the only One who can see you through it. Always keep Him first.

And, although you may not be called to be an emergency room nurse or physician, you are called to serve the Lord and each other! Your position in this world has been blessed by the King of Kings.

Enjoy today, “Working for Christ”!

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THE RESULTS ARE IN!

November 8, 2012

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NIV)

I wasn’t going to write about the election results this week because there are so many great bloggers out there that have this subject covered. But when I opened the Word to start my devotion, Joshua 24:15 was www.biblegateways.com‘s “Verse of the Day”. Just maybe the Lord is speaking to me. I pray that He will speak to each of us through His Word.

Over the past couple of days, I’ve watched people (Christians and non-Christians) on both sides of the fence crying their eyes out because their candidate didn’t win. I heard one guy say, “The world is doomed!”  Another, “The end is near!” And I heard another person say, “Christianity is a sham – or Christ would have made Romney president.”

Really? Are you kidding me? Are we really that gullible or naïve to think that Barack Obama or Mitt Romney can save the world or keep it safe from Satan and all of his little demons?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are human beings just like you and me. They make the very same mistakes that we do. Like us, they both claim to be Christians. Who are we to judge either one of them? Do we know what goes on in either of their minds when only God is looking? Don’t we have faith that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord”? (Romans 8:28, NIV)

We live in a free country. God gives us free will. We are free to make our own choices. Collectively, whether we like it or not, we have chosen another four years with a man (Barack Obama) to lead our government. We have not chosen Mr. Obama (nor would we have chosen Mitt Romney) to lead our lives!

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!”

Enjoy your Thursday, “Working for Christ”!

IT’S TIME TO SHOUT!

September 25, 2012

Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” (Joshua 5:13-14, NIV)

“Shortly after his encounter with the “commander of the army of the Lord”, Joshua was commanded to have his army march around the walls of Jericho, blowing their trumpets for seven straight days. On that seventh day, he was to tell the Israelites to shout, and the walls of Jericho would fall down. Really? Shout and the walls will fall down? Right! But as they began to shout – probably timidly at first – the bricks began to buckle and the giant walls collapsed.

Are you for me, God?” I often ask God the same question as Joshua. I tell Him that I’m working hard to give Him glory through my business, my decisions, this blog, and my time. His answer is always the same: “Are you for Me, Dave?” His response always sets me straight. He’s never going to follow what I’m doing, but I can certainly follow whatever He is doing.

Sometimes God calls us to obey Him when it really isn’t very convenient. He wants us to spend time in His Word when we are already overwhelmed and fatigued. And, He often asks us to pray when the answers seem difficult to see. It’s almost like He is asking us to march around, blowing our trumpets, waiting for the right time to tear the walls down around us.

When we feel drained, or when we forget why we’re marching, return to the “commander of the army of the Lord”. His sword is always drawn. Our battles are His to win.

We can shout and march around the walls of our lives every single day if we trust God’s timing. He’ll make the walls come down when He’s ready. We just need to remind ourselves that He will stop at nothing to claim every area of our lives as His own. All we have to do is blow the trumpet and wait for Him to tell us when to shout!

Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!

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