We want more, bigger, better, faster—and it’s killing us!
A friend of mine was in Mexico—he noticed a man fishing. Each morning he’d fish, then take time with his family all afternoon.
My businessman friend asked him, “How much do you make a day?” The fisherman said, “Twenty-five a day.”
“Wow”, my friend said. “If you’d borrow the money, you could get more boats, hire more people and make a thousand dollars a day!”
“Why?” asked the fisherman.
“Well so you could take time off with your family.”
The fisherman replied, “But that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Why do we attempt so much? Why are we racing against the clock to make life count?
You know what? Our lives already count because God loves us.
A 4th grader gave invitations to her fellow students—and by the way—not during class time. The invitations were for an Easter egg hunt, games, snacks and hearing the biblical story of Easter.
Birthday party invitations are passed out all the time, but in this case, the principal denied permission for the invitations—citing a policy that students are not allowed to pass out fliers related to religious events or activities.
The policy was amended when Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of the student—and the Court struck down the school’s unconstitutional policies.
As the Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel said, “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of religious or political beliefs.”
. . .and thankfully. . .even for forth graders!
Tuan Pham, now a U.S. citizen—fled Viet Nam to openly practice his faith in America.
In gratitude for his new-found freedom, he commissioned a smaller replica of the famous Vietnam “statue of the Christ”—for his prayer garden at his St. Paul, Minnesota home,
Because of an anonymous complaint, Tuan received a formal letter from the city ordering the statue removed–saying it violated city zoning ordinances.
The tide turned, when he contacted Alliance Defending Freedom and their attorneys threatened the city with a lawsuit .
After a two-year battle, the Mayor of St. Paul used his executive authority, and Tuan was allowed to keep the statue in place.
Tuan had the settlement agreement bronzed and it’s now attached to the statue!
. . .a case of faith and justice resulting in religious freedom!
Don’t be intimidated by those people who’re trying to get God out of the public square. A popular buzz these days is “separation of church and state.”
It’s not a phrase found in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. And it certainly isn’t in the Bible.
It was Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase—and it had an entirely different meaning in the 19th century than the way it’s being mis-used today.
God established three governments: the family, civil government, and church government. All three are founded on God, so there can be no separation of church and state.
All authority comes from God—and is only temporarily given to people who then loan power to elected officials.
God in the public square?
That’s one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard.
It does matter what you believe about God.
A lot of people believe in God and yet act as if He didn’t exist.
They believe in God, but there’s no commitment to what He says in His Word.
They believe in God, but violate His ways.
They believe in God but don’t want to be with Him, or obey Him.
There is Truth; it does exist.
Listen up! It does matter what you believe about God.
God is not a fable or a myth—He is a reality.
And the Bible describes God with the Hebrew word: Adonai.
Lord! The Boss; the One in charge.
It fits because He is in charge.
And if God is in charge, guess who isn’t?
You and I!
The apostle Paul put it pretty bluntly in his letter to the Corinthian church in 2nd Corinthians 10, verses 4 and 5: He said:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and”. . .here’s the key phrase. . .
“we take captive and make them obedient to Christ.”
You have the ability to control your thought life. We all do.
But it takes discipline, understanding the work power of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the importance of God’s strength in your weakness.
Every thought captive. Every thought obedient to Christ.
It’s the mark of a maturing believer!