Monday, February 28, 2005

Do you ever seriously think about what worship means. I know some of us don't fully understand what worhip is all about but most, I'm sure, understand it on some level. No, it is not something we do to have fun in church and it is not meant to give us pleasure per se. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable to worship God and yet we do it. What does that say about the experience? Perhaps that we are doing this for someone besides ourselves? If not for ourselves, then who?

Heb 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

This scripture reveals that praise, which is an integral part of worship, is rendered by him and to his name. We need to praise Him in the Spirit and exalt His holy name. Hebrews 13:15 says "the fruit of our lips giving thanks..." That means the fruit we are giving is watered by His Spirit. How else can we offer fruit that is by Him if He didn't water it. I just hope we can understand this simple statement which is really apparent from the words: "By him"

Monday, February 14, 2005

How do you manage to keep a positive attitude when it seems the world is in a downward spiral? I could tell you about many ways of thinking positively and that might help but there really is only one way. You can't have your mind in the world and be happy. By that I mean that you can't put all your eggs in that basket and see them all stay unbroken. No, if you would try to avoid the negative you must put your mind on higher things.

Matthew
6:31
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat ? or, What shall we drink ? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?

6:32
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Friday, February 11, 2005

I learned today that a fellow citizen of my home state is in danger of losing his life because he spoke out against the terrorists. He informed an ISP that one of their websites was publishing terrorist information and it was shut down. Kudos!!! Just when the nay sayers say there is no war and that we have no reason to be in Iraq; they pull us back in. I can't personally guarantee you that our military will be there forever. However, it will be a cold day in Costa Rica before you hear me say this war was unjustified. It may be a lot of things and war is never pretty but as sure as the ballots were cast into their boxes; this war holds a definite place in our history. Even if you see it as part of a war to end all war or a great Jihad; it has already spilled over into history and we can never deny that we were given a choice to silence those who tried to silence our freedom of speach or just become silent. Have you ever tried that? That's pretty funny because I believe I can hear your opinions blasting even now. About the war in Iraq, about the terror, about Bush, about 1PM in the morning when people are trying to sleep in this country and nobody even wants to hear your opinion. Still, no one drags you out and...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

One gets the feeling when trying to guage the response to the success of the Iraqi elections that there are many in this country who feel Democracy is still an experiment. As if we had to wait to see if the Iraqi people would take to the idea. As if we hadn't done our homework in the security department. As if the sacrifices of many American lives would go unnoticed in the struggle for Iraqi freedom. As if George W. Bush winning the election would have an adverse effect on the election. As if any American president held the final sway in any democratic process. As if he had invented democracy and he alone controlled it. Kind of like Al Gore now controls the internet. As if!!!

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