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Are There Any Absolutes These Days?

Psalm 11:3

…while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Life ChangeOne of my favorite all-time shows is the Andy Griffith show. I grew up watching Andy, Opie, Barney and Aunt Bea. Times were good and even the unchurched were fairly moral people and they had good values in Mayberry. The setting for this show was the late 50’s and early 60’s – just a few states south of us. I’m not suggesting we could ever return to these times – nor should we strive to for sure – but it was a time when absolutes were accepted – even among the unchurched.

I wish that the troubles Opie had would be the troubles our youth would get into today. Unfortunately – our youth – and our society as a whole – are far beyond the sins of Mayberry (and Mayberry wasn’t perfect for sure). Our communities used to resemble Mayberry’s morals and values. I can remember growing up near here. As a matter of fact – I can remember watching Mayberry as a child – and thinking my world was like this show. How did we get to the place we are today? How have we become so corrupt and sinful as a society (watch the news to see my point)? It seems that there are some in our society today that are trying to call sin – acceptable. They are trying to change established truths. I know – much about us needs to change – and over time – much has changed – but I ask – are there no absolutes? Continue reading

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The Election Is Over – Jesus Is King!

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

RayMcDWell – when you read this devotional thought – the election will be over – or at least it should be (unless there are some more hanging chads or someone calls for a recount). I hope you voted dear readers. Some of us will be happy. Some of us will be sad. Some of us will be confused. Some of us will shake our heads. Some of us will be dancing in the streets. Some of us will feel downtrodden. Some of us will feel uplifted.

As I write this devotional thought I’m watching the early news as the polls are getting ready to close – starting with the East Coast and moving westward. How would you like to live in Hawaii – OK – most would say I’d love to live in Hawaii – except for Election Day – when the race is usually decided before you even get to vote – LOL (the West Coast also feels this way at times). Continue reading

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If My People…

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Let me start by saying that God is not bound by national boundaries.  Israel is more than a nation – it is a people – the followers of God.  With this said – I believe that any passage directed at Israel – as a people of God – is aimed at the people of God today.

The United States was founded by a group of very religious people who simply didn’t want a state religion.  They fully believed that God SHOULD have everything to do with their government.  You can see this truth in the Constitution – which quotes the Bible as much if not more than most secular documents.

We are called – One Nation Under God – but our society is trying very hard to remove God from our nation – and unfortunately – some churches are starting to follow the society.  During a recent despicable ruling in a church trial in Wisconsin some even said it was about time that the church caught up with society.  I for one do not want to catch up with society when society is calling sin acceptable and I will not be part of a religious institution that does so either.

On this 4th of July – I would challenge folks to pray for their nation and for their church – that both would humble themselves before God and seek God’s face – turning from our sinful ways and returning to God.  Oh what God could do with a church – with a nation – that sought God’s face and sought to please God in all they do!

Take a moment tonight before you watch or set off fireworks to celebrate our independence and pray for our nation.  Maybe ask for all of those gathered with you to pray – just for a moment – for the nation and church.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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