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Keep Our Eyes on Jesus!

Matthew 22:21

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

82015 RayAt a church I pastored years ago – someone came to me with a concern.  The concern was that our church – at that time – wasn’t as welcoming to people of differing political views with the majority.  This got me thinking and I met with this person over lunch.  We talked – mostly I listened.  The majority/minority issue was concerning politics – political parties.  I was puzzled because I was raised in one party and am now in another – yet my Christianity is greater than my political leanings.  So I listened some more.  The person I was talking to said that at times – they do not feel welcome at church because their political views are not found in the majority at our church (no poll, simply their experience).

I have prayed about this subject and then looked at it in light of our vision and mission as a church.  I found that most of us have very similar views Biblically – which is very much what a church family should focus on.  Yet we have differing social views – which are not always Biblical – yet deal with Biblical subjects.  For instance – dealing with social subjects like abortion – human sexuality – poverty – health care – capital punishment – social justice – and more – can and often must touch our faith as well as our citizenship.  Often – we do not do a good job of splitting the two. Continue reading

September 14, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Here Today – Gone Tomorrow – Where Is Your Treasure Being Stored?

Ecclesiastes 5:16

As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?

Have you ever moved?  I mean the total deal – packed up everything and moved to a new home – maybe even a new state or country.  If you have ever moved – you probably know what it means to have more than you need.  My brother and I tease my father about all of his stuff collected over the years – that just might have a need some day he says.

My wife recently told me that she read somewhere that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  We find comfortable things – favorite things – and wear them over-and-over while we collect the rest.  Armed with this new truth – we went through our closet recently and found several bags of clothes – good clothes – that we hadn’t worn in some time and had no thought of wearing them in the future.  We found clothes that were now too big (I know we all have clothes that are too small for us that we hope to fit into again one day – but these were actually too big).  We found clothes that were outdated that we would never wear again but keep for some reason.  There was nothing wrong with these clothes – someone else could get some use from them.  We bagged them up and took them to Goodwill.  I even found shirts and pants that still had the store stickers on them.

Carolyn also read somewhere that there was a movement afoot to try to live with only 100 items.  Think about that for a moment.  If you could only have 100 things in your life – what would they be?  A pair of dress shoes, a pair of tennis shoes, 2 pair of jeans, 2 pair of dress slacks, 1 coat, 2 pair of underwear, 2 pair of socks, 1 belt – that is 12 things and we haven’t gotten away from clothes.  If you only had 88 more items you could own – what would they be? One hundred items seems like a lot when you begin, but soon you realize how small a number it is.

We treasure our things.  We have more than we need.  I heard a preacher say that if you get up in the morning and spend time deciding what to wear – you are wealthy – because you have options.  We have all seen the homeless person pushing all of their worldly goods around in a shopping cart – even when we have little – we tend to cling to the things.

What if we decided to live with less so that others might have more?  What if we decided to cut back on our surplus so that others might have their basic need met?  What if we decided to store up treasures in heaven – rather than here on earth?

Matthew 6:19-21 – 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What if we realized what the scripture says today – As a person comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?  I’m just saying…

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

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , | 2 Comments

   

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