Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What are Your Values?

Hello, everyone, what are your values? Have you thought about how your values affect every aspect of your life? If you believe the Bible, cover to cover, it will either become the basis of all of your life, or it won't, simple as that.
Let me explain...The Bible is very clear about certain issues. God is holy, just, and desires honesty in all things. God has made it clear in His Word, that killing is sinful and wrong. He has made it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. God has made it clear that sexual expression is for that union alone. God has made it clear that children are a blessing, not a burden. He has made it clear that those who do not work, should not eat. I could go on and on. If all of this sounds negative, it really isn't. Since God created the world and set its laws in motion, He ought to know how it should be run, right? Oh, and that brings me to another truth in God's Word that is foundational, that being of literal creation of the world by Him in 7 days.
So, what does this all mean in our every day lives? Let's just look at it from the political spectrum. I've been interested in politics on some scale for a long time. But, never, has it been such an interest as it became starting around a year ago. This past election of Obama(BO) as president, the most radical and liberal president ever in our history, and the most liberal and radical congress ever in our history, has made a huge change in the direction of our country. The dire nature of all of this began to be impressed upon me last year as elections were shaping up. How did values play out in the campaign?
As our country has turned away from God, the values of the American people have become more anti-God and humanistic over the last 60 years or so. The values of the American people used to be more along the lines of the Bible. Now, our values are pretty much whatever feels good. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes, with no foundation of the Bible which our laws and country were originally built on. That is how so many otherwise good people, got caught up in the "cult of Obama." Their values were not clearly defined. They either didn't have a firm foundation of the Bible or they didn't know what he really was since our main stream media refused, for the most part, to actually report what he was really all about. So, lost in a drift away from God, many did not know or care or both that he believes there should be no restrictions on the killing of unborn babies, for instance. They didn't know or care or both, that he was really a socialist/marxist. He does not like freedom and the free enterprise system that we have traditionally had in this country, and which has made this country the envy of the world. The did not know or care that he would love to expand our welfare system, so that more people won't have to work for what they eat or have. There is much more to be said here.
A Christian should have the value system that includes a strong belief in God, the belief in life for all, including the unborn. As Christian's we should believe and hold dear a system of truth and justice for all. In the past election, the choice was clear. While McCain was not the perfect candidate, nor my first choice, when you held him up next to BO, there was no choice to be made, it was so obvious. McCain has been very consistently pro-life in his political career. He is a true American patriot and layed down his life for us as a soldier in the military. His running mate clearly had a very Christian worldview and proved her pro-life beliefs in her own personal life, knowingly giving birth to a Down's Syndrome child. For a Christian to vote for the BO, one has to question their value system. Did they not know or understand what BO was? Was their value system not clearly defined? Have they drifted from a clear understanding of what the Bible says? Did they vote as some knee jerk reaction, caught up in a cult-like mentality without clearly thinking about what the consequences were? I would like to hear your thoughts...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wright Family Reunion Weekend!!

Hello, everyone! I am nearing the end of a wonderful weekend with the Wright family. I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful extended family. Friday evening, we had about 40 people at Celebration Park at Gardner, KS. We had several who grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and my veggie kabobs. We had plenty of wonderful food and many laughs.
On Saturday, we went to the Wright-Kimbler reunion held in Fort Scott, KS. Some of us visited the cemetery prior to the reunion to see some graves, including my father's parents, Noble and Maye Wright. At the reunion, we had so much food!!!! We were privileged to hear my three little piano students as well as some others play musical instruments. Then, awards were given out.
Last evening, some of us went out to eat. Today, I have been talking with my aunt and uncle here all the way from Pennsylvania. After church tonight, will be the final event. We will be gathering for one last shebang to fellowship. Tomorrow, the remaining ones will take off for home. Please enjoy the pic's!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

God Is Able...

Hello, everyone...I continue to study in the Kings and Chronicles in the Old Testament. Such interesting accounts of God's dealings with His chosen people are contained in these books. There are so many spiritual applications which we can find for our lives today.
One of these applications is found in 2 Chronicles 25:5-16. Here, we have King Amaziah of Judah reigning. He decided to gather the men together and form his army for battle. He thought he would be really smart and also hired men from the neighboring kingdom of Israel. However, God had other ideas about who should be in the army of Judah. The prophet at that time, who is only identified as "a man of God," came to the king and said, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel-not with any of the children of Ephraim...Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy..." Whoa! Any time God shows us something like that so clearly, we should pay attention!!!
King Amaziah was concerned with the fact that he had already paid 100 talents to the men of Israel. He, naturally, didn't want to lose the money he had already paid to these men. What if that happened to me? What if I invested my money or time or resources into something, only to find out that God had other plans for me? What would I do? What would you do? Would I be willing to let it all go? Would you?
The "man of God," had some very wise words for the king. "The Lord is able to give you much more than this." Let me repeat-"The Lord is able to give you MUCH MORE than this!!! Wow, let that sink in for a minute. If we remember that God owns everything, and is in charge of everything, we can rest assured that He will take care of us and is able to give us much more than we have lost! With that thought in mind, we can step out in faith, with an obedient heart and trust God for His provision.
King Amaziah DID listen to God in this matter, but not in others. Instead of obeying God here and in the remainder of this account, he obeyed partially. He discharged the soldiers whom he had hired unadvisedly, went to battle and was successful. Then, he seemed to forget God's promises and sinned by bringing back a foreign idol! Anyway, I wonder what God would've done in fulfillment of His promise to give much more than he had lost?

Psalms 37:25-26 says it well-"I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor His descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and His descendants are blessed." God is able to give us MUCH MORE than we can ask or imagine.