We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


How have you been sleeping?

When we’re too preoccupied to hear God’s voice, He will often get our attention by giving us a restless spirit. The book of Esther gives us a wonderful example of this. In the sixth chapter, we see that King Xerxes “could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king” (v. 1). As a result, Xerxes became aware of an assassination plot that had been foiled by a man named Mordecai. Filled with gratitude for this act of service, the ruler made plans to honor him. What Xerxes could not have known, though, is that this hero had been targeted by Haman, one of the royal advisors. Not only had Haman plotted to hang Mordecai the Jew (5:14); he was also planning to exterminate the entire Jewish population. As a result of the king’s intervention, however, Mordecai and all of the Jews were saved. Now, what started this process? It was a restless night. Xerxes did not know why he couldn’t sleep, but we know–the king had insomnia because God was trying to get his attention. The Lord had something important to say to Xerxes, and His way of getting through to him was an unpleasant night of sleeplessness. How often has this happened to you? You go about your career and activities restlessness seems to hang over you, often causing sleepless nights. In such moments, dare to bow and pray, “Lord, what is it You want to tell me?” You’ll discover that God can and will speak in your unrest. -Dr. Charles Stanley

Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stupidism

Marco Andreoli was 32 years old in 2002 when Italy’s Highest court ordered Marco’s father to pay Marco approximately $1000 per month until Marco found a job that, and I quote, “fit his aspirations.” What was this court thinking? And that is what Marco’s father asked after the decision. According to the British newspaper & The Guardian, “The judges said that a parent’s duty of maintenance did not expire when their children reached adulthood, but continued unchanged until they were able to prove either that their children had reached economic independence or had failed to do so through culpable inertia.” If that was me, my father would have given me inertia at the end of his boot. What was not reflected in the newspaper was that Marco’s son held a law degree, a house on a posh street in Naples, and a joint ownership of an investment fund worth more than $390,000. Yet, it was his father’s legal responsibility to fund his son’s lifestyle until he landed the perfect job! And you might ask, “How is this possible?” It starts with departure from a biblical world view. Who would have thought that even a year ago we would have an auto industry owned by the government, a bill for socialized health care, and the Ten Commandments bulldozed off public property? Whenever a nation departs from biblical truth for its governance, it opens the door to socialism, Marxism, Nazism, Communism, and just plain out stupidism. In the book of Isaiah we read: “My people go into exile for lack of knowledge… Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” A Biblical world view doesn’t come through osmosis…we need to be men and women of the Word…If you haven’t read Isaiah, I would highly recommend it.

Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment