I had a good time with this one. Starting out with scripture I found myself pondering an old problem raised by this report: John Stossel
So how do we address our work, with out greed, with our giving? This sermon attempts to address those issues:
A slightly different take on “This Little Light of Mine”.
And I’m still “baring with” the sound crew. Working on the static issue!
So the decline in religion includes the Jedi. I’m not sure if that is “heartening” news or not. It does affirm one of my deeply held convictions: Many people develop their religious views by “osmosis” and movies and television are one of their primary sources.
You may not be an actual Jedi but perhaps you are a functioning Jedi? Things to think about, things to drive you back to reading scripture and finding out Who God says He is rather than letting Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and perhaps Oprah tell you what you believe.
My team lost. I feel all the discouragement that comes with that truth. I’m concerned about the future for the Church: our rights regarding declaring sin, avoiding it, and I believe we may even be forced to commit it (by being forced to pay an Abortion Surcharge as part of Obamacare). I’m not at all naive about the meaning of this election in regards to issues that really matter to me.
I just can’t find a lasting reason to be upset. Because God is still on His Throne:
Revelation 4:1-11 ESV Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
and we have “no lasting city here”:
Hebrews 13: 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
A little perspective: When Rome fell to the barbarians it was the center of Christianity – yet the faith survived. When Islam defeated Constantinople – the faith survived. After World Wars disillusioned a continent – the Faith survived.
I just love this guy. Being blessed by God doesn’t always take us where we want to go but if we are with him on that journey it is still a blessing: