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A standard for all nations

It’s often debated whether or not America was founded as a Christian nation. My own belief is that there can be no doubt that it was.

Although the history of early America is not as explicitly Christian as it could have been, it’s evident that those who founded this country shared basic Christian convictions. This is apparent in the structure of our government, the many references to the Bible in our nation’s capitol, and even by the fact that the U.S. Constitution is dated “in the Year of our Lord.”

In one respect, however, the question whether America was founded as a Christian nation is irrelevant. That’s because whether we were founded as a Christian nation or not doesn’t change the fact that we remain accountable to live by God’s standards today.

Those who argue that America was not founded as a Christian nation seem to believe that if they can prove this point, we are somehow no longer obligated to serve the Lord God with our lives. But nothing could be further from the truth, because God has provided the standard for all nations.

To deny this is to be like the like the little child who thinks that if she just covers her eyes her daddy will not see the wrong she is doing.

One way to see that God’s standard of righteousness is universal is that it applied not just to Israel, but to the nations that surrounded her as well.

Just about everyone will grant that Israel was obliged to follow God’s standards. But what about Israel’s unbelieving neighbors? Well, they were accountable to God, too, whether they liked it or not.

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An invitation to wisdom

When King Solomon began his reign, the Lord approached him and told him to ask for whatever he wished and promised that He would give it to him. What did Solomon ask for? He asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3).

Good choice.

There are a lot of things you may want to ask for in life – money, a job, good health, a spouse – but wisdom tops them all. If you have wisdom, you are in a position to manage whatever comes your way. But if you lack wisdom, whatever desirable thing you do have will easily be misused and bring you harm.

You don’t have to be a king for this to come into play. Though you do not rule over an earthly kingdom as Solomon did, you do need to govern your own life with all its choices. And you will give an account for your contribution to God’s kingdom. All this requires wisdom. Read more…

Categories: Seed for the Harvest

Suicide is not the answer

When people feel hopeless and powerless regarding their situation in life, there are those among them that will begin thinking that maybe suicide is the answer. It’s not.

Those who contemplate suicide believe that it may provide a way of escape from their misery. They usually think this is so because they have adopted at least one of a number of false assumptions. For this reason, anyone who gives suicide consideration needs to think carefully about their assumptions.

One common assumption that a person considering suicide can make is that God will understand this solution to their problems. But the sixth commandment tells us that we shall not murder, and this includes self-murder. God is the one who numbers our days, and in the days he gives us we are to cultivate our lives as we seek Him and trust Him through every trial. Read more…

Guarding your character

Yesterday, I was in the office of our local newspaper and while I was waiting I looked at some of the old newspapers posted on the wall. One of them, dated August 21st, 1868, had a list of sayings that readers were encouraged to review every day,

One of these was, I thought, especially good. It read, “Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts.”

Ponder that quote a bit and let it sink in. If the point being made here is true – and I believe it is – it should affect our lives in a number of ways.

First, it should cause you to be much less apt to blame others for what’s wrong with your life. How quick we can be to fault others with what’s amiss in our lives. As the Bible teaches us, we need to pay more attention to the log that is in our own eye than the speck that’s in our brothers (Mt.7:3,4). Read more…

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Dealing with estranged relationships

June 28, 2009 1 comment

Relationships are a part of everyone’s life. Ideally, our relationships are to be enriching, but too often we find them trying. Sometimes we even find ourselves estranged from those we were once close to.

Coming to terms with our relationships is essential if we hope to function effectively on a day to day basis. Too often people are so consumed with a poor relationship that they can scarcely give thought or energy to anything else.

The biblical account of Jacob and Esau gives some worthwhile principles when it comes to relationships – especially those that have gone cold (Gen.33).

The first of these principles is to give priority to God in one’s relationships. Read more…