Archive for August, 2009

Prayer: not a last resort

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

“I guess all we can do now is pray.”

That’s a statement you’ve probably heard before. You may have even said it yourself sometime.

There’s a hint of piety in the remark, because it conveys a willingness to turn to God. But this kind of statement also reveals something else. It’s the idea that prayer is our last resort.

How often and when do you pray? Do you pray regularly, or only when you’ve come to the end of your own resources and feel that there’s nothing else to try?

Do you view prayer as a last resort? Kind of like a Hail Mary pass in football that you just hope against all odds will bring about a good result?

If so, I want to encourage you, dear reader, to think differently about prayer.

Prayer is not intended by God to be a last resort. It’s to be a way of life for all He has made in His image.

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The burden of guilt

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

God’s design for every human being is that they would use their gifts and abilities to develop this world for His glory. Unfortunately, people often find themselves so weighed down by burdens that they themselves are incapable of doing the good they know they should.

Of all the burdens that people carry – ranging from health to finances to relationships and more – I’m convinced that the most oppressive burden of all is guilt.

Guilt has a way of infiltrating every aspect of your being and hindering you from doing what the Lord would have you do. This, of course, is why Satan delights in accusing people of their wrong, because it keeps them from fully contributing to God’s world.

A good example of the crippling effects of guilt can be seen in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

After Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, he eventually became the prime minister of Egypt. While in this position, a great famine came on the land, and his brothers were compelled to come before Joseph in Egypt for food (Gen.42).

As the story unfolds, it’s apparent that the brothers of Joseph were burdened by guilt years after they mistreated him.

Not only did guilt immobilize them from going down to Egypt in the first place, but it made them very fearful once they got there. Also, because of their bad conscience, they were incapable of receiving the good that Joseph extended to them, and they were inclined to behave in foolish and illogical ways.

Guilt still has the same effects today. Read more…

Thoughts on health care

August 4, 2009 2 comments

If you’ve been paying attention to the debate about national health care, you may have noticed that there are some critical points being left out of the arguments. I’ve noticed, and I thought I’d present a few of my observations here.

I hope you give them some thought, because if we forget these things, we’ll not only miss out on the key factors that lead to optimal health, we’ll also waste a ton of money and lose a lot of freedom in the process.

Health is an individual and family responsibility. No one should be under the illusion that if we get government health care that we’ll be a healthier population. The biggest overall factor for good health comes down individual and family decisions.

We are both body and spirit. The field of health care has grown increasingly secular. Because the spiritual component is left out, root issues of disease are often missed and maximum health cannot be attained.

There’s a relationship between following God’s ways and the quality of our health. For example, sexual immorality, holding on to bitterness, and forsaking a day of rest are behaviors the Bible forbids – and all of them contribute to poor health. Read more…