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God's Help

Is it true that God only "helps those who help themselves?" That is what some would tell us. They seek to have a hand in their victory for they live in a world that requires them to live by works. The psalmist (often times King David) asked God to help him. He understood that there were traps set for him (Psalm 31:4), that he was often in "affliction" (31:7). So he called on God to help. But he did this knowing that God wanted him to recognize his need of God and be confident in God's ability to save him (that's living by faith). Notice these statements of the psalmist: "In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge." (31:1) "You are my rock and my fortress."(31:3) "Into your hands I commit my spirit" (31:5) "I trust in the Lord." (31:6b) It is one thing to quote these and another to believe them. God seeks to help his children, that is a no brainer, otherwise, why would He call them his children. Certainly He will help and does e…

Solution to World Conflict

Russia threatens the sovereignty of Ukraine by massing troops on its boarder and funding insurgents terror inside it. Forty thousand people including twenty-five thousand children are starving as they are held captive on a mountain above ISIS troops who are devastating northern Iraq, the Kurdish people and trying to establish an Islamic Caliphate or State. Israel fights for its existence in an unrecognized war against factions of Islamic terror. Ebola is running rampant in several African nations with hundreds dying daily. Western nations with powerful militaries sit by and do nothing. Although the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta work feverishly to find a solution to Ebola, it seems doubtful that their results will be given to African nations. These and many other stories reveal the state of our world today. Man is selfish and power hungry. Families, tribes, cultures and nations are endangered. The world screams for leadership but powerful people are either refusing to act or ac…

Seeking Wisdom and Power

Wisdom and Power   Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, is seeking wisdom and power to get back to her home. She follows the yellow brick road to Oz with the promise and hope of success as she enters the halls of the wizard. At one point in the discussion of her situation the wizard says, "I am the great and powerful Oz!" But within minutes of that discussion the curtain is accidentally pulled back and Dorothy views a mere man working a mechanism that presents him as great and powerful but is just a sham. All hope is lost to Dorothy of ever getting back to Kansas. This movie is played over and over each year. It captures something deep in our hearts as we all desire to be "home" and know who we are. Her assistance comes from three unusual friends also looking for something for them. The lion is looking for "courage." The tin man for "a heart." And, the scarecrow for "a brain." We all are in the search for these. To know that we are not empty b…

The Good Life

What is required to live a good life? Some would say lots of money is required. Others might say lots of good friends are required. But money can't buy internal peace and friends can't take away internal pain. So what makes up a good life? The psalmist spent time thinking about this and the twelve verses of Psalm 26 are a brief answer to this question. He said the good life is living a blameless life, a shameless life, a life that is innocent of evil, honest, loyal, truthful, praise-filled, loving, humble, confident and trusting. We can strive for money and friends but in the end a good life starts inside. The previous characteristics are essential to the good life. They keep us from evil; help us to see ourselves in the light of God's holiness. Asking the question, "How can I make these characteristics a part of my life?" is the beginning to living the good life. Having a plan to be blameless will alter your selfish desires. It will boundary your life from associa…