February 5, 2018 – Truth
We live in a chaotic world today. It seems that every day there is skulduggery going on somewhere in our country and always everywhere around the world. Not only are we being lied to by politicians, but many of our religious leaders as well.
When they change the word of God to mean what they want it to mean, or when they don’t even preach from the bible, then they are indeed lying to their congregations and leading them down the wrong paths. How many famous preachers have we seen exposed and how often to you read about the hidden agendas, secret lives and lies of politicians?
Truth was a big deal in my family. You did not lie. That was the bottom line and the punishment from that was more severe than for other offenses. But, today, parents don’t have a lot of control over their children. Corporal punishment has been outlawed and with all the advancements in technology, we can hardly keep an eye on what they are doing. If they lie, most parents seem to over look it.
Realistically, how can they successfully teach their children to tell the truth if all they see around them in the outside world is lies? Children are no longer raised to respect and obey their parents and the parents can’t or won’t do anything about it.
When media outlets spread false news, when peer pressure pushes our kids into stepping away from the beliefs of their ancestors and parents, when they start to believe all the lies of Satan, such as drug use is no big deal, sex outside of marriage is perfectly fine, and material wealth is more important than believing in Jesus, we are indeed a lost world.
But I know the truth. I know that material items don’t matter, that all the brilliant glitter of the world they are growing up in is fake and only believing in Jesus will save you. I know that for all the money in the world, all the drugs that make you high, nothing the world has to offer can assure us of eternal love, happiness and life but Jesus. Today I am thankful that I know the truth.
February 6, 2018 – Heaven
On a still summer night, when all the stars are bright, do you ever wonder? Do you ever wonder where heaven is? Some people explain it as another world, maybe on one of the millions of stars we see in the heavens. Others explain it as another dimension or another plane, and still others insist it inside of us.
God created the beautiful heavens we look at. He created the earth, the stars, the moon, and all the other galaxies just as he created the sun, the wind, the water and the air we breath. The bible clearly tells us that Heave is only attainable through a belief in the son of God.
We cannot physically reach out and touch it. We cannot travel on a rocket and find it out among the stars. We cannot see it from the back porch on a clear summers night and we cannot walk through an unknown door into another plane or dimension and experience it. There is only one way to heaven and that is through the son. Today I am thankful that one day I will be in heaven, through nothing I have done but believe on Jesus, for he paid the price that we might all be there with him.
February 7, 2018 – Reunions
I mentioned before that my family was never a really close family. I only met my fathers parents once that I remember and maybe met my moms parents twice. I met one aunt early in my childhood, but never heard from her again and I know mom had another sister that I never met. I couldn’t even tell you if my father had any siblings
Most family reunions are fun. I’ve been to a few, even though they were not my blood kin, and they were a blast. I think the closest we’ve ever gotten to a family reunion is when my older sister, step-father and myself moved to this little rural town where my little sister took up residence many years ago. Sadly my older sister and stepfather are no longer with us. All that is left is my sister, and myself here and a half-brother in Colorado.
I’ve been a guest at a few other family reunions over the years and for the most part they were fun. I’ve been to a few that ended up in arguments and fights, with family members leaving and vowing never to speak to other family members again. I thought “how sad”.
I lived with my son, his wife and kids off and on for seven years and that seems like so long ago. It’s been almost eleven years since I have seen any of them and I won’t see my son again until we reunite in heaven. Today I am thankful that some day I will attend the biggest reunion of the ages in heaven with all those family members that are missing, all those I cannot visit here and Jesus.