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21 November, 2008

Thank you Lord....

Wow! Another Thanksgiving season is here already. Didn't we just have one of these a year ago? God has blessed us so much this year that it would be difficult to even make an all inclusive list. This has been a wild ride this year fraught with unexpected twists and turns. A lot of decision making has happened and while there were some good ones and some not-so-good ones, I have to believe that everything that has happened was still in God's perfect plan for my life.

I have to say though that above all else, I am so thankful for my wonderful wife. She is my best friend and has really been with me for better or for worse. I feel sorry for any guy who doesn't have a woman like mine. I'm also thankful for the many friends he has given me. I couldn't do life without them, nor would I want to. I have an amazing family and an even more amazing God. How can he just keep loving me even though I stray so much??

Thank you God for holding me close, picking me up when I stumble, and guiding my steps as I journey through this thing called life.

18 November, 2008

Bringing what where?

Last Sunday morning I was having breakfast with a brother in Christ. We were talking about our church and saying how much we really love to belong to such a wonderful gathering of believers. As we were talking, we mentioned one of the 'buzz words' (or should I say phrase) that our people use is "bringing up there down here." It was interesting that we were both on the same page when we discovered that we both found it a bit too cliche' if not even somewhat annoying.

I understand the premise of wanting to display God's love down here on earth to show the world so that they can see it too, but it seems that we are only taking it half way. Shouldn't our goal as followers of Christ be to "bring up there down here so that we can bring down here up there?" While it is important that the lost see Jesus displayed in us, it should be so that they will ultimately be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

We noticed that our church doesn't spend a lot of time talking about either heaven or hell. We had a message about hell a couple of weeks ago, and it was mostly about how people go through hell here on earth instead of hell being an actual geographic location that was meant to be the last stop for Satan and all those who reject Christ. No matter how bad our lives may be on this earth, it is no match for a lake of fire, eternal darkness, and separation from God forever.

Heaven isn't talked about much either as a final reward for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior. It is mentioned as the place where God lives, but beyond that, it isn't talked about much.

Please don't think that I am trying to just be critical for the sake of argument. I love my church and it's leaders, but this is serious stuff that really needs to be given serious thought. After all, why are we here in the first place?