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Three Thoughts as We Wind Down 2016

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Winding down on another year and there is so much to reflect and comment on. However for this time I would like to address three things.

Firstly, I must say I am amazed how many professed believers continue to celebrate Halloween and facilitate and encourage their children to do so also. I would remind us that we are called to be separate from the world and there is no provision in our walk to accommodate embracing celebrations rooted in pagan mystic cultures, no matter how popular or innocent fun it’s proclaimed to be. When we open ourselves to the occult whether it be halloween, zodiac, numerology or any seemingly inconsequential practices, it cannot be good. Know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough and it’s indeed the little foxes that ruin the whole vineyard. Rather that learning the ways of the world lets stand for Christ and be effective witnesses of his leading the world out of darkness into his marvelous light. Its very difficult to make an appeal for Christ if there is no difference between you and the world. Be in the world but not of the world, make sure we are holding true to our calling.

Secondly, I’ve been reflecting on not only how important it is to give God of our resources and all he has blessed us with but to include ourselves in that giving. When we are presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God we should remember to give him the first of our time in prayer, as well as reading, studying and meditating upon his word. We should be gladly giving of our time in fellowship, hospitality and out reach. All of these sacrifices are just as important as the sacrifices of giving of your monetary first fruits.

Thirdly, this election season has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous and God’s people should keep their wits about them and keep their focus on who will implement policies and that will bring about justice and helping the least of these. We must look past the rhetoric and propaganda of the political machine, do our due diligence, investigate allegations and accusations if you are concerned the might have merit. We live in an information age and we have resources at our disposal to make informed decisions and we have no excuse for not doing so. Read, discuss and stay informed.

God Bless

Posted by Alex Smith with 3 Comments

3 Comments

Dierdra on November 16, 2016 3:39pm

Yes! Stay informed! I agree with you Minister Alex. What an interesting paradox. We do live in the information age and have access to so many resources and data and analysis BUT many times we do not access them. We listen to the first thing we see on social media, OR we listen to what our friends are saying. We can do our own research. We can find out stuff for ourselves. God expects us to use our mind!

Pastor Holder on November 16, 2016 9:25pm

Thanks Alex for those thoughts. I pray that when we do our own research and gather the facts that we actually do something with those facts. I pray that we let our walk with Jesus determine what our actions will be. In the Book of Revelation we are reminded by the apostle John to walk like Christ until He returns. Boy, do we need to do that today like never before.

John F. Udochi on November 18, 2016 8:22am

Yes Alex, agreed! Reading, studying and meditating on His Word gives us a basis for understanding God's Will. This in turn helps us make the right decisions on the direction our lives should take. It also helps us decipher His purposes, when faced with options that appear confusing because of the fallen nature of our world. The color divide of the Church as reflected in the disparate choices made on the just concluded election, strongly confirms the need to study and meditate on His Word, even more so now, in the aftermath of the election. This urgency becomes pertinent in light of the post election pronouncements by segments of the Church. These pronouncements appear to confirm a lack of knowledge and understanding; and the need for revelation. As the Word confirms in Hosea 4:6 - my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children". Thank you for your post.

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