August 31, 2012 – Relevant

As we get closer to the election, it seems the waters get more and more muddy. Candidates say one thing, but do the opposite. They accuse each other and you don’t know who to believe.

I watch to see how they treat Israel, after all it is the center of the earth, as we see in today’s verse.

Ezekiel 38:12, “To take spoil and prey, to turn your hand upon the desolate places now inhabited and assail the people gathered out of the nations, who have obtained livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth [Palestine].” Amplified Bible

Psalms 122:6 tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. The way we treat God’s chosen race shows our commitment to God.

Babysteps – Day 524

It’s an election year and the fur is flying! Everyone is pushing for “their” candidate. Yes, it is important to vote, but in the end God is the one who places men in positions of authority.

Jeremiah 27:5, “I have made the earth, the men, and beasts that are upon the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I give it to whomever it seems right and suitable to Me.”

The men in political office now were placed there because God determined it was right and suitable for this time. Our job is to pray for them.

 

 

Babysteps – Day 492

I read that Americans supported the Vietnam War at the beginning. Then the media was allowed to accompany the soldiers and footage was aired on the nightly news. Popular opinion changed because now they could see the war.

In today’s verse, God chose a direction so the Israelites could not see war.

Exodus 13:17, “When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt.”

War is not a spectator sport. It is not to be seen, but to be fought. Soldiers watch war footage with their eyes on the goal:

  • Was the hill taken?
  • Was the evil man brought down from power, i.e. Hitler?
  • Was the country made safe for civilians?

The rest of us view the footage and only see the death, injuries and destruction. Yet, the soldiers risk death and injury willingly so that we can live safely on our “hill”, without an evil dictator, and freely travel through our country.

The Israelites did go to war; but God didn’t allow it until they had time to change from slaves to warriors. God gave them the land of Canaan, but they fought a war for every acre they occupied.

What verse impressed you?

Babysteps – Day 490

I am reading the book, “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. He asks the question, “Are you a follower of Jesus Christ, or just a fan?” The midwives were followers, not fans.

Exodus 1:17, “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but let the male babies live.”

To be a follower, I need to fear God, more than I do any man.

What verse impressed you?

Babysteps – Day 484

People have a love/hate relationship with President Barak Obama. Some love him; some hate him. But no matter how we feel, or what party we support, we are to honor him.

2 Peter 2:17, “Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.”

We are not to revere the president, our reverence is to be for God alone, but, we are to honor him. If you cannot honor the man, then honor the office.

The most important thing we can do is pray for him. Whether you see him as a friend or an enemy, it doesn’t matter, we are still responsible to pray for him.

Believe it or not, God put him in office, (See 1 Kings 19:15, 16).

What verse impressed you?

May 14, 2012 – Relevant

Over the years many evangelists came to speak at church; but my favorite was always Bill Jeynes. It was for an entirely selfish reason – he always commented on how young I looked. (I never bothered to tell him the church hired me when I was 20.)

When I opened my Facebook account, he was one of the first preachers I tried to find. I got to know his family better through his statuses. I appreciate him more now because of the balance I see in his life. Yes, he preaches, is a published author, lectures at Ivy League universities, is active in politics bringing the Bible back into schools in many states, and is used by God miraculously during his services. But that is not what impresses me!

What impresses me is he obviously adores his wife, even traveling overseas once or twice a year to take her back to visit her family. He gives his children priority. He schedules his speaking arrangements around the activities at their colleges; he doesn’t set his schedule and then attend the activities that are convenient. He goes to professional ball games, (which for me would be torture), to relax and have fun with his family. I learned all of this from reading his Facebook statuses.  I thought of him when I read today’s verse.

Isaiah 8:3, “And I approached [my wife] the prophetess, and when she had conceived…”

Isaiah’s wife was also balanced. She was a prophetess and earned Isaiah’s respect. But she was also a mother, and we know there is only one way to become a mother!

I have heard it said, “She is so heavenly minded that she is no earthly good.” I want to strive for more balance in my life and writing. (I just don’t want to attend any baseball games.)

What verse impressed you?

April 24, 2012 – Relevant

In the last election, in the state of Iowa, none of the judges were reelected to their posts. Why? The majority of the people felt they had gone beyond their realm of authority. Today’s verse was a warning to the judges in the Bible.

2 Chronicles 19:6, “And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment.”

Judges today are to decide the cases based on the constitution. It is not their job to judge the constitution. It is the job of the people to amend the constitution by voting.

Are we doing our job? Did you vote?

What verse impressed you?

Babysteps – Day 419

America is a democracy, not a monarchy; but our President has the power of a king and our congressmen, representatives and judges have the power of a prince.

I would love our leadership to be like the leadership described in the first two verses of today’s chapter.

Isaiah 32:1, 2, “Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. And each one of them shall be like a hiding place from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land [to those who turn to them].”

I will have to wait until Jesus returns for those verses to be fulfilled. Jesus is the only King who will reign in righteousness.

What verse impressed you?

Babysteps – Day 417

We have all read, or heard, about proposed budget cuts in Social Security or the military. What if the cuts were required at the top first?

There are 60,945 people currently receiving Social Security benefits.  That is .00019% of the people living in America. Source: ww.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/

When they talk about cutting Social Security, they are talking about hurting the .00019% who worked and paid into social Security. Without them, there never would have been a social Security fund to begin with!

There is less than 1% serving in the military. Source: http://askville.amazon.com/percentage-Americans-serve-military/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=61689610

When they talk about cutting the military, they are talking about hurting the 1% who are willing to DIE for the other 99%. Do we really think we will be free and safe with a half of a percent of our population trained to protect us?

In the Bible the first person doing the work of rebuilding the wall was the high priest.

Nehemiah 3:1, “Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it…”

Eliashib’s job was to offer sacrifices, praise and prayers to God. He was not a laborer or carpenter. It would make sense to have him consecrate it; but he and the other priests built it!

If there are budget cuts, it should start with the president’s salary, followed by the congressmen, representatives and judges.

They wouldn’t even have to cut their present salaries, just their retirement salary. These salaries, with regular increases that they vote in, are for LIFE.

As of October 2006; there were 413 retired congressmen still receiving pay. Source: http://dusanotes.hubpages.com/hub/How-Much-Do-Congressmen-Make

It is the only job that you can quit and still receive pay! Retired presidents are treated the same.

If we ran our homes that way our children would be taken from us. (Come on kids. There’s work to be done. Go do it, while we sit on the couch and watch TV.) It would never work.

What verse impressed you?

ww.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/

Table 1.
Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or both, January 2012
(in thousands) Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security
and SSI All beneficiaries 60,945 52,788 5,387 2,770 Aged 65 or older 39,386 37,321 901 1,163 Disabled, under age 65 a 13,794 7,702 4,486 1,607 Other b 7,765 7,765 . . . . .

http://askville.amazon.com/percentage-Americans-serve-military/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=61689610

Derek(SA) said: “With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 684,000 civilian personnel, we are the nation’s largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.”

From: http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/dod101/index.html

That would put it at less than 1% of the population, which is what they like to quote to us at commander’s calls as well.

http://dusanotes.hubpages.com/hub/How-Much-Do-Congressmen-Make

The Congressional Research Service lists the following:

· 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006.

 

 

 

Babysteps – Day 415 Corrected

It’s an election year, and depending on whether you are a republican or a democrat, it has been 4 years of evil or 4 years of good.

If our candidate of choice is in the white house, we think it is good when he is re-elected. The length of terms really has nothing to do with whether they are good or evil; it is up to the will of God.

2 Kings 24:8, 9, 18, 19, “Jehoiachin was eighteen…when he began his three month reign…he did evil…in keeping with his father (Jehoiakim)…Zedekiah was twenty-one…when he began his eleven year reign…he did evil…in keeping with all Jehoiakim had done.”

Both kings did evil; one reigned for three months and one for eleven years.

This week I heard on “Life Today” an interview with Andy Andrews. His latest book is entitled, “How Do You Kill 11 Million People”. It is so sad that of the 85 million people living in Germany who elected Hitler, only 8 million were Nazis. Ten percent killed 13 percent of the country while the other 77 percent did nothing.

He said that 545 people in Washington determine everything pertaining to the 311 million people living in America. Of those 100 million did not vote and 65 million claim to be Christians. The last several elections were won by 10 million votes.

I’ve heard it said we get the president we prayed for. I have another theory: We get the president we vote for…and if we don’t vote, it is as if we voted for the opposing candidate.

We need to pray; but we have to vote. There is no excuse; I have to vote by absentee ballot. We leave the results up to God.

What verse impressed you?