Are You Thankful? (Part Two)

Personal Reasons to be Thankful

It would take easily three pages for me to list my personal reasons for being thankful. I could fill those pages with my family and friends. I am so blessed with such a loving family and friends that this alone is reason enough for me to be thankful. I have a lovely, godly wife, two wonderful daughters, a hero son who is with Jesus, a godly son-in-law, a precious grandson, a loving church family, and an extended family spread throughout America.

My wife and children make me want to be a better man; to be the godliest man they know. I feel this way because I know what an incredible blessing and privilege it is to have a family. King Solomon put it best: Continue reading “Are You Thankful? (Part Two)”

Who Speaks For You?

Last night at a website I watched part one of a three part interview that Oprah Winfrey did yesterday with Sarah Palin. The thing that struck me the most about Sarah’s interview was what she said about how Team McCain handled her. These “advisers” and “consultants” all seemed to know what was best for Sarah; they kept telling her to keep on message. She said she never really knew what the message was.

It seems in the political arena today that Madison Avenue has more bearing on our candidates than does Main Street. The message writers and handlers tend to carry more authority than do the candidates. As I was thinking about that I remembered the first chapter of a powerful little book titled The Leadership Lessons of Jesus by Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard.

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My Shining Star

This morning I woke up with this chorus running through my mind:

    Honey, you are my shining star
    Don’t you go away
    Wanna be right here where you are
    Until my dying day

The chorus is from the song “Shining Star” by an old Motown group The Manhattans. I couldn’t understand why that chorus was so ingrained into my brain and so I figured the Lord wanted me to write about it.

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Somewhat Cleverer Than Before

Billy Graham once said the ninety-five percent of Christians live spiritually defeated lives. That means only 1 out of 20 Christians are living spiritually victorious lives. How can that be? A number of things can cause our defeat; me, the world, and that old wily devil Lucifer. As my pastor is wont to say, “Satan is the best devil there is.”

So if Satan is our great adversary, how is it that he can get a foothold into our lives if we know he is the Enemy? He’s clever and he tries to use the things closest to us to knock us off the path of righteousness. We should not be surprised by this; he did it with Jesus:

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The Awesomeness Of God’s Presence

Last night we lost power during Tropical Storm Ida, right in the middle of Monday Night Football! So I did what any good husband would do; I immediately set up the generator so I could plug in our refrigerator because I had no idea how long the power would be out. Oh yeah, and I plugged in the television, surround sound, and my TiVo box, never mind I almost broke my television by dropping it. Hey, why not use the electrical power…it was available after all?!

When the power came back on I realized how convenient it is to have power from the electric company. Everything had power! Of course I can hire an electrician to wire my power box to allow me to hook my generator directly to it and run most things other than the AC and washer machine, but to have unlimited power is to have real power. Not too mention I don’t have to fill the generator with fuel (and bring back not so fond memories of me as a junior enlisted soldier on maneuvers).

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