One day a court official who worked for the queen of Ethiopia (and who happened to be a eunuch) was on the road headed toward Gaza. The apostle Philip had been sent there to chat with him. When Philip got close, he heard the eunuch reading from the bible. Philip asked him a simple question:
Do you understand what you are reading?
Big question for you today:
If you were to skip church this Sunday, would anyone miss you?
I don’t mean would your friends notice, although it is good to be connected! What I mean is this: What vital church functions would go undone? What programs would suffer? What needs would go unmet?
If the answer is none, then you are doing it wrong.
Let it sink in. Feel free to feel convicted. If the shoe fits…
Am I condemning you? No. Well, maybe. Let me ask this: Why do you go to church? What is the point? (If this sounds familiar, I might have mentioned it before.) Are you going to be fed? To learn? To see friends? To hear the band? None of these are bad things. (To be honest, the majority of our idols aren’t even bad things. They are good things done wrong.) But if Sunday morning is all about you, or all about you feeling God, then you’re doing it wrong.
I’m proud to be an American. You have to be from somewhere, and of all the options, you could do much worse. However, while there is LOTS to be proud of, the shameful ones seem to expand at an astounding rate! I watched a bit of TV last night – something I haven’t done for a while. Wow. I’m stunned at what is common programming these days.
Just a few gems…
I found myself wondering last night – “if they cut out all of the gossip, what would be left?” Sadly, little to nothing. Set aside all the angling for sexual attention if you can. All that is left is chummy contestants who miss no opportunity to stab each other in the back while alone – on national tv. Then, when they do show the main person that the contestants are all vying for, he/she spends all of their time expounding on the strengths and weaknesses of the players. Now, THAT is what I would look for in a future spouse: someone who gossips – to a national audience! We balk at cultures whose parents choose their spouse. In America, we do it better. We let ABC lineup a couple dozen to choose from. Great standards there.
When I hear people talk about eternal life, it puzzles me. They talk with a far-off look in their eye. The same kind of longing that Lions fans used to have. They act all nostalgic. “Just you wait. It’s gonna be super!” What a bunch of maroons!
Jesus came that we might have life, but that wasn’t a distant promise. Eternal life doesn’t start when your soul leaves earth, it starts when you leave the world behind. Jesus didn’t say “you will begin eternal life when you die” – he said “he who believes has everlasting life” (Jn 6:47) When Jesus talked about us giving up our life so that we might gain eternal life, he wasn’t talking about us physically dying. That would have lead to Jonestown-like massacres everywhere Jesus went. The ending of life he talked about involved forgetting what lies behind (Phil 3:13) and becoming a new creation (2 Cor 5:17)
If you make $25,000 per year (about $12.50/hr) you are in one of the top 10% richest people in the world!
If you make $35,000 per year, that puts in in the top 5%.
If you make $45,000 per year, you are in top 1.72% richest people in the world!
Check your exact income here: http://www.globalrichlist.com/
Considering that most households have more than one income earner, it’s no wonder that the rest of the world think that American’s are (1) incredibly wealthy, and (2) whiners. And they are right on both counts.