11 November 2016

This 'n' That

Well, November 2016 may just go down in US history as the month of long shots. First the Cubs, then Trump. Some might say both were miracles, but if we are realistic, neither the Chicago nor the Trump victory saw God altering His divinely designed laws of nature. Instead, both incidents were ordained long ago. Both were stunning victories, though, and both certainly left many people sleepy (maybe we should start closing the polls earlier). In addition, both victories meant there were a host of disappointed individuals who had been rooting for the other team or candidate. Both victories led to anger and, oddly enough, tears.

It is probably the first time in a long time that I've been on the celebrating side of such events, so for that I am personally thankful. I am more thankful, however, that in the midst of political chaos, God is still on His throne. "There is," after all, "no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God" (Romans 13:1). Kind of makes you breathe a little easier, doesn't it?

As Christians, we know that God is sovereign over all things. While that doesn't mean that we ignore current events or remain unprepared for potential happenings, neither do we fret or scamper about like Chicken Little, crying that the sky is falling. We should not be found inciting unnecessary fear in others, or going about functionally denying the sovereignty of God (even if we affirm it with our lips) by our actions. Sadly, there are Christian ministries guilty of such behavior, taking informing or warning to the extreme and instead sending followers into a Y2K mentality (stock up on freeze-dried food, NOW!). Friend, it is good to be informed. It is good to be aware. It is not good to be afraid. Don't allow the ramblings of someone with a self-created platform to send you spiraling into despair. Remember the One who is your Light in this dark world.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
Well, now that all this November wackiness is over, perhaps we can finally enjoy Autumn. And there is no better complement to falling leaves and crisp air than a hot cup of tea and your week in review (kind of):
  • Are you worshiping God, or merely a golden calf?
  • So, I remembered this the other day and thought it's cheesiness might make all of us smile a little.
  • If you ask me, we never should have started using The Message
  • Good, I hope Trump does eliminate the free birth control offered by the ACA.
  • I am one of those people who thinks that those who jump into a tizzy over Starbucks red cups are, well, obnoxious. But this is also obnoxious.
  • Interesting FYI for all you world travelers out there.
  • Um, hey, LifeWay? I'm thinking there are a lot of other music albums on your shelves that should also disappear. It seems to me that they are picking the wrong battles.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Fear God, honor the king.
  • If you live in northwest Ohio and are looking for a church, consider visiting Bethany Community Fellowship. Pastor Alan Sherban recently started a series in the book of Matthew and the first two sermons are must-listens!
  • Mike Riccardi on the message of the Gospel:

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