Monthly Archives: October 2010
God. Our Father. The Lasting, Everlasting. The One Who Brings Us Strength.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
The Word of the Lord is powerful, assuring us that we will not live this life in vain, but to live in hope, to soar above the world and to not grow weary running this race. I encourage you to meditate on what God reveals about himself in Isaiah 40. You will soon see–in your heart, not just your mind– how small our problems are and how big and everlasting our God is.
I look forward to worshiping with you guys tomorrow,
No one likes gossip when they’re on the wrong end of it. So, why is it so appealing to be the one spreading the rumor? To be quite frank, gossiping is the most selfish incarnation of sin we can get our hands on. While we’re basking in the attention of our peers, who are starving for the next juicy morsel of trash talk, we completely disregard the emotional well-being of the person we’re degrading or “telling on”.
“Don’t Gossip” isn’t just another item in the school rule book. It’s not just an unwritten social standard. Slander, trash talk, and spreading hurtful rumors (be they true or not) are issues that were important enough to be covered in scripture:
Leviticus 19:16 – “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “Do not do anything that endangers your neighbour’s life. I am the Lord.”
God himself spoke these words. He establishes the intensity of these actions by making them as important as protecting your neighbor’s life. This must be pretty serious. How many times do we find this in the Word of God? Read the rest of this entry