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Monthly Archives: January 2010

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awaken out of sleep…Romans 13:11

One of my challenges every morning is not staying awake after my alarm goes off. It seems so enticing to hit that snooze button (multiple times) and go back for a few more minutes of restful bliss.

Like mostly everyone, I’ve been riveted to the television watching the horrors created by the earthquake in Haiti. It is heartbreaking seeing dead bodies strewn across the streets, injured people without health care and children wandering the streets looking for loved ones. The destruction is shocking.

One of the things that has come to the attention of a lot of us who are so consumed with our own lives and issues, is the poverty and challenges faced by our neighbors just hundreds of miles away. Haiti had a need for aid even before the earthquake this week. It’s similar to New Orleans and in particular the Lower Ninth Ward – there were needs before Katrina.

Now we have been woken up to the critical need in Haiti. Please do all you can to help in this relief and recovery effort. But I urge us all not to hit snooze when this story no longer leads off the nightly news. When some celebrity scandal becomes the big thing, don’t go back to sleep on the needs of Haiti. While we are awake, let’s stay awake. Let’s continue to find those places where there are critical needs because of poverty, disease and disasters and by God’s grace let’s do all we can to help them. Don’t go back to sleep!

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We are encouraging everyone to go to http://www.wiiserve.org and click on the link to give to ADRA – the Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency. They are already on the ground in Haiti helping.

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? James 2:1-4

I was watching a youtube video of a couple who like to play pranks on each other. In one particularly cruel prank, the girlfriend presents a Christmas gift to her boyfriend. Now he had been hinting to her that he wanted a Nintendo Wii gaming system. When he tore off the gift wrapping paper, lo and behold he was holding a Wii box. Can you imagine his joy as he jumped around, hugged her and celebrated this present? The trick was, the box was filled with college text books. You can figure out how he felt next.

What’s interesting is that sometimes we do the same thing with human beings? We assign value to them based on how they look on the outside and how they measure up to our standards.

How many times we judge people’s intelligence, character based on what they have on? It is a human struggle. However what we need to do is to continually remind ourselves to see Jesus in everyone. One of my friends says that he tries to treat everyone as a millionaire.

Let’s strive to not judge the contents by the wrapping. Recognize the owner of the package and assign value based on Him.

Happy New Year. Isn’t it awesome that God gives us opportunities to start over? With each new day, new week, new month, new season and each new year, God gives us opportunities to press the reset button and start over. As humans we get excited about these opportunities because they give us a chance to better what we’ve done before.

As we all lay plans and goals for the new year, I would like to challenge all of us to live by the words of Psalms 1:1-3

1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does,he prospers.

This year, we want to be like that tree with green lives: leading a healthy, balanced life.

Here are a four areas we are seeking health in:

1. Devotional Health – seeking to walk with God daily and grow in our intimacy with Him.

2. Physical Health – we want to become more healthy through embracing good health practices.

3. Financial Health – this year we want to seek to order our money according to God’s word and wise financial practices.

4. Healthy Earth – we want to be good stewards of this earth that God has given us to care for. We want to seek ways to be more environmentally conscious and friendly.

It’s a huge challenge and we can only do it through God’s power. Let’s Go Green 4 God!