Even though America has come a long way in terms of race relations—far more than many other countries of the world—stereotypes do still exist. Perhaps there are some people you’d rather not have as neighbors. Certain nationalities draw your suspicions. They have customs and habits that feel—(to use a fitting word)—”foreign” to you.
But while home and family and patriotism are each good things, we must always be careful about letting natural mind-sets overrule biblical ones. Just because a bigoted attitude of yours is embraced and encouraged by your friends doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you to have. When you have an automatic, negative reflex that lights up whenever you see a person of another race or national origin, you’re assuming a superiority that isn’t really there.
And you’re forgetting that one reason why heaven is so heavenly is because it’s the biggest melting pot of all.
“After this I looked,” the apostle John said, “and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). This preview of heaven’s population simply cannot be allowed to land on our ears and not logically affect the way we treat people whose heritage and skin color are different from ours. Jesus Christ can rule in anyone’s heart. Let’s make sure he’s ruling in ours.
Friday Night Dinner Ride 9-8-17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana at 6pm. At 6:30 we’ll take a nice ride to a great little joint! Come join the fun,food, and fellowship!
You’re precious in His sight!,
How would you like to be guaranteed true prosperity as a result of your investments? Well, that is exactly what God does for His people. To those who follow His plan for success, He guarantees ultimate prosperity.
God says that the person who lives according to His Word rather than according to the world’s wisdom, will be like “a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3).
Now, that’s a straight forward guarantee. In all that he does, he prospers. The word prosper in the Hebrew text literally means “to push forward; to pass through; to get on.” It carries the idea of thriving and succeeding in what you do.
Well, we need to understand what God means by this word. You see, you have to know His way of thinking to truly comprehend His promise of prosperity. For instance, God is obviously more interested in spiritual and eternal things than He is in physical and temporal things. It’s not that He is unconcerned about our physical and financial well-being. But that’s not where the guarantee is.
The blessed person of Psalm 1 is assured of a much higher level of prosperity – things that money cannot buy. Just imagine having unending joy and peace in the midst of an anxious and agonizing world. Or, cast your eyes on the incredible riches of heavenly glory as Moses did when he considered the treasures of Egypt to be less than nothing (Hebrews 11:26). Having less here, and everything there, is a far better deal than everything here and less there. Now don’t get me wrong. I never said we should be poor! In fact, His plan is just the opposite!
Just think about it. It’s a no-brainer. In our economically declining society we have the opportunity to refocus upon genuine value as we invest in a guaranteed prosperity.
So here’s the deal. If we set our hearts on the Lord and the truthfulness of His Word instead of walking in the counsel of ungodly people and standing in the way of sinners and sitting in the seat of scornful antagonists (Psalm 1:1-2) – we will be like a healthy tree amidst an otherwise desolate forest (v. 3). And here’s the clincher: Whatever we do will prosper with ultimate value – value that will never deflate.
Now, that’s an investment worth making!
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 9/1/17 Meet at 6pm at Kohl’s, 98th & Indiana. At 6:30 Road Captain Tommy Hayes will lead us to a great restaurant. Don’t miss out! Great God, great Friends, great weather, and great ride… Who could ask for anything more?
Live long and prosper!