Monthly Archives: July 2012
I have no doubt that many many articles, posts, blogs and such have been, and will be, written about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Health bill. I am not one of those however. It isn’t that I do not care about the decision. Actually, I was quite astonished by the decision. I was not happy with the decision. Yet, I know that on the other side of the fence there are those who may also be astonished and yet very happy with the decision.
However, after I got over the surprise, I moved on with what I was doing at the time. That I moved on so quickly surprised me, I am, by nature, driven to fight to right wrongs. Maybe I figured it was too big a wrong, or too hard to fight but after a little while, I began to realize that it doesn’t matter. I am not saying that is not without consequence, I am simply saying that in the bigger picture, it does not really matter.
It will affect me, to be sure, at some point in my life. Perhaps the effect will be in higher health premiums, perhaps it will be in poorer health coverage. I mean, it seems logical that the “Right” is correct that costs will go up. On the other hand, the “Left” says that everyone can be covered this way and costs will go down; perhaps they are correct. Maybe health care will thrive like this and people will live longer and more diseases and ailments will be cured. It is probable that the only truth is that both cannot be correct.
However, as I said, it doesn’t really matter. The reason is simple. Even if the health care in the country deteriorates to such a level that I die 10 years earlier, or if it improves so that I live 100 years longer in good health, the fact of the matter is…I am going to die.
I am finally convinced that the most and best that Christians can do in this world, while in this world, in relationship to the political environment is to heed the advice of Paul:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Ti 2:1-4)
What Paul urged was not demonstrations, protests, and hours endlessly glued to Fox News or MSNBC while grumbling about the opposite political party and how dumb or corrupt they are. Paul said PRAY for them. Thank God for them and pray that we (as Christians) can live a life that is peaceful, quiet, godly, and dignified.
Especially in America, we have such a great freedom. I am not saying “do not vote.” Actually, I think that right given to us needs to be exercised. Far too few people do it anyway. However, what I am saying is that prayer is a much more effective tool to be used to make sure that this country, or any country, will go the way that it should. Yet, in all these types of prayers, there is a need to say “Thy will be done”
If you noticed in the above passage, Paul alludes to the saving of souls. Why do we pray for our leaders? So that souls can be saved.
Translation: Turn off the T.V., spend time in prayer, and then go out into the world and be a light shining in the darkness. Souls are being lost because they believe Satan’s lies. Whether Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative, a Christian will focus his/her time, money, and efforts on supporting the effort to bring souls to Christ.
As I said, the health bill does not matter, but serving Jesus is something that does.
Question: What else do we spend time doing that, from an eternal perspective, does not matter.
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Have you ever wanted to research for an scripture and didn’t know were to find it? You were sure that it was in there but couldn’t find it! If you are like me, you might thumb through the Bible book that you are “sure” that the verse is in and even look to one side of the page because you know that it is on the left side or the right side!
A few years ago, I was introduced to a windows form software called E-Sword. I do not receive any points, money, or free upgrades for this recommendation but I do recommend that anyone wanting a good Bible software to go to E-sword.net and download a copy.
The software comes with one or two Bible versions already downloaded but you can download more free ones and you can add others for a modest price. Reference books, commentaries and the like are also available.
I am able to find passages based on a word, or a phrase a lot more easily. It does help a lot, if you are preparing a lesson on Brotherly Love, to find passages that use the phrase. But what you might also find is things that will make you go :Hmmmm!
For example you might be surprised to notice that the word (Brotherly Love) does not show up in the Gospels. However, the root word of Philidelphia, “Phileo” shows up a lot more in the Gospels than the epistles. Whether or not that little bit of trivia makes a difference to you or not, you will notice things like that. Additionally, Philidelphia is used 5 times in the NT and with one exception, it appears in the same context (verse or paragraph) of the word Love (Agape).
There a lot of features to this software that will take you a long time to explore but searches and finding those verses online will be an easy (much easier) thing to do with E-sword.
Question: What Bible software to you use? Do you pay for it? Feel free to post the link and a statement about it.