Asking Hard Questions…

Psalm 73 1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b]; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11 They say, ‚ÄúHow would God know? Does the Most High know anything?‚ÄĚ 12 This is what the wicked are like‚ÄĒ always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. 15 If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. 16 When I … [Read more...]

Don’t Worry About Finances

Tis the season to be jolly...right?! ¬†Yet that is not the emotion that most people find themselves experiencing during this time of year. ¬†With Thanksgiving right behind us and Christmas around the corner, many people experience a plethora of feelings of worry and anxiety. ¬†Finances divide families and cause individuals to feel worthless or even suicidal. ¬†At this time of year, humanity is in an epic battle, fighting to celebrate God's goodness, the birth of Jesus Christ, and showing love to one another. ¬†Knowing these things are only a portion of the battle. ¬†We must know what to do with this information so that we don't become another static, snared in a trap that was set to utterly destroy us and steal our joy. What are we to do? One of the first things that we are to do is realize who it is that sustains us. ¬†Father God! ¬†He is just that, our Father. ¬†The scripture says that He gave gifts to men. (Ephesians 4:8). ¬†Although the scriptural context is discussing the Spiritual gifts that God gave to men in the church, the facts still remain that every good thing comes from God (James 1:7). ¬†He gives us brand new mercies every single morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23). ¬†He gives … [Read more...]