Good evening one and all…
Got lots to talk about tonight.
A quick question…
Do you like money? Dumb question, right? I do. I like money. I like it for what it can do for paying bills and buying food and working for the kingdom of Christ. Truth is. I want more money. But, I’m sincere when I say this: I WANT MORE MONEY SO I CAN GIVE IT AWAY. Baloney? No, I’m being honest when I say that. I’m not motivated by money for me. Yet, that’s not always been true in my life.
It’s an inanimate object.
But, boy does it pull at us. The Bible says that the love of it is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:6-10). And I must tell you that I look at our nation and I just shake my head. We’re currently in a government shutdown. Do you know how that makes us look to the rest of the world? Like idiots! It’s so disheartening! But, it’s worse than just a shutdown. Folks, I’m telling ya…we’re headed for a meltdown.
Do you hear that?
That’s air coming out of our once largely inflated national balloon. Folks, we’re broke. Why? Because we’re so greedy and money rules most Americans lives. Did you know that we will be raising the debt ceiling for our nation in just a few more days. Once again we WILL kick the “debt can” down the road once again for our children to bear. Did you know that we are heading toward 17 TRILLION DOLLARS in debt! We are out of our minds if we think we can sustain this kind of debt.
Now I want to show you something that is mindboggling from just five years ago. This is a 39-second clip of then Senator Obama as he hammered George Bush about only $9 Trillion in debt.
Can you say, “Oh my!” We are headed for over $17 Trillion. Mr. President: On your watch you’re going to end up doubling the debt before you are gone in 2 years!
Now, I want to help put this in perspective. I want you to take another 3 minutes out of your day and watch this clip about the “unfunded” liabilities we have as a nation to: Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Hold on to your seats.
What a mess we have in Washington!
I hope we understand that one of these days the foreign nations who are buying all our Treasury Bills that prop up our dollar are going to stop. They are going to no longer see our nation as a viable investment. And when they do, watch out! We’ll just keep printing money and the Federal Reserve will keep buying up the debt (we make internal financial accounting transactions between the Federal Reserve and the United States Treasury). And you know what this will do? It will weaken the dollar and the money you and have will buy less and less because it’s worth less and less.
What a mess!
I was reading earlier this week about another past President. George Bush, Sr. and his wife Barbara. Did you hear that they attended a wedding for two lesbians?
Al Mohler writes: “When a Private Act Sends a Public Message.” Former president Bush also acted as an “Official Witness,” signing the marriage certificate for the lesbian couple.
The main takeaway from Mohler’s article was this:
We must certainly understand the relational challenges and the predicaments that this poses for Christians who do not believe that same-sex marriage is right in the sight of God. Those who would affirm same-sex marriage and the normalization of homosexuality must defy the clear teachings of Scripture. Christians cannot affirm what the Bible defines as sin, and yet that is what is demanded of us in our current cultural context. One of the hardest issues for every Christian will be the responsibility to relate to everyone we know with both love and truth.
But it is truth that protects love from dissolving into mere sentimentality. Likewise, it is love that prevents truth from being reduced to impersonal abstractions. …At some point, we will either attend a same-sex ceremony, or we will not. Declining to attend will come with undeniable relational consequences, but so would attending. As one believer who struggles with same-sex attraction recently told me, “It does not help when fellow Christians send mixed signals.” We cannot allow our love to lapse into sentimentality, even as we love those who plan to enter into what we know is not and cannot be marriage.
A spokesman for President and Mrs. Bush said that the former first couple attended the wedding as “private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.” There are two problems with this account. First, if the Bushes were simply private citizens, there would have been no news story. After all, Bonnie Clement told the newspaper that President Bush had been invited as a friend “and as the former leader of the free world.” Needless to say, being identified as “former leader of the free world” is not a private matter. Second, a wedding is not actually a private affair. That marriage license was not filed with friends, but with a legal authority. And that legal document, available for public view as a public record, lists George H. W. Bush as an official witness to the union. The Washington Post had every good reason to declare that the former president had “come out in support of same-sex marriage.”
But, this is not just about the Bushes. The same predicament remains, even if we are not the former leader of the free world. To be present at a wedding is to affirm that it is right, whether you sign a legal document or not. No one said this was going to be easy, and this is hardly the end of the predicaments and perplexities that will challenge Christians who stand on biblical teaching in the days ahead. This is one question, however, that Christians had better think through fast. A wedding invitation might soon be headed your way.
So, we must be ready and make the decision now in our minds or we’ll be in a mess, just like Washington!
Now for some good news. I want to share with you something that’s basically “unedited” that Clara wrote. I did add a couple of parenthesis along the way with an explanation of a word or two. Here little essay is called: “I’m a Blessed Girl.”
This will cheer your day.
I am a blessed girl
Hi my name is Clara Fu Mei Brown but I am not going to talk about myself. first I am going to talk about my life. well I live in a decent place. its not perfect but its good enoth for a girl like me my grand perants live right above me and my cousins live under me. we Can walk to each others houses when ever we want. I am blessed to have a great wonderful family. some people don’t have good familys . that makes me very sad but I have a good one.
My Dads is a preacher he is very smart so I can ask him any questions I need to. Some people think I am saposed to be smart because I am the pastors kid. They think I am soposed to be perfect. I have a Mom who stays home to care for me and teach me. Sometimes when you are a kid you don’t know how hard your pearants work for you and care for you, You know what I mean?
Well my oldest sister Katy is married to a man named Josh Isaacs. He is a hard worker and loves Katy. He is very smart and loves kids. Katy is loving caring and nice and she makes me smile. She is a great wife and helps other people all of the time. She is very sweet.
Next comes Kandace she is very talented and she takes violin clogging and plays the madelen (mandolin) and has a ucalaly (ukulele) and can do almost everything with her voice. She helps me with my violin and makes me laghf. She is a great older sister.
Then comes old Andrew. He loves to build and takes karroty (Karate) and douse (does) almost what ever I say.
Oh rats. I forgot about me. Well here I am with all my blessings. I will tell about my own old self. Well here I am not very insturresting. I am 8 years old. I take violin ballet and piano (from my sister). I love my family and GOD most of all. He makes all of this happen. I have great friends great teachers great talents and a nice place to live but most of all God is the bigest thing that controels all of this. he gives all of these blessings and I THANK God for his blessings he is good.
I am a BLESSED GIRL!!!
This is my GREAT FAMILY!!!!!
Kandace is on the far left and she is 15 years old. Beside her is my dad and he is 45 years old. Beside him is my mom and she is 44 years old, and beside her is Katy Isaacs, and right beside her is Josh Isaacs. And in front of mom and Katy is my brother, Andrew and he is 8 years old, and I am in the white dress and I am 8 years old too! This is my Family and I am BLLESSED to have them !!!!!!!
Yes, Washington may be a mess, but my 8-year-old isn’t and she reminds me that I’m like her: BLESSED!