As I sit here in my room above the US Vets program in Las Vegas on this 4th of July I am listening to some very patriotic music by a variety of military bands. I am very thankful that the good Lord allowed me to be a citizen of this great nation, where at least I know that I am free to be all that God intended me to be. I don’t need anyone else to tell me how to live my life or what to believe. I follow my God given conscience of what is right and what is wrong (see Rom. Chapter One).
Well, I don’t feel like ranting much today so I’m going to go and enjoy my 4th. They are having a BBQ downstairs today to feed the homeless. If anyone can make a small donation to US VETS it would be greatly appreciated. Mention me in your prayers. Happy 4th to you all. Love: Mike 😁
Think about it! Do you want eternal life in God’s kingdom? Or eternal death (separated from God for all eternity)? Make your choice today, because it will be a very sad thing if you make the wrong decision. What if you live to be 100 years old? What is that compared to eternity? You can have an abundant, joy filled life here on earth even if Jesus and God is just a myth. Jesus said in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
This to me is the essence of living the Christian life. It’s one of my favorite memory verses. It was the daily devotional message from Joel and Victoria Osteen.
You are God’s representative in this earth. When you follow the Word of God and allow Him to work in your life, you are letting your light shine. When you are good to people and show them kindness, even when they don’t deserve it, you are shining your light. When you smile and keep a good attitude, even when things don’t go your way, you are setting an example so that people will glorify God in heaven.
Notice this Scripture says, “they will see your good works.” People aren’t impressed by our knowledge or what we say; people are drawn to God by our good works. Today, ask the Lord to show you ways to share His goodness with others. Look for opportunities to let your light shine everywhere you go—at home, at work, in the grocery store, at the gym. There’s always an opportunity to be an example of God’s goodness!
“Father, thank You for choosing me to be Your representative. Show me how to let my light shine. Help me be an example of Your love and grace everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
-Joel and Victoria Osteen
Farewell Address George Washington
Washington had first prepared a farewell address to be delivered in 1792,
upon the conclusion of his first term as president. Having been convinced
to stand for a second term, he was unanimously re-elected. When he finally
issued this address in 1796, it was his last public work. After nearly fortyfive
years of service, he retired to Mount Vernon.
September 19, 1796
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Excerpt from George Washington’s Farewell Address
I am glad to see that Pope Francis puts all Christians into the Universal Church of Christ. No matter what your doctrinal beliefs or your manner of worship may be, we who proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior must stand united against the evil and persecutions perpetrated against us. We must pray for those poor misguided souls that have been brainwashed by Satan to follow a false Prophet and religion. Especially, let us Christians who are living in relative peace and luxury remember in prayer those of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering at the hands of these pagans.
Not only is this a beautiful picture, I thought, but we do serve an Awesome God. I was just thinking this morning when I was walking my dog at sunrise and looking at that beautiful scenery of the sun coming up over the brown mountains around Las Vegas, just how magnificent our God is. All of this around us couldn’t have just happened out of nothing. It seems to me that it takes more faith to be an evolutionist than it does to believe in a Creator God.