I would like to share the following two articles used in my recent Christian Perspectives on the News.
Most of the country, including Myrtle Beach, has experienced so much cold and inclement weather that the number one epidemic could be cabin fever. Everyone would just like to get outdoors and enjoy a warm, spring day. Lord willing, those days are coming soon.
However, in the meantime, here are some spiritual winterizing tips to get us through:
Turn off the TV, radio, and laptop and take the Bible down off the shelf. Turn to the gospels, Matthew and John:
(1) Pray that you will listen to the word of God.
(2) Read the words carefully and meaningfully out loud and listen to the message from God.
(3) Write down in a “prayer and faith” journal what you understood from the text. What did it mean in that day and for your life today?
(4) Pray that you might have the opportunity to practice that biblical principle in your life today.
(5) Date the reading and at the end of the day, write down any thoughts or experiences that went with the prayer and reading.
If you make this a daily habit during these wintry days, you can look back on those former writings and see how God is working in your life. When those sunny days come, you will be able to share the “Son” with your neighbors with a warmer and renewed faith.
Playing politics with people’s lives
A Wisconsin dad is expressing his frustration after his son received a homework assignment that encouraged political bias. The homework featured an illustration of a Democrat building a path of brick and a Republican dismantling it. The caption above it read, “The Pathway to Citizenship.”
The huge and ever growing issue of undocumented residents in our country should never be used as a political volleyball, batted back and forth. The issue is legality and lives.
It will take the wisdom of Solomon to deal with the families whose children, and now even grandchildren, are born American citizens.
The law is the law and people’s lives, yearning to breathe free and make a living for their family, is also a reality. Everyone: Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian, legal and illegal immigrants, need to sit down, pray and seek God’s wisdom on how this dilemma can be solved.
It is not a political issue, but a legal and life issue.
The writer is the minister of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ.