Another Voice Is Silenced…PRINCE

Luke 2: 49

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know

I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Another voice is silenced. The official results aren’t out yet, but there’s a very good chance Prince’s death was due to drugs. It’s so sad…but it also makes me angry. Another person who seems to be living the American Dream–money; fame; and success in their chosen field.

And yet so unhappy!

Why else let drugs take over your life to the point that they kill you? The rest of us think that if we had more money; more fame; or more success, then we’d be happy. But Prince and a long list of others who seemed to have “everything” we crave tells us that’s not the formula for happiness.

So if it’s not fame; money; and success, then what will give us peace and joy?

GOD! 

God is the answer. A relationship with our Creator will take away the pain that drive us to contemplate suicide. A relationship with God will fill up those empty spaces that we fill up with drugs, alcohol, or some other addiction.

Chronologically, Jesus’s first recorded words were found in Luke 2: 49 when his parents went looking for him in the temple (NIV). “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

We live in desperate times in a desperate world. People are so unhappy—so sad—so empty–so …….. Suicide is at all an all-time high or at least it seems that way to me. Not to mention wasted lives due to drug use, alcoholism, and any other addiction you want to include.

But Jesus’s first words tell us all we need to know to have more peace and joy in our life. You don’t have to search for him. You don’t have to hunt for him. He’s in His Father’s house.

In my Father’s house. When you spend time at another’s house, it implies a relationship with that person. I don’t believe it’s an accident that Jesus’s first recorded words pointed to having a relationship with God—His father. Our Father. First and foremost, we were created to have a relationship with our Creator.

Without that relationship, something will always be missing from our lives.

With that relationship, we can begin to heal our hurts and find true peace and joy.

In no way do I presume to know what Prince’s relationship with God was. And I’m certainly not going to say that because a person struggles with an addiction doesn’t mean that they aren’t a Christian. In fact many Christians struggle on a daily basis with depression and addiction. It’s not magic and I’m not going to tell you life will change overnight when you form that relationship with God, but it could!

But what I will tell you is that once connected, you’ll discover the only power source you’ll ever need–GOD!

And then you can add your voice to the others that point to the hope of more peace and joy–GOD!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

A Heart At Peace

Proverbs 14:30

A heart at peace give life to the body but envy rots the bones.

That’s a great word picture, don’t you think? Rotting bones or a body full of life. What’s your choice?

It’s not easy in today’s over-commercialized, over-televised, over-publicized world not to feel some jealousy and envy of the rich, famous, and glamorous. But the Bible is clear–peace or rotting bones!  I choose peace or at least I try to!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

The Importance of Prayer

My guest writer today is June Foster. She’s a retired teacher and has written four novels, including The Bellewood Series. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Find June online at www.junefoster.com.

The Importance of Prayer

Colossians 4: 2:

 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5: 17:  …pray without ceasing.

Ephesians 6: 18: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

 

Prayer is my natural reaction to a difficult situation. Recently I had two concerns in my family. One—a serious illness and the other, an employment need. I pounded on God’s door, pleading for days.

I praise God the ill person is out of the hospital and regaining strength daily. The other person got one of the jobs she interviewed for.

 

I praise God the ill person is out of the hospital and regaining strength daily. The other person got one of the jobs she interviewed for. I’m not saying God always answers quickly. But my point is, God heard my pleas and had mercy on me and the people I prayed for in His own timing.

“We put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:9.

 

Thanks, June!  One of the things I hear people say is there’s nothing left to do but pray. In fact that’s the first thing we should always do in any situation!

 

Serving Time

My very special guest writer today is Chad Young.

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He’s a 14-year Cru (formerly Campus Crusades for Christ) staff member residing in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife Elizabeth and their children, Wyatt, Clark, Evelyn, and Josilynn. He’s also the author of Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World.  His latest release is Wrestling with Faith, Love and Gators.

“Serving Time”

Chad Young

Having a five year-old daughter is interesting. My wife Elizabeth and I try our best to keep our house clean. While I’m at work during weekdays, Elizabeth literally spends at least a couple of hours every day cleaning up the kitchen and living room. I help clean in the evenings. A couple of hours every day! How long every day does it take to make a mess? In a lot of ways, we live to serve Josilynn.

Recently, I studied the book of Philippians, which opens with the seven words, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…”

Those seven simple words challenged me. I’ve asked myself the questions: What is a servant? Who do I serve the most? God, others, myself? If I were to describe myself truthfully to someone, would I say that I’m a servant of Christ Jesus?

In a lot of ways, I’m like my daughter Josilynn in the way I relate to God. Just as she seems to view Mommy and Daddy as her servants at times, I treat God that way. My prayers are often mainly a list of things I need from him. I often live my life trying to please myself rather than living to please my Master. I often forget that I’m the servant and he’s the Master, not the other way around.

To read more of Chad’s adventures, see his new book, Wrestling with Faith, Love and Gators.

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Today’s Thought… A Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10 (ESV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

I pray this prayer often! It’s so harrrrrd in today’s world to keep our priorities straight. It’s so easy to get caught up in this materialistic, sensationalized, keeping-up-with-the-Kardashians mindset.

As a Christian writer, I want to write God’s message in an entertaining story that still gets the point across–His point–His message. As a writer, I want to write books that sell! So create in me a clean heart, O God.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

AND HAPPY, HAPPY EASTER!

THE BATTLE FOR EASTER

Easter– the most holy and most precious of our Christian holidays. Without Easter, there would be no Christianity. Easter is the cornerstone of our faith.

We all love Christmas, the celebration surrounding the birth of the baby Jesus. We love that He was born in a manger on a star-filled night. We love that the angels announced the Good News of his birth first to the humble shepherds that kept watch over their flocks. We love that the magi came bearing gifts for the newborn king.

But Jesus was born a man. Just as God gives each of us free will to choose or not to choose Him, Jesus had that same right. He didn’t have to go to the cross for us. At any time he could have said no. He could have called 10,000 angels.

He didn’t.

Instead, He made the ultimate sacrifice. For us. He chose love.

Have you ever wondered what happened during those three long days between Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross and His resurrection, the first Easter?

I have.

And the result is my first-ever short story–THE BATTLE FOR EASTER.

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It’s available now on Amazon.  CLICK HERE: Amazon Link

When I say short story, I mean short so if you buy it don’t be shocked. It’s around 4000 words. A short story. It is, of course, a complete work of fiction since we have no idea what happened during those three days Jesus lay in a tomb.

If you buy it and you like it, please leave a review on Amazon as well as a comment here. THANKS and…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Today’s Thought…

2nd Corinthians 10: 5

 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,

and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Got a problem with your thought life? You are not alone–we all do. It might be bitter, angry thoughts from a wrong done to you in the past or the present. Maybe, it’s an addiction you can’t break or don’t even want to break. Or sexual thoughts you can’t seem to rein in.

You might be thinking: It is what it is! I can’t help it.

NOT TRUE!

The above verse tells us it is possible. It might not be easy but it is possible or the Bible wouldn’t say it was possible!

Please take a moment to share your success story or something you’re struggling with.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…God Bless & Good Reading!