Friday, April 17, 2015

Oliver Has a Friend

These pictures are so cute. Of course here I am hundreds of miles away, but I just have to read into these expressions. The little girl can't be much older than Oliver, yet it seems her mothering instinct has kicked in as they interact.  Quite cute.

If we could all return to the innocence of  our childhoods, life would be easier.

I have posted James Chilton's encouragement letters before and today I find it so interesting that I'm doing that again.  

We Can't Envy What's Destroying Our Culture

By James Chilton on Apr 17, 2015 12:00 am
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“And do this, understanding the present times.  The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11, NIV).
These are crazy times.  Americans are the envy of the world, and yet we are #1 in abortion, divorce, unwed mothers, murder, rape, and violent crimes!  America has the best of everything plus callousness, coarseness, and cynicism.  It takes wisdom to understand “the present times.”
And just when we need the church to step up to help some 3,500 – 4,000 churches close their doors every year in America.  Membership has been declining.  It is obvious the church in America is not understanding something about the times. 
The clan of Issachar (I Chronicles 12:23-32) would look at the terrain and say it’s time to get back to basic values.  Behavior is what we do, and values is why we do it.  David’s army was successful because the goal was to honor the Lord and others, not self.  Discipline was chosen over indulgence, commitment over choice, obligation over entitlement, and saving over spending. 
Paul is right on:  “The hour has come” for us to wake up from our slumber.  “Salvation” or deliverance is nearer than we can imagine.  Proper posturing begins by desiring what is wholesome and stop envying what is destroying our culture.  It's a great day to ask our Father for the divine appetite for goodness.     
I love You!

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