The Fourth of July is a celebration of freedom for our country. We enjoy the benefits of freedoms that are ours because of the extraordinary sacrifices that have been made by so many of our ancestors. It is right for us to celebrate and proper for us to be grateful for what has been given to us ... the freedoms bought and paid for by the lives of so many. The worst thing we could do would be to feel entitled to our freedom as though it were our right and then be ungrateful for the tremendous sacrifices that were made to secure our freedom.
I'm not referring to terrorism or multi-cultural conflicts. I'm asking this question as it relates to Paul's admonition (or invitation) to put on the armor of God which is recorded in Ephesians 6:10-20. The armor is comprised of "truth, the Gospel, faith, salvation, the Word and prayer." Paul makes it very clear that our struggle is not with a "flesh and blood" enemy. He writes, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12 NASB)
An old Igbo and Yoruba (Nigerian) proverb states that it takes a whole village to raise a child. The same or similar proverbs exist in many African nations conveying the African worldview emphasizing the values and importance of family relationships and communal concern for one another.
Dr. Charles Stanley, the founder and teaching pastor of In Touch Ministries wrote: "In this nation, we have the opportunity to select many of the people who will be in authority over us. Unfortunately, a number of Americans never exercise their right to vote. They rationalize that they don't know the nominees, that none of the candidates are godly, or that one ballot can't make a difference. But believers have a responsibility to investigate each contender and cast an intelligent vote." We are coming up on another Election Day on Nov.
As we begin a new year many of us long for changes in the routines of our lives. We can feel caught in a rut, lacking motivation and downright bored. Wouldn’t it be nice if somehow something new would happen?