Nothing fancy this Christmas — no big production in church, just simple worship with some incredible people; a good snowfall to drive home in, a warm house to return to and time tonight and tomorrow with people I truly love. God is good and I wish these kind of blessings for you as well. Merry Christmas!
Happy Christmas global Fb family – I check in with you first thing in the morning and last thing at night for over 10 years now, you give me the news, your opinions, share your ups and downs and we help each other succeed – we may be connected digitally but we are a family and Christmas is all about family so sending my LOVE to each and everyone of you
There are those posting the “perfect family” Christmas updates, but we must remember there are many struggling with mental health, sick health, depression, loneliness, breakups, and seeing perfect posts only makes life harder to deal with – a thought for those struggling at this time of year tomorrow is a new day
A new year’s resolution…. we’re coming for you in 2018, GOP.
“I was an independent. Donald Trump made me a Democrat. I was a voter. Donald Trump made me an activist. I was complacent. Donald Trump made me furious.I am not alone. And we’re coming for you in 2018, @GOP.”
The so-called tax cut bill or more accurately the GOP Tax Scam: “Millions of families won’t get a long-term re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has been overdue for nearly three months. About 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children won’t receive the permanent protection from deportation that Democrats and some Republicans promised would come by the end of the year. And insurers won’t see the renewal of payments aimed at tamping down premiums for people who earn too much to qualify for government subsidies.”
“Ask your favorite newspapers, magazines, and websites to cover the many, many people who have joined the Resistance.
Are you sick to death of stories about Trump voters who voted for Trump and are still okay with having voted for Trump? Same here.
Why are there not more stories about people who were never really that politically active until the 2016 election happened and now they’re pissed enough to fight back?
We want more stories about THOSE PEOPLE. They’d be far more interesting and there are far more of them.
Get in touch with your favorite publications and ask them to cover ordinary local folks who were moved to take extraordinary steps after Trump was elected.”
CONCLUSION : These people are so used to enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense that the idea of more democracy, not-for-profit public services, and a clamp down on tax-dodging seems even more extreme to them than the wanton street thuggery, abolition of women’s reproductive rights, state control of the media, religious indoctrination in schools, extrajudicial lynch-mob killings, white supremacism, and all of the other depraved stuff that Britain First promote.
Toby Young and his ilk are nothing more than frightened piggies at the Tory trough, and they’re absolutely terrified that a rejuvenated and democratised Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn might actually hinder their absolute gluttony at the expense of the rest of us. Visit Road Runner Sports, the largest running & walking store in the world, to get the best selection of athletic shoes, clothing, accessories and gear at the best price possible! Check a road runner sports promo code for extra up to 20% OFF!
This is an important issue, and Morell’s statements if anything understate the entire problem. “So the failure to see this coming and the failure to take some time before you actually see what’s happening is also a collection failure right?” Morell said to Politico’s Susan Glasser. “It means you haven’t penetrated the right places with the right assets — CIA and NSA are the two big ones here — to tell you exactly what the Russians are doing. So it’s a couple of important failures there.” The failure here is caused by the intelligence community’s instinctive culture of secrecy. The active measures campaign should not just have been revealed in highly classified briefing notes to the President and to the congressional Gang of Eight. The key information needed to be furnished to the American public. The failure to do that is key. Moreover, compare the conduct of the US intelligence community in election 2016 with that of the French and German intelligence services in their 2017 elections. The French and Germans both realized that to be thwarted, the Russian efforts had to be fully disclosed in real time—which they did. And it made all the difference.
I love LifePointe Church. I’m excited about where God is bringing us. And it was awesome seeing new faces in church that couldn’t wait till next week (one little girl – a first time visitor – was actually in tears that she had to go home!). So I say this not out of frustration, but out of genuine love and concern, and I hope you hear my heart…
Too many Christians don’t understand the significance of just showing up; of simply being present in worship to encourage others and to build relationships with them; To be vessels that God can move through to build His Kingdom. As long as you’re focused on what YOU get out of church, YOUR needs, whether YOU feel like going, you’re missing the most significant dynamic OF church – being an instrument of God’s love, disciple making, and encouragement to others. Our reward is not centered around doing religious duty, but on being obedient to His leading. And I’m pretty sure that it isn’t God who is telling His people to stay away from the very church He wants to knit them together with. I understand how busy this season is, but it is HIS season after all. And as happy as I was to see new people getting so excited about the church, it saddens me that there are those who left their rewards sitting here; who didn’t perceive the importance of being in position to be used by God, and who allow basic life issues, or their own discouragement, or even just their momentary wants, to keep them away from that place of usefulness. I’m not trying to beat anyone up. But I’d be a lousy pastor if I didn’t confront you with truth either.
If you’re hurting – physically, emotionally, relationally – call me. Call someone. Humble yourself and reach out. But don’t give the enemy the victory – in your life or someone else’s. Don’t stay away from the people you’re called to be with and lose the reward God has for you, for being used in the lives and situations He has ordained for you. Of course Sunday isn’t the only day that can be done. But if you can’t be obedient on Sunday morning, when will it be easier?
Jesus is here when His people gather. So should we all be.
Blessings and peace!
Do you hear what I hear?
In 2017 the world was screaming “We need to end sexual harassment!”. But if we’re honest we know we won’t.
In 2017 the world was screaming “Stop political partisanship and corruption!”. But deep down we don’t really think it’ll happen.
In 2017 the world was screaming “Equal treatment for all!”. But still we wait.
These problems (and countless more) are the evidence of our defective condition. We can pretend that the only reason they still exist is that we’re the first generation to care about fixing them, or to really try to, but that’s either arrogance or absurd naïveté. Human solutions are like standing over a shattered car engine and demanding it start. But there’s a reason Jesus is called Savior. It’s because we need to be saved. We can demand, protest, unite, and give all we want — we can’t fix the core problem. Since the fall of mankind there has been injustice, hatred, sexual abuse, violence and disease. Yes we can (and should) do what we can do to make life better for others, but whenever we seem to have eradicated one problem, the reality of our defective condition rears its ugly head, and another, just as awful problem arises. And all the while the mortality rate for humanity remains at 100%.
You have a choice. You can either spend the energy of your short life railing against mankind’s defects, or you can admit that they’re not fixable by human effort. Because eventually you’ll come to one of two inescapable conclusions. Either there is a God who loves us and is willing to fix us, or we’re all doomed.
I believe the former. And I believe Jesus is the remedy. I believe human efforts on their own are ultimately powerless, but that as instruments of God, we’re immeasurably powerful; That if I’m willing to die to self I can begin to see God’s healing impacting the world around me. Christmas isn’t just about celebrating God’s gift. It’s about sharing it with a world that is crying out in pain in need of it.
Maybe instead of thinking about how much cash we’re willing to spend this Christmas, we’ll start thinking about how much self we are.