Tag Archives: Freedom

Stand Up For What is Right

Several years ago three young men who were among the ruling class of the most powerful nation on earth at the time, stood up against the decision of the most powerful ruler on earth even when the consequences were dire; their crime was considered treason and as the constitution at the time stated, they were to be put to death without trial yet they were unfazed and held their grounds even in the face of death.

In the book of Daniel we are told about the trio of Shedrach Meshach and Abednego who told the king, to hell with his laws and the position they occupied if it meant they had to compromise, concede or sell their faith and their belief in God. They would rather face death….a gruesome one at that than bow to a graven image. They believed their God would save them but if for any reason he didn’t they still wouldn’t bow.

How many of us can stand by our resolves and true conviction? In today’s world many of us Christians are entering into agreements, contracts against our moral code because we are guaranteed dollars and power. We join the rest of the world in accepting behaviours that clearly contradict our calling and purpose. We join associations where our faith is outlawed and suppressed in the name of gaining good social standing. Continue reading Stand Up For What is Right

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You May be Poor!

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.

 What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.

Who is a poor person? Often we consider a person poor, if he lacks the basic things of life. When we think of poverty, we often think of the faces we see in our TV screens, begging for food, for water, for clothes…we think of the homeless, the jobless, the ones living in war ravaged countries…the “third world” inhabitants. But does having little make you poor?

A wise man once said; “A poor person is not someone who has little…he is the person who wants lots of things he does not have and feel bad about that fact!” Continue reading You May be Poor!