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Some Words of Assurance

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Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah

The Forecast
Many today are forecasting a financial storm; a crash coming sometime in September of this year. Some are saying it will make way for a one world currency. Others predict it will be a segue for the Anti-Christ. Some are hopeful for a recovery while others are more in panic mode. No one seems to really be sure what to make of it. There are voices proclaiming that it is judgment on the US for a variety of sins, although the affects of the crisis seem to be global.
Jesus Says
 
In the midst of whatever is going to happen, King Jesus says,
 
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31 – 33
These are some much needed words of assurance in this hour. Our security is not found in stockpiling food or arming ourselves to “defend what it ours.” It’s not in pulling all our money out of the bank and hiding it in the backyard or making this or that investment. While none of these things are wrong in and of themselves (although people arming themselves might fall in that category), at the end of the day our true security comes from living in the Reign.
 
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The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Beginning of Religion

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How would you define religion?  I suppose there are many ways it could be defined.  Some might describe it as belief in a god or group of gods.  To others it might be an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used in the worship of a god.  There is nothing inherently wrong with these definitions.  The one I like best, however, is provided by Bruxy Cavey in his book The End of Religion.  Bruxy writes,

“Religion is exposed as our attempts to reach God.” 1

That sums it up nicely.  But where did that start?  I believe we can find the beginning of religion within the first few pages of God’s story.

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To Whom Is Our Allegiance?

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There has been some talk on and off as to whether or not a follower of Jesus Christ should recite the United States Pledge of Allegiance.  You can find Benjamin Corey’s post on it here.  Bob Ekblad also wrote an excellent post about it in 2008 which can be read here.  While I am not going to weigh in one way or another on the debate, it does cause me to ask the question, “To whom is our allegiance?”

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