Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 29, 2022

Let Us Build Our Future Upon God

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, the 94th Academy Awards program costing $42.9 million finally ended.  There were awards won, songs sung, dancers shimmied, and jokes resounded.  There was even a disturbing conflict that escalated into a slap in the face of a presenter.  


Today, we live in a world that promotes fantasy, entertainment, social media, and internet influencers. Any focus on the Lord, holiness, the Golden Rule, or the Ten Commandments seems old-fashioned.  Most are thinking about living free, looking out for number one, seeking pleasure, or grabbing all the gusto in life.  


While many people may not consider building their life upon God, God is always thinking about us. He wants to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  He gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16).  He promised to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). He desires for all of us to have eternal life with him (2 Peter 3:9, Ephesians 2:6).


Although the world wastes time on things that will not matter in eternity, we must remember that only the things that we do for Christ will last.  We should, therefore, build all our hopes, dreams, and aspirations on eternal things.  While the world can spend millions on temporal pleasures, let us be examples of those who are looking to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who started and perfected our faith in Him (Hebrews 12:2).  Let us build our lives upon the solid Rock of Jesus (Matthew 7:24-25).


Jeremiah 29:11

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11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


John 3:16

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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Hebrews 13:5

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5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


2 Peter 3:9

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9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Ephesians 2:6

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6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,


Hebrews 12:2

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2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 7:24-25

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24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.








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