Beauty and the Beast

I had some high school flashbacks as I watched my son David perform a bit in his school’s production of the musical. My best memories of high school are being with my friends during our productions. I never had a big part, but I got to participate and feel a member of a group that was having fun and creating something of quality. That has value for a teenager’s education, and I am thankful for those experiences. I am grateful for this semester that our kid’s are getting in American schools so they can experience some of the same.

Beauty and the Beast

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David as Chip the teacup.

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And Again I Say Rejoice

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How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives.

Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (p. 50). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Merry Christmas!

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Feliz Nochebuena from our family to yours!

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Doubt and Perseverence

From my son David as we were talking about someone who has probably lost faith in God.

“I pray and read my Bible a lot, and I still have doubts sometimes. If I did not do that I would probably have a whole lot of doubts.”

That statement could have a sermon built around it.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3

It has always been a temptation to forsake faith in God. It is a conscience decision to persevere in faith. I want to run the race to gain the prize that is to come, and I want to train myself through the disciplines of Bible study and prayer as David said, and I want to learn to ignore the things that distract me.

Happiness Now

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How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives. Why wait many years  — or until we’re with the Lord  — to   look back and say, “God, I finally see that you were at work even in those hard times; I wish I would have trusted you then”? I have a friend who genuinely believes that nearly every meal, get-together, retreat, or vacation is the best he has ever experienced. This makes him fun to be with. His capacity to enjoy the moment and savor present happiness becomes a treasured memory of past happiness. After every time we’ve been with him, it seems, he texts me, saying, “That was the BEST dinner and most FUN time we’ve ever had.” I smile and enter into his happiness. The present is the only place we live. Happiness in God should be more than memories and anticipation. Circumstances constantly change, and good news comes and goes, but we should look to God for happiness now. Why? Because the Good News of happiness has come, it is still here, and it will never go away!

Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (pp. 50-51). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.