Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Devotion 11.3.16

Looks like the church has turned to Facebook for announcements, including the upcoming 3Bs.  Please help remind folks about the event, Nov 12.

I'm watching Game 7 of the World Series. Who will win?  Apparently a number of people want to know because the ratings for this series are high.  In fact, more people watched it this weekend than NFL football, which hasn't happened in a long time.

Of course, that is because of two things:  the story that is the Chicago Cubs and football has lost its mojo this year.  The Cubs are the team you like even if you aren't a fan of theirs.  They have a history in baseball, their ball park, and the fan base.  How do you not like a Cub?  Football, on the other hand, has eroded its fan base these past few years as it looks awkward on things that should be easy and it looks foolish when things seem clear.  Then, you couple that with the on-field protests this year in a heated political season and  people begin to say, "I've had enough."

Why can't football appear to govern itself?  That question isn't just for football.  Why can't people govern themselves?  Why can't corporations?  It seems as though we bailed out a number of large corporations in 2008 under the idea "too big to fail."  People, it seems, make bad decisions in their personal lives and corporately.  And just when we think we've learned from our mistakes and our past, we make those mistakes all over again.

Absent from these conversations is the whole simple notion that we are sinners, and as sinners, we lead lives that are not God-pleasing.  As we note in Proverbs, "A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy."  (29:1) The problem is there is no real remedy because sin has corrupted the flesh.  The only remedy in God's eyes is Christ.  "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Our forgiveness for our sin comes through faith in Christ.  We pray a prayer of thanksgiving for that truth.

Hope Men's Ministry

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