Have you ever heard children say that they can’t wait to grow up so their parents won’t tell them what to do anymore? Or overhear a couple arguing because one tells the other what to do? Many of us do not respond well to being told to do something. But we might still agree that it is important to be able to influence others in order to be successful in life – such as influence an employer to hire us, or a person to enter a relationship with us, and the list goes on. So how do we do this effectively?
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, they are likely around improving health, happiness, appearance, finances, or all of the above! Marketers know the power of a new calendar year to get new business based on these felt needs. The various programs offered are for the most part good and when implemented faithfully can…
As part of human nature, we tend to celebrate the special moments in our lives – a birthday, an anniversary, an accomplishment at work or the team’s big win. A celebration is meant to be an exciting time to mark a happy occasion and have fun. A celebration also tends to bring people closer together as a family and in community. Christmas is a time to celebrate what God has done for us! Slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from Heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ.
Someone once said that they read a statistic that claimed 50% of statistics are just made up! Funny remark, but with the massive amounts of information now coming to us on a minute-by-minute basis from news feeds, social media, television and radio, how do we sort out what is true and what is not? A good place to start is with a deeper level of investigation. At first, the idea that God came down from heaven to save us may sound fanciful, but more than 2 billion people believe this to be true. Why? And what did the coming of Jesus Christ into the world mean? This is what we will investigate more closely this Sunday as we continue our Christmas series.
Remembrance Day is a day to remember and thank the men and women who have served our country during times of war and peace. The symbol of the red poppy is often accompanied by the phrase “Lest We forget.” A famous philosopher once said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. What we learn from poignant moments – no matter how powerful at the time – are soon forgotten unless we have some sort of plan to remember. So, for our nation, we set aside November 11 to remember those who gave their lives in war so Canada could continue its legacy of the true North strong and free. In the Bible, God often instructed his people to set up a memorial when an important event happened so that they could remember the lesson that was learned. What does God’s word say are the types of things in life that are really worth remembering? What memorials should we set up for our lives?
Why is it a good thing for us to pray for God’s will to be done…and to be willing to accept that will? If the thought raises questions or concerns, or even if you hesitate before agreeing, consider this perspective: Who do you trust the most? When you really need advice on where to turn or what to do, especially when a life altering decision is before you, where do you go? More than likely, you go to someone you trust, who will have your best interests at heart, and be someone you respect to be wise. With that in mind, we will talk about the concept of submission as we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer.