Monthly Archives: October 2008

Digging Out from all this Global Warming!

London October Snow

Yeah, it’s been really warm here in Arizona.  Near record highs the past few days.  The jet stream is way north in the western U.S., but has dived way south in the east.  All-time record lows for the month of October were set in several Florida towns.  Some saw the earliest freeze EVER on record.  Meanwhile it was record snowfall in New England.  Some places in upstate NY saw two FEET of snow, although for most it was an inch or 5.

But it wasn’t just New England.  There was a really funny story linked from The Drudge Report yesterday.   Seems Parliament was debating Global Warming while London was receiving the first October snowfall since 1922!  Sweet irony.

Parts of Europe had record October snows with the highlands of the U.K. getting 2-4 feet drifts!

Yep.  Warming up around the ol’ planet.  Best learn to swim for when the oceans overtake your living room.  In the meantime, please pay the world government a CO2 tax so we can punish the developed countries and redistribute it to benefit, well, the U.N.!  Especially those that administrate the program…

Bull Spiritual Market!

As I write this, the market futures have been frozen because they have fallen too much overnight.  All predictions are for a “brutal” start to the trading day, and maybe a “brutal” finish with “brutal” in between.

As we enter this global recession, with a really volatile stock market, jobs being lost and rumors of jobs being lost, and a lot of panic to go around, I’ve been thinking, “What does God say about all this?  How am I to respond?”

He’s been bringing a little story from the Bible to mind.  It’s in Genesis 26 if you want to read the whole thing on your own time.  There was a famine in the land.  Issac planted a crop and it yielded 100 fold!  Keep in mind, that would be an awesome harvest by today’s standards with our modern equipment!  100 fold back then was huge in perfect conditions.  In famine?  It was a miracle from God.  In hard economic times, God chose to bless Issac and make him exceedingly rich!

Does God will to do that in my life, or in yours, even in tough economic times?  I don’t know.  But it builds my faith to know that He can and has!  Ask Him and see what He says and does.  If He does, I believe it will be for a divine purpose. To use worldly riches for spiritual gain.  To bring more people into God’s Kingdom!

We are in this economic mess because we as a country have ignored God’s principles for sound financial living.  We have spent beyond our means and remember, the borrower is slave to the lender.  America is $10 trillion on debt and that deficit is growing fast.  We can’t sustain it.  A correction has arrived.  God isn’t punishing America in the sense that He hates us or is removing His hand of blessing.  However, God will not be mocked.  We will reap what we sow.  I believe we are simply reaping what we have sown.

So.  What is our response?  Repent and pray.  I have credit card debt.  I hate to admit it, but it’s true.   I need God’s help to pay that off.  I need to change my actions to line up with His Word.  I am asking for His forgiveness and His help to do the right thing with my individual finances.  God can bless me beyond what I can ask or imagine.  I will pray that He will, so I can be a blessing.

If I am blessed financially, I need to be thinking, “how can I be a blessing financially?”  Give to the needy and the poor and take care of widows and orphans for this is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God.  Use worldly riches to influence friends and enemies by being generous.  Show love with wisdom and use wealth to share true riches in God!

Of course there is an even more important way to be blessed to be a blessing.  If you are blessed because you know God and His Word, share that with everyone as the Holy Spirit leads you to share.  Preach the gospel.  Use words if necessary!  Be a shining light on a hill.  Let your light shine before men so they will give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.  Love God, love people!  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Tough times are likely ahead.  They are already showing up.  Stay close to God!  Seek His face and His presence so you can do His will;  those  good works that He planned in advance for you to walk in.  As hurting people seek comfort and answers, share the only answer that brings true comfort.  Jesus!

We all need Jesus and we all need more of Him.  Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you!  Those of us that already know Him, stay close.  For those who don’t, introduce them to Him!  For those who choose His gift of eternal life in His presence will never regret it.

In God’s economy, it’s always a bull market spiritually.  Just invest all you have in Him!!!

Alaska Glaciers Grow

One cool summer after a cold winter does not mean that Global Warming is officially over.  However, combined with all of the evidence I have outlined over the past two years on this blog I’d say probably.  After all, that’s what the measurements say!

I found another article this morning that supports the claim.  It’s very well written and not spun one way or the other politically.  It’s just straight science!  Thank You!  Here’s the link.

Basically, the scientist in the article is saying that a lot of cold and snow last winter combined with a really cool summer this summer has caused glaciers in Alaska to grow since last year.  He rightly points out that glaciers shrink and grow over decades.

What the article doesn’t predict is which way they are likely to go from here.  I’ve been saying all along that now that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has switched to a cold phase (after 30 years in a warm phase), and now that the Sun has become much quieter, we can expect an extended cold snap.  Especially in Alaska where it’s already begun!

Politically, I would say, PLEASE don’t throw a bunch of money at a Global Warming problem that is no problem at all.  This is all natural, cyclical, stuff.  Rather, PLEASE plan on helping to feed people and keep them warm as the planet cools!

God Speaking?

God is doing “stuff.”  Right here in my heart.  I can see the changes.  I can feel the difference.  And yet, to what end?  I have an inkling, but I dare not say what I think.  Not that it would go up with a puff of wishful smoke.  If God said it, it already is!  No.  I would rather avoid being called crazy.  Nutz.  Not playing with a full deck.  Elevator doesn’t go to the top.  Lights are on but nobody’s home.  Delusional.  Did I mention crazy? :-)

Instead I will cherish these things in my heart and I will mix faith with what I think I’ve heard.  and wait.  and trust.  and grow.  and wait.  and trust.  rinse, lather, repeat.

I have been waiting.  Sometimes patiently.  Mostly not so much.  As much faith as I have, I have demonstrated so little faith at times.  Frustrated at times.  Waiting.

Then I realize.  This new found confidence.  This feeling of peace.  Is it circumstance?  Will I revert to fretting?  Will my attitude head back south if my circumstances do too?  I pray not.  I have noticed lately that my sad and lonely is gone!  I was TRYING to get melancholy last night.  Cranking up the sad songs on the iPod.  Nothing.  No tears.  Just thoughts and wondering and planning and “stuff.”

God IS doing “stuff!”  Can’t wait to find out what it is, but I know I won’t really know even if I do find out.  Because it’s not a one time thing.  It’s a progression.   I’ll arrive when I hear, “well done good and faithful servant,” or “away from me, I never knew you,” or something in between.  In the meantime, hang on!  It’s going to be an adventurous ride!!!

This is the Day…

Psalm 118:24 (NASB):

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

If you are a Christian then you’ve likely heard this verse many many times. But in my humble opinion it is under applied. Not in frequency of application, but in actual application.

I do not disagree that the Bible has a lot to say about having joy in life. Having life and having it more abundantly. That each day is a gift from God. Yes, let us rejoice and be glad every day! Great idea! But if you stop there with this verse you are missing a wonderful blessing.

Let’s back up a few verses and reexamine what the Psalmist is getting at here. Let’s start in verse 20:

20This is the gate of the LORD;
The righteous will enter through it.
21I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.
22The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
23This is the LORD’S doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25O LORD, do save, we beseech You;
O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD;
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
27The LORD is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
29Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

There is a lot there, so I’ll just get to the heart of it. In verse 21 the Psalmist says, “you have become my salvation.” In verse 22 “the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Corner stone? That sounds familiar.

Ephesians 2:19-21 explains it very well:

19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,

21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

In the Gospels, Jesus also quotes from Psalm 118 when he tells the parable of the landowner. Here in Ephesians Paul spells it out. Jesus is the cornerstone! We (if you believe in Christ) are the living stones that are being built up on the foundation of the prophets and the apostles, with Jesus as the very cornerstone!

So. Back to Psalm 118:24. What is the day we rejoice and be glad in? The day that Jesus Christ became the sacrifice for our sins and became the cornerstone for us! It is the gate of the Lord that the righteous will enter. (verse 20) Not because of our righteousness, but the very righteousness of God that He gives us when we trust Jesus.

He has become our salvation! (verse 21) It’s the Lord’s doing. (verse 23) It is a gift we receive from Him. It is not deserved, but the benefit is HUGE! We become sons and daughters of God! We become co-heirs with Christ! We who come in the name of the Lord are blessed! (verse 26) God has given us the light of the world which is Jesus (verse 27) We give thanks to God because of His lovingkindness that will last forever! (verse 28 & 29)

So, yeah. I say rejoice in every day. It is a gift from God. But next time you hear someone say, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it,” think about what that really means. God’s only son who was God made flesh died for you so that you could enter into His presence and live there forever! The day that He did that for the whole world is worthy of our praise EVERY DAY indeed!!!