This 2016 election has been a difficult and divisive election and horrible words have been said and not just from politicians. 
As human beings all too often we say mean and spiteful words or withhold our communication.
Perhaps out of hurt, bitterness, anger or fear, our words and even our silence  can wound a loved one, friend, co-worker and even a stranger as surely as a sharp edge knife cuts into the flesh; but with words of anger and bitterness  the wound rarely heals. 
One film critic said it best, “the worst prisons are the ones we build ourselves.”  Invisible walls are built, families are torn apart, and missed opportunities are lost.  Life happens in an instant but can take a life time to unravel. 

Through God’s grace we have been saved, but often we fail to extend that same grace of forgiveness to someone who has hurt us. If you have said something, or been the victim of someone else’s hurtful words, address it NOW through  PRAYER, and FORGIVE.  Grace is powerful and mends wounds. 


I am amazed how the world has changed in my life, some good, but  it seems there is more going on today that isn’t for the better.  The world seems to be short on patience and forgiveness; we are so quick to temper. The challenges we face before us represent a battle we are in. Our youth recently changed the name of the youth group from Saints United for Radical Faith, or SURF, to their new name, Resistance. Our youth understand that given our times, it is critical they fight the battle.  The battle to resist temptation and the false promises of this world.
We are all in a battle and we have to resist the false teachings, and the worldly view society has deemed as correct.  


Ever thought about how you define your self worth?  

So often we consider our self worth based upon the material items, the amount in the bank, or position in a company.  The danger with these type of thoughts are: material items will wear out, bank accounts can disappear, and a job is just that; a job.

Nothing we have obtained in life was from our own doing. Os Hillman’s restated what we sometimes forget, “Scriptures tell us there is only one measure for our self worth.  Each of us has self worth because we are made in the image of God. And because we are made in the image of God, we are valuable. …You are never more valuable to God than you were the day you were born….”

 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your Works, And my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139: 13-14

Once we understand the source of our self-worth our journey really begins because we have a purpose! Paul instructed the Philippians to learn and grow in Christian faith so that we can worship Christ with our hearts, grow like Him in character, and to teach others in our world of His glory and mercy.

 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” Philippians 4: 4-6