Tuesday, April 15, 2008

tax day thoughts :: Tuesday E-Devotion

Simple thoughts...late in the day.
Some people fear this day like some might fear Friday the 13th.  Yet is that fear OK?  I am not talking about the person who works in the financial industry doing taxes and finishing up the work, but I am talking about the person who dreads what has to be.  Jesus said it this way:
Matthew 22:21 (nlt) --- ... "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God."
My dad always said, "two things in life are certain: death and taxes."  They just have to happen, and we have to continue to praise the Lord that we live in a nation where we are free and religion and worship are part of our special freedom.  Even when things are sour or going south, God is still blessing those who are seeking Him.  Think about it.
Tomorrow we are going to take a look at the events of April 16, 2007 on the Virginia Tech campus.  I ask that you begin to pray again for those families still grieving and pray for the safety of students around the world.  It is time, now and forever, to turn our attention to things that can and will change our world for the better.  Are we willing to be an agent of change, or do we remain in bondage as an agent of fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 (nlt) --- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Ephesians 3:17 (nlt) --- Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.

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