Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
The saddest thing with Law Enforcement is that NO ONE HEARS about their daily sacrifices and risks. NO ONE HEARS about the child they find and return to his frantic mother in the store. NO ONE HEARS about the gal who has a flat on a lonely road at 3 AM and is helped by a local deputy. But let a cop slap some punk who DESPERATELY deserves it, and it makes headline news. Let a cop shoot someone who was shooting at them and there will be an investigation to see if they shot the perp too quickly or shot him too many times.
Very irritating for all of us, and TRAGIC for them - -
The Crystal Cathedral has gone broke. When construction was finished in 1981, Robert H. Schuller preached it for 25 years, then retired in 2006 and put his son in the pulpit. In 2008 he removed his son and put his daughter in the pulpit. In 2010, with fifty five million dollars of debt and plagued by lawsuits and attachments, they declared bankruptcy. In 2012, the building was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
From it's initial construction, I questioned the wisdom of putting so much money into a building. I thought about this when I read about an incident that happened to Clarence Jordan, author of the "Cotton Patch" New Testament Translation. He was getting a red-carpet tour of another minister's church. With pride the minister pointed to the rich, imported pews and luxurious decorations. As they stepped outside, darkness was falling, and a spotlight shone on a huge cross atop the steeple.
"That cross alone cost us ten thousand dollars," the minister said with a satisfied smile.
"You got cheated," said Jordan. "Times were when Christians could get them for free."
Even in our Christian things, we run the risk of descending into materialism! We run the risk of losing sight of what is IMPORTANT! Let’s read some of the words of Paul to the church at Philippi.
Philippians 4:11-13 (KJV);
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
If any of you is ever in this area and does NOT have a church home here, stop by for a Sunday service at 11 AM. You won’t find imported pews, nor $10,000 crosses, but you will find folks who gather to worship the Lord together as neighbors, friends, and brothers and sisters in the Family of God.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.