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You can never go wrong if you approach God. Questions? Approach God.

Doubts? Approach God.

Guilt? Approach God.

Health challenges? Approach God.

Decisions? Approach God.

Mentally and emotionally exhausted? Approach God.

Wronged? Approach God.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Keith Madison

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Educated, Uneducated. God loves you.

Common laborer, CEO. God loves you.

First Grade Student, College Professor. God loves you.

Success, Failure. God loves you.

Coach, Umpire. God loves you.

“God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is.”

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6)

Keith Madison

Is your perception reality?

“The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (1Kings 19:14).
The CEO walked into his manufacturing plant only to observe an employee standing by idly not working. Angrily, he walked over to him, peeled off a $100 bill and gave it to him: “Here, go spend your time elsewhere!” The man looked at the CEO somewhat puzzled, but left with the $100. “How long has that man worked for us?” said the CEO to the employee standing nearby. “Well sir, that man does not work for us; he is only the delivery man.”
Perception is not always reality. Elijah was in a crisis. Jezebel wanted to kill him. The nation was falling to Baal worship. From his vantage point – it was all over. He was the only prophet remaining in all the land who had not bent his knee to the idol of Baal. He wanted to die.
Then, the Lord sent His angel to correct Elijah’s perception: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel – all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him” (1Kings 19:18). There were seven thousand Elijah knew nothing about! Elijah’s perception was not reality.
Whenever things are going poorly, there is a temptation to believe God is not working in the situation. We may even believe our life is over. Everything from our vantage point is dark. We see no future. However, even in these times, God’s plan is being orchestrated behind the scenes. He is accomplishing His purposes. But we need a fresh perspective on our situation.
Do you need a reality check on your situation? Ask God to show you the truth. It may be very different than your perception.
by Os Hillman

Are sports wrong?

There are two common wrong attitudes to sport – some dismiss sports as merely a game, while others worship sports as nearly a God. When viewed through the lens of Scripture, however, we will see that sport is more than a game, less than a God, and when transformed by the gospel can be received as a gift.

As people we were created to play. Play does not have a secondary purpose. It is simply creatively delighting in and enjoying God’s good creation for its own sake.

Like a father who builds a sandbox for his children, God is honoured and takes joy when his sons and daughters delight in his workmanship. John Calvin called the world “the theatre of God’s glory” but it is also the playground of God’s goodness.

Sports and competition are gifts of God in creation to be richly enjoyed with thanksgiving.

Why do people play sports? On the one hand, men and women play sports because they are created to play and want to use their gifts to glorify God. On the other hand, people often play sports as a way to justify themselves, to prove themselves to the world.

When sinners understand that they are justified by the blood of Christ, this frees them from having to justify themselves through their accomplishments. Sports then become a gift; they no longer bear the pressure of being the way that we prove ourselves to the world.

Stuart Weir