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Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - July 1

Dear Church Family –

Thanks for another great day in church yesterday!  Just for fun yesterday, I mentioned some of the lies that have been submitted to the National Liars Club in Burlington, WI.  I thought you might enjoy a few more:

  • One man said his dog swallowed a bunch of Scrabble tiles and the Vet said the x-ray spelled trouble.

  • Another man said they had a snowstorm so severe that by the time he got his car dug out he had to put antique plates on it.

  • Yet another man said that the river was so low last year that the government taxed him for more property on his riverfront lot.

  • And a High Schooler said that he had his wisdom teeth pulled and his grades dropped from As to Ds.

As we noted yesterday in church, those are tall tales that no one is tempted to take seriously.  But unfortunately, there are “tall tales” that people do take seriously, with tragic effect in their lives. 

Here’s the top ten myths that modern Americans tend to believe that make us miserable at best and desperately lost at worst.

  • All your problems are someone else’s fault.

  • This world owes you happiness.

  • You’ll be happy if you get what you want.

  • There is never any reason to feel guilty.

  • Human beings are basically good and unselfish.

  • All beliefs are equally valid.

  • Pornography and perversion are okay if you don’t hurt anyone.

  • You can have it all.

  • You shouldn’t have to wait for anything.

  • The answer lies within.  You know what’s best for you.

Believing those lies has created grave problems for our nation.  As Romans 1:25 says it, “they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.”

Our hope is in turning back to the truth—

  • The truth that God created us,

  • The truth that God’s ways are good and right and best,

  • The truth that we are sinners but Christ died to forgive us if we believe in Him,

  • The truth that the Bible is God’s Word.

  • The truth that God loves you and wants what is best for you.

This week we celebrate the 248th birthday of our nation.  “Where is the hope?” the late Charles Colson asked. 

“Where is the hope?  I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us.  Where is the hope?  The hope that each of us have is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things we do as a nation.  Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people.  That’s where our hope is in this country; that’s where our hope is in life.”

With hope in the power of truth in Christ, the Bible, and the gospel – Pastor Tim

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