September Reflections from Pastor Greg

Gaining Perspective From A Trustworthy Source

Do you ever hear or see things that make you shake you head and wonder … ? Without suggesting any personal agenda or particular viewpoint, I’d like to introduce where I’m going with this article by admitting that it’s becoming more (and more) difficult to find trustworthy resources that help us sort out the truth from what’s tainted, distorted, or slanted by a specific bias. Let’s be honest by recognizing that this is normal and natural because we all have some level of personal perspectives and viewpoints—let’s also be realistic by noting how our individual likes and dislikes, along with our varied experiences, have influenced how we analyze things and draw conclusions about what’s good or bad and right or wrong. Let’s also be clear about something we typically don’t want to accept: our opinions are more based on our feelings than they are on facts—and feelings are more emotional than rational. Our feelings deceive us more often than we like to admit.
So … where does this lead? Please read and carefully observe Psalm 36 inserted along side of this article. This is a message David received from God. (notice verse 1). It speaks boldly in describing our biggest challenges that all revolve around our sinful nature. I won’t emphasize them; you can read it for yourself.
But after reading verses 1—4 and 11—12, please look ever so carefully at verses 5—10. Analyze the contrast between people and God. Meditate on how God’s loyal love, lovingkindness, and faithfulness reaches to the sky and beyond; how His justice and fairness are described in such vivid terms. Especially examine verse 9 where we’re reminded about the fountain of life and the true source of light for our actions and attitudes. From God’s light and from His light alone, we are able to discern and distinguish what’s good/bad, right/wrong, better/best, or helpful/harmful.
Here are a few other Bible verses to use for reflection and meditation. Please keep in mind our Father knows best and what He says in His Word is more powerful than our words—they are sharper than a two—edged sword!

  1. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
    —from Psalm 1:1—2
  2. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.—from Philippians 4:6—9
    As always, with praise for His grace and prayer for His glory, Pastor Greg

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