When we think about the events of this week one word seems to describe what we are seeing in our nation- Lawlessness. Our nation’s leaders and potential leaders transgress the law and call it something else. Our protectors try to enforce the law and then are criticized harshly when the result of lawless deeds turns negative for the criminal. This leads to a “righteous indignation” from other lawless men and women seeking retribution for the negative result that stems from personal lawlessness. Where does this lawlessness come from? In our leaders and potential leaders it comes from a sense of entitlement. Our leaders have believed their own press concerning their greatness. They have become drunk with power. Their abundance of money and the time that money affords, leads them to seek the desires of their flesh from a position of entitlement. As go the leader so goes the follower. The follower then believes that they are some how entitled. The leaders communicate that we dare not infringe on the “rights” of anyone and therefore we are free to determine right based on our own perspective and not the rule of law. So what is at the core? Pride! What is the problem in the world? Me! What mus t we do as Christian men and women? Repent and pray! The problem of pride and entitlement begins in my own heart. I must examine where I transgress the law of God in my own life. I then should encourage those within my sphere of influence to examine pride and entitlement in their own heart. We must work together in community to have an open dialogue of our prideful, transgressing sinful heart and turn once again to God for healing. Then we can see clearly to ask God to heal our land and to revive us once again to serve Him , to love others, and to do justice!
1Kings 8:35 When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and acknowledge your name and turn from their sin, when you afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance.

New Life

Do you remember the excitement you felt when your child was born? The sense that all things for this person were possible. As a mom or a dad you did not see any limitations to what this child might accomplish. This was a new life. Perhaps we sense these possibilities for our child as if through them we get another chance to see a life lived without limits, a life without corruption, a life not limited by pre-conceived notions about our value and worth.

Because of Christ’s atoning work on the cross and our surrender to His power and might, we are promised a new life, a life of limitless possibilities. We are not limited by our short-comings and failure, Christ is sufficient for all of that. John chapter three tells us that we can be born again, born of the Spirit, not of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Is a life born of God a life with limits? Would you surrender your old life to God today? Are you ready to live a life born of God that is limitless? Surrender your life at the cross of Jesus Christ today and find New Life.

Pastor Jeff McInnis