My New Year’s Eve Prayer

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Matthew 6:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:34 Amplified Bible (AMP)
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Father God, I have a lot of things on my mind this New Year’s Eve. In addition to my ordinary daily life concerns — health, finances, and getting older — I am especially concerned about the well-being of several of my loved ones who are hurting and struggling with some serious issues right now. And, tomorrow is the beginning of a brand new year. I have so many hopes and dreams for this coming year, things I want to accomplish. What will this new year bring, I wonder? When I read the news headlines, it seems like the only thing we have to look forward to is doom and gloom.

I am thankful, Lord, for Matthew 6:34. I’m thankful for your gentle reminder to live just one day at a time. Please help me to focus every day on only the things I need to deal with for that one day, and to leave my worries about tomorrow in your hands. I love you, Father God, and I trust you. Please help me to live for you, first and foremost, and to walk in your truth and in your love today, and every day. Above all else, I pray for your will to be done. In the name of Christ Jesus, my Savior and my Lord, I pray. Amen.

 

Are Christians Hypocrites?

“We live in a broken world. Everyone is broken, and our brokenness takes many forms.” — Mitch Teemley

This is too true! ADHD, OCD, PTSD — that’s me. Although I am so much healthier than I was years ago when I was in my worst, most broken condition, I am still very much a work in progress. And, I know that I am still an alcoholic, although I haven’t had a drink since January 14, 1990. As for being a “hypocritical Christian” — I agree 100% with what Mitch Teemley has to say. Read on! And God bless 😊

Mitch Teemley

presentation1“I don’t go to church because churches are full of hypocrites!” This is an increasingly common sentiment. But is it true? Are churches full of hypocrites?

Duh.Are AA meetings full of alcoholics? I’m a Christian, though I rarely use the term, preferring “Jesus follower” instead. Why? Well, for starters, it’s used indiscriminately by hundreds of millions who hold few if any actual Christian convictions.

But in another sense, I don’t deserve to call myself a Christian: the word Christian (“like Christ”) is believed to have been coined by Roman detractors as a put-down (“You’re like that Jesus guy!”). And I’m not worthy of such a put-down. Yet.

AA members address meetings with, “Hello, I’m __________ and I’m an alcoholic (or addict).” They say this regardless of whether they fell off the wagon yesterday or have been a “recovering alcoholic” for fifty years. Why? Because they know their addiction never…

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