Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fast Food Workers Strike

Thousands of fast food workers went on strike today.  Demanding the minimum wage be raised to $15.  Simple economics prove that if fast food chains and small diners, caf├ęs are forced to raise the minimum wage you can plan on spending more on that Big Mac or plate lunch.  I remember vividly when I worked at an entry level job for minimum wage when it was $3.25 per hour (it is now 7.25).  The congress was debating raising the wage and my co-workers were all for the raise.  I remember as soon as the wage was increased my hours and the hours of my co-workers were decreased by 25%.  Suddenly those workers were not in favor of the increase.  Businesses are forced to increase their prices or decrease the labor force to keep the bottom line stable.  In our current economy where we are facing rising inflation we can't afford higher prices on our Happy Meals.  I understand it is hard to survive on minimum wage, I also know many of those jobs are entry level and give employees an opportunity to advance and be promoted.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Israel's Right to Self-Defense


As of today over 1,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza.  Hamas and the terrorists have been relentless in firing rockets, threatening the Tel Aviv International Airport, endangering the lives of civilians, children and homes.  Israel has every right to defend itself, to protect it's citizens, and to stop the terrorists.  I have been to Israel seven times.  I am pro-Israel and proud of it!  I pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem.  The bible commands us to.  The bible promises a blessing for those who bless Israel and a curse for those who don't. (Genesis 12). But what sovereign nation would not have the right to protect itself?  If rockets were being fired into your neighborhood, into your town, would you not expect the military to respond?  By the way these rockets and mortar being used against the citizens of Israel were smuggled into Gaza by "humanitarian relief efforts".  They have stockpiles of rockets and are determined to use them to harm Israelis.  We, as a nation, should stand with Israel and call for the end of coddling these terrorists groups!  Shalom Chaverim!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love in Action


Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Pine lived a hero.   He left a career in finance and banking to work in law enforcement.  He wanted to give back to his community, to serve and protect the people.  He died a hero, shot in the line of duty.  In his life he set a great example for others to follow.  Including my children who loved him and looked up to him.  A great father, loyal husband, a devoted Christian man.  Scott was one of a kind.  My brother-in-law was loved by so many.  I have seen a great outpouring of love the last few days.  His fellow deputies, neighbors, church members, law enforcement from everywhere, and complete strangers have put their love in action and loved on the family in so many ways.  

The bible tells us "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:3.   Scott is my hero.  He put his love in action, served and gave back to his community, put others before himself.  To honor Scott and his family you can show gratitude toward those serving in law enforcement.  Thank them for their sacrifice.  Jesus said, "Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called the children of God."

http://www.deputyscottpine.com

Friday, January 10, 2014

Government Bullies

The news broke recently of political retribution in the State of New Jersey.  And you thought lane closures, traffic and bridge issues were incidental inconveniences?  Seems like bullies working in government wanted to use their authority to teach someone a lesson.  We don't tolerate bullies on the school playground, why should we tolerate it from those who are in government?  The IRS has been used by presidents of both parties to intimidate and coerce political enemies.  This is abuse of power, corruption and malfeasance.  These people work for us.  This is the fundamental difference in our system of government and other countries.  We don't accept tyrants.  This is the country of 'We the People'.  We have taken a stand against taxation without representation, we have dumped tea in the Boston Harbor, we've stormed beaches and removed dictators, tyrants and despots.  But it's my observation that big government has made the people the subjects.  To be ruled over, intimadated, and dependent upon Big Brother.  This is not the American Way.  We should remember the battle cry of the Revolution, "No King, but King Jesus!".  Remind the bully bureacrats, the politicians they work for us not the other way around!

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Dr. Is In

This Sunday I begin a new sermon series, "The Dr. Is In", a study of the Gospel of Luke.  The New Year comes with opportunities and challenges.  Kick off your new year right, come to church and make it a weekly habit.  This new year we are going to study this gospel penned by a physician.  Luke was a meticulous researcher and this gospel reveals many details about Jesus.  Luke was a Gentile, not a Jew and he writes with a different perspective.  So journey with us through the Gospel of Luke Sunday mornings at Airline Baptist!  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

He Shall Be Called

This Sunday I begin a new sermon series, "He Shall Be Called".  We will focus on one passage from the Old Testament about a prophesy of a child's birth.  In fact this prophesy was from 700 years before the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  This passage describes who this child would be and what he would do.  I am excited to preach this series during this season.  This season comes full of excitement, anticipation, but also stress and anxiety.  Many aren't even aware of what Christmas is all about.  Many who call themselves Christians are focused on the commerical side of Christmas.  This series will help us focus on the birth of The Hope of the World.  The Promised One.  The Messiah.  I invite you this Sunday, December 1st to Airline Baptist as we learn about the Christ child.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Change Your Outlook

So it is Thanksgiving week and before we get busy looking for our great aunt's brocolli casserole, or checking our Cajun injector supplies, or coordinating last minute travel plans, it would be beneficial to look at our level of gratitude.  I believe our level of happiness is directly related to our level of gratitude. I firmly believe by changing our outlook we can change our life.  In fact if we would follow what the Psalmist said in the 121st Psalm, 'lift my eyes toward the mountains, where does my help comes from?  My help comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.'  An upward look will change your outlook.  Instead of looking at your circumstances, look up.  Change your outlook, change your life.  See you Sunday!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Trust in God, not in Uncle Sam

Everyone these days is feeling the pinch of a weak economy, uncertainty about the changing healthcare laws, and there is a general anxiety about the direction our country is headed.  Times like these should teach us to put our trust in God and not in stocks, bonds, or even gold.  The government is not the solution, in fact most often it is the problem.  I am personally being affected by the change in healthcare laws.  Due to rising healthcare costs our church is considering dropping the group health insurance we currently offer our full-time employees.  The rising costs have put a financial burden on our church budget.  Many companies and families are experiencing this same burden.  (Walgreens, Sears, IBM)  We were told healthcare costs would go down.  With an aging population is that even feasible?  By the way, I like my current health insurance and I like my current medical doctor.  You will remember we were told if we were satisfied customers we could keep our current plans and doctors.  The problem is many of our plans are being dropped or changed by the insurance companies to adhere to the new regulations.  And many doctors are getting out of clinical care and becoming hospitalists or taking early retirement.  Once again we have been sold a bill of goods.  It shouldn't surprise us.  Our currency reminds us it is not "In the FED we trust" or even "In the Dollar We Trust".  It is "IN GOD WE TRUST".   

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Comfort One Another

Throughout the Bible we see the words, 'Comfort one another'.  1 Thessalonians 4:18 and 5:11; Hebrews 3:13 for example.  As Christians we are called upon to share one another's burdens Galatians 6:2.  We are better together.  Recently in our church we have had church members pass away.  I have watched as other members have visited, called, sent cards and loved those who are hurting.  It has blessed my heart as pastor to see Christians living out their faith.  This is what Jesus talked about in John 13:35, "Everyone will know you are my disciples, by your love for one another."  When we leave the loving to the professionals, i.e. Pastors, Deacons, etc. then we are missing what Jesus taught and lived.  I love what the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.  "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."  We are comforted by God so then we can comfort others.  Let's live it!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Scandal



So the headlines are full of political scandals these days.  Benghazi-American Lives Lost, Cover Up begins; IRS targeted conservative groups; Justice Department accessed AP reporters personal accounts; Louisiana College professors fired over Calvinism issue/Whistle blower complaints exposed. I watch a show on ABC called "Scandal".  Its about a public relations firm whose job is to help politicians caught up in scandals.  Often times the firm covers up the scandal, but sometimes they use it to their client's advantage.  "Watergate" during the Nixon administration wasn't the first presidential scandal.  But it did perhaps do more damage to public trust in modern history than any other scandal.  The biggest lesson learned from Watergate was it isn't the scandal that is unforgivable but the cover up.  The public feels like they cannot trust the White House on the Benghazi issue.  The public who already looked at the Internal Revenue Service with skepticism now sees them as even bigger bullies.  All of this points to our weaknesses, moral failures, dishonesty.  We are sinners.  Full of short-comings.  In desperate need to be forgiven, redeemed.  Have you ever come clean?  Have you ever asked God to forgive you?  No more covering up, ask Him to cleanse you and He will.  He knows all about your failures, the scandals, and He still loves you.  That's amazing grace isn't it?  

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Highway to Heaven or Hell

Our new sermon series at Airline Baptist is going to be about Hell. You've heard the expression 'preaching hellfire and brimstone'. Usually it isn't mentioned as a compliment. In fact today's culture would rather laugh and be encouraged when they go to church. I believe as much as anyone that laughter has a rightful place. Encouraging sermons can be very timely in the life of church attendees. But there is also a time for sermons that are in our face, hard core truths, and the kind that step on our toes. In fact some sermons need to scare the "hell" out of us, pardon the bluntness. I have been led by The Lord to preach what the Bible says about Hell. The series begins April 7th. Airline Baptist in Bossier City 8:15 and 10:45am. www.airlinebaptist.com

Friday, March 22, 2013

Israel

I've always found it a little humorous that those who support a "Two State Solution" in Israel don't believe in a two state solution for our country, namely among the Native Americans. Not to mention there already exists two states, in fact multiple states/Arab territories. Jordan. Syria. Lebanon. Egypt. Iraq. These are Arab states. Notice I didn't include Iran, they are not Arabs, but Persians. There is a 4,000 year record of Jews residing in modern day Israel. Palestinians have very little evidence to show a 100 year record of residency. In fact the term Palestinian is even a newer expression, a slight deviation from the term "Philistine". After the British mandate period, there was an option for "Two States". Check the historical record, the Arabs refused. They wanted only one state/territory and wouldn't even meet with the Jews. Post British mandate the creation of TransJordan came about, and the Arabs were given Jordan. The countries surrounding Israel all are fairly young in age, not even in existence until the 20th century. It is interesting to note that modern day Israel was primarily a back water no man's land, that no one wanted. No one wanted until the creation of the State of Israel. The boundaries of Israel today are not the broader boundaries promised to Abraham, that will come at a future date. American politicians would be wise to remember the promise of Genesis 12 that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Update*

So I started my diet before Christmas much to the dismay and disdain of many. The naysayers said it is a terrible time to diet. Many encouraged me to wait, or as it is truly described, procrastinate. But I started my diet and now one month later I am down a total 12 pounds. It feels good, great in fact. Cutting back on calories, focusing on portion control and reducing carbs. I'm glad I started when I did. I'm glad I didn't put it off. That is where we mess up, we say we will start our diet tomorrow, we will work on our budget tomorrow, we will do our Quiet Time tomorrow, etc. etc. Just do it! Start today. Don't delay. Get started and watch what happens!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's Not a Good Time

So I started a diet over a week ago.  So far I've lost around 8 days...just kidding.  I'm down by 4 pounds!  Someone made mention this is a terrible time to be on a diet.  Actually it is the best time!  The best time is always now!  That is our problem.  We procrastinate.  We wait until it's too late.  Opportunities pass us by.  You see the holidays for me have always been tough, I pack on an extra 5-10 pounds.  So why not start cutting back and learn to resist the temptations of sweets.  I mean after all your diet will be harder to start if you wait until the first of the year with those extra holiday pounds.  I love the story of the bride and groom who waited until the perfect time to get married.   The bride white of hair stooped over her cane; Her legs uncertain, needed guiding; And across the church aisle, With a big toothless smile, The groom in a wheelchair came riding. Who is this elderly couple thus wed? You’ll find, if you’ve closely explored it, That this is that rare, Most conservative pair That waited till they could afford it. 

The perfect time is now!  Don't wait, go for it!  Whatever it is, whatever decision you've been putting off, move...get up...go for it!  Stop using the excuse, "It's not a good time."  God has given you the moment.  He hasn't guaranteed tomorrow.  But we do have right now.