Monday, September 10, 2018

Navy Seals and "Hell Week"

Part of the Navy Seals training program involves something called “Hell Week.” It is a very intense week in which trainees endure a lot of yelling, stress, sleepless nights, and physical exhaustion!

There is another group of people that has to endure a lot of yelling, stress, sleepless nights and physical exhaustion—only unlike the Seals, this group has to endure not just a week, but years! They’re called “moms”—especially those who have screaming infants and toddlers. As you pray today, don’t forget the moms you know.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Make America Great Again?

Supporters of President Trump generally agree with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Some of the President’s detractors argue that America was never great to begin with.

Those who believe America was once (and/or still is) a great nation can point to our legacy of freedom, our history of technological invention, our overall standard of living, the fact that we have probably sent out more missionaries than any country in history, and how America saved the world from tyranny during World War II. Those who say America was never great can point to the way Native American’s were treated, to slavery, discrimination, widespread political and moral corruption, and even to abortion! The debate is unwinnable.

A better way to frame the debate would be to ask, “Has America ever been the kind of place where millions of people have risked everything to come here because they perceived America to be so much better than their country?” The answer is beyond dispute: Yes! Absolutely.

Whether you agree with the President or not, we should be grateful to God that we live in one of the most prosperous and free nations in the world—A country that people flee to and not from. And we should be especially careful not to take our freedom for granted. There are many today who are fighting to significantly limit these freedoms in the name of “political correctness” and “fairness.”