No video of myself this week, but below are songs that will uplift you this week. I couldn't stop watching these young people who know how to worship. The song "My Story" is written and produced by TJ Onoja. Love love love the song:
We honored dads with root beer floats today at church. Here is a bit of trivia:
Q: What root beer is Kosher?
A: A & W root beer because it has an OU on the packaging (U is encircled by the letter “O”)
-forgive my ignorance but my assumption was that Kosher products were only in the Kosher aisle (felt a little dumb not knowing something so basic, but learned something new today)
-the symbol of kosher certification is from the Orthodox Union, one of the largest and most well-known kashrut agencies
So, next time you have a party make sure you use kosher root beer in celebration with your Jewish friends.
The messages this month have centered around Hebrews Chapter 11. It is referred to as “the hall of fame of faith” chapter or “the heroes of faith” chapter. It is a long list of Old Testament saints who were imperfect human beings but trusted in the Word and promises of God prompting them to act with extraordinary boldness and courage in some unexpected and often dire circumstances.
The list of various people speak to us through their lives as encouragement to hold onto our faith no matter the situation or circumstances.
“Through faith we understand that the world was made by the Word of God. Things we see were made from what could not be seen” (Hebrews 11: 3).
As I contemplated the message this Father’s day weekend, It got me thinking about the wisdom given to me by my dad. He was a marine and he would come to my classroom to teach my students the importance of honoring our nation. His love of America and its history kept my students’ attention. When he spoke of our flag his patriotism shined through. That is why it saddened and then angered me that our red, white, and blue was sidelined disgracefully at the White House for the whole world to see.
I went to an Aviator baseball game last night. A three war veteran was honored along with his son who was a two war veteran. We stood with hands over our hearts and sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” With seeing what disgusting behavior on our White House lawn to being in the moment of reverence to honor our true heroes I did choke up because I do love our country. I do love those who did and still fight and die for our freedom and liberty. Now we have so much freedom that our government desecrates the flag that represents America. The red, white, and blue stands on its own merit. It doesn’t leave a man behind like my dad would say. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
He also used a this quote often:
“If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. When you stand for nothing, you fall for everything.”
***At its core this adage is about the importance of decision-making that's guided by a set of values.
In honor of my dad this Father’s day, I reread Proverbs 4. It is a passage written from a father to his sons on the value of wisdom. We learn from our forefathers in which our country was founded. We listen to instruction because we cherish the values our fathers’ have passed down to us as a nation. Proverbs chapter 4 should be read as a whole, but here are some highlights that I gleaned:
“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence” (Proverbs 4: 13-17).
Also a reminder that every person will eventually be held accountable even if they do not see or believe it.
Psalms 22:27-28 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”
All will be humbled, and “by Myself I have sworn. The Word has gone out from My mouth in truth, and will not turn back: ‘Every tongue shall (swear allegiance) will say that I am God” (Isaiah 45:23b). Jesus is the King of all the earth; our allegiance should be to him.
Prayers over our nation that we come together to hold our government accountable to “We the People.” May families come together to honor Fathers today and not the new interpretation of this cultural worldview. May healing come this weekend between family and/or friends. May our God cover us all in his love as our Father in Heaven and Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen
I shuffle through songs as I love music, especially worship music. The album is The Lion and the Lamb featuring Moses Onoja. The whole album is just so inspiring. No big stage, but simply singing their hearts to God. Listen to them and try not to smile or shed a little tear. True beauty on display. It was difficult to pick one song to highlight, so I added links to other songs on my blog. Enjoy
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