Are you happy? When I was in college there was a song out by Bobby McFerrin titled "Don't Worry, Be Happy" It was the first a cappella song to reach number one on the billboard hot 100 chart. Today, 26 years later,Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" is still very popular after enjoying huge success earlier this year. Let's face it, we all want to be happy; it is a universal quest for all people, regardless of the demographic. I think it tragic that people spend their whole lives trying to "be happy", yet most people have no idea how to achieve it. Sadly, most will spend their entire lives hopelessly searching for happiness in the wrong places. We look for it in the form of drugs and alcohol. We buy more stuff, thinking our possessions, toys, or material wealth will make us happy. We set goals for ourselves, thinking our next great achievement will do the trick. We strive for that new position or promotion believing power and prestige will bring us the happiness we long for. The bottom line is that none of these things will bring us the true happiness we long for . So, where do we go for the true source of happiness? I'm glad you asked.
There are all kinds of people and sources peddling "the truth". However, there is only one source of truth, and it God's Word, the holy bible. The bible is adequate to provide us with all the information we need to lead a successful, productive, and happy life. In fact, you just might be surprised with how much the bible has to say about happiness. Consider these passages:
Psalm 144:15 - "happy are the people whose God is the Lord!"
Proverbs 3:18 - In speaking about wisdom, this verse says, "And happy are all who retain her."
Proverbs 14:21- " He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he."
Proverbs 16:20 - "He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he."
Proverbs 28:14 - "Happy is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble."
Proverbs 29:18 - " Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law."
John 13:17 - John 13:17 (AMP)
17 If you know these things, blessed and happy and to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them].
The movie Noah was especially gory, action packed, full of drama, and entertaining in some ways. From a Christian's point of view though, I wasn't pleased with how the movie played out. In many ways the movie did not show what the bible actually says about the ark, Noah, and his family. In my opinion, if you are going to make a movie about a story in the Bible, you have to make it biblical. For example, in the movie Noah only had one son that brought a wife with him. In the Bible however, God provides all three sons with wives. Another thing that bothered me was that God's name was never said in the movie whatsoever. He was always referred to as "The Creator". The movie also made it seem as if Noah made all the decisions, not God or "The Creator". Noah in the movie was confused about whether or not God intended for man to be in the new world. Noah in the Bible knew what God wanted because God told him himself. He was not confused. He did not try to kill his own grandchildren. I could honestly go on, and on, and on about all the things that upset me biblically in this movie. All around the movie was an okay film, but as Noah says in the movie, "The creator does not smile upon it".
- Adella Lonas
There is a news story that came out this past Friday that you need to be aware of; "U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet". This is a move that has the potential to directly affect everyone reading this post. Just like the "GLO-BULL" warming agenda, what this is really about is control, and the ability to generate revenue through taxation. A global organization in control of the internet is really accountable to no one, and will have the ability to spy, levy taxes on internet usage, and control available internet content based on "global" standards, which means even more American rights, protections, and freedoms can be damned. Everyone knows that if you want a news story to fly under the radar, then release it on a Friday where it will fizzle out over the weekend, and that is exactly what our government has done in this case. I encourage everyone to continue to keep up with this story, and share it with as many people as you can. We need to voice our concerns to our elected representatives in congress as well.
I just finished reading another "the sky is falling" global warming piece in our
local newspaper. When I finished, I stepped out my front door and watched the
snow coming down harder than I've seen it fall in several years. Sorry
guys, still not buying it. In the article, Nobel prize winner
Mr. Chu predicted dire consequences a few decades from now unless we
change our ways. Didn't Al Gore predict a couple of decades ago that by
2013 there would be no more polar ice caps. Yeah, that didn't happen. Also
in the article Mr. Chu recommended there be taxes on carbon
emissions. That's what it's really all about, and people are starting to wake up
to that fact. Of course the headline in the article I read made sure to include
the fact that Mr. Chu is a "Nobel Prize" winner. Wow, a Nobel prize winner. So I
should believe him because he won a popularity contest among his peers? He may
have won the Nobel prize, but the only credentials you really need to figure
things out are common sense, good observation skills, and a knack for
spotting B.S. Sorry Mr. Chu, I like my credentials better than yours.
I like sports. When I watch sports though, I watch them for the event itself. I DO NOT tune in for politiical spin and indoctrination. That's why it disgusted me to see Bob Costas interviewing the President during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on Friday evening. We get it Obama; we get it N.B.C.! You want Americans to embrace homosexuality as if it were normal. Why else would N.B.C. give our President an extensive interview about the "human rights violations" of Russia in its views toward homosexuality? Costas and Obama looked like two giddy school girls as they talked about the "message" we are sending to Russia by flaunting openly gay representatives in America's part in the opening ceremonies. Cut out the politics N.B.C. and just show us the Olympic events for crying out loud. With approximately only 2% of the population claiming to be homosexual, quit acting like it's half of America .( See this study http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF08L42.pdf) I watch sports to get away from this kind of stuff.
Joel Osteen is coming to Knoxville. I couldn't care less, except for the fact that thousands of people will come out to hear him speak, and will be deceived into believing that they are listening to a "man of God." Mr. Osteen is just another false teacher who has prostituted himself by preaching a non-biblical message to hordes of unsuspecting sheep who call themselves Christians, but have no idea what the Bible really teaches. The biblical ignorance of the crowd that will come out to hear Mr. Osteen speak really cannot be challenged. How else can you explain the thousands of people that will turn out to hear this man speak as God's ambassador? The prosperity gospel is popular. I get it. It sounds great, puts butts in the seats, and money in the offering plate. The problem is that it is not what the Bible teaches. I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul had to say to the Ephesian church in the book of Acts. "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock." Sheep, meet Mr. wolf. In John 14:6 Jesus says; "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." It seems Mr. Osteen has never read that passage. Listen to him dodge this question in a 2005 interview with Larry King. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKF_QgNezBY