Don’t worry, be happy!

That doesn’t mean be blissfully ignorant, however.

We need to keep the faith, and we need to use our brains.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally trying to get others to worry.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally and knowingly pushing false narratives and pushing fake news in an effort to cause worry and anxiety in our lives.

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Jesus talked about worry and anxiety more than a few times, and he reminds us of how much God loves us, and how He can give us peace.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, Jesus’ words are worth our consideration.

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Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “

Luke 21:14-15, 18-19 “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict….  But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Others have had some wise words regarding worry and anxiety as well.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

“A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.” – George Herbert

“Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner

So Jesus is saying He’ll help us with the worrying part…, but it’s up to us to be smart…, think for ourselves…, find the truth…, and see things for what they are and not what we’re told they are by people that may not have our best interests at heart.

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The other day I ran across Bishop T.D. Jakes addressing this exact topic while I was flipping through the channels.

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I was impressed by his message, and it was the inspiration for this blog actually.

“I came to tell you this mornin’ the devil is after your mind. He’s after your mind, brother. He’s after your mind, and let me tell ya somethin’: That’s why the car broke down. That’s why the roof started leakin’. That’s why they threatened your job. Let me tell ya somethin’: The devil don’t drive, and he don’t wanna go to work, so he doesn’t need your car, and he’s not after your job. He’s just usin’ that stuff to go after your mind ‘cause your mind is your power.”

If you acknowledge that evil exists…, that “”he” the Devil, the enemy, Satan, exists…, then you have to ask yourself, “Who and what is Satan using on the earth to help him deceive us?

Think about it.

Who is propagating lies and deception on Satan’s behalf?

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“He don’t want your kids. Sometime, you don’t want ‘em! You know the devil don’t want your kids. He’s just usin’ what you care about to drive you crazy because he’s after your mind so that you will lose your power. Your mind is your power. Your power is your mind.”

“So Jesus says, ‘Take no thought.’ I’m goin’ to go deeper. Can I go deeper? So when he said, ‘Take no thought,’ I was uncomfortable with it because I didn’t really wanna preach it, and I thought, you know, because I’m really tryin’ to get us to think, and he says, ‘Take no thought,’ and I had to really look into it to understand that he’s not telling us to be mindless. You know what I think? He’s actually tellin’ us not to be distracted. Do you not know, you can be so into the possibilities of what could happen tomorrow, that you miss the pleasures of today? You could be so engrossed trying fend off what could happen that you don’t embrace what is happenin’?

“Worry is a computer that keeps buffering. Worry is when you keep thinkin’ the same thing over and over and over again without resolution. He’s sayin’, ‘Do not buffer, do not buffer, do not buffer.’”

Amen, Bishop Jakes…, Amen.

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A Blessed and a Merry Christmas from Mr. Erickson! 

achrist 1From The Bible, Luke 2:1-20

The Birth of Jesus

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (This was the first census that took place while Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them at an inn.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 And the angel said unto them, do not be afraid: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born unto you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

May you and yours have a blessed Christmas season, Christian or not.

MrEricksonRules.

 

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Believe it or not! This painting of Jesus miraculously survived a devastating, all-consuming, fire!

A lightning strike reportedly ignited a massive fire last Tuesday night at the historic, 150-year-old, First Baptist Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Everything inside the church was turned to ashes.

Well…, almost everything.

Miraculously, the fire crews found one thing in the rubble that survived the brutal flames somehow.

It was a lone painting.

A painting depicting Jesus Christ, standing in a white robe with hands, bearing the marks of crucifixion, extended.

The painting somehow survived…, untouched!

“It’s a beautiful sign of hope and a reminder that Jesus is with us,” church member Maria Kakolowski told a local TV station.  “I am personally just taking it as a sign and a reminder that Jesus, the Christ that we serve, is still alive and even though our church building is gone, our “church” is still here.  The God that we serve is still here.”

According to Lucia I. Suarez Sang, a Reporter for FoxNews.com, “Crews began dismantling the remnants of the historic building last Wednesday morning.  There is no official cause of the fire, however, residents nearby said they saw lightning hit the church’s steeple.”

The fire was reported after powerful thunderstorms rolled through the greater Boston area.

In a statement, church officials expressed their gratitude that no parishioners were hurt and thanked the fire department for battling the seven-alarm blaze.

“We know that we serve a God who specializes in restoring brokenness and who can bring beauty even from ashes,” they wrote. “So we move into the future with trust, hope, and gratitude.”

Pastor Norm Bendroth said he was settling down to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series last Tuesday night when he saw “a fireball in the sky.”

“It just went up like a tinderbox.  It’s a building built in 1870 and it’s a balloon-style (an all wood structure building that uses long, vertical 2″ x 4″ lumber for the exterior walls), so once the fire started you know the whole building just went up quickly,” he said.

According to the National Register of Historic Places, the structure was constructed around 1872 and rebuilt after a fire in 1912.

The estimated damage was more than $1 million.

The town’s fire chief, Michael Sullivan, told the Boston Globe newspaper that, “the extent of the fire on arrival was just too great for us to stop it.”

He added, “It’s a shame, it was a beautiful church.  We feel bad about that but there’s really nothing we could do.”

A “GoFundMe” page has been set-up to help the church.

Do you believe in miracles?

How else can this painting surviving completely unscathed be explained?

Please email me and let me know what you think!

 

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