Living Like Lot

I’ll be honest, I can hardly watch the news anymore. I’ve talked with many people at Spirit of Life Church about this and it sounds like I’m not the only one. It’s incredible to see the increase of evil happening in our society today. In Matthew 24 Jesus talked about a rapid increase of lawlessness in the last days. Suffice to say, it’s here.

Recently I was reading 2 Peter 2 and was struck by the reference to Lot. I quickly realized that I had a lot in common with Lot. If you don’t remember his story you can read about it in Genesis 19. What struck me in Peter’s account of Lot was the “suffering” that he endured because of the lawlessness happening in his day.

“and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)” (2 Peter 2:7-8)

The phrase that struck me was “tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard”. Wow, that’s something I can relate to in our day. We’re living in difficult days and it’s tempting to lose heart, even when it seems that evil is triumphing.

The good news is, like Lot, God has a rescue plan for us. Peter goes on to say in verse 9:

“if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.”

If you’re pursuing godliness and trusting in Jesus in these uncertain days, you are protected. God sees and He knows and He will watch over and keep you in these difficult days. The key is to abide in Jesus.

I want to encourage our church to remember that even though we may feel overwhelmed in these days, God has a rescue plan for us as we abide in Him.

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

Did you know that the Bible says that laughter is good for your soul? Listen to what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22:

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Did you also know that laughing can be good for your physical health? According to an article by Morgan Griffin on WebMD, laughing may improve your health. She says this:

Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.

“I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off,” says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist. “They might be healthier too.”

Yet researchers aren’t sure if it’s actually the act of laughing that makes people feel better. A good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and the support of friends and family might play a role, too.

I don’t know about you but I love a good laugh now and again. Whether it’s listening to my kids tell jokes or watching a funny show on TV, I love to laugh. At Spirit of Life Church in New Prague, we think laughter is an important part of our culture too!

We’re living in some sobering times. There’s a lot of anger in our country right now and it seems that we’re more divided than ever. The reality is, living in this world can be incredibly difficult at times. Because of sin, there is a lot of pain happening all around us.

The reality is that we could all use a little more laughter in our lives. Sometimes it’s good to just turn off all the bad news and watch some Andy Griffin.

How about you? What makes you laugh?