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The Man Who Invented Christmas - Part II

The Man Who Invented Christmas posed the problem if you can change.  Could Scrooge change from his evil ways or was he incapable of changing?  As we all know, Scrooge could and did change his ways.  But are you capable of changing your ways and believing in Christ?

Lord, help us to become Your followers.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is an excellent film.  It is the story of how Charles Dickens became inspired to write The Christmas Carol.  It is generally historically accurate, and the story becomes alive.  As he visits various people, they morph into various characters and he sees them.  Then the invariable knock on the door comes and his concentration is wrecked and they disappear.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is highly recommended.  There is no profanity and no nudity.  Suitable for all ages.

Pearl Harbor Day

    Today I went to a Pearl Harbor commemoration.  It is good to pause and remember those who have died and a warning not to be complacent.  You may think you have control of your life, but you never know when you are going to die.  Not only should you have a will made out, but you should also know if you are going to heaven or hell.  Only by believing in Jesus Christ as your savior will you enter heaven.

Religious Freedom

The first amendment states:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Today in the Supreme Court a very important case was argued.  Jack Phillips, a Christian baker, would not make a cake for a gay couple who wanted to get married.  Since the Bible condemns homosexuality, Jack Philips contended that if he was going to bake a cake it would violate his "free exercise" of religion.  He offered to help them find a baker who would make the cake for them.  The state of Colorado fined him and sent him to remedial training.

Lord, we pray that Christians will not be persecuted because of their faith.

Gambling - IV

Fourth, gambling is a form of state-sponsored greed. We read in Romans 13 that government is to be a minister of God. Government should provide order in society and promote public virtue. Legalized gambling undercuts government’s role and subverts the moral fabric of society through greed and selfishness promoted by a state-sponsored vice.
Many state governments like gambling because it is a source of revenue that is not a tax.  That sounds like greed - because revenue by definition is a tax.

Gambling - III

Third, gambling destroys families. Gambling is a major cause of family neglect. Many of the social costs associated with gambling come from its mindset. As people get caught up in a gambling frenzy, they begin to neglect their families. Money spent on lottery tickets or at horse tracks is frequently not risk capital but is income that should be spent on family needs. In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul says that a person who refuses to care for his family is worse than an infidel. Parents must provide for their children (2 Corinthians 12:14) and eat the bread of their labors (2 Thessalonians 3:12). When gambling is legalized it tempts people to neglect their God-mandated responsibility to care for their families, and these families often end up on welfare.