Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Immigration


Immigration Reform.

(I originally wrote this in 2012 and thought to share as a Canadian Student who came on a vise to Religious Worker to Permanent Resident via marriage)

Let me say this I'm all for Immigration Reform. I think both political parties can legally say that. But how does one go about it?

I. One needs to patrol and close the borders. You don't put a bandage where there is a severed wound.

II. Deal with the laws of immigration and simplify them. (Confusion over the laws and State Rights and Federal Territory haven't been verified )In alot of ways those that have come legally are being downplayed to those that are here undocumented and illegally. (and recently with the election some have discriminated against those legally who came -SAD)

III. With simplification - have each state have their own ICE office and paperwork. No more complex forms, laws, out of state offices, changes of INS to ICE, and the rules, or no word from the agency. There maybe laws but ultimately the federal government has made this a complex and complicated issue where there is none. Make the process simple and easy. You would think with our computer technology, being able to put men on the moon etc ... this would be one issue to solve ....

IV. Let people tell their stories. I came here legally. I got a visa, I changed my status and currently have to go through the process again after consulting a immigration lawyer ... and yet (I won't say how many times I've dealt with INS/ICE and many red tape paperwork .... it can be frustrating)(Update: Finished paperwork: permanent resident working on what is called N-400 aka citizenship)

V. Immigration Reform can be done with some Common Sense. It is not a FREE for all, nor for racial profiling. Unfortunately it has become such a Hot Button and political topic ... it has hurt some of us who have/ or are in the process of obeying the laws.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Why funerals, memorials?

Funerals, memorials are a way to say goodbye. Those that are Christians, we have the hope to see each other again.


The 4 Rs in dealing with Death.

Here are some insights I have. First is I don't have all the answers, only God does. And that in such times I just listen, and be there.

Here are the 4Rs.

I. Reality. We are all going to die. When is the question. But we're all going to die. Death is an enemy.

II. Reason. Death was alien to God's plan. We were never intended to die - but due to sin.

III. Realm. There is a realm of separation of the soul from the body.

IV. Readiness of Death. Live your life in such a way that speaks of eternity.

I do not like Death. Death, dying isn't easy. It affects you. I still carry the scars and wounds that death has had on me ...but it has made me stronger. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

How have you encounter death?

What do you say to someone that has lost a loved one?

All I know if to be there.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Why Sunday School?

Why do we have Sunday School or Bible School?

Proverbs tells us to train up a child in the way he should go, that when he grows old he will depart away from it.
Psalms 119 talks about the law and love for God's precepts.

Matt. 28 tells us to go make disciples.

2 Timothy 3:16 says: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."

Why Bible School? It gives opportunity to learn God's Word and apply it to our lives. Why not?!

Winter/ Spring 2017 Lessons

This winter we are looking at Philippians and the life of David. During our Sunday School hour we use the International Bible School lesson. Wednesdays night - We are looking at an OT Survey and on Thursdays - the book of Proverbs.

Lots of application of God's Word. What are you studying?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Epistles of Paul short Sermon Series.Titus, Philippians

So the next few months I'm preaching through Titus and Philippians. Every year I try to preach through a NT book and an OT book. What is your current series you're preaching on or listening to?