Well, here it is officially, 2009. I have one question I have been thinking about lately:
Where is my spaceship?
Let me explain . . .
As a young boy growing up on cartoons, whenever they showed “the future” — and understand that back in the ’50s, the future was only 30 years away — everyone flew around in spaceships. You know, George Jetson-style. But here we are, still lumbering about in in our automobiles. We have not even nailed the electric car yet, much less one that flies!
For a time, especially in the ’50’s and ’60s, there was this utopian dream of a better world. We were told that everything would be better in the future. Now we have lived long enough to know that despite our advances in technology, mankind will always mess things up.
One day we will fly!
Ah, but one day that future we all long for will come. Perhaps we will fly and we won’t even need spaceships! We will have new bodies, on a new earth, ruled over by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I am looking forward to that day.
That is what Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer, when he instructed us to say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Live your life well
So we want our lives to count during our short time here on planet Earth, especially as we are now officially in 2009. I want to speak on living our lives well this Sunday at Harvest. It will be based on the apostle Paul’s final words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. I hope you can join us for that.
Read through the Bible this year!
Speaking of living our lives well, I can’t think of a better way to get started in that then to start a plan of daily Bible reading.
We at Harvest want to help you with that. If you go to our homepage, you will find our daily devotion at the top of the page. If you click it, you will see at the top of the page, “Today’s Read the Word.” The reading is updated every day.
We just started Genesis (a good place to start!). You can also subscribe to our devotions and get them as an e-mail six days a week.
The tragic death of Ryan Joshua Armstrong
Some of you have e-mailed me about the tragic death of Ryan Joshua Armstrong, who was stabbed to death on the eve of December 27. His father, Ron Armstrong, is the pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar, California.
My heart broke when I read this story, for here is another pastor who lost his firstborn son. In an article in the newspaper, they pointed out that Ron was the second pastor to have a son die in 2008 (I being the other).
I have made contact with Ron and have assured him of my prayers and support. We had a good talk and we will be in contact in the days ahead. Thanks for thinking of him and most importantly, be praying for the Armstrong family and the congregation at Cornerstone Church.