Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rescued for a Reason

Have you ever been rescued by God from some terrible situation?  Auto accident, a disease, a house fire, a dangerous place, or a life-threatening relationship? Do you ever wonder why God spared your life?

My Old Testament reading this morning was in Exodus chapters 1:15-2:25, which covers early part of the life of Moses.

At the time Moses was born to his Hebrew parents, the Pharaoh of Egypt had issued an edict for all baby boys born to Hebrews to be killed. At first the mid-wives were instructed to kill them at birth, but when that order was not obeyed, Pharaoh ordered that all Hebrew boy babies be thrown into the Nile River.

Moses’ mother kept him secret for three months, but when she realized he could no longer be hidden, she made a basket of papyrus sealed with pitch, placed her baby in the basket and put it among the reeds near the bank of the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter came with her handmaids to bathe in the river, spotted the basket and saved the baby to be raised as her own son.

Moses’ sister, who had been set at watch over the baby, volunteered to get a wet-nurse for her brother and returned with Moses’ own mother, to whom Pharaoh’s daughter entrusted the child. There was another perk: Moses’ mom was paid to raise the child until he was older, at which time he became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and was raised in the Pharaoh’s court.

Moses had been saved for God’s future purpose, which took years to be revealed.

When Moses was age 40 (see Acts 7:23) he went out to where the Hebrew slaves were working at hard labor and saw an Egyptian foreman beating one of the Hebrew slaves. Making sure no one was in view to observe his action, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The Old Testament Scripture, Numbers 32:23 says: “. . . be sure your sin will find you out.” – as Moses was soon to discover.

The next day when Moses went out to watch the workers, he saw a Hebrew beating another Hebrew and asked the slave why he was beating his fellow worker. The slave answered: “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Moses knew he was in trouble.

Pharaoh got wind of Moses’ crime and tried to kill him; Moses escaped and went to live in Midian. There he met the daughters of a Midianite priest, who invited him home for dinner. Moses was invited to live in the priest’s home, married one of his daughters and settled down for another 40 years.

God had rescued Moses three times: at birth, from the Nile River, and from the hand of a very angry Pharaoh. Now God was about to call-in the favors. And Moses was about to discover the reason for God’s intervention in his life.

When I was a child I was saved me from drowning twice, I was spared from any serious injury in two bad car accidents in which my cars were totaled, and I’m sure there are many other God-rescues of which I am totally unaware.

Why did God save me? I have asked myself that question many times since I came to faith in Christ. Oh, I realize that God saved me because He loves me. But there is a sense that He has a purpose for me here on earth. I have committed myself to Him and seek to be a consistent witness of His love and grace to others. But there are those specific times, places, activities and events when I sense what His purpose is for my earth-life; as when He uses me to introduce Him to people around me – to put their hands into His.

Have you ever thought about why God saved you? If you have never experienced a rescue from physical death, perhaps you have experienced God’s rescue from spiritual death through the gift of Jesus who died on the cross to bring you into a relationship with God.

If you are wondering why you are here on this earth, why God has spared you so many times over the course of your life, if you have not yet found your purpose for being alive – ask Him. It may be that He is waiting for you to want to discover His purpose in creating you.

If you have already asked God what your purpose is, perhaps there is more character building that is needed in your life before you can be trusted with God’s plan. Or, maybe you are right where He wants you, living His plan for your life.

It may also be that, knowing what God knows about you, He hasn’t revealed His plan because you would not be willing to do what He asks of you.

Maybe you have sensed His calling on your life and have delayed or said “No.” to His plan because you haven’t yet figured out that life works best when you surrender to His will in total trust.

In my next blog, we’ll look at how God revealed His plan to Moses – how He called Moses to a specific mission and why Moses said, “No thanks.”

Are you willing to take the step to ask God what the reason is that He has rescued you?

©2012, Marcy Alves

Walking in Faith & Passing It On

What’s your faith quotient? How strong is your faith?

Luke 18:8 asks an important question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

I’d like to rephrase the question: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith on the earth? If you pay attention to world news – written, audio and visual; if you have conversations with people around you at work, school, community events, or the local grocery store – you would probably answer “Not much.” to that question.

Narrowing the question further: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith in the church? I don’t know about your experience, but it appears to me that the American church seems to give more credence to secular professionals than to God when it comes to personal or national issues; whether it is health problems, marriage issues, financial difficulties, mental health issues, government intervention, joblessness, parenting, interpersonal relationships, etc. For the Spirit-born believer, these are really spiritual issues that need operative faith.  But for many, if not the majority of worshippers in the American church, handling these issues often leaves faith out of the equation.

Let’s make this question personal: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith in your heart  regarding the issues mentioned above? Would He find you trusting Him for personal, national and international problems that seem to dominate the news and our lives today?

Let’s take a look at how faith is defined in the Bible in Heb. 11:1 :

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.  KJV

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  NIV

Faith is not believing in God; it’s believing God.

Faith is a funny thing: you don’t really know if you have it until you need it. It’s only when faced with the opportunity to act on it that you find whether or not you have it.

The Scripture says that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because the person that comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him”. (Hebrews 11:6)

2 Cor. 5:7 states:  “We live by faith, not by sight.”

Helen Keller wrote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

When is the last time you did something daring, based on faith, not knowing how it would turn out, but entrusting yourself to God – having full confidence that He is not only able, but willing to see that you get what you are trusting for?

Can your life be described as a “walk of faith”? Or would those who know you best say that you tend to be motivated more by anxiety, stress, fear, doubt and discouragement than by faith? Or do you have so much materially that you don’t have to trust God for provision? You’re walking by sight.

Gideon told his soldiers in Judges 7:17 that things would work out in their military maneuver if they would:

“Watch me and do what I do. When I get to the edge of the [enemy] camp, do what I do.”

All sorts of miracles took place in the Bible – because of someone’s faith. It caused them to step out and do – often not knowing exactly what would come next.

Could you say to those who know your life most intimately, “Watch me and do what I do and everything will be okay?” When it comes to faith, you can’t pass on what you don’t have.

The eyes of faith look for God in the most obscure places –in the midst of the most challenging circumstances.  I don’t mean to infer that God causes the sickness, pain, failure, or loss – but that God is there with you in it. That He will bring something good out of it. That He will see you through it. That God keeps His promises to His children – as we appropriate them through faith.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.  Eph. 3:20-21

”Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 10:41

God wants to bring you from where you are to a better place.  But first He needs to develop in you a faith that is worth giving away – a faith-walk that you would not mind someone following, because you know it will lead them into God’s throne room.

Whatever you have faced or are going to face ahead, God wants to use that in somebody’s life besides yours. God wants to use your faith-walk with Him to encourage others.

What does your faith-walk look like? Does the way you live influence those around you – family, friends, acquaintances – to a deeper life of dependence on God or dependence on people?

More than anything else in my life, if Jesus returns, I want Him to find faith on the earth, faith in the church – and faith in me that “. . .  is being sure of what [I] hope for and certain of what [I} do not see.”

What kind of faith do you have?  What kind of faith do you want?

©2012, Marcy Alves

Finding Hope in the Wilderness: Jacob’s Story

Where do you spend most of your Bible reading time?

I enjoy the narrative portions of Scripture – the stories of the people of God from the Old Testament period; the journal reports in the four New Testament Gospels that reveal the character, ministry, and teachings of Jesus; and the book of Acts which traces the development of the church –the “body of Christ”.  I especially love the biographies and the history of the nation of Israel, the Old Testament people-of-God. Last week I read in Genesis chapter 28 about Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham.

Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins. At their birth Esau came out first.  Then Jacob, holding onto Esau’s heel, made his appearance; hence his name Jacob, which means “he grasps the heel” or figuratively, “he deceives’ – and he certainly lived up to his name.

Esau was red and hairy and Jacob was not. Esau became a man of the outdoors and a skilled hunter, while Jacob hung around the tents; he was more into things like cooking.

One day Esau returned from one of his expeditions to the open country and he was famished. Jacob had made a pot of stew and the aroma was more than Esau could withstand – he begged his chef-brother for a bowl of stew. Jacob, being somewhat of an opportunist, saw his chance to one-up his brother.  He offered to give Esau some stew in exchange for his birthright – which was a pretty high price for beef stew. Though he was a twin, Esau, having come from the womb first, was considered the “firstborn” and the rights of the firstborn were his – his “birthright”, which involved such things as inheritance, headship in the family when his father died, and the authority of that position.

Esau replied, “What good is the birthright to me?” The Scripture says, “So Esau despised his birthright.” – it was of little consequence to him when he was hungry.  He was a man who lived by his appetites.

Jacob displays his “grasping” tendency as he takes advantage of Esau’s appetite-vulnerability. And Esau sells Jacob his birthright for a bowl of stew.

Much later, when Isaac was old and his eyesight was failing, thinking his time of death might be near, he sent Esau out to hunt some wild game to make a stew for him. Isaac told Esau that when he returned and served the meal to him, he (Isaac) would give Esau his blessing – the blessing of the firstborn.

Rebekah overheard the conversation between Isaac and Esau (his favorite son), and tells Jacob (her favorite son) to quickly prepare some stew and to serve his father, pretending to be Esau. She thinks of all the details, including gloves of goatskins (to simulate Esau’s hairy hands) and dressing Jacob in some of Esau’s dirty clothes – Isaac said he could “smell” his son Esau when Jacob served the stew.

Though Isaac wonders about the quickness of “Esau’s” hunt, and is a bit suspicious about the timber of Jacob’s voice, Jacob’s deceptive costume and skillful lies persuade his father that Jacob is indeed Esau. Isaac then pronounces a blessing on Jacob, whom he believes to be his eldest son.

Later Esau returns, prepares his dad’s favorite stew and brings it to him. The plot is now exposed and Isaac, “trembling violently” explains that he has already given the eldest son’s blessing to Jacob; a blessing given, even under such deception, cannot be called back.

Esau is furious with Jacob and holds a murderous grudge against him.  He plots to kill Jacob as soon as his own aged father is dead and the period of mourning is over.

Rebekah, getting wind of Esau’s plan, warns Jacob and persuades Isaac to send him off to her relatives to find a “proper wife”. Isaac sends Jacob off with another blessing – a blessing of fruitfulness and prosperity.

The Scripture does not say whether anyone went with Jacob. It seems that he traveled alone, as no servants are mentioned.

In a place called Luz Jacob stops to spend the night, sleeping out under the stars, with a rock for a pillow. He is now estranged from his family, not knowing if he will ever see his aging father alive again. He has no road maps, only the stars and sun to guide him. No streetlights, no friendly faces along the way. He must have felt afraid for he was not an outdoorsman, and as far as we know had never traveled far from the tents of his parents. You might be thinking, “He got what he deserves, the liar, the cheat.” But let’s not be too hasty.  God desires mercy rather than judgement.

Casting blame aside, can you relate to Jacob’s fearful journey? Being forced by circumstances to face a situation you are totally unequipped to handle.  Alone in a place with no one to rescue you?  Knowing that you are vulnerable to wild animals or bandits, without knowledge of how to fight back? Traveling in darkness and unfamiliar territory and heading to a place where you have never been?

There is evidence in the narration that Jacob had not before this time developed a personal faith in God.

Jacob lies down to sleep and has a vivid dream.  In the dream he sees a stairway into heaven, resting on the earth. Angels are going up and down the stairs and the Lord stands at the top of the stairs. The Lord speaks to Jacob and identifies himself as:

“the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.”

The Lord does not say, “I am your God.” Yet, God makes promises to Jacob of blessing, success, prosperity, numerous progeny, and protection. He ends by saying,

“. . . wherever you go I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I done what I have promised you.”

Jacob awakens from his dream and is amazed! In spite of all he has done, taking advantage of his brother, his lies and his deception of his aging father, stealing what was not lawfully his – in spite of all this, God chooses to bless him! He has a destiny.

Jacob’s response is found in Gen. 28:16-19: “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’ 17 He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19He called that place Bethel . . .” – which means house of God.

“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Does this thought speak something to you as it did to me?

Jacob was in a place of danger, all alone, uncertain about his future – a situation he had never been in before – yet, he could say, “the Lord is in this place with me, even though I was not aware of it.”

How about you? Are you living in a place that is unfamiliar territory? Are you uncertain about your future? Do you feel alone in it? Are you afraid? Are you wondering where God is?

If we could only see behind this place we think of as the “real world” into where God and the hosts of angels dwell. If we could get a vision of that realm of timelessness, all of our doubts, frustrations, and fears would end.

Wherever you are, whatever you are going through right now – shattered dreams, broken relationships, sickness, lack of a job, piles of bills with no way to pay them, tiredness and discouragement, ask God to give you a dream or revelation of Him. Ask the Lord to cause you to be aware of His presence in the midst of your troubling circumstances. Learn to call the place where you are, “Bethel” – the house of God – and you will begin to experience His presence there.

God was true to His promises to Jacob and his descendants, as the Scriptures reveal in the Old and New Testaments. And He will keep His promises to those who trust in Him, to those who embrace the life He has given them in the sacrifice of His Son and the gift of His Holy Spirit. And that includes you.

How about you? Have you found God in a wilderness of your experience? Share how God has revealed Himself to you in the midst of bad circumstances. I’d love to hear from you.

©2011, Marcy Alves

Time for a Lane Change?

I was driving home from a speaking engagement last week (actually I was fairly zipping along – keeping up with the flow of traffic, of course) when I came to a section of highway where road repair work seems to be interminable – a section where merges and lane endings act as automatic traffic slow-downs, or fender-benders zones for un-observant drivers.

It never ceases to amaze me that there are drivers who continue their open-highway speed in a lane that has clearly been marked with such signs as “Lane ends in 100 feet, merge right”. I’ve seen drivers increase their speed at the appearance of such a sign, perhaps to get ahead of as many cars as possible before merging? Don’t they realize there is a time to slow down?

Life often requires lane changes or detours at the most inconvenient and unexpected times. Lost jobs, sickness or physical injury, loss of a loved one, a failing business, lost opportunities or abilities due to aging – there are many causes for such life interferences, resulting in failed enterprises or unfulfilled dreams.

What do you do when these slow-downs, lane changes or merges happen on your road from here to who knows where? Do you keep moving on at the same speed? Do you speed up, thinking you can get further along before the inevitable merge?  Do you slow down, move over and keep going ahead? Do you pull over to the side of the highway you’ve been traveling on, get out a map and see what your options are for finding a detour around the confusion?

Do you start questioning God? Asking why He let this happen to you? Doubting that He loves you?  Wondering if He will abandon you to wander along on your own?

I frankly don’t believe that there are accidental merges, lane changes, or detours where God’s purpose for my life is concerned.  I don’t know if our Father plans them, or if – as with Job in the Bible – God allows our enemy, Satan, to run out a bit on his leash. To question God’s ability to manage these “unexpected” events in our lives would be to doubt either His unparalleled power or His perfect love.  I don’t believe that these detours are without purpose – whether they are planned or merely permitted.

More important than our “happiness” or “success in life” is the character that is being built into us – the image of Christ stamped on us.  And, perhaps more important than our character development is the awakening of our spirits to be able to comprehend as much as humans can, the character and nature of God himself, and our relationship with Him as His Spirit-born children.

God does not intend to abandon us by the side of the road, to detour us to a dead-end, to slow us down in order to toy with us. But I believe that He waits on us, just as we wait on Him, to discover what His plan for us is at each particular slow-down and speed bump in our lives. He wants us to look to Him for each mile of our journey here on earth.

Whatever the slow-down, merge or detour is in your life at this time, you will be spared from unwanted fender-benders and fatal accidents by obeying the “yield” sign – conceding to God the right to direct your life, trusting that He knows the road ahead and will get you safely to your intended destination.

One of my recent teabag tags stated, “A promise is a gift in advance.”

Our heavenly Father has given us many “great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4); and these promises are awesome gifts that help us to navigate successfully through life.

One of the best ways to endure these seeming detours, lane changes, and slow-downs is to look for God’s promises in the Scriptures; select a promise that relates to your travel impediment, memorize and meditate on it until it stirs up faith to believe God for the mile you are on. Use those Scriptures as mile-markers in your journey.

My most recent mile markers are:

Psalm 118:2, “God is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength in whom I will put my trust.”

1 Peter 2:6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

What promises are getting you through?

Wherever you are headed this week, have a safe trip.

©2012, Marcy Alves

Refocus in 2012

There’s an old adage that says “Confession is good for the soul.”  I’m not sure where that saying originated, but it does have agreement in the Scriptures.  Anyway, I have a public confession to make: I am both a perfectionist and a procrastinator – and I have a strong notion that the first malady contributes greatly to the second.

Over the years I’ve done several recording projects, and each time I listen to them, I hear the weaknesses or mistakes and wish I could re-do them. Fortunately we’ve had album producers who have said, “How much do you have that you can spend on perfection? Most people won’t notice the difference between good and perfect.”

I have written stories, articles and even books that have never been submitted for publication. I’ve written songs that have never been recorded nor sung in public.

I also have projects on my “to-do” list that have never been started, even though I consider them “important”, because I can’t seem to carve out a significant amount of time to complete them to my standard of excellence. I’m easily distracted by the “immediate”, and there is always so much “immediate” that “needs” to be done.  Anybody tracking with me here?

Now that I’ve lived more years than I care to disclose in a public document, I realize that it’s time to focus or I’ll come to the end with nothing accomplished besides the “immediate” – which most often tends to be those repetitive things that are part of daily living.

I’ve decided to undergo a beginning-of-the-New-Year overhaul that I hope will get me on the right track for a productive and creative 2012.

Here’s my five-point plan; maybe it will be an encouragement to get you moving in 2012.

  • Reflect – on my past year. What progress have I made, or what seems to be impeding that progress? Is it the same ole, same ole things? Where am I stuck? What needs to change?
  • Repent – about anything that I’ve allowed to side-track me from things which I truly believe God has called me and equipped me to do.

The Scripture says in Eph. 2:10:  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

If nothing is being accomplished through my life for the kingdom of God, then one of several things may be true:

1.  I have not yet asked my Heavenly Father what He has prepared for me to do. Oh, I have plenty of ideas of things I can do, but if He has not prepared them for me, there will be no kingdom payoff.

2.  I’m not a good listener – or have not taken the time to listen.

3.  I’m wasting my time and energies on other things – even other “good” things – that are not His appointments.

4.  I’m afraid to try to do what I think He is asking me to do.

In any case, I need to “repent – which means to agree with God – and get on His program. Not getting-on with His plans could be sin (disobedience), fear of failure (unbelief), or getting too busy with “life” (neglect of spiritual enterprises for the sake of the mundane). I don’t think He will ask me how clean I’ve kept my home or how organized my closets are. Not even how many hours I have spent reading the Bible.

  • Refocus

Upward.  How much time do I spend focusing on daily rituals or things on my need-to-do list, rather than asking God for His plan for the day? Does He really have my ear even as I go about daily chores so that He can call me away from them to enter my “listening room”?

Outward. Am I “other-aware” as I move about in public places? Am I “other-aware” and “other-motivated” when I pray? Or do I pray mostly for me and mine?  I have a sense that most of the good works that “God has prepared in advance for us to do” involve activities that affect others.

Social media is a big time-involvement phenomenon – but does what I share or post or tweet mostly involve “me”, or does it seek to motivate, minister to, comfort, or encourage others? Frankly, I really don’t care what someone had for breakfast that got posted on Facebook.  What are you doing, what am I doing that makes a difference in anyone’s life?

Phil. 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.”

  • Risk – I want to believe God for something I can’t do on my own and step out to take a risk in 2012!  With one of the books I’ve been writing, with someone I need to win to the Lord, with a social injustice I can help make right, with someone’s attitude I can influence for good. With a mission that God may want to send me on.
  •  Rest – When I walk in the work that He had prepared beforehand, it brings me into a place of rest as I entrust the results into His hands.

Matt. 11:28-30  “ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I trust you will enter 2012 with renewed enthusiasm for walking in the good works that God has prepared ahead of time specifically for you to do. May you enter with a “Yes, Lord,” a listening ear, a heart to obey, courage to risk something new, and the on-going refreshment of resting in Him for the results.

God bless you in 2012!

©2011, Marcy Alves

Election Year 2012

“Who are you voting for?” was a question directed at me last night at our lifegroup meeting from a 21-year-old woman. The question was in response to my admonition to the group members to make sure they voted in our NH Presidential Primary, if they care about the well-being of our nation.

If you have read any of my other blog posts, you’ll concur that I seldom make reference to politics or political issues. I’m more interested in proclaiming truths of the parallel kingdom of the Spirit. However . . . to illustrate that sometimes kingdoms collide and cause much concern, I’m leaving the narrow path and venturing onto the wide road for one blog. I’m doing this because . . . ?

2012 is an important election year.  It’s not just politics as usual.

Not just because of the lack of life-sustaining jobs in the US and an economy that has resulted in thousands being forced out of their homes by banks who received money from our government to help American home owners, then either misused or withheld those funds for their own interests.

Not just because we have the highest national debt in the history of our nation – not because any one party created that debt.

Not because our nation is fast succumbing to an “entitlement mentality”, both inside and outside of the Capital beltway and the Capitol Building.

Not because there’s more coming-in than going-out in nationally produced American goods and services, which contributes even more to our jobless rate and consequentially to our national debt.

Not because we give away billions of dollars to other nations who could care less about Americans, except as “sugar daddies”, rescuers, job suppliers for their impoverished people, because their own governments either don’t care enough or don’t know enough to take care of their own people – or are experiencing the results of their own ideological choices.

Not because we sell arms and munitions to those who are likely to use them against us.

Not because we don’t stand by our long-time ally, Israel, the only democratic country in the Middle East, but push her further and further toward dissection.

Not because our law-makers and court “law interpreters” cater to the loudest minority protestors who want special treatment in areas of race, religion, education, US border control arrests, birth/death choices, and rights of various sexual preferences (who knows where that may next lead us?).

It’s an important election year because our Constitutional freedoms will soon be on the auction block to the highest bidder – if we don’t have a change of ideological and political direction in the next four years. Already freedoms of speech, public expressions of religion and religious philosophy, the right to bear arms, and the right to choose to purchase or not to purchase our own health insurance are in serious jeopardy. I’m sure there are other endangered freedoms that I haven’t included here.

Even our American courts have been challenged and made concessions to both international law and laws of certain religious sects, where those laws collide with American law. I can envision a time when physical abuse and even murder cases may be deferred to certain religious institutional laws. When people chose to live in America, they should be subject to American laws. Concessions will lead to collapse to our own system of laws and their enforcement.

If you care about the USA and are planning to vote in the Presidential Primary in your state, or in the November 2012 elections, please do yourself and everyone else a favor by going on-line to the actual sites of the candidates – read what they stand for. Also, check voting records on issues that you care about. If you have time and opportunity, attend town halls and debates where various candidates will be speak and be available for questions. Address specific questions to candidates’ websites.

Please don’t vote if you are not an informed voter.

Don’t depend on network TV, radio or newspapers to faithfully report what each candidate stands for – everybody has a bias, even journalists. Some networks aren’t even trying to disguise their biases.

Don’t allow your vote to be purchased by empty promises, either on the local or the national levels.

Finally, pray about whom you should vote for; God, who knows “what’s in the hearts of men” and can alert you to a sense of things that are hidden – for He weighs the thoughts and intents of the heart. Ask Him for wisdom that goes beyond appearances and vote for the person(s) of His choice.

See you at the polls?

©2011, Marcy Alves

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