A Lesson From 101 Dalmatians

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Psalm 119:105

Would you agree that these are crazy times we are living in? How do we keep our sanity in these turbulent days? One way I know is to read the world's best seller as often as possible and it will give a great deal of peace and comfort to us.
Life can be painful. Life without meaning and purpose can be unbearable. But life really does have meaning because there is a God, and He has revealed Himself in creation and in His word.

Through the years, many noteworthy Americans allowed themselves to be shaped by the Bible. It is a fact that our nation was founded and supported by the power of the word of God. It shaped our laws, it secured our peace, and it strengthened our homes. Just think about the impact it had on our Founding Fathers’ lives. Indeed, many of our great American leaders have found comfort and courage in the Word of God.
I read a great book called “George Washington’s Sacred Fire” written by historian Peter Lilliback. He writes, “Washington read the Bible so frequently, that many of its phrases come out in his speeches and writings. It’s as if you were to cut him, he would bleed Scripture.”
He also writes about Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Polly who died in 1804. His other daughter Martha wrote, “Every time I came into my father’s room during that dark time for our family, I found him with the Bible in his hands seeking consolation from it.”
Abraham Lincoln read the Bible all the time. It came out in most of his speeches. I remember visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and feeling proud that the Bible is chiseled there in stone for all to see. And in his Second Inaugural Address to our nation, in one of its darkest days, there are three powerful Bible quotes.
During his presidency, Lincoln received a Bible as a gift, with it in his hand he said, “All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. Without it we could not know right from wrong.”
President Reagan once said, “Inside the Bible’s pages lie the answers to all the problems that mankind has ever known. I hope Americans will read and study the Bible.”   
In the movie “101 Dalmatians” the dogs are getting captured by old Cruella and her band of bad men. I remember many years ago watching it with my grandson Syrus, and he was very disturbed by the scene where she captures all the puppies. So he looks up at me and asked, “Grandpa, are the doggies going to be O.K. and get away from the bad guys?”
Since I had seen the movie already, I could confidently answer, “Yes, buddy they will be fine, just keep watching.”
But this made me think – if you know Jesus and know your Bible then as you watch the world seemingly go insane around us, we can have confidence that God has it all under control.

Despite those who would reject anything Christianity has to offer, the invitation of Jesus to those who will listen His words is so refreshing, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
That’s a great prescription of our nation! There’s the hope for depression! And there’s the help for darkness.
Join me this Thursday @ 12pm-1pm, here at FBC for National Day of Prayer, as Christians around the country pray for America!
God bless America,
Pastor Dave

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