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Summary: What to expect in times of societal change as a person trying to live a godly life and how to prepare yourselves for those times

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Fireproof your Future - Preparing for times of uncertainty

A godly life brings opposition

A godly life brings hard choices

A godly Life requires that we know Who we believe in

A godly life brings blessing and peace

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Intro

We are living in very uncertain times.

Finances

We have a financial system that cannot seem to find its footing.

Homes are being foreclosed on

Retirement savings have been decimated

Jobs are being lost by the thousands

The Cost of living continues to rise

This is not only in America, but across much of the world

Administration change

We are in for a change of administration for sure

We are certain to have a president that scares a lot of people, whether that is John McCain or Barak Obama.

Societal changes

We live in a different society that we did 10 years ago.

Terrorism affects all of us now.

Our country has always been a bastion of liberty.

Liberty is freedom with responsibility.

One of the greatest things about our country was that people understood and took their responsibilities seriously.

Freedom = License, not Liberty

We now live in a world that doesn’t view freedom as a liberty but as a license – a license to do whatever I want to do and you can’t do anything about it.

Maintaining liberty in that environment is very difficult.

Even more than 150 years ago, French Historian Alexis De Tocqueville saw that. As he travelled America to discover why the American experiment was so successful, he noted, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

And he noted that “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”

When America believes that

freedom is more of a license to do what we want rather than a liberty that carries with it responsibilities, or

when those responsibilities are not defined by a faith based morality,

we will see the nation cease to be great, because she has ceased to pursue goodness by the power and strength of the Living God.

We see the struggle today to maintain liberty in the face of a society that no longer has a faith based morality.

We struggle with things like the Patriot act, which gives the government unprecedented powers in denying what were once constitutional freedoms, so as to protect us from terrorists, from abroad as well as from home.

To be safe in a society that is not good, means limiting freedoms and giving authority over to others to protect us.

But if we have a government that is “of the people, by the people and for the people” (Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address), and the people as a whole are not good or do not have a faith based morality, do we expect them to wisely use, or at a minimum to not abuse, the unprecedented power they have been given?

Transition

Challenging and uncertain times are certainly what we are living in.

As we view these things, it is easy to focus only on these changes and uncertainties and become discouraged.

We may even wonder where is God in all of this?

Well, often it is in times of hardship and uncertainty that God shows up in unbelievable ways in the live of His people.


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Steve Laker

commented on Oct 29, 2008

I found this sermon to be very appropriate and insightful. Good Job!

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