An unopened gift – the American Dream vs. the Christian Hope, & Waterfalls

By: Dan Seale

An Unopened Gift

Don’t you love receiving gifts from people who know you well and know just what you want and need? 

This past Sunday Brad Rogers preached a great sermon about a gift from God who knows us well and knows what we need but many of us have failed to open that gift and receive its benefits.  Click here to listen to the sermon The Rest of God if you missed it. I think a second listen for those of us present would be worth the time to let the truth sink in and help us make better use of God’s gift of the Sabbath.

The American Dream vs. the Christian Hope

We just celebrated July 4th Independence Day with fireworks and cookouts.  I love our country and the freedoms we have.  However, I often feel the American Dream clashes with our calling as followers of Jesus.  Melissa Kreuger wrote a challenging blog on the American Dream vs. the Christian Hope.  Please click here to read it and see which vision has most captured your heart and mind.


This week Debbi and I dropped off AnGrace at summer camp in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  While in the area we decided to visit several waterfalls, including some that were in the movie The Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans.   As we sat by one set of falls I found myself almost hypnotized by the running water and the loud crashing of water upon the rocks.  It reminded me of the way the psalms reflect on how nature reveals God’s beauty, power, and glory.  Interestingly enough, a scientific study showed how being in nature (God’s creation) benefits our mental health.  You can find the article here. There are so many beautiful places in and near Raleigh; we should make it a priority to get into God’s creation, pausing to write or sing our own psalms of praise to Him.

Psalm 104:10-11 – You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Psalm 19:1,2 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech and night to night reveals knowledge.