Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Monday, September 12, 2016

Musing On A Monday

Psalm 119:133
Guide my steps by Your word, so I will not be overcome by evil....

Lot of pain out there....
Lot of hurt and disappointment.....
People putting their trust in the things of this world, to help them escape this harsh reality...
Commercials enticing us to "escape" to this place where comfort and pleasure rule the day.
In fact, it may be that comfort and pleasure may the new "gods" of this time in the life of our country.

Got a phone call last night asking for prayer for a sister.
Successful business woman...
Always the good girl.....
Went to a weekend event and wound up taking drugs for the first time.
Turned out it was a bad batch which sent her into seizures.
She is in the hospital fighting for her life.

Please pray for her and the family.
She is in dire need of God to heal her.

Two others I know of have expressed a desire to end their lives.
The comfort and pleasure has gone out of their lives and they don't know how to move forward during this dark time. Very much in need of being healed and saved by God.

Truth be known....

There's nothing wrong with seeking comfort. The problem is when comfort becomes the central focus of our life. That we will do whatever it takes to achieve comfort and find pleasure. When those two become the sole focus of our existence, we truly have pushed God to the back burner. No, let's get real. We've pushed God completely off the stove, onto the floor, and shoved Him out the back door.
Trouble with this chase for "comfort and pleasure"....it's all temporary. The comfort and pleasure ends at some point, and you have to chase after it again.....and again....and again....
It takes more, better, and newer forms of comfort to satisfy the hunger.

I'm not saying that we need to live a life of misery and despair.
I'm just saying that whatever our lot in life may be, God is great comforter. God is one I need to seek pleasure in. The very act of spending time with Him brings comfort. Worshiping Him leads us into His presence, and there we find comfort for our souls. I know...I know...sounds all religiously-hokey. Truth is, what I have written is real. The things of this world will always fail you.
God never will.

God on you...

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