The fact is that we have cynics everywhere around us – at work, home and even in church. They are the ones who sit on the back row of life, whisper and roll their eyes. They are the people who aren’t really headed anywhere and they’re eager to criticize those who are. Some call them cynics, Jesus called them Pharisees.

So how can I connect cynics, Franklin and Jesus? I mean some people don’t even believe that Franklin was a true believer. Let me see if I can make the connection for you. I recently came across this story of a time when Benjamin Franklin was speaking on the wonderful guarantees of liberty provided in the United States Constitution. Midway through his speech one cynic called out “But what about this pursuit of happiness, where’s our guarantee”?
Franklin, being a wise man made this statement, “My friend the Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness, you have to catch it for yourself”. A great answer. You see Jesus told us about the abundant life we can have through Him. He told us that by abiding in Him we can bear fruit for the Kingdom. However he said something early on in his ministry that coincides with Franklin’s words and confronts cynics of any age. Jesus said “Seek first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you”. Whether it’s Franklin or Jesus – and please understand I’m not saying they are on the same level, the fact is if you want to know happiness, if you want to know abundance, if you want to know peace and so much more, it’s up to you to seek it.

Today may be a turning point for your life as today you decide to stop waiting for everything to fall into your lap and you start seeking Him first, you start seeking His righteousness and then the abundance will come.
Remember in prayer Dr. Ross Lishen and his family as his daughter conquered her battle with health issues by going to home to heaven. Ross and his sons will be heading to Florida after all the arrangements have been made to celebrate and remember her life. Ross shared a great message about peace last week so pray that he will continue to have that peace as he leads his family through this time of grieving.

Don’t forget that Veteran’s Day is Sunday and we’ll be honoring all our veterans. While our Worship Center steps are filled with Thanksgiving bags and Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, I think it would be great if every veteran, and current service person, brought their service hat and we placed them across the front steps of the platform.
Impacting tomorrow today,

Pastor Carl