April 1st is National Atheist Day

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Psalm 14
1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

Pardon my attempt at satire today, but April 1st has always been April fools’ day. This is the day when we try to “fool” someone into doing something or believing something unreal. One day my young sons put pickles on my peanut butter and jelly sandwich to fool their day. When the person realizes that they have been tricked, we cry out, “April fools!” According to Psalm 14:1, April 1st is also National Atheist Day, the day when all atheists proclaim to their own foolishness that they neither want nor need God.

Only a fool proclaims that they have no need of God in their lives. Only a fool decides that he or she is greater than their Creator and determine that they can live successfully without Him. Only a fool speeds through the darkness of life without any spiritual guidance fully believing that they won’t be hurt in their spiritual darkness. Only a fool takes his or her friends and family through the trials and challenges of life believing that they can figure it all out on their own.

We have fools at all levels of society and culture today. We have talented fools, beautiful fools, powerful fools, and very rich fools all around us. We see them on television, YouTube, in theaters, in government offices, and yes, even in churches. Everyone who thinks that they can go through life without God is a fool. They might believe that God exists but if they believe they can function without God’s guidance, help, and grace, they are a functional fool.

So yes, today is April fool’s day. Let us not be fooled by Satan to join those who throughout time and culture are the greater fools.

This past week, God has provided several opportunities to talk to people about their souls. Here in JIBC we have coming those who are not followers of Jesus Christ. As the Lord begins to open conversations, He is also bringing conviction of sin and the promise of eternal life by faith in His grace. While I am thankful for these conversations, I am praying for those who still don’t see the need of this salvation. Knowing about God is just not enough for even the demons know about God and their knowledge of God makes them tremble in fear. Pray for clarity of the Word in people’s hearts and the impartation of faith to believe and surrender to Christ.
Sunday afternoon, we had twelve church people over for lunch. It was great time of fellowship and of hearing about their journeys to faith in Christ. When God wants to save, He will send those with HIs word to reach the hearts of those He is going to save. What a thrill to hear how God works.
Justin and his family left us Friday morning. They left their mark on the people here and we are so thankful that they could make the trip.
Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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