“The Stresses Of Life”
September 27, 2008, 8:33 am
Filed under: Family, LOVE, Personal | Tags: , , , ,

The stresses of life…..whoo! There are many that each of us has. The Loper household is just like any other. Trying to manage all of the different things day in and day out. As most of you know we do not have kids yet but I do have my 76 year old mother that lives with us. That has many challenges just like having kids (If you have an adult dependent living with you then you can relate.). I love and I thank God for Mom but this has been and still is a huge adjustment for her and Andrea and I as well. Thank God that I have a loving wife that understands and overlooks a lot of inconvenience and challenges that an older mother in law living with us entails. Andrea and I love Mom to death but reality is reality and there are situations that we must navigate everyday in order for us to care for Mom. That is just part of “the stresses of life”. We are no different than any other family that deals with things every single day.

Now you add to that, the economy, the election, the war and all of the other stuff it becomes almost unbearable but, but we have a Savior that knows our struggles and cares about us because we are His children. I really do not know how a person copes with “the stresses of life” without the Lord to lean on. We live in a difficult day and age and people are breaking under the weight of it all. That’s why we need to share the love of Jesus Christ because He is the One that can help us bear the weight of life. He’s the One that we can turn to when it seems there is no one. He’s the One that tells us He will never leave or forsake us. He’s the One that knows it all, the good the bad and the ugly, and still cares deeply about us. So what’s the solution or the “pill” for “the stresses of life”? It’s Jesus, He’s the answer! Will the stresses go away? No, but He will help you through them and just when you think you can’t take anymore His peace will cover you so you can make it through!


Toyota Camry Vs. Hummer H1
July 29, 2008, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Church, Pop Culture | Tags: , , , , ,

I am a crazy car freak. What is happening right now in the American Automotive industry is nothing short than auto history in the making. Four dollar a gallon gas has changed the automotive history here in the United States forever. US consumers have enjoyed cheap gas forever which has fueled American’s taste for big cars, big trucks, big SUVs, everything with four wheels has been big, big, big. The auto industry as a whole has known that the party would end eventually but they were not quite sure when. Detroit’s big three wanted to ride the wave as long as they could and blindly turn away from the inevitable end of cheap gas here in the US. So instead of investing in the development of smaller more fuel-efficient cars they kept investing in the big trucks and SUVs which brought big fat profits. So here is the deal, the wave finally broke and washed out and Detroit’s big three are left high and dry standing on a surf board on a sand dune acting like they are hanging ten.

As a result of their lack of planning and foresight, the US auto industry is swimming drowning in red ink, scrambling to produce some smaller more fuel-efficient cars that Americans now want like never before. Last month for the first time in over thirty years the top two selling vehicles in the industry were not the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado, full-size pick-ups. In fact the F-150 and Silverado were number 5 and 6 respectfully. Number 1 was the Honda Civic, number 2 was the Toyota Corolla followed by the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. This is literally like the fall of the Berlin Wall in the auto industry.

The catalyst to all of this market shake up in the auto industry is none other than 4 dollar a gallon gas. American’s appetite for large fuel-inefficient cars has changed over night. Why am I going over all of this? Well this can be a great example for the church as a whole. The church has been riding the wave for many years of plenty of people attending church on Sundays, because that’s just what people were expected to do. Just like cheap gas will never return, the hoards of people that automatically attend church will never happen again either. Just as Detroit is scrambling to make more fuel-efficient cars to make the most of 4 dollar a gallon gas, the church should scramble to attract people that don’t have a relationship with Christ. The church should stop building the proverbial 10 miles to the gallon SUVs when gas is 4 dollars a gallon. People are hurting and want answers. The church has the answer, it’s Christ. We just need to deliver Him in a “Toyota Camry” instead of a “Hummer H1”.