I trust you are all enjoying the moments of life and that the presence of God is overflowing in your life. This past summer my wife and I were blessed with our third granddaughter. I so love watching my granddaughters discover life; it is so refreshing to live vicariously through their eyes. The world my grandchildren are coming into is so much different than when I was a child. Today the difference between right and wrong, good and evil has become blurred for many in society.
How do you know if an object is one meter long? What if it’s important to know the measurement exact? Fortunately, there are people who care about precision. In 1889 the International Bureau of Weights and Measures established the international prototype meter. They put two marks on a bar of ninety percent platinum and ten percent iridium, and made that distance the standard by which all meter sticks would be calibrated. Those two marks were supposed to be a simpler way of standardizing the meter.
Science and Technology are becoming more exacting in the way they measure their standards. Pretty strange, isn’t it, that at the same time, the rest of the world is casting off its social, moral and educational standards.
The length of a meter is absolute and does not change. You can’t arbitrarily cut off a couple of centimeters from your meter stick if it suits your purposes. But a meter stick is only good if it measures up to the standard. The measurements of weights have equally exacting standards. One of the oldest forms of thievery is “shaving the weights.” It used to be that merchants measured grain by using weights and counterbalances.
Customers who thought they were getting a pound of grain would be cheated because the one-pound counterweight had bee shaved down so that it weighed less than a pound. The bible says: “The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.” (Proverbs 11:1 nlt)
One of the characteristics of our generation is that people want to shave the weights and lower the standards. God and his Word are an absolute and unchangeable standard of right and wrong. When you take God out of the equation of life, it affects a lot more than your Sunday mornings. Everything changes. Eventually, you come to believe that there is no right and wrong. I am so glad my children have a strong faith in God and my grandchildren are being instructed in the ways of the Lord. “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (Proverbs 22:6 nlt)
Pastor Allen and his wife Molly have been pastoring Praise Tabernacle for 20 years.
Having grown up in Canada as the son of a pastor, he began pastoring over 34 years ago. Before graduating college, he met Molly, his wife of 35 years, at school. Together they have pastored in Canada and Maine before coming to RI.
They also have raised two children, Margo and Levi. Margo is married to her husband Devon Philbrick, and Levi is married to his wife Gilannie.
Margo and Devon have a baby girl named Petra. Levi and Gelannie have two beautiful girls Gia, and Zoë, ages 2 & 3.
As the Rhode Island director of Christians United for Israel, Pastor Allen strongly supports the State of Israel. His strong desire is to encourage people in their faith and to tell unbelievers that God is their friend and not their enemy.