Posts made in August, 2018

If you wish to be perfect . . .

If you wish to be perfect . . .  Many children dream of being an Olympic athlete.   But that dream can’t become a reality without a lot of hard work.   Each day, the athlete has to wake up devoted to the exercise, diet, and mental training required to reach his or her Olympic dream.   It requires an incredible amount of time, effort, and sacrifice—a single-minded dedication to do what it takes to meet the goal. If qualifying for the Olympics...

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Be filled with the Spirit

Be filled with the Spirit.  Today is exam day.   And to make it a little easier, I have provide (Ephesians 5:15 – 20)  for today’s discussion: 15Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, 16making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. 18And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be...

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Let the children come to me

Let the children come to me.  In Jesus’ day, as in our own, some people were valued far more than others.   Religious leaders and people from wealthy families were highly respected.   Far lower down came laborers like fishermen, lower still women of any class, and, at the very bottom, children.   So it’s not surprising that Jesus’ disciples shooed away the children who approached him. But Jesus would have none of this.   He valued the children...

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Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?

Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?  Doesn’t it seem like the story of our lives?   There’s an ideal that we all want to reach toward, but it’s so hard to attain.   We feel inspired to aim high; yet we often fall short. When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees about divorce, he upheld the ideal:  “From the beginning it was not so” .   God made man and woman to become one flesh in an unbreakable bond.   But Moses’...

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If my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?

If my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? Peter probably didn’t ask this question out of idle curiosity.   Something Jesus said or some incident provoked Peter to ask about the boundaries of forgiveness. It’s amazing how many angry or resentful thoughts against people are able to bounce around in our heads.   It’s not that we like having these negative thoughts.   But we may not know how to get free of them, or we may not be...

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