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  • 00:29

    Can You Keep Your Feelin's Out of God's Business?

    in Religion

    How often have we objeced to the way God does things, not because we know better, or even desire a different outcome, but simply because we want a different process?


    It is incumbent to bend our way of thinking to God's, and not seek to make God like us.

  • 00:30

    Only Time for Well Doing

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    Once a destination is set, all that remains is to arrive, by whatever mode of transport that can be used.


    Earthly transport toward heaven is accomplished by a man taking on the tasks left, by God, for him to do, and to be found at the last yet performing that work.


    There is no time for fatigue, nor for deviation; indeed, there may be no time at all, for he knows not at what hour his Lord shall come...

  • 00:30

    The Imperfect Perfector

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    Just sharing thoughts on the family...the earthly cure for all man's ills, and that by design.

  • 00:30

    Giving In To Keep Going On

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    Normal human response to adverse circumstances is to resist them, no matter their cause. Indeed, those who fight and overcome adversity usually garner much praise.


    However, not all fights are ones a man can win and, in many cases, they are not even ones in which he should contest. In truth, it is not even always about "letting the Lord fight my battles." Sometimes, and more often than not, it is about offering up what matters not so that things of value might be unharmed, or even strengthened.

  • 00:16

    Taking the Strain of Being With, but not of, Them

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    Among the hardest things about being saved is the realization that you are an unwanted guest in a place you do not (or at least should not) desire to be.


    Interestignly, those who are not with God will make their judgments of you based on your appearance - that you look like them - long before they come to any realization that you may not act as them do....and then they will turn on you, just as they did Him.


    The task is to be willing to stay while wanting to leave.
     

  • 00:30

    The Error of Inclusion

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    To paraphrase an old saying, "All that comes to you is not all that is for you."


    Among the difficult chores involved with living any chosen lifestyle is keeping those elements, that are inconsistent with that lifestyle, out. It is no different than tending a garden: those plants which grow most quickly and easily are not ones you seek to raise; they must be removed, continually, for your intended garden to thrive.


    Similarly, those who name the name of Christ need, not only to depart from iniquity, but also to identify that iniquity which must depart from them. They also must be able and willing to identify and reject that which easily comes to, but has no place with, them. Of course, this requires the dismissal of many fine-sounding ideas, and of the people adhered to them...


    Because it remains true, "Evil communication corrupts good manners."

  • Your Politics IS Your Faith...

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    As scripture declares, "the just shall live by faith."


    The question is "faith" in what? Many say they trust God, and even know God, but the dictates of His word do not govern them.  The honest question is, "what does, and how is that not the expression of one's true faith?"

  • 00:30

    Open to God, Despite Coming or Present Disaster

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    Serving God, in a manner maintaining Heaven as the objective, requires the ability, even a willingness, to confront and overcome adversity.  I'm not talking about the popular "God knows what you're going through and He will bring you out" approach to troubles, but rather the manner of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who answered King Nebuchadnezzar's threat (promise) to burn them alive thusly:


    "If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18


    We are to "endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."  During combat, the good soldier, under fire, does not refuse the orders of his commander, or close his heart; he remains open to that voice of authority, as part of his commitment to serve.


    Similarly, we should not allow the "light afflictions" of this life should not close our hearts to God. Instead, despite the natural tendency toward self-defense which would close us off from any source of pain, we should train ourselves to not only see Christ in our disasters, but also strive even harder to reach out to Him in our distress, knowing what can occur if we but touch the hem of His garment...

  • 00:29

    Until You See People as God Sees You, You Ain't Lovin' Anybody

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    We need personal honesty, and a lessening of fear, if anything we do will have any chance of pleasing God.

  • 00:30

    Thoughts on the Shepherdless

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    Much, perhaps too much is being made of leaders these days, both good and bad, for both good or ill purposes.


    Somehow, it has been forgotten that those in need of an earthly leader will never be free of earthly control.

  • 00:29

    Peace...If Possible

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    An easy thing to misconstrue, in my humble view, is God's persepctive on peace.  Many, and I do mean many, believe that God aims for men to live at peace with one another.  While that is among God's desires, it is not His aim.


    God looks for men to be at peace with Him, period.


    When God sent His Son to be "Peace on Earth", it was not to cause the end of wars, and rumors of wars, among men and nations. Instead, it was to conclude the enmity between men and the one true God...for those men that were, and are, willing.  Those at peace with the true God are rarely "at war" with one another.


    However, and equally as important, those who seek a peaceable existence are not deceived into believing that peace can be had with all, whether inside or outside the kingdom of God