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Money

Scrooge experienced the tale of money. Money can buy a lot of things, bribe a lot of people, bring a momentary happiness, and build into a fortune but what money cannot do is provide a reprieve from death. We don't like to think about death yet we see it happen every day in movies or television shows. Detective after detective stands over a lifeless body and tries to find out "who done it." In the process of our viewing we are hardened to its reality. The truth is that wise persons as well as foolish and senseless persons cannot escape it. The Psalmist understood this and said, "there are those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches" however "no man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough…" (Psalm 49:6-7). Death is impartially applied to all persons whether they are wealthy or poor and no amount of money can stop its relentless pursuit. The impression …

Two Loves

What is the most important commandment given by God? Seems like a question that would spark a lot of discussion. This was the question of a Scribe to Jesus whose answer was, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31) The Scribe responded in affirmation by saying, "To love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." (12:33) There is a linkage between how we respond to God and how we respond to our neighbors. There is no way to unlink them. If we say we are committed to God, loving Him with all that is within us, would that not translate to a love for those around us? It certainly should. The Scribe's answer of affirmation concerning the tying o…

Delight

Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School several years ago. It led her family to begin what is now called "Rachel's Challenge." This is a program of doing deeds of kindness to those around you. It began at the Elementary School level creating chain reactions of kindness among students. It now reaches all the way through the High School years. The writer of Proverbs said, "A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom." (Proverb s 10:23) The difference between a fool and a wise person is the type of actions that bring delight to their heart. A fool is pleased by the reckless delight in his neighbor's injury through belittling words or destructive actions. Rachel's Challenge seeks to instill kindness in actions toward fellow school mates. Thoughtfulness and consideration of others is primary. The number of people reached with this message has now grown to over 21,049,993. What brings del…