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Precious

What is really valuable in life? We might think it is gold, silver or jewels because that's what is advertised as precious and enduring but step back and consider other important and valuable things in life. Our families are valuable, no doubt about that. They provide support, protection and caring plus a sense of belonging. There is no substitute for them and that is so by God's design. And even beyond that are the benefits of instruction, knowledge and the wisdom that is the result of them when mixed with experience. Solomon agreed when he said, "Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10-11) The desire for money, gold, silver, and jewels leaves us only with the desire for more. There is an insatiable aspect of having such things. The more we have, the more we seek to protect it, and the more we need to do that. But think of knowle…

Good vs Best

At the heart of Jesus ministry was to help people understand what he was saying. He used many methods, i.e. parables, questions, and sometimes confrontation. For the humble person it seemed easier to communicate but for the pride-filled it was tougher but that did not dissuade him. Jesus speaks to the leaders of the nation, teachers of the law and Pharisees, about their hypocritical lives. They would give a tithe (10%) of their spices to the ministry of the Temple but they would heap rules and regulations upon the people. Tradition became more important than the Scriptures. They were harder on others than they were on themselves and cared more about outward appearance than they did about the heart condition. This caused Jesus to issue his "seven woes" concerning them and at one point he said, "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—…

Adultery

We see adultery carried out on the TV and movie screens every day. It is played up to be okay and supposedly filled with good passion. But its eventual end destroys all in its path. Solomon said much about this selfish action. He said, "A man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32) The husband of the wife who is an adulterer will be passionately jealous for her and will have "fury" toward the other man, beating him (physical), disgracing him (reputation) and shaming him (emotional) so that his action shall be never forgotten. "He will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe however great it is." (6:34-35) There is no price that can be paid for an adulterer's deed. The summation is that a bribe cannot sooth the betrayed heart. Be careful this week in your actions and do not betray those who love you.

Conformity - Being Like Jesus Series #15

To this point we have discussed thirteen areas of conformity to Christ's image as revealed in the four Gospels: Compassion, Growth, Spirit-led, Questioning, Joy-filled, Obedient, Restorative, Impartial, Praying, Humble, Approachable, Mentoring, and having Righteous Anger. We are not fully able to act in his image from the day of our salvation but more completely exhibit the image of Christ in our actions as we mature in Christ. Jesus sent out the twelve disciples in Matthew 10:5 with instructions as to who to go to (only Israel); what to do (preach, heal, release from demons); what to take (no money and no clothing); where to stay in each town (with a worthy person until you leave); and what to say when confronted (trust God for the words). Then Jesus explained their relationship to him by saying, "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master." (Matthew 10:24-25)…