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Journey

How do you become a man or woman of God? What is the secret to the Christian life? There is much written about this but for most of us it needs to be simple, especially if we are men, brief and applicable across the areas of our life. Last Saturday after the church service was completed, I had a few minutes before attending a class for an hour of Bible study. So, I lazily walked the rows of books for sale in the church bookstore. Since I am always interested in books that relate to men, I found this section and began to go shelf by shelf. Some I already had, others looked interesting, and then there was one, a little paperback that seemed to be saying to me, "pick me!." It was entitled, The Map, The Way of All Great Men, by David Murrow. I pulled it out and immediately was drawn to its as it described the three journeys awaiting us all in Christianity. I maintain that in most churches men are seen as needing to fill a chair and write a check each week and that's about it. …

Pride in Wealth

Isn't it the "American way" to have pride in your work? Aren't we often proud of what we have accomplished and gained? Here is a slippery slope that we must all traverse. Jesus spoke of a farmer who had great harvests and so tore down his barns to make large ones so that in the end he could relax. The farmer said, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." (Luke 12:19) But Jesus said, "God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded from you.'" (12:20) All the wealth the farmer had gathered for himself he felt came out of his hard work and not out of the blessing of God. His impudence brought the end of his life. Moses challenged the people of Israel in his last words to "not forget the Lord your God…" (Deut. 8:11) When they sat down and ate and satisfied themselves; when they built fine houses and settled down. When their herds and flocks grew larger and thei…

Important Words

Final words can carry much weight. As Jacob was dying, he spoke to all his children who would become tribes. He defined their futures in his words. (Genesis 49)  Moses too would have parting words for the nation, descendants of Israel (Jacob). These words would become the book of Deuteronomy. We have said before that the home is the key element in the development of a society. Here in Deuteronomy 6, Moses emphasizes that. He says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) Here is direction for the inculcating of God's Word into our lives and the lives of children…

Blame Game

When two children are caught in the midst of a scuffle that results in something getting broken, mom or dad usually asks, "Who did it?" This is the moment our ability to blame others kicks in without any training. Little fingers are pointing away from self and accusations are made that almost start a new scuffle. One says, "He did it!" The other says, "No I didn't! You did it!" It's a shame that blaming doesn't automatically disappear when we become adults. We still seem unable to accept blame when pointed at us. What makes us act like little kids pointing the blame at everyone else or societal problems? It's that deep dark desire to never let us be seen as imperfect. And, it goes beyond our personal space to others that we are often caught pointing the finger of blame at. It means to not find fault in others, also. This is not ignoring their wrong doing, but rather responding to them one on one to solve the problem. At the end of the day…

Seeing Clearly

Yesterday, I began the process of obtaining new glasses. For several weeks I had noticed that I was holding books further away from me to read. Things were getting a little blurry and my conclusion was that my eye sight needed help. So, I gathered up some optometrist options, made some calls and then visited two. I wanted just a simple pair of bifocal lenses and determined to cut the cost by keeping my same frames. That was what I thought, but when I sat down in the store reality slapped me across the face.
I told the man my intent and he said, "Do you have another pair of glasses?" I answered, "no." He said, "Well then, you will have to be without your present set for about fourteen days while the new lenses are made and installed into your old frames." Ut oh, didn't think about that. I had to get new frames or else be without glasses for two weeks! The price of a decent pair of glasses was going up by the minute. Then, he asked, "What kind of …

Worry's Solution

What do you worry about? How much do you worry? When in the day do you worry the most? Causing yourself to feel troubled, anxious and uneasy is the description of worry. Wise Solomon said, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25) Also, Luke, a physician, quoted Jesus as saying, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Luke 12:25)
Burdens are common to all of us. They press down on our hearts and worry exacerbates the problem and wastes life's greatest treasure…time.
The quotes above do not suggest we deny the presence of burdens, for it is part of life to carry them, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or other. What they suggest is that worrying accomplishes nothing; does not solve the problem; saddens the heart; and darkens the soul.
So, why do we do it when we don't have to? What is the alternative? You can recognize the “burdened” state of everyone and then reject the activity of worry by casti…