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Shrewd

What would you do if you were fired from your job and had to support your family? It would be tough to start over, get a new job, keep your housing, and feed your family. Jesus talked about such a case to his disciples one day. He said there was a manager of a rich man's house who was accused of wasting the owner's possessions. He was called before him to give an account of his work. The manager knew that he was not strong enough to do physical labor and that he was ashamed to beg, so he thought, "I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses." (Luke 16:3) He called the master's debtors in and asked them how much they owed the master and then told them to decrease their bills by 50% and 20%. When the master found this out, he "commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly." And Jesus agreed, stating, "For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than …

Markers

What are the markers of God's intervention into your life; significant events that caused endings and beginnings for you? God knew that it was important for Israel to remember and to remind the next generations of His work in their life. So, as the people of Israel cross over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, he had twelve men, one from each tribe, pick up a large stone from the river and bring it with them onto the west bank of the Jordan. He says, "The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over." (Joshua 4:23b) These stones were placed together at Gilgal as a witness. The Red Sea crossing marked the end of slavery and a new beginning to life, worship, protection (their military not Egypt's), guidelines to live by, and a new way of governess. It would be a life of trust, leading by God (in the cloud and pillar of fire), and dependence on Him for their food and water. The Jordan Ri…

The Right Way

In this political season, we are faced with a powerful decision that can change or maintain the course of our nation. With regard to this, here is a verse that needs careful analysis, "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." (Ecclesiastes 10:2) Now it would be easy to see this as a statement on the political leanings of candidates for President, but let's look at it more carefully to make sure we don't use the verse out of context. The language of Scripture uses the phrase, "the right hand" to suggest about humans, as well as God, action that is honorable, mighty, and associated with pledging in an oath. We do this in a courtroom by raising our right hand and swearing to tell the truth by saying "I do." The right hand becomes synonymous with that which is right, good, and honorable. Naturally its opposite, the left hand, is associated with that which is evil, perverse, sinister, and morally repelling. A fo…