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The God of Truth

The God of Truth  Do you know the truth when you hear it? We live in a time when truth is trampled and hard to find. Advertisements are partially true. Politicians stray from the truth as quickly as a dog finding a new scent. We personally massage the truth concerning our own lives. We speak making ourselves better in review than we were in reality. Several Biblical authors such as Isaiah, John, and the Psalmist use the word "truth." Jesus used it when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6) In fact, Jesus used it all the time. Look it up in a concordance and see him continually saying, "I tell you the truth." Pilate responded to Jesus' statement, "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" with the question, "What is truth?" (John 18:28), suggesting that truth was illusive, possibly unobtainable, and very hard to define. But is it? Truth can be explained as reality. That means that telling the "truth&quo…

Community

Many of us have heard of or possibly even been involved in a split in a church. Factions arise, promoted by self-proclaimed leaders, that cause strife and division within. This pressurizes a church to the point that it "cracks." What could be a way to keep this from happening? In his letter to the Philippians, Paul asked them to be careful about this very thing. He requested of them that they "make my [Paul's] joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." (Philippians 2:2) He went on to say, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (2:3-4) There are three aspects to this grace-filled directive. First, there is a oneness desired in verse 2: one in mind, one in love, one in spirit and purpose. Everything starts in the mind. A unified spiritual attitude i…

Expectations

Expectations  Charles Dickens wrote the story, Great Expectations, a story of an eccentric rich spinster, Miss Havisham, who desires revenge on men because she was left by her fiancĂ© at the altar. She arranges to have a boy, Pip, come to her mansion and provide her company and play with her young adopted daughter, Estella, who she is forming into her instrument of revenge. Pip, in his state of being poor and course, falls in love with Estella only to be separated from her by her departure to France to become a lady. During the next six years, Pip receives his blacksmith apprenticeship but is also sponsored to become a "gentleman." Estella and Pip meet around age twenty and through a tortuous time affirm their love for each other. There were great expectations for Estella to carry out Miss Havisham's revenge and there were great expectations for Pip to be transformed into a "gentleman." But love triumphs over all. This is a story of people trying to foist their …