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Worthless Idols

What do you have that you consider worthless? Maybe at one time it held great meaning but now as time has passed, circumstances have changed, and perspective has come, you consider it worthless. What do you do with worthless things? You throw them out, discard them, destroy them, or burn them up. Paul said to the people of Lystra, who considered he and Barnabas the Greek gods of Zeus and Hermes and wanted to offer sacrifices to them, "We are merely human beings…We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them." (Acts 14:15) An idol is an image, sculpture, or other representation of any person or being, intended as an object of worship or the representation of a deity. They are made of precious metals, wood, iron, or stone. Some are small, for the household, others are human in size and still others are colossal. They are meant to take glory away from Go…

Plans

What kind of plans have you made for your life? Short-term, Mid-term, Long-term? And how is the accomplishment of your plans going? Had any setbacks, circumstances that have changed the status quo? All of us make plans; some carry them out better than others and some fall short almost every time. David said this in one of the last Psalms he wrote, "The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever…" (Psalm 138:8a)  David had some plans that didn't come true, like building a Temple for the Lord in Jerusalem. Sure, he bought the land, started amassing all the gold, silver, wood, and more for that Temple but God told him he couldn't build it. King Ahab of Israel asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah if he would join him in the battle to recover Ramoth-gilead from Aram. Jehoshaphat said yes and they prepared however King Ahab did not know that the battle would not go as planned. "An Aramean soldier, however, randomly shot an arrow …

Purpose

In being a coach of men and women over the last decade, I have come to the conclusion that not much can be accomplished until each person has clearly identified their values built on their past, the purpose they are accomplishing in the present, and their vision for their future. Here is a story that affirms this as well. Elijah is remembered for the great spiritual battle he fought on Mount Carmel against 850 false prophets that had deterred the people of Israel from serving God. Two altars were built and two sacrifices prepared but only one was accepted. God by fire from heaven burned up the drenched sacrifice, stone altar, and water in the trench around it, answering the prayer of Elijah. But most of us don't see the struggle of Elijah after that. King Ahab's wife, Jezebel, who was a treacherous and powerful woman, directly threatened his life. (1 Kings 19:1-2) His response was to run. He traveled 100 miles from Mount Carmel to Beersheba, left his servant there, and then trav…