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Live Wisely

Could you say that you do this…live wisely? Would you say that all your relationships are wisely chosen? How about your expenditures, are they all wise? What about your activities…yes those daily activities…are they all done wisely? It seems like such an easy thing to do to "live wisely" but it is harder to do when you comprehend the width, depth and length you will have to go to to do it. Paul wanted Titus to "promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching." (Titus 2:1) In regards to categories of people, older men, older women, younger men and younger women, Paul wanted Titus to tell them to all live wisely. We all are living. We have blood coursing through our veins and our minds are awake to our environment. But notice that this challenge to "live" was not specific to the rich or the top layer of society; it was given to all believers no matter what their state in life, to the poor and slave as well as the business person and contractor. No …

Suffering

Suffering  How do we perceive suffering? Do we count it as a nasty thing that happens to some but not to others? Do we consider it a daily part of the Christian life or just an irritant that comes for a moment? These questions direct our thinking concerning suffering. In the movie The Insanity of God which Debi and I watched recently, we listened to the words of those persecuted around the world. One of their common statements was that they "considered persecution a normal part of their daily Christian lives." Paul instructed Timothy in his closing remarks of 2 Timothy to not "be afraid of suffering for the Lord." (2 Timothy 4:5) In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Paul gave a list of events in which he suffered: prison, being whipped five different times, three times beaten with rods, stoned, three times ship wrecked, adrift in the sea, danger of rivers and robbers, from Jews and Gentiles, in cities, in deserts and on the seas, enduring sleepless nights, hunger and thirst. D…