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Helping Others

In your brief time on earth I'm sure there have been a few people that have sought to "help you," whether you asked them to or not. Those can be tricky times because you really have to want their help to listen to what they say and most of the time they are not so much "helping you" as they are telling you what to do. So, is there a way to honestly help someone? There's an example during the life of Moses that can be instructive in the best way to try to help others. Moses had brought the people of Israel into the wilderness and on their way to Mt. Sinai, when his father-in-law, Jethro, who was a priest of Midian, showed up with his daughter, Zipporah who was Moses's wife and their two boys, Gershom and Eliezer. Moses had a good level of respect for Jethro and when he arrived they asked about each other's welfare (cared). "Moses told his father-in-law everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and Egypt on behalf of Israel. He also told about all th…

Obedience

What really is obedience? After the people of Israel exited Egypt and walked through the Red Sea on "dry ground," they traveled through the desert of Shur. Three days later they could find no water and when they did find it, it was "bitter" or undrinkable. The people complained, so God directed Moses to a "piece of wood" which he threw into the water and it made the water "good to drink." (Exodus 15:32-25a) At the oasis of Marah where all this took place, "the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to Him. He said, if you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, obeying His commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you." (15:25b-26) Here we find out what real obedience is…it is a test of faithfulness to God. It is the fundamental principle of …

Bloated

I used to think that eating was a nuisance; not really where I wanted to spend my time. I would rush through it; gobble food down and zoom on to other things. Sure, I knew this was the "fuel" for my activity but I just felt that less bites (so bigger bites) got me on the road sooner, and that the stomach would use its "miracle acids" to break it all down and suck the "life" out of it. That all changed recently. My digestive system stopped working; I was on full stop in my colon; I was bloated, frustrated, uncomfortable, a little mad and anxious. I didn't have time for this. Yet, my body was teaching me a big lesson. Yes, food was my energy source but my teeth were the blenders to prepare the food for the reservoir of the stomach on the way to the intestines. I hadn't been contributing appropriately to this process. It has taken me many dollars and much time to get my body back into alignment. I now see food, and by that I mean really nutritious foo…