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Hypocrite

This noun is defined as "a person who pretends to be better than he really is." It is a person that purports to be virtuous or pious but is lying by their actions. We have heard it used about someone who takes a stance against something but is later found to have done the same thing. When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was taken to "the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered." (Matthew 26:57) "Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death. But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone's testimony." (26:59-60) Seemingly they had too many inconsistencies in their statements. Finally, they found two men who declared that Jesus had said, "I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days." (26:61) As to the l…

Home

There are multiple stories of home, its warmth, its joy to be there, its protection and its place in our lives. We grow up in a home and then we leave and make our own home. It is to be a place of rest, of family, of peace. God has always desired to be among us. The Tabernacle was His first home among the people of Israel. He said to Moses, "I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them." (Exodus 29:45-46) Later Jesus said, "All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." (John 14:23) The Father and the Son, along with the indwelling Holy Spirit will make their home in each believer. It has always been God's desire to walk along with those who have faith in Him as He walked along with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Then, at the end of time, when t…

Friends

Friends  I'm sure that like many students you have had friends that you considered close to you. You talked with them daily; ran with them at special events; looked forward to their company as you went through different grade levels from elementary up into college. You shared information about others; you bolstered each other in tough times; and you discuss important matters to you. There are four "right" friends with which you should want deep and growing friendships. They are wisdom, judgment, knowledge and discernment. Wisdom is making the right decision by combining knowledge with your's and other's experience. Judgment is weighing things out by comparing and deciding. Knowledge is continuing to add new information into your life that is true and will benefit you. And, discernment is a savvy understanding of people, possessions and places you might go. Growing these "right" friends is important to long life. They may start out as acquaintances, grow t…

Eye Care

As we grow older we get more careful about our eyes. We realize that without their routine service our life would be much harder. Darkness would engulf us and walking, running, reading, working, and the like would be difficult even unable to be done. The eye has at its center the pupil which is enlarged or shrunk as the iris moves around it. It focuses for work and reading and it narrows or widens based on the amount of light it addresses; all to the same end of providing clarity for your activities. Think about this when you hear the following statement, "Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes." (Proverbs 7:2b) The instructions of God are as important as are your eyes. They extend from generation to generation without change. Their application to a heart and life will make the difference in all you do. So, Solomon says, "Guard" his instruction as you do your own eyes. It is a selfish act to guard your eyes. You do it to maintain the ability to see clearly; …