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Be Still!

Remember when you were sitting with a child at church, in a theatre, or another place where a lot of people were gathered and it was quiet. Your child was restless in their seat, was talking to themselves out loud, so you leaned over to them and said, "be still!" It was difficult for them to do that because children seem to be continually in motion. So, what happens when you as a child of God are told to "be still" by God? Saul in his testimony before King Agrippa told him what God said to him on the way to Damascus, where he was going to persecute Christians. He said he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will." (Acts 26:14) In other words, "Saul, be still!" As Jesus was crossing over the Sea of Galilee with the disciples one evening to get away from the crowds that had surrounded them all day, they encountered a "fierce storm…high waves were breaking into the boat, …

Lighthouse

If you don't live on a coastline you probably have never visited a lighthouse. Your only understanding of them is from a picture. They are mostly around 200 feet tall but some do rise higher and the highest one is 436 feet tall and is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. They were and still are important to mariners, however less used today because of the advancements in GPS and satellite technology. It is essentially a tower with an extremely bright lamp called a beacon at the top which is at least 1,000-watts, with lenses revolving around it to throw its light out as far as it can on the sea. Its purpose is to be a navigational aid and to warn vessels of all sizes of danger. Each night it begins its vigil no matter what the weather circumstances are. Its design is to stand against wind, snow, rain, extreme storm, and high water. It is built to do its job no matter what. The Psalmist said to God, "Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountai…

Judging

We have a hard time keeping ourselves neutral when it comes to judging others. God said, "Always judge people fairly." (Leviticus 19:15b) Now we don't like it when we feel we have been judged unfairly, we want justice but justice begins in the heart and is based on cold, hard substantiated facts. Earlier in this same verse unfairness was explained, when Moses said, "Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful." (19:15a) Favoritism perverts justice. James spoke to believers about this when they assemble, "You favor some people over others." (James 2:1) He went on to say that believers within the walls of the church were giving well dressed and jewelry heavy persons the best seats and special attention, while they were telling a poor person to "stand over there, or else sit on the floor." (James 2:3) This, he said, was discrimination; judgment guided by evil motives. It was wrong. So how c…

Friend

What would be a good illustration of what it means to be a friend? How can you express the following statement? "A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need." (Proverbs 17:17) There is a video of an elephant helping another elephant that is unable to get out of a stream that reveals what a friend does: The first thing the elephant that is helping does is observe the struggling elephant and recognize they are truly in need of help.The second thing is that she decides to come over to the one in need. She involves herself in the situation of the imperiled elephant.The third thing done is that when she arrives she comforts the other elephant that is obviously frustrated with their own ability to free themselves from their predicament. The helping elephant does this with her trunk as she glides it over the head of the hurting elephant.Fourth, the helping elephant then directs the other elephant to move over so…