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Recycling in Life Series - 6 - Peace

The very nature of the word peace creates visions of trickling streams and crystalline lakes nestled between white capped mountains, or of people smiling, clasping each other's hands and walking together. Chaos in the world reflects the loss of peace in individual hearts and requires the settlement of grievances by hostile parties, opposing factions, to come again. This is a tough job, but it is something to desire personally, something to dedicate your life to as a negotiator (even a Nobel Prize is given in this regard), and something to encourage in your neighborhood, city, state and nation. The Bible reveals peace as being three dimensional, like a cube. There is height to it, for it reaches into the third heaven eliminating the barrier of sin which had separated us from God. This peace has been achieved for us by God's Son dying on the cross but is conditional on our personal acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior. There is a depth to it, for it reaches into a person's h…

Recycling In LIfe Series - 5 - Joy Study

Joy is not a worked up thing. It is present in your spirit when you are right with God and continuing to do right activities. It is not able to be taken from you through torture, abuse, or any other circumstance. It remains no matter what. Stephen just moments before he was killed by a flurry of stones said, "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God's right hand!" (Acts 7:56) He was absolutely joyful. Truly this is the joy we all want to experience. Jesus said, "I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" (John 15:11) Here is a study which brings joy more into focus. Examples to Study: Joy filled the hearts of Phoenician and Samarian believers when Paul and Barnabas told them that "the Gentiles, too, were being converted." (Acts 15:3) Joy was fully shared with those who listened to John's message about Jesus being a real per…

The Principle of Counting the Cost

Have you ever gotten yourself into a financial hole because you didn't completely understand the cost of a particular project or a decision you made in haste? This is an important principle that when ignored can cost your much pain and anxiousness. Jesus ministry was in its celebrity phase so he challenged the people with the standard of discipleship. He said, "If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And, if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:25-27) And then he said, "But don't begin until you count the cost." (14:28) He talked about calculating the cost of constructing a building before you started lest you get into it and realize you don't have the money to finish it. The response of your neighbors would be to laugh at you; think you were foolish. Al…