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Wise Man or Wise Guy?


Rio Vista DrawbridgeQuoting from the General Epistle of James:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of , who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭5-8‬ NKJV)
I know a lot of people who are long on sarcasm, but short on compassion. These “wise guys” as I call them lack understanding regarding other people. Not everyone acts decently and wisely all the time. This does not qualify them for ridicule, but rather more kind treatment. In this way, they will learn from their misdeeds.
Because wise guys do not show understanding to others, they do not learn the true source of wisdom and understanding. Those who seek wisdom from God will receive understanding and thus treat others with compassion…Golden-Rule style. God’s way is better than the practice of ridicule!
Determine which way you will live, and you will reap benefits from God accordingly.

Prayer: God, help me to be more Christ-like…a wise man, not a wise guy!

Christ’s Presence


http://bible.com/1/JHN1.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
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Christ has no interest in sharing His throne “In Absentia” (so to speak).  His power is to be shared from His throne by those who believe, those who receive Him.
Even if you are not interested in the power aspect, don’t you just want to be with Jesus?
This is how I feel, so my plan is to hang out with God & His true believers, to do the things He would do, if still walking the shores of Galilee and to tell others about the “plan”.  How am I doing?

Compassion: A Fourteen-Day Journey #10


How Much Is a Life worth?

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As easy as it is for us to grow thick skin from the daily diet of violence served up by the media, most of us still cringe when we read about the Ammonites’ brutality to the people of Gilead, Israel’s territory east of Galilee. Respect for human life is always at stake during wartime, but in this case, the Ammonites’ unnecessary torture and violence toward their victims is an example of how life was devalued during the time.

In our day, we struggle with ethical dilemmas in the areas of reproduction, biotechnology and death. How can the sanctity of life be preserved in our world–where scientific advances are complex and confusing, where technology changes at an ever-increasing speed? Evangelical leader Charles Colson addresses issues related to abortion, stem cell research and euthanasia in a discussion under the heading “What Is Life Worth?” Some poignant paragraphs follow:

Life and death become judgment calls, subject in some cases to ethics committees’ determinations and hospital guidelines. But who decides what our ethics will be? If there is no truth, there are no true ethics, only prudential standards that reasonable people try to apply. So the best-intentioned doctors in the world have to make judgment calls, ever aware of the costs involved for the hospital in which they are staff members. Aware of the patient’s suffering, pressured to handle as many cases as possible, embroiled in a quality-of-life matrix, the white-coated doctor becomes god, with nothing like God’s judgment.

I don’t want to be misunderstood here. Max’s Colson’s grandson’s autism is not a good thing–it’s part of the world’s brokenness. Yet that brokenness has been used to enlarge my capacity to love. That’s a very great gift. Paradoxically, Max has introduced joy into the lives of his teachers, his mother, her grandparents, and many others because of these costs, these sacrifices. How should one account for that?

How should Max account for himself, and why should he have to? Max is more than happy to be alive, thank you very much. Max knows a joy and wonder that puts me to shame. Why is that?

Let me just suggest at this point it’s because the good life is not about the sum total of what we contribute to the world. It’s about loving. Utilitarianism knows nothing about love. Love is the beginning and the end of the good life, however, and it’s in love that our lives must be centered.

The issue that has to be decided is clear if we’re willing to see it If we are creatures made in the image of God, then life has an ultimate value that cannot be understood within the context of a cost-benefit analysis. How much is a human life worth? Is it priceless, or is it determined by the preferences of the powerful? It all depends on how human life comes about, which has given rise to a raging debate in our society.

AMOS 1:3-15 NKJV

Thus says the Lord : “For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have threshed Gilead with implements of iron. But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, Which shall devour the palaces of Ben-Hadad. I will also break the gate  bar of Damascus, And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven, And the one who holds the scepter from Beth Eden. The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,” Says the Lord . Thus says the Lord : “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they took captive the whole captivity To deliver them up to Edom. But I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, Which shall devour its palaces. I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, And the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon; I will turn My hand against Ekron, And the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,” Says the Lord God . Thus says the Lord : “For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, And did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. But I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre, Which shall devour its palaces.” Thus says the Lord : “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity; His anger tore perpetually, And he kept his wrath forever. But I will send a fire upon Teman, Which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.” Thus says the Lord : “For three transgressions of the people of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they ripped open the women with child in Gilead, That they might enlarge their territory. But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, And it shall devour its palaces, Amid shouting in the day of battle, And a tempest in the day of the whirlwind. Their king shall go into captivity, He and his princes together,” Says the Lord .

The Need For Inner Change by Billy Graham


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  2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he  is  a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Need For Inner Change

The world says that all we need to do is be decent, respectable, and reasonable. True, that is all one needs to do to be a member of the Great Society, but to be a member of the Kingdom of God, there must be an inner change. A Communist in Hyde Park, London, pointed to a tramp and said, “Communism will put a new suit on that man.” A Christian standing nearby said, “Yes, but Christ will put a new man in that suit!”

Daily Prayer

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the change that came deep within me when I received You.

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Compassion: A 14-day Journey #8


True Religion

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This beautiful piece of prophetic poetry speaks against religious practices that are not grounded in love for God and care for the needy (cf. Mt 22:34-40). The test of any church program or religious activity is whether it effectively reflects personal transformation; in other words, do social justice, generosity and personal holiness proceed from this program or practice (see Mt 23:23; Jas 1:27)? If our engagement with “church” fails to produce compassionate communities and holy individuals, we won’t be trusted when we claim God’s love or Christ’s name (see 1Co 11:17-22; Jas 2:1-4, 14-19; 1Jn 3:16-18). In the words of veteran Bible expositor J. Alec Motyer, we must rid ourselves of the false assumption that we can be “truly religious and socially indifferent” at the same time.
In his preface to a text on Catholic social teaching, law professor Leonard P. Liggio reflects on the reality that the budgetary crises of the developed countries require the withdrawal of the state from many activities undertaken in the confusions of boundless expectations. The new realities mean a return to self-involvement of citizens in the affairs that their health, retirement, and so on. Of the many areas education may be the most important. It is the education of our children upon which the future of the economy and of the resources for the health and pensions of older generations will depend. Yet the recognized shortcomings of the state education system, especially for the disadvantaged for whom it was especially introduced, seem the most difficult to resolve owing to entrenched structures.

Among the private initiatives in the 21st century will be the increased attention charity by the better off. In the USA there continues to be an expansion of charity. Those with middle class as well as higher incomes and wealth observe the private institutions that are offering assistance and make their charitable judgments on the basis of their attention to these instructions. Many people are participating as volunteers in the assistance programmes. Some are dedicated to moving the disadvantaged from static welfare to the dynamic of self-help. The Christian is motivated by compassion to assist the disadvantaged to achieve the dignity of labour Where the state withdraws it gives room for voluntary, Christian initiative to “breathe.” This is not so just in the spheres of welfare and charity, but in the cultural sphere too.

Christian financial stewardship leader Howard Dayton leaves us with some food for thought about the issue: “In some mysterious way that we cannot fully comprehend, Jesus personally identifies with the poor. Do you want to minister to Christ? You do so when you give to the poor. If that truth is staggering, then the reciprocal is terrifying. When we do not give to the poor, we leave Christ Himself hungry and thirsty.”

ISAIAH 58:1-914 NKJV

“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they  say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your laborers. Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you  do this day, To make your voice heard on high. Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is  it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord ? “ Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is  it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am. ’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your  own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord ; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

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Verse of the Day – February 10th


http://bible.com/294/2co5.14-15.cevuk00

We are ruled by Christ’s love for us. We are certain that if one person died for everyone else, then all of us have died. And Christ did die for all of us. He died so we would no longer live for ourselves, but for the one who died and was raised to life for us.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (CEV UK00)

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Billy Graham on Our Comforter


LUKE 11:13 NKJV
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If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.

Christ is Our Comforter

Before He left His disciples, Christ promised that He would send a Comforter to help them in the trials, cares, and temptations of life. This word comforter means “one that helps alongside.” He is the Holy Spirit, the powerful Third Person of the Trinity. The moment you are born again, He takes up residence in your heart. You may not emotionally feel Him there, but you must exercise faith. Believe it! Accept it as a fact of faith! He is in your heart to help you. We are told that He sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts. He produces the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” We cannot possibly manufacture this fruit in our own strength. It is supernaturally manufactured by the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts!

Daily Prayer

Lord God Almighty, I praise You for Your Holy Spirit who guides and keeps me in all my ways.

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