Man's Make Up

Man's Make Up

It's estimated that we are made up of 52 pounds of oxygen, 2 ounces of salt, 50 quarts of water, 3 pounds of calcium, 24 pounds of carbon, and trace amounts of a variety of other chemical compounds. That is a more detailed description of this basic truth:

"Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2.7)

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Influence

Influence

Whoever and whatever has our ear has influence. So it's imperative that we be discerning.

"And He was saying to them, 'Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.  For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.' " (Mark 4.24-25)

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To Know Him

To Know Him

"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth" (Joshua 24.14)

A parting admonition by Joshua to the people of Israel was wholehearted devotion to Creator and Father, Yahweh. Show the utmost respect for Him. Let your devotional and service to Him be marked by both sincerity and truth. Religious pretense and ritual would not be sufficient, nor would lack of knowledge. To love and serve Him would require genuine and truthful pursuit.

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Broken

Broken

The broken will be made whole. Not necessarily now, but then.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5.3-6)

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Food For Thought

Food For Thought

A recent court case in Italy is interesting.

Italy's top appeals court overturned a conviction against a homeless man from the Ukrane, who stole cheese and hot dogs worth $4.50, becuase he was starving.

Their judgement is that if you are starving, theft of a small amount of food is not a crime.

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Hunger

Hunger

Few of us know real hunger. Unless we have fasted for an extended period of time, we do not know the relentless gnawing that real hunger brings.

"He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 8.3)

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Harvest

Harvest

Life circumstances are such that there are people near you who are ready to accept the gospel message. Whether a health crisis, marriage problem, job loss, or death of someone close, there are people we know who are ready to hear and receive.

"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." (John 4.35)

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Resolutions

Resolutions

The season of resolutions is almost upon us. For many people, the new year serves as a benchmark for life decisions and changes. Lose weight. Exercise more. Be more productive, and disciplined.

What about resolving to walk more closely with your Creator and Father? "Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near." (Isaiah 55.6)

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What Do You Keep vs Throw Away?

What Do You Keep vs Throw Away?

What do you keep, and what do you throw away? Our nearly endless cycle of accumulation forces us to regular ask this question. But, it's a question that pertains to something far more important.

"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8.35-37)

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Eager Expectation

Eager Expectation

Honestly, is the return of Christ a passive thought for you, or an eager expectation? Are you living this day as though it could be THAT day?  

"Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him." (Hebrews 9.28)

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Crucified

Crucified

It's a lot easier said than done. In fact, the reality might be that there's more saying than doing.

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." (Galatians 2.20)

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Who Are You For?

Who Are You For?

So, who are you for? That's a question that can be asked about political candidates, parties, or sports teams. But, the better question is, WHAT are you for?

"Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago" (Titus 1.1-2)

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Good Days

Good Days

Regardless of the times or circumstances, we who are blessed are called to be a blessing.

"The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,  And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (1 Peter 3.10-12, from Psalm 34)

"Good days" are not determined by who will reside in the White House, or serve in any elected position ...

Personal Descriptions

Personal Descriptions

Someone I encounter most mornings expressed to my wife that I'm not a very talkative person. Having never been much of a morning person, that's certainly accurate for my disposition at 5:30 in the morning. But, is that how I want to be described? What word or phrase would others use to describe you?

"Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." (Philippians 4.5)

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Fear Factor

Fear Factor

I have a friend who easily starts conversations with strangers that then leads to gospel sharing. I admire and respect that, but such things don't come easily for me. The fear factor usually paralyzes me before I can speak. Apparently someone else had a similar experience: "I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling" (1 Corinthians 2.3)

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