Priorities

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Each day we make a number of decisions. The choices we make a greatly influenced by our priorities and beliefs. If we believe that organic food is better for our health and healthy eating is a priority, than we will chose to purchase the organic variety of produce at the grocery store.

Fortunately, we live in an extremely wealthy country (the United States) in which those types of choices are available. We have freedom, wealth, and abundance to allow the choices of what type of food we eat, where we live, and what type of work we do. Not so for most of the world.

Yet freedom does not come without a price. Right now the freedoms we take for granted in the United States and in other wealthy, democratic countries are coming under attack. Each day we open the newspaper to read reports of mass killings.  It seems as if the terror and violence has become commonplace. It concerns me and scares me to see how easily it is for people with evil intent to violently and randomly wreak havoc and murder at will.

What should followers of Christ do? How do we respond? Can we return to the old “peaceful” days of the United States when the Founding Fathers established this country?

In a great discourse found in the gospel of Luke, Jesus gives unique insight into what believers should believe, expect, and do as they live day to day in a world of evil.

We should not live in fear or be anxious about the events that unfold around us, for we know that God values each of us and has our best interest in mind.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12: 6-7

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Luke 12: 25

This world and everything in it is temporary (including the United States). It will perish. There is nothing we can take with us when we depart this earth.

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12: 15

Christians are not called to any particular political structure or organization here on earth. Although we may desire peace, we should not expect it. We are called to serve a greater Master whose Kingdom exists beyond the constraints of this world.

Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Luke 12: 51

Followers of Christ must place their trust and hope in God’s plan. That plan includes a world that is passing away to be replaced by a greater, eternal Kingdom.

We need to keep our priorities straight. We need to remember that: “The main thing in life is keeping the Main Thing the main thing.

Keep your priorities straight. Do not fear or be anxious. Trust God and look forward to His working out His plan in our world.

What do you think? How should Christians respond in light of the chaos that is building around us? How should a Christian spread light in a world that is getting darker each day?

Be light

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Illuminate the dark places in your world. Imagine that you find yourself in a pitch black room with several other people – some friends, some family, some strangers.   The darkness in this room is complete; you can not even see your hand in front of you.  You hear the voices of the others, and an occasional […]

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Words have power

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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.  Proverbs 25:11 We all have a great power.  That power is the spoken word.  We can speak life into one another or we can break each other down through the words we speak. When God created the universe and all things […]

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I am rich! Now what?

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Two weeks ago I wrote about wealth and how the sharing of ideas has  contributed to the vast amount of wealth in the world today. In comparison to the majority of nations and people throughout the world, Americans are very wealthy and have an extremely high standard of living. Two centuries ago, the average world […]

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With great power comes great responsibility

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Over the past few weeks, I have been the recipient of several pieces of sober news. Sad, scary, shocking, frustrating. These are just a few of the words to express my emotions in response to this series of “apparently” unrelated events that have come to my attention. A friend, a terrific example of success in […]

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What is the source of wealth?

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Yesterday marked the first day of my 52nd year (although I would prefer 39) here on earth. In reflection, I can appreciate how blessed I am to live in this time and place. I live in the most prosperous and free country that has ever existed in known civilization. Our form of government, under The Constitution, […]

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Experiencing peace

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 Take a deep breath Peace – it is attainable! It starts with taking a deep breath. I am at peace this morning. This peace is something that is tangible. I can taste and see and feel this peace. It has a supernatural dimension. It is a peace that has come from the Father, a manifestation […]

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Who gets to decide what is right and wrong?

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Justice – the complicated virtue What is justice? Is it a virtue or is it an inalienable right of all men and women? There are several common uses of the word justice. The dictionary definition for justice that I will discuss is “rightfulness or lawfulness; the administering of deserved punishment or reward.”  The first part includes […]

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What is humility?

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 Does humility have a place in our world? Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.    – William Temple In my study of virtues, the next concept of discussion is humility. Everett […]

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Can I develop the capacity for reverence?

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My last two blog posts dealt with reverence and then discipline.  One might ask – how are these two related?  I believe that a person can mature his concept and practice of reverence through discipline. Paul Woodruff defines reverence as “the well-developed capacity to have feelings of awe, respect, and shame when these are the right feelings to […]

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