Who to please?

Every day we wake up there are people we seek to please. We want our family to be pleased. We want our boss and co-workers to be pleased. We want our friends and acquaintances to be pleased. No matter what we do, we should understand that it is impossible to please them all.

At the core of the Christian’s understanding is the reality that God is the only One whose approval we must seek. He is not only our Creator and Savior, He is our Judge. The early disciples knew that and lived accordingly. Therefore Paul wrote, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

via Daily Lift – November 08, 2017 – GBN Daily lift

This is more of a problem for some than for others. Some societies seem to have a greater need to please other people. Still, even the most independent types must face it.

The emphasis on God as Judge is right and proper. We must never forget that we must eventually stand before him and answer for our words and actions in this life. The decision to please God above all others will determine whether or not we enter into heaven.

We must not be contrary toward others for contrary’s sake (see 1 Cor 10.32-11.1), but seek to please others that they may be saved and also desire to please God.

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On Psalm 1

Great, short read on Psalm 1 by a good Okie brother.

To whom will you listen? Who owns your attention? The wicked, sinners, and scoffers? Or “the law of the Lord”? That choice will determine whether life is anchored and fruitful or baseless and pointless. And ultimately whether we stand with the righteous or perish with the wicked. Don’t hurry past Psalm 1. Spend some time here. Think seriously and examine closely.

He has a good devotional site worth following.

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When we do not offer our best to God

“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name. But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?'” Malachi 1:6.

After this last book of the Old Testament, there would be over four hundred years of silence from God until John would become the “voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for [Jesus].'”

So there is a lot of good and important stuff packed into these four chapters, split into two main sections. Continue reading

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Scattering my ashes How about scattering good deeds…

Scattering my ashes? How about scattering good deeds and the seed of the word of God? Tim Hall in Weekly messages from the light of God’s word.

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=868a93ebed32bb71e218407cf&id=1c09c209db&e=720dd43936

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Starving with food in sight: Tim Hall on World Food Day

Tim Hall makes a spiritual application of the UN World Food Day commemorated today. http://eepurl.com/5W5sb

Since 1945, October 16 has been celebrated as “World Food Day” (established by the United Nations) to draw attention to the needs of people throughout the world. It’s hard for many of us to understand chronic hunger. But occasions like this at least make me pause and try to understand.

Imagine this hypothetical scenario: people starving, even though food is within their reach. They simply refuse to eat what is before them! Would that not be a tragedy?

Tim encourages us, among other things, to “develop healthy habits.” Read this good meditation at the above link.

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We don’t need a creed

The scripture for today, May 4, is 1st Peter 5:4 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Many denominations appoint someone to be the head of their religion at their world headquarters. He goes by different titles — bishop, high priest, father, president. Their headquarters may be a small office or an entire complex. From here the head meets regularly with others to make decisions for their denomination. Continue reading

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Inspired men with a passion

The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. Continue reading

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