- Stay grounded in the goodness and power of God, and grateful for his blessing. You know: “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food.”
- Don’t say, do, or buy anything stupid. Three things to stay zipped up: your mouth, your pants, and your purse.
- Don’t be extreme about anything, except putting God first in your life and following the Lord Jesus to the letter.
- Do first things first. Prayer and the Bible before facing the world. Work before play. Sowing liberally before expecting a harvest.
- Bide your time. Oaks require years to mature. Weeds pop up overnight.
- There’s something to learn every day and from every person you meet.
- Share the best you have, which is the fullness of God in Jesus Christ.
- Never underestimate the power of the gospel and the power of your word on behalf of Christ. Speak up!
- Be motivated by love, and let that motivation be always in evidence.
- Pay the price of preparation, share the pain of suffering for the gospel, revel in the grace of salvation.
REMEMBERING OUR ROOTS
In 1976, Alex Haley, a black man from the tiny town of Henning in west Tennessee, sprang into national prominence with the publication of the historical novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. As per Wikipedia,in this work Haley traced the story of an 18th century African captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and followed his life and the lives of his descendants down to Haley. In 1977 the novel was adapted into a television mini series. It is hard to realize that it has been forty years since Roots burst onto the scene. Though Haley later was sued by two other authors for plagiarism, admitted to such (claiming it was unintentional), and settled out of court, his book spent several months on The New York Times Best Seller List, including twenty-two weeks in that list’s top spot.
The Lord’s church needs to be interested in its roots. Strong, healthy trees have a strong, healthy root system, and churches that truly are of Christ will always strive to maintain a strong, healthy root system. Continue reading
Three great life principles that Christians live by are:
1) Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (cf. Proverbs 11:24; Proverbs 19:17; 2 Corinthians 9:6).
We can’t outgive God (cf. Malachi 3:10).
2) Luke 12:48: “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:16-23).
Those folks who have been blessed with much (talents, monies, etc.), much will be required of them
Example: Parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
3) Galations 6:7-8: “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Example: Rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-25).
Gimme three, no more, no less, great life principles that Christians live by, that may or may not be generally recognized in society at large. Not so specific things, but principles that govern everyone everywhere.
Last night was one of those nights, two darling but unquiet children in our home Bible reading group. They wouldn’t stay with our babysitter. But I’m glad their mother came. Even though attention was diverted to them, we still got something from the reading (you’d never believe the passage we read), and from the time together.
Ron’s congregational give-away was a great piece of news. Share more!
Funny things going on last night with WP, posts and titles disappearing. Let see how they are today.