The more we think about it

Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.

This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.

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For Thees and Thous

These sentiments are heard now and again and deserve some thought.

I cannot hear your news for thees and thous,
Your strings of memorized verses make me drowse;
I’ve yet to hear a single text explained
Within its setting — aren’t you people trained
To teach the unlearned down on their simple level?
I need to know how I can beat the devil,
Devote my life to God, fire up my hope,
And with my stumbling failures learn to cope.
In Bible class and sermon I’d like to learn —
To know the open word of God I yearn.

JRMatheny

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In a word: Phrases for meditation

God deserves praise, not because he possesses an ego, but because by praise of him we discover purpose of life.

If you’re too busy to pray over your meal, you’re too busy to eat. Continue reading

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Simple Answer to a Complex Question

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”” (Matthew 22:35-36)

Imagine how depth that conversation could’ve gotten. On one side you have a lawyer (“expert”) of the Law and on the other side you have the author of it! But the man wasn’t given a complicated answer. In reality he was given an extremely simple answer. So what command was this lawyer told was the greatest off all? The answer was love.

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

Although their subject was wrong, the Beatles had the right answer with their song, “All You Need Is Love.” When all the religious complications are said and thoroughly mixed, tangled and tied, the simple answer to following God always has been and always will be loving him. God himself can be a complex subject, and there are times when spiritual topics can become complex as well, but the path that leads to God, although it may be difficult to follow at times, will always be lit with love proceeding from him, but to follow it we must be willing to walk on, in and according to it by the love that proceeds from us.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

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Here’s a good starter for Americans and…

Here’s a good starter for Americans and other high consumers: 21 Things We’re Learning to Live Without.

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Out of clutter, find simplicity. From di…

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

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