A thought provoking question

I have a thought-provoking question.

I say thought-provoking because I believe it’s worth thinking about for several reasons – although I’m not necessarily looking for an answer.

I don’t know if the question can even be correctly answered on this side of life. That’s because there may not be a book, chapter and verse for it. And if there is, I must honestly say it’s not an obvious section of scripture to me. I have my ideas, but they’re only my ideas.

So what’s the question? Continue reading

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Am I Worthy?

I recently heard a very perplexing discussion on the subject of worthiness. One person advocated that no one, under any circumstances, could ever be “worthy” of being saved and/or a child of God. The other maintained that, while we could never be worthy in and of ourselves, the fact that Jesus loved us enough to shed His blood to cleanse our souls, that makes us worthy.  I must admit that there is value to either side of the argument. I would love to hear your opinions.
What say ye?

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What Are You Hungry For?

Dennis the Menace once said, “I said I’m hungry enough to eat a horse. I didn’t say nothin’ about carrots.” At times our hunger is more for what tastes good to us than what is good for us. Fran Lebowitz noted, “Mealtime is the only time of the day when children resolutely refuse to eat.” They often hold out for a “Happy Meal” or something sweeter to the taste than carrots or spinach, etc.! The burning question for millions in our culture is not, “Are you hungry?” but “What are you hungry for?” We have to get that worked out because practically every town and city in our nation offers a plethora of places to eat. Do you want Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, even Thai? Will it be fish tonight, or pork, or a steak, or chicken? Sushi anyone? Maybe spaghetti or pizza? In our “go out to eat” culture, the choices are seemingly endless, and so, to reiterate, we often hear the question, “What are you hungry for?” Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser revealed that we often opt to feed on “fast food.” In his 2001 best selling book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Schlosser reported that Americans spend more money on fast food than on higher education, computers, computer software or new cars. In fact, according to Schlosser, we spend more on fast food than movies, books, magazines, newspaper and recorded music — combined. That’s a lot of Big Mac’s and Krystals and Chic-Filets and Frosties and tater tots.

So, what are you hungry for? Americans crave a fast fill-up for all kinds of hungers — fortune, fame, fun, power, possessions, sensual pleasure, etc. But Christ challenges us to think outside the Big Mac box when He says in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” These words compel us to think beyond the felt, physical needs of the body to the deeper spiritual needs of the soul. God wants us to experience a hunger and thirst for the holy. In a world with more appetite for what feels right than for what God says is right, Christians must maintain an acute appetite for righteousness and the things that feed it. I grew up on a farm where we had cows, ponies, chickens, and even a few pigs to tend and feed. One thing became clear through my experiences on that farm — if a cow or horse or pig is healthy, it has an intense appetite for the stuff cows and horses and pigs eat and drink — clover, crushed corn and grain sorghum, other grains, hay and, of course, water. And they stayed busy feeding their hunger and slaking their thirst. You never had to brow beat them or preach sermons reminding them to eat and to drink the things that livestock are supposed to eat and drink! Their appetites and how and what to feed them came built-in. Now, there are no “holy cows,” but Christians are called to be holy and love what is right. Do you hunger and thirst for the holy? Are you on a diet that feeds righteousness — Bible reading, prayer, worship assemblies, etc.? What are you feeding and drinking into your mind and heart and home? Just what are you hungry for? Think about it.

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and He who believes in Me shall never thirst” – Jesus Christ, John 6:35

Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ

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A Thought About Prayer for the Fellows, Fellas and Guests

Here’s a thought about prayer that I thought some of you might be interested in commenting on. It comes from an outline I put together for a VBS class on Bible study and prayer.

“The single goal of prayer isn’t to gain God’s favor or God’s attention – it’s to gain the involvement of God’s will in our life and our life in the will of God.”

There’s much more to it than what may appear on the surface.

I’m not saying that prayer shouldn’t be used to ask for necessities or to cry out to God through emotional despair or even thanksgiving. I’m saying this in light of the beginning words of Jesus’ model prayer (your will be done on earth…Matthew 6:10) and Jesus’ comments on the Father already being aware of our needs (Matthew 6:8).

We have the attention of God (think John 3:16 for a moment), but the question is, “Does God have our attention when it comes to His will?”

To have our life involved in the will of God and to have the will of God involved in our life should be the primary goal of prayer, should it not? What do you think?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 – NKJV)

You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.” (James 4:3 – BBE)

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