Discipline

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Potential Means Nothing Without the Discipline to Make Use of It

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I know this all too well because my family was not well versed in what real achievement required. It was not their fault: as far as I know all my ancestors were hard working practical people.  What also was a hindrance for them was the low expectations that seemed to have been fostered by, a fear of authority and even a fear of success itself.  Again who can fault them having  this attitude they came from the often harsh authoritarian societies of eastern Europe during the 19th century. A part of the world not unaccustomed to frequent wars especially from mid twentieth century and earlier.  I think life is much better for more people there these days – never having visited the region I can not be absolutely sure though. Yet The Word of God can teach anyone how to live better no matter where they live; be whatever GOD intended them to be.

 

The Word of God equips us with the knowledge that we have a purpose and a way to find out what that may be.

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We Christians call our talents gifts from GOD; the gifts are to be used for the right purposes. Praising GOD and worship, doing what is right and not doing wrong, opposing evil, supporting and edifying our brothers and sisters in The Lord and, being the best stewards of all resources as we  demonstrate GOD’s Love.

Talents:

Exodus 35:30-31 ESV

30 Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, . . . 

 . . . etc.

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Standards:

Leviticus 19:19 ESV

“You shall keep my statutes. . . .”

This is the bare minimum and it is taken out of context because in order to appreciate the standards of GOD, it requires study of the entire Bible.
Purpose:

Genesis 1:26 ESV 

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Choosing good over evil, managing the resources of Earth well and other actions done in responsible way with integrity . . . above all:

Leviticus 19:18 ESV 

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

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The result? FULFILLMENT and pleasing God

 

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A Secret to Success: Be Humble

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How do you expect to get ahead?

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Contrary to what some aggressive people espouse being humble often leads to a more sane successful life.

Rushing around, applying “The Law of the Jungle” (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling) to human life or “Dog eat dog” ( Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission) in our effort to get ahead may contribute to our gaining material success. But, what impact on our conscience will that success have?

Dear readers you know I am about to recommend a “kinder gentler” approach . . .

. . . because it is very much a part of the Christian experience. Yet I see that it goes beyond just being fair and just; it is more about the spirit of love, empathy and kindness but, above all having a servant’s attitude.

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Leaders such as: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are well known examples.

Yet about 2000 years ago Jesus Christ challenged the Hebrew hierarchy to abandon legalism and adopt a spirit of love: Manifest GOD’s Love to all people through fairness, justice, compassion and accountability.

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Those who expected the messiah to be a military leader were disappointed when Jesus called all to emulate his examples:

John 13:1-20 ESV 

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. …

Luke 22:24-27 ESV 

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

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Is Honesty the Best Policy

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Is it possible to be honest all the time?

As I grew from childhood into adulthood I took the instruction from my family and church seriously concerning telling the truth (even though I saw a wink from a family member now and again). Movies and television programs (especially for young people) proclaimed the merits of being honest as a way to a better life.

My Father Explained What a White Lie Was

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My mom smacked his shoulder and they both laughed when my dad began to explain to me what a “Little White Lie” was. In school, in church and on Kid’s TV I did not get an explanation so I remained puzzled.  This conundrum followed me into my teens when my idealism peaked and matters such as misused truth, deception, hypocrisy, politics and human to human manipulation troubled me a great deal. Mostly I just struggled to navigate daily life always weighing these issues trying to reconcile the ideal with the reality I found. During my time serving in the U. S. Army the contrast between the touted ideal and reality was at its greatest contrast – I will not go into details save soldiers have a history of decadent behavior when off duty for one thing.

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In College I was Immersed in Postmodernity . . .

. . . and was unaware of it for many years.  I am a lifelong learner so eventually I acquired philosophical knowledge and a keen sense of comprehensive thinking (I am a product of a liberal education in that I do question everything and attempt to make sense of what I discover). Mankind experienced great failures in science and morality and this was perplexing so a philosophical upheaval set humanity on a strange course (see the following):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism

In a logic class I learned about faulty reasoning and fallacies: this gave me a great deal of understanding but did not solve the dilemma concerning “absolute honesty”.  One variable is how one defines honesty and whether it is in an ideal or in a practical sense in which we refer.  Words (languages) are powerful and can be used to a person’s advantage without too much trouble especially to the unsuspecting.  I could introduce situations where lying saved a life or lives but that may be an exception and it will do little or nothing in the quest to solve of the core issue at hand: how do we really define honesty and can we be honest all the time?.

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Midway in my life – 35 years old – I became a Christian: “My dilemma is solved I thought”

Not so fast.  Rather than offer my analysis let us inspect what GOD has to say in The Holy Bible and thus allow you to ponder the questions about honesty for yourself. I already expect the comments will reflect whether or not, you are a follower of Jesus Christ (have The Holy Spirit as a helper), you believe in GOD at all or are a secular humanist:

Exodus 20:16 ESV 

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV 

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Matthew 5:37 ESV 

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Colossians 3:9 ESV 

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

 

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Can You Take Bad News

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We all want to hear about the good stuff . .

. . . and hope we can avoid the bad stuff for as long as possible.  Yet reality is handled better when we are willing to accept life for what it really is: temporary, not guaranteed and often a struggle.

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We all are born, we live and then we all must die: there cannot be anything more probable than death. To live well in the meantime there is a lot of guidance from both human wisdom and religious dogma. Yet sorting through a myriad of do’s and don’ts it sometimes is hard to really know what is true or what applies.  For Christians the matter becomes simplified when we discover “there is nothing new under the sun” – to borrow a line from Solomon’s utterances. The Biblical record can help a great deal: especially Proverbs. Our nature is what it is and believing this helps everyone who believes it, to live a better life and to treat each other better in the process. Jesus boiled it all down to two commandments:

 

Matthew 22:36-40 ESV 

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

GOD gave us the freedom to make mistakes . . .

. . . but GOD did not ignore us after creation; GOD gave guidance and knowledge and the ability to discern thus, we can avoid the worst life has to offer.

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And here it comes: yes there is evil and yes there is sin and we are capable of both.

1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

I have written several times that even the best of us humans are not perfect and not without sin, neither can we do good to overcome it nor, can GOD ignore it. Sorry if that is an unwelcome revelation but it still is true; it is not what I made up it comes from the Bible as a whole and it is a clear description of the character and standards of GOD.

Romans 8:7-8 ESV

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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GOD provided a way for us to climb out of

. . . hole by first instructing us in the Scriptures and then giving us the work of Jesus Christ who paid the price for sin so that we can avoid eternal damnation just by believing what Jesus accomplished, with our whole heart and mind.

Acts 3:19 ESV

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

 One last thought:

Don’t think you can outwit GOD

 

Isaiah 55:8 ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

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Why Strive for Good Against Evil

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JFK said on September 12, 1962 “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, . . .”*

*https://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/ricetalk.htm

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And so any worthwhile endeavor  seems to put a challenge before us, including the struggle against Evil.

Galatians 6:9 ESV 

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

As a Christian no period in history has been free of opposing forces: persecutions from without and corruption from within.  Should we give up  opposing evil and promoting good? NO.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

We know the standard GOD presents in the Bible cannot be achieved by ourselves alone.

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We need Jesus.  Jesus satisfied “The Law of GOD’s requirement that sin be dealt with”; now we have eternal life but the struggle against evil continues (even within the best of us). Should we give up?

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

 

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What Mosaics Teach Us

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Mosaics create an image that becomes clearer with distance.

History can give us a clearer picture when we examine the past objectively and in detail as its polarization diminishes and our objectivity begins to dominate.  More important? We can gain a better understanding of ourselves by doing the same thing: self examin, consider different choices or seek new information for ourselves. If we learn from this we may even chart a new course expecting a better outcome. If you desire to acquire a good foundation for living well, doing good and opposing evil examine The Book of Proverbs in The Old Testament.

Proverbs 24:1-34 ESV

Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, …

 

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Galatians 6:3-5 ES

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

 This analysis works on many levels: sports, relationships, diplomatic endeavors . . . etc.

By the examination of a society or a culture we can learn a great deal about success and failure; hopefully what we learn may provide an opportunity to avoid mistakes made by our ancestors.

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1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 Sounds so easy but the historical record would indicate something different: Doing the right thing is hard.

Yes sadly it appears to be more difficult to make significant improvements than logic may infer. Perhaps freewill, ego, personal interests and persistence to maintain ignorance conspire to foil even the most logical and obvious alterations for “the good”. Something as simple as “Trusting GOD” does not appear to ever last long or become a universal concept. There are always recalcitrant individuals and backsliders it seems.

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Matthew 5:10-12 ESV 

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 The cycles between good and bad times of the Hebrews written in the Biblical Book of Judges exhibits this human tendency oh so well.

The pattern goes something like this: When the people stray from GOD’s plan and drift away and even worship of false gods calamity is the result. When things get so bad that the people cry out to GOD for help a leader emerges (called by GOD) who restores the right relationship with GOD. The people prosper once more for a time but, the next generation that only knew good times is susceptible to falling into sin and disrespect for GOD once again . . . . and so the cycle continues.

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Judges 8:33-34 ESV

33 As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. 34 And the people of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side,


But that sort of thing cannot happen today; to Christians, here in the United States can it?

 

Of course it can and often does; it is even playing out this very moment. However GOD is slow to lose patience, slow to anger and willing to allow you  (all of us) to repent.  Why not do so right now before it is too late and let Jesus into your heart..

Psalm 103:8 ESV 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

 

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Why is Selfishness so Hard to Tame

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Selfishness is in our very nature . . .

. . . and the only way we can see it for what it is, is with GOD’S help and the the GOD given intelligence that our brain offers.  Animals can only respond to their chemistry with little (if any) abstract influence from their perception of the external world. We humans are part of the animal world but, have more brain potential for abstract thought so we can gain understanding from knowledge that can enable us to function with more than the prime motive to survive.  We are chemically linked to the life on Earth that is why we must eat, drink, breathe and reproduce just as living things in general must do.  Yes our mind can allow us to rise above this natural state for “good”. We can conduct our lives and apply our abilities for the common “good” of all our planet’s lifeforms: Stewardship. To allow ourselves to be governed by selfishness is not good; unbridled selfishness is destructive at the smallest and the largest scale.

Proverbs 21:13 ESV

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

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Yes we have a strong desire to be protective

. . . because we want to have a “friendly” milieu for ourselves and our contemporaries as well as for our progeny.  When outsiders are perceived to represent a threat to our security we easily become defensive or even preemptively aggressive.

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The learning curve toward a more benevolent and socially cooperative behavior has been slow to achieve; it is a hard lesson to learn and apply. The progress toward this goal has been slow though Jesus laid out the “game plan” more than 2000 years ago. Are we such slow learners?  Some of us are I suppose but the real reason is found within our very nature.

Matthew 6:21 ESV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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“But competition is good,” You may think.  Yes I say, but only to a point.

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Extreme competition can do more harm than good: The original aim of “sportsmanship” was to be a metaphor for our lives as a whole: fairness, civility and the ability to win or lose with grace. Though it has helped it is yet far from perfect and cheating is more than disappointing it is discouraging

Proverbs 31:9 ESV

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

OK, awareness offers a forewarning

James 3:17 ESV

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

 When will we really “get it” that cooperation

. . . benefits the majority, and agree to truly banish extreme selfishness along with criminal activities so life can then be better for more of Earth’s inhabitants. Still, it is in our nature to fall to temptation and fall into sin despite our best efforts ad this is where Jesus offers a way.  Jesus provides a way out of this conundrum (the duality of good and bad within us) here and now and, for eternity. When The Kingdom of GOD comes all this will change for the better and beyond that will come judgement, and then an  eternity with GOD for those who are believers in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Remember where you are, though it may seem so for awhile,  you do not control the world and its ways. Ultimately we all will answer to GOD.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 ESV

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Amen

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Does GOD Change?

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Through Time Things Change

We are in a state of constant change from the moment we are conceived; Nations are in a state of constant change from the moment they are formed; The Earth’s weather, climate and geology is dynamic; Astrophysicists recognize that the Universe is always changing. GOD is the one entity eternal and unchanging.

Psalm 90:2 ESV 

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

(C) James Halifko

All things we know seem to have a beginning and an end; this is how we perceive life.

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Yet GOD has an eternal perspective so how are we to understand all GOD’s ways?  We surely cannot but, we can trust in what GOD has revealed and  promised as explained in The Holy Bible. As for Jesus was He merely “a good man”? No: he is part of the mystery of the Holy Trinity and thus GOD incarnate.

John 1:1 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 10:30 ESV 

I and the Father are one.”

John 1:14 ESV 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

So we witness lifeforms come and go: plants, insects, animals, people and Nations but . . .

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Hebrews 13:8 ESV 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

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We can count on the promises of GOD

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God has made numerous promises expressed in the Bible: some big as in covenants with nations; some small as I know all about you and have a plan for you.  Trust GOD; accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

 

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Love

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In the English Language the word “love” covers many emotions and actions.

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In order to clarify what we mean we rely on modifiers but even that often does not accurately define which form of love it is we are referring to. I might say I Love You to my wife, my children and, I also may say I love pizza, dogs, and mountains .  We Christians speak of “Christian Love” or tell someone GOD Loves them but that sure seems to leave a great deal to their imagination.  Of course, one should use many passages within the Bible to help people understand the depth and scope of GOD’S Love. Perhaps begin with one verse and continue to offer more at the recipient’s request.

Psalm 136:26 ESV

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

So this thing called “love” has a broad spectrum of meanings and some languages do better than others expressing it.

Examples of non-English terms of Love that express nuance with single words can be found in this article:

“23 Untranslatable Foreign Words That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought” by Koty Neelis

23 Untranslatable Foreign Words That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought

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GOD has taught us about unconditional Love.

Romans 5:8 ESV 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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GOD is about more than love let me not deceive you: GOD is Holy, GOD is Just, GOD requires worship and respect but, . . .  but for this post I have focused on one part of GOD’S nature: Love. In the Bible you can get the whole character of GOD; I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ and immediately gain the help from The Holy Spirit; seek out like minded believers; read the Holy Bible.

First century christians lived LOVE.

Love and 1st Christians – Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Christen.” New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The First Century Christians chose to live their lives as closely to what Jesus had instructed as humanly possible. The Acts 4 scripture below explains in detail the way they lived. They were successful because we know about GOD today and thus can have a loving relationship with GOD: The Bible conveys GOD’S character in great detail: we can know GOD. People call this religion but GOD embraced us; GOD reached out to us and religion is the way humans attempt to get the attention of a god or gods.

Acts 4:32-37 (ESV)

They Had Everything in Common

32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

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July 4th Liberty Freedom and

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Happy July 4th

A mature Christian may have the freedom to enter into a gray area but not if it can lead a brother or a sister into sin.
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Even overeating or a poor diet can be self destructive and you may lead your brother or sister into temptation just by indulging in a food harmless to you. Christians may be free to do some things not in themselves a sin or sinful but may be a problem for a fellow believer. (ST) Apostle Paul knew eating food offered to false gods was not a sin but some believers weren’t sure.

1 Corinthians 8:7 – 9 ESV

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  . . .

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Freedom, Liberty, Civility and Law and Order.

What is meant by Freedom and Liberty? Do they refer to the same thing? Can they be used interchangeably? Are there limitations on Liberty, or is it something that is supposed to be completely without restriction? If, as the Declaration of Independence declares, all men are created equal with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, does that mean government can do nothing to restrict Liberty? . . . ” http://eyler.freeservers.com/JeffPers/jefpco26.htm

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” . . . Law and justice are two words that often go hand-in-hand. These words are often confusing for many people who believe that these words are the same or refer to the same thing. However, this is not true. . . . ” http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-law-and-justice

Luke 14:1-6 ESV 

One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” …

What is Civility?

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“Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work . . . ” http://www.instituteforcivility.org/who-we-are/what-is-civility/

Jesus boils it down to this:

Matthew 22:37-40 ESV 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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Thank You Jesus for teaching us GOD’s truth; I pray we remember this always.  And that our United States though, free from an ‘official religion’ had reflected the best that humans can offer because the founders based their ideals on what they knew about right and wrong from the Holy Bible. May we as a people never forget or forsake this  but remain a beacon truth to the entire world. In Jesus’ name Amen. 
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