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The Man in the Mirror

October 28, 2013

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I don’t know whether or not it is officially a cliché, but I occasionally hear someone wonder aloud if another person has a mirror in their house. Of course, they are referring to the way the person is dressed, or the way their hair looks.

James says the one who stares deeply into the perfect law and acts on it it will be blessed.

The last time you looked in the mirror and saw that your hair was a mess, did you just shrug and walk away?

Why not?

In James 1:22-24, this is the exact comparison James is making about those who hear the word, but keep doing something else. How many folks are walking around out there with Spiritual bed-head? How many are actively deceiving themselves out of salvation? (James 1:22)

The solution is to keep looking into the word. Just like we wouldn’t turn away from the mirror before combing our hair, we cannot turn away from the word without correcting what we see about ourselves. (James 1:25)

What do you see in the mirror?

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Do So More and More

May 17, 2013

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Life isn’t a static condition.

  • Without physical exercise, the body decays.
  • Without mental exercise, the mind fails to learn more and doesn’t retain what it does know.
  • Without social exercise, our influence and respect from others suffers.

Paul liked to use the metaphor of the “Christian walk” the way he does in 1 Thessalonians 4:1. This helps reinforce the idea of Christianity being an active and progress oriented lifestyle.

We are to take what we have learned and try to gain momentum with it. The more we get out there showing off God’s love and power, the better we get at it, and the more influence we’ll have. This becomes a life that pleases God. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)

With that momentum we can do a number of things:

  • We easily avoid misusing our bodies. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4) This is a difficult habit to break for many.
  • We can live peacefully and avoid being busybodies. (1 Thessalonians 4:11a) This is a difficult habit to break for many.
  • We can become productive and avoid being a burden to others. (1 Thessalonians 4:11b-12) This is a difficult habit to break for many.

These are some of the cornerstones of an influential lifestyle – A lifestyle that helps us become the salt and light that Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:13-15

Daily Bible reading for May 17

Psalm 136
Numbers 18-19
Isaiah 56-57
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

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Proverbs 6:6-11 – Get Busy

October 6, 2011

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6 Go watch the ants, you lazy person.
Watch what they do and be wise.
7 Ants have no commander,
no leader or ruler,
8 but they store up food in the summer
and gather their supplies at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you lazy person?
When will you get up from sleeping?
10 You sleep a little; you take a nap.
You fold your hands and lie down to rest.
11 So you will be as poor as if you had been robbed;
you will have as little as if you had been held up.  – Proverbs 6:6-11 NCV

The ant is the typical figure of industry and efficiency in the ancient literature (Think Aesop’s Ant and the Grasshopper). In any area of life there are things we know that need to be done. No need to wait on a boss or a leader or approval. We have been given the proverbial permission to get them done.

Now GO. (Mark 16:15 KJV) DO. (Philippians 4:9 KJV)

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Proverbs 12:11 – Proactive or Reactive?

September 12, 2011

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11 Those who work their land will have plenty of food,
but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise.
– Proverbs 12:11 NCV

This verse is a reminder to be proactive. Ideas and goals mean nothing without a plan to take action and the willingness to do the work.

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