Category Archives: 1st Amendment

Interesting…

Well when your infatuated with video games, smart phones and refuse to get out and live…

I guess this makes sense…

Didn’t have such silly distractions, living in the 70’s.

Source: Today’s US teens about three years behind ’70s generation | Daily Mail Online

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Using Others

Using Others

September 19

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7:12).

Have you ever heard the term, “Money talks?” This old cliché has some truth to it. How we handle money speaks very loudly about our values, especially among those in the marketplace.

One of the common business practices today is to extend payment on invoices to use that time to extend a company’s cash flow. The bigger companies can often insist upon even longer times for payment. And because this practice is so prevalent it allows a business that honors their vendors with on-time payments to stand out from the crowd.

This delayed payment policy violates a basic biblical principle. “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Rom 13:6-7). One of your greatest opportunities to show you are different is in the practical matters of being faithful to your obligations. True servant-hood is revealed when we have the best interest of others in mind. This means not always seeking to negotiate the lowest price for services, but the price that is fair and still honors the vendor for his service or product. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matt 7:2).

Use money to demonstrate your respect of others by paying others in a timely manner.

Why Do I Do These Things?

September 19
Why Do I Do These Things?
For reading & meditation – 1 John 1:1-10
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (v. 9)

We continue meditating on the principles that enable us to recover from the brokenness caused by the memory of some grievous sin. A second principle is this: Understand the major reason why you tend to brood on the past. People who brood on the past, and keep the memory of their sin alive, do so for several reasons. Let’s take them one by one: (1) They are not sure that God has forgiven them. If you have this kind of doubt, it is really a denial. It is taking a verse, like the one before us today, and flinging it back into God’s face, saying “I don’t believe it.” If you don’t accept God’s forgiveness, you will try to make your own atonement in feelings of guilt. Once you confess your sin, then, as far as God is concerned, that’s the end of it. Believe that – and act upon it. It’s the gospel truth! (2) They are in the grip of spiritual pride. You should be asking yourself, at some deep level of your mental and emotional life: How could I have ever done a thing like that? What this really amounts to is that you have too high an opinion of yourself. And that’s about as bad as too low an opinion of yourself. (3) They have not forgiven themselves. It might help to stand in front of a mirror with your Bible open at the verse at the top of this page, reassure yourself that God has forgiven you, and say to yourself, by name: “———, God has forgiven you – now I forgive you too!”
Prayer:
Gracious Father, although I understand many things, I fail so often to understand myself. Teach me more of what goes on deep inside me, so that, being more self-aware, I may become more God-aware. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.
For Further Study
1. Why can we forgive ourselves?
2. Forgive yourself today.