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We is So Much Better Than Me
October 21, 2016, 12:36 am
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“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (I John 1:1-4)
In reading the first four verses, I notice that John uses “we”, “us”, and “our”. I know that John the Apostle is thought to be the writer of the epistle. In his gospel, he never refers to himself as John, but as a variation of “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. Not referring to himself by name makes me think that he must have been humble and attempted to guard against bragging about his closeness to Jesus. In this epistle, he wants the reader to know the truth about Jesus the Christ and shares his personal experience as the basis of the information. Another guess on my part is that since his identity was in Christ, with whom he constantly walked, he was lost in his “oneless” with Christ. Maybe he now could only see himself as a “we”. Christ talked in John 17 about wanting His disciples to be one with Him, so maybe John is so in tune with Jesus, that he only saw the unity with Christ. I also notice that he is driven to share this message with others, that they might also be one, in unity with each other.
Give this some thought, “how would you describe your relationship with Christ?” Are you so connected, you are One with Him?
Our culture is divided and needs to be restored to unity. Maybe if we develop the heart of John, surrendered to God and controlled by the Holy Spirit, we will present the message of Christ that is so powerful that it breaks down walls and barriers to produce unity. Let us prayer for Him to work! Now!

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Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get You Down? Here’s an option!
October 17, 2016, 12:55 am
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book

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“For he that will love life, and see good day, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile; let him eschew evil and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it” (I Peter 3:10-11)
Do you want Monday to be a good day? Isn’t it great that the Bible shows us how. In I Peter 3, we are reading the words written to people who are in the midst of great persecution. Life hasn’t gone as desired and days are filled with threatening situations, disappointments, and hardships. Yet in the storms, God tells the Christians that they can enjoy life and have many good (although maybe not always apparent to us) days, should live this way. First, don’t say evil or hurtful things. There are several ways to do this. Think before speaking, consider the impact your words will have on others, and a third way is to speak in love. The second step is again a speech related issue, avoid telling lies. When you lie, you create a life that is always on the verge of falling apart because you have to lie to cover up lies. This leads to a life that is always one statement away from self-destructing. The third step is to stop practicing wrong (evil, wickedness, Eschew means to avoid it. In evil’s place, we should actively do good. The fourth step is be at peace, with God, with others, with yourself, by actively pursuing it. Run after this peace that can only be the result of being a yielded follower of Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to have control.
So you will either have a Monday to forget or one to remember. God has placed that in your control. Do it His way or try it your way. Whose plan will you select?