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Lawless Behavior Does Not Honor God

Judges 17:6

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

One of my favorite old movies – of all-time – is one starring Charles Bronson (the Death Wish Series). It was a movie about a lawless group of people who were corrupt and evil. They kept their community scared by their lawlessness and their violence. The actor that Charles Bronson played – and has played in many movies – was Paul Kersey. He wife and daughter had been brutally treated and killed by lawless persons and he became – in several movies – a vigilante. He began to bring order to a lawless area in his city.

While I don’t support vigilantes – he stood up against lawlessness when few would – if any. In the movies his efforts to stand up against lawlessness won him the admiration and support – eventually – of his neighbors and others in the community. Lawlessness is not the answer. Obeying the laws or working to change the laws – lawfully – is the answer.

In our society we see or hear about lawlessness all around us. In cities like Chicago and Baltimore – the murder rate is often higher than the number of days in any given year. I have a friend – a colleague in ministry – that reminds us often how many murders there are in Baltimore. Lawlessness is so hard to comprehend. Continue reading

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Lawlessness and Obedience

Judges 17:6

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

I just finished watching a movie starring Charles Bronson. It was a movie about a lawless group of people who were corrupt and evil. They kept their community scared by their lawlessness and their violence. The actor that Charles Bronson played – and has played in many movies – was Paul Kersey. He wife and daughter had been brutally treated and killed by these lawless persons and he became – in several movies – a vigilante. He began to bring order to a lawless area in his city.

While I don’t support vigilantes – he stood up against lawlessness when few would if any. In the movies his efforts to stand up against lawlessness won him the admiration and support – eventually – of his neighbors and others in the community.

In our society we see or hear about lawlessness all around us. In cities like Chicago and Baltimore – the murder rate is higher than the days of the year. I have a friend – a colleague in ministry – that reminds us often how many murders there are in Baltimore. Lawlessness is so hard to comprehend. Continue reading

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Fighting the Good Fight!

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

profileWhen I was younger I remember watching Mohammad Ali win a lot of fights. He was – according to him and many others – the greatest. He was not only a great fighter – but he was a great tactician as well. He planned out his fights – he made a plan – and tried to carry it out – and more often than not – he did.

Here are a few of Ali’s greatest fights. Ali vs. Wepner (1975) – was the fight that inspired the movie Rocky. A relative unknown in Chuck Wepner – which went 15 rounds was stuff that legends are made from for sure. Ali vs. Liston II (1965) – one of the shortest championship fights of all time. Within minutes Ali had knocked out Liston. Some say Liston threw the fight. Ali vs. Liston I (1964) – a seven rounder that made Ali (Cassius Clay at the time) a well-known fighter. Ali had some epic fights with Joe Frazier like the ‘Thrilla in Manila’: Ali vs. Frazier III (1975). Probably the most important fight of Ali’s career was the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’: Ali vs. Foreman (1974). Ali’s career is marked with great fights and a great plan. He won the heavy weight championship three times I believe. Continue reading

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