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Building Each Other Up

Ephesians 4:29

[build] others up according to their needs

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMMost of us probably know people – or are people – who seem to enjoy putting people down. For some of us – it comes naturally. For some of us – it is a learned behavior from years of being in a negative environment (like an oppressive parent – co-worker – or partner).

Don Rickles was a professional comedian who made his living putting people down. He would call people in the audience hockey pucks and was a prominent member of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast which aired – originally from 1974 thru 1984. People liked to hear others put someone down – especially a star! The premise of the show was someone would be the man or women of the day and other stars would take turns roasting them (cutting them down). It ran for 10 years and kept the Dean Martin Show on the air.

Today’s politicians like this approach as well – because they can’t seem to say a kind word about one another. From the President calling people names like Rocket man or Pocahontas – to Hillary calling Trump supporters deplorable – to Biden calling them the dregs of society – to others saying they would like to blow up the White House – or other hateful talk. Other hateful talk includes calling law enforcement officers pigs or calling for them to be shot or killed. Such hateful talk – when we are called to build each other up. Continue reading

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Showing Love

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

112015 Ray McDonaldIt is the Lord’s Day – another Sunday – the first Sunday of Lent.

Today’s devotional will be short and to the point! At least that is the plan as I type away.

The call to follow Christ is not a call to be judgmental. Judgment is to be left to Christ. Revelation 20:4 – I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Continue reading

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