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Discussions On Social Media Can Be Destructive

Matthew 7:1

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

Of late – it seems to me – some people have allowed their emotions to inform their political views. Social Media has a lot to do with this because things that might have only been discussed in the home or with close friends can be discussed in the public arena. I’ve gotten caught up in it as well from time to time and once again find myself retreating from Social Media – because I do not want to cause division in the church or among my friends. Discussions on Social Media can be destructive and divisive. I tend to be more conservative than many of my local colleagues and even some of my friends. As tolerant as we might think we are – we seem to have trouble discussing things and being hospitable to those who have a different view.

In the last few weeks – even months – even years – our immigration policy has been debated ad nauseam – it seems – on Social Media. Some colleagues and friends seem to be in favor of open borders – some seem to be in favor of stricter border control. Some want to call folks who are in our country illegally – undocumented – others would simply say they are criminals who are here illegally and should be arrested and returned to their homelands. Some say we should enforce our laws – some say the laws are bad and should be ignored. Some say we should improve or correct the current laws – others say the laws are good – we simply need to enforce them. Continue reading

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Holy Spirit Power!

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. NIV84

profileJesus was about to ascend to the Father and He was giving last-minute instructions to His disciples – His followers.  Obviously they were entering uncharted territory.  They had always – up to His crucifixion – had Jesus with them and they had enjoyed having Him back during this period between His resurrection and His ascension.  But Jesus was leaving them again and giving them last-minute words of encouragement.

Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Acts 1:3-9 – 3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. NIV84 Continue reading

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Are We/You Listening?

Luke 3:2

during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert.

profileSeveral years ago I was in a deer stand before dawn – waiting for the morning and the day’s hunt.  In the dark and stillness of the morning – I often drifted off (strapped in of course) or spent the time in prayer.  This morning I was doing a little of both when within my mind God began to speak to me (I cannot say it was audible – but I definitely heard God speaking to me).  It was a personal message I won’t share here – but I thought – what a place to hear from God!  I began to take a small pad of paper and pen with me (this was before data phones).

Another time I was riding my bike around South County – up and down route 2.  I usually have my iPod with me with one earpiece in and one out to listen for the road noise.  I didn’t have it this time but was deep in my own thoughts when I felt – again – the voice of God deep within me.  This time it was an answer to a troubling situation in our church.  I couldn’t wait to get home to write it down so I wouldn’t forget it. Continue reading

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