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What Is It That Defiles Us?

Matthew 15:11

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.

IMG_0435-0In a day and age when most everyone is trying to promote physical fitness (and indeed Americans need to consider taking better care of their bodies) – today’s passage reminds us that it is not what you put in your body that defiles it – but rather what comes out of the mouth.

Of course we can eat too much and too much of the wrong things – but in the day of Christ – they had debates over what foods were acceptable and what foods were unholy. Some foods – set aside for idols – were thought to defile the person if he or she ate them.

Defile is defined – to desecrate or profane (something sacred). Our Lord says – What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them. Continue reading

June 6, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clean the Inside First

Matthew 23:26

First clean the inside of the cup and dish,

profileOutward looks are usually the first thing that attracts people. If a person has a rugged jaw or a sweet smile with sparkling eyes – we are drawn to them. I know one of the first things that drew me to my than future wife was her beautiful red hair.

It is only natural to be drawn to someone that is pleasant looking – even handsome or beautiful. Having said that I must share one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings – beauty is only skin deep. A person can have all the right curves or muscles – a great smile and hair – even have the whole package that the world calls beautiful or handsome – and yet when we get to know them we see that inside they have issues.

I remember owning a 1972 Ford Mustang and trying to keep the outside shiny and clean. I washed it most every day – especially this time of the year when pollen would turn my red Mustang a mustard color in a few hours. I waxed it weekly it seemed. If you sat on the hood you would slide off because I had the rear raised a little and with the heavy wax job – it was hard to sit anything on the hood without it sliding off! Continue reading

May 14, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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