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Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are…when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. — 1st John 3:1-3 (The Message Bible)

I learned something about recognizing value when I gave away company stock. I had received it as a youth because I was family and had no idea how much it was worth until I gave it away for free.

Afterwards, the realization of what I lost hit me but it was too late. Something similar can happen in a church or to those in a Christian home who grow up with eternal opportunity freely given by Jesus’ sacrifice.

There is a future for those who remain faithful to Christ. We need to keep that future in focus to stay pure and faithful.

— fritz

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And [God] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. – 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10

Jon Gosselin Before and After

Years ago I caught a glimpse of John Gosselin, yes the one in the TV series, when a hair restoration company gave him a free treatment. He seemed like a nice unassuming guy, a faithful husband (I never watched a single episode so I really wouldn’t know). Later he turned into quite a playboy, splitting his family apart, and I wonder — the fresh look seemed to open the door to truly hurtful results.

I had a college friend with serious stomach problems who asked for prayer and God healed. He later said to me, “I can, now, party and drink all the beer I want!”

I got to know a new couple at church who loved Jesus. In their fifty’s, the wife had a degenerative bone disease and expected to eventually be in a wheel chair. My pastor prayed for them and she was gloriously healed. They soon quit attending church and we lost touch so I called to find out she decided to go back to her nursing career and was too busy for church or past friendships.

Yes, I believe God heals and wants us physically whole but sometimes not being physically whole keeps us spiritually growing. These are not always mutually exclusive but when they are, which would God consider best?

— fritz@langgang.com

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Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. – Psalm 4:4

Dr. James Strong (1822-1894) in his Concordance, did us a great service.  He shows us that the Hebrew word translated here as, “commune”, actually means to “talk to”.   So this is not a command to meditate or get in touch with your inner self but to give yourself a good talking to.

The Psalmist knew an important fact about the human psyche – the different parts don’t always align. We sometimes have to tell ourselves to get with the program, to stop sinning and start believing what we know is true, to stop worrying and start trusting God and his word.

Don’t be like a cup, blown around by the wind, start talking to yourself!

– fritz@langgang.com

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I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. …To those outside the law I became as one outside the law that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. – 1st Corinthians 9:19-22

Today this sounds insincere – probably because of the word “win”, as if he is saying he pretends to be different things to different people to manipulate them.   But it would be a mistake to think that.

He was not saying he pretended to be something wasn’t nor did he try to manipulate.   Paul was a Jew so he could honestly relate to those who were Jewish – a jew can serve Christ and still be a jew, Paul did.   He was free from legalism (or “The Law”) so he could honestly relate to those who had no religious affiliation – they, too, can follow Christ’s laws, Paul did.   And he certainly knew weekness, completely relying on Christ to give him life – the weak can follow Christ in their weekness, Paul did.

Paul is saying he utilized his life experiences to bring the comfort and salvation of Jesus to all he met, regardless of their place in life’s menagerie.

Related Post: Why Me? – May 9, 2011

– fritz@langgang.com

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“I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith.” – 2nd Timothy 4:7 (GNT)

There are lots of things we can’t do.

We, really, control so little. We can’t make things turn out like we want or people to do as they ought.

But we can, with God’s help, keep the faith – knowing Jesus paid for our sins, obeying Christ in our choices, and trusting that through it all God is at work in the world, our families and our lives.

If we do that we have a great future.

“… I have kept the faith. … The prize … is now waiting for me. … He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again. – 2nd Timothy 4:7b-8 (GWT)

– fritz

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“The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight … he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” – Mark 10:51-52

Many people, like blind Bartimaeus, were touched by Christ and followed – but where were they at the crucifixion?

Where are we when following Christ is not so popular? More than just being receivers, we need to be disciples?

– fritz

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Grow where planted.

[T]hese are the words of … Jeremiah the prophet … unto the … captives,… “seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” – Jeremiah 29:1, 7

We are not the captives to whom Jeremiah wrote but his message from God is, nevertheless, to us.

Being a good citizen, participating in community life, and working for peace in the neighborhood benefits not just the neighborhood, but us.

Put down roots where God has planted you.

– fritz@langgang.com

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