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SharedCar3Yesterday I had a conversation with our Son about the car. He was incensed we would put our car he drives in the shop without providing another for his use. I tried to explain it was my job to administer our shared resources for the good of all — which means sometimes he has to wait and/or find alternatives to the places he wants to go.

Reasoning did no good, I guess because it combined two words: “Him” and “Wait”.

Today God had a conversation with me about almost the same thing. This world, everyone and everything in it, is a shared resource. It’s his dirt, he must administer those resources according to his wisdom and love — which means sometimes I have to wait and/or find alternatives to get me places I want to go, trusting that what I really need he will provide.

Sharing resources requires patience, a positive attitude, and perseverance.

— fritz

* Get your own dirt. April 27, 2012

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“when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line.” – Galatians 2:11(MESSAGE)

Valid authority in the Church derives from following the truth.

Those aligned with God’s word are to be honored and followed,1 those who don’t are to be resisted, sometimes even publicly, regardless of their name, rank, or history.

The apostle, Paul, wrote

“Let me be blunt: … If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed … If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s” – Galatians 1:9-10a (MESSAGE)

This doesn’t mean arguing every little point. The Brethren church has a wonderful saying,

In essentials, Unity;
In non essentials, Liberty;
In all things, Charity.”

All valid authority comes from adherence to God’s word, not an ecclesiastical or educational title.

– fritz

1 – 1st Timothy 5:17

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