The Essentiality of an Internal and an External Life

“Getting to Know You" is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. In the show, Anna, a British schoolteacher who has been employed as a governess, sings the song as she endeavors to engage an inviting and affectionate relationship with the children and the wives of the King of Siam. In the opening verse of the song she sings:
 
Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you 
Getting to hope you like me
 
Getting to know you 
Putting it my way but nicely 
You are precisely 
My cup of tea 

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Hide and Don't Seek!

Do you remember playing the game “Hide and Seek” as a child? Believe it or not, there was a time when children could and would go outside and play with other children. The game “Hide and Seek” was beneficial on a number of fronts: mathematically - you counted by one or by multiples of five; physically - you moved your body to run; mentally - where you had to think and use strategy to hide and and socially - you interacted with others! 

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Comfort When God Feels Far Away

The conditions of a world cursed by the fall come with enormous consequences: crisis, chaos, confusion, death, disease, disaster, lovelessness, loneliness and loss.  Due to the fallen nature of our world, we can expect difficulties. The truth about trials is not a matter of what, but when. None of us will be exempt from the encroachment of seasons of anguish and affliction or as King Solomon calls them, “evil days.”

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Service Shines A Spotlight On Your God

Have you ever taken the time to consider or examine a spotlight? A spotlight is a strong beam of light that illuminates a small or specific area. For example a spotlight will focus on a performer on a stage in order to make him or her the center of attention. This concept can also be applied to a Christian’s life. This week, my objective is to shine a spotlight of focus on our service to God.

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Refocusing Your Affection Repels Sin

When my sons were younger, my wife, Gloria and I created chores in order to champion personal responsibility and stamp out the seductive spirit of slothfulness. On one occasion one of my sons was instructed to clean his room and complete his homework before playing with his toys or watching a video or television. The expectation of his parents was well established and he was fully aware of the consequences for not carrying out his responsibility. After an hour had passed I decided to check on his progress. To my surprise, he selected something he deemed more important than cleaning his room and doing his homework. He had paid my instruction no attention therefore I immediately got his attention with my good friend R.O.D. also known as the “Reminder of Discipline” in my home (Proverbs 13:24). Before the application of the R.O.D., I asked my son why he chose to be disobedient. His answer was simple: Because he wanted to do something else.

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In Sync With God’s Sovereignty

One evening I was having a bite to eat with my wife and my daughter-in-love and we were having a conversation about exercise/smart watches. These smart watches (with no diploma or degree) will make it their objective to track your daily activity which includes monitoring an individual’s number of steps, calories burned, sleep patterns, stress and recovery. Although we call it a “smart watch”, the watch needs assistance in accessing data. Therefore, it has to be paired or synced to your phone or another mobile device.

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Christ the Center of our Joy

Have you recently given any consideration to what brings you joy or more complete joy? Perhaps this question makes you think of a new spouse, the birth of a child, acceptance into the college of your dreams, a job promotion, an astronomical amount of money that was not anticipated; the list is inexhaustible. Every genuine believer that has been gripped by God’s goodness and grace, however, knows the place of Jesus’s joy in our hearts!! Furthermore, the echo chamber of evangelical deduction decidedly declares the Lord Jesus’s gift of salvation gives us joy down deep in our souls. He is indeed the center of our joy!

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