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Tuesday Thoughts 9-18-18

If you put it publicly on Facebook, I feel free to use it here and this one is too good, too timely and applicable to pass up!  With name omitted, here’s the first post I saw today: “[my daughter] this morning…“I watched a video on dads phone called ‘10 lies parents tell their kids’ and you tell us at least 6 of them!” Then proceeds to tell her sisters all the “lies”. No more electronics kid.”  I bet you all laughed.  I certainly did!  But along with it came the conviction that we often respond to God like that.  In much the same way that a posted video brings a truth (at least a Web truth) to light, God’s Word (the Bible) brings truth, both positive and negative, and we either choose to adjust to it, or say, “no more Bible for me!”   I know that sounds kind of harsh, and few would admit to this blatant stiff-arm declaration, but all our excuses of why the Word isn’t much of a part of our life amounts to the same thing.  I am constantly amazed to discover the lack of its presence in the lives of people who come for help.   Married couples in conflict want true union but have no idea what the Marriage-Maker’s perspective is or have decided not to adapt to it.  Those seeking identity, meaning, and purpose in life consult self-help books and their friends’ opinions but shy away from finding out what the One who personally designed them had in mind.  Even our quest to worship and serve are defined more by self-perception, personal experience, preferences, and the desire for affirmation than by the call of Almighty God.  But everything rests on the Word of God!  We wouldn’t know about Him, or about Jesus and his supreme act of love, or the thrill of the presence of the Holy Spirit without his revelation in the Word.  Without the knowledge of who our Creator is, his character, we would have no way of knowing when we were being deceived.  Please understand, I am not advocating Bible-worship.  I’m not promoting it as a rule book either.   It is a work of love, provided to us by the God of Love so that we could reconnect with Him in a loving relationship and share that love with hurting people.  That should overcome the lame excuses we have for not being in it (or not applying it): not enough time, not a good reader, hard to understand, hard to submit to…add your own.  Please stop ignoring the presence, power, and prescription for living that the Word of God is.  Instead, start taking time daily to explore the love of Jesus. “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God (breathed out by God*), and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.” 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (The Living Bible.  * my added phrase).

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