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Family

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19).
What does family mean to you? We live in a culture that seems to produce more dysfunctional families then functional families. In addition, physical families are scattered to the four corners. It almost feels that family is not important. In the beginning God established the family unit when He created male and female and told them to have children. Jesus taught us to think of God as our Father. The Spirit tells us that we may call God “Abba! Father!” because we are the children of God (Romans 8:12-17). “Abba” is a term that only the family members of a household could call the patriarch of the family. Servants and slaves, while members of the household, could not use “Abba” when referring to the master.

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“My Anxieties Have Anxieties”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6)

Charley Brown looks downcast. He’s resting his head on his hand, elbow on the top of a block wall. Linus, Lucy’s little brother, is looking at him.  He finally says to his friend, “You look kind of depressed Charlie Brown.”  Charley Brown turns, looks at Linus and says, “I worry about school a lot.”  They begin walking together.  He continues,   “I also worry about my worrying so much about school.”  They both stop and sit on a park bench, and Charley Brown finally says to Linus, “My anxieties have anxieties.”

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The Path of Least Resistance

Text: Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth” (Luke 3:5 ASV).

The bluegrass band, Balsam Range, sings a song entitled, “How Many Times Must I cross that Caney Fork River?” Part of the lyrics go thusly:

How many times must I cross that old Caney Fork River

Travelin’ through the State of Tennessee

For those who might be interested, you can listen to this at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAmDCf2sGLE

Interestingly enough, I had asked that question many times before I ever heard the song.  The answer is, “No less than five times.”  I have crossed that way many times when traveling on I-40 in Tennessee. I have personally counted the crossings.

If one will take a look at any road map, he will find that most all rivers and streams are usually pretty crooked.  “Why?” you might ask.  It is because water takes the path of least resistance.

People are, mostly, like water. We usually seek the easy path to our objective.  If we have a pain, we want a fast-working pain reliever.  If we are hiking to a scenic location, we take the less strenuous path.  Even in building construction, “shortcuts” are often sought.

Sometimes the easy way can be beneficial; however, it can sometimes be very costly, even disastrous.  Especially is this true when it comes to our salvation.
Jesus warns,

Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby” (Matthew 7:13 ASV).

I suggest that the way is broad because it often takes the path of least resistance, departing from the narrow way that God has set forth.  People often seek the way that seems to be more convenient, more appealing, more popular.  This is both dangerous and destructive for the soul.

The prophet of old has written, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron” (Isaiah 45:2). This in reference to salvation.  May we always seek the straight and narrow way.

Hymn: Jesus Savior Pilot Me

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the narrow way.  May we always have the courage to seek it rather than giving in to the temptations to seek what might appear to us to be the easier way.  May we strive to seek right over convenience.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL

racrgc@aol.com