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Gussied up for God

Text: “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity; and clothe yourself with honor and majesty” (Job 40:10).

I am thinking back on a time when one of our church members referred to my wife as being “gussied up.” When that term was used, directed toward my wife, my immediate thought was, “She is gussied up for God.””Gussied up” is an old expression meaning to dress, or adorn, or to decorate elaborately.


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Christ For The World

Ponder: Can we evangelize our world? Will we?

Scripture: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV).

Jesus said to take His gospel to the entire world. Not everyone will respond positively; in fact, the majority will reject the Lord (Matthew 7:13, 14). Our task remains: give everyone an opportunity. The hymn, “Christ for the World,” points out three things in as many verses that will help us fulfill this divine mandate:


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Respect

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

In 1947, Paul Tournier wrote in The Whole Person In A Broken World that a major problem was a lack of respect shown to people. He points out that people tend to become more aggressive when they are not given respect as an individual. In 2014, we can echo his statement. Many problems today are caused by a lack of respect. Respect for others and being respected seem to be a rare commodity in our society.


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