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Abide In The Truth

“Whosoever trangresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. . .” (2 John 9).
 
Make no mistake about this, anyone who will not cling to and walk according to the divinely inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) will be in transgression of that law. God’s word, the Bible, is the rule of law that guides us and when rejected in whole or in part, John tells us that we forfeit our relationship with God and he is not with us. At this momen,t I can think of nothing that would make this life more miserable than to be walking this pathway without hope and without God (Heb. 6:18-19, Eph. 2:12).

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Why Fire, Not Water?

“. . . never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood. . .” (2 Pet. 3:10).
. . . elements will be destroyed by fire. . . (2 Pet. 3:10).
 
It was facetiously said, “I hope that God best hurry if He intends to destroy the earth, or man will be Him to the punch.” I first wrote on the subject after an oil spill in Valdez, Alaska when floods of crude oil leaked from a tanker and blackened that pristine wilderness. I’ll repeat the question posed then, would this have happened if I hadn’t chosen to drive all over creation in a gas guzzling car?

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Paint A Picture

“For as he thinks within him, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
 
We read in Genesis 49 how Jacob called together all of his sons and gave each a special blessing. Every son received a blessing that painted a picture for him. Judah was a lion, Joseph a fruitful bough, and Benjamin a strong wolf that devoured his prey. Each son’s blessing was a prophecy of the rest of his life.
 
We cannot give our children blessings that tell the story of their lives as Jacob did. In a sense, though, what we say to our family members and friends, and especially to our children, can make or break them. Words carry powerful messages.
 
Research has shown that a child’s home life can determine how successful he or she will be in life. Parents can fill their children with venom that will lead them to destructive lives. If a child grows up hearing “You’re lazy” or “You’ll never succeed,” those words may be self-fulfilling. On the other hand, if a parent tells a child, “You’re strong like a lion” or “You’re a good friend,” those words help inspire the child to keep being strong and kind.
 
Praise works for us all, not just children. Everyone responds to a loved one saying “You’re such a helpful person” or “You’re a wonderful friend.” It makes us feel loved and needed and spurs us to help and be kind again.
 
Your spouse, your children, your fellow church members, and your friends all need encouragement and praise. Use their best traits and paint a picture for them. Tell them how wonderful they are so they can envision themselves being just that way. When your loved ones hear your praise every day, they will turn their hearts and their lives to good ways.
 
Hymn: “Oh The Things We May Do”
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we use our speech to build others up and help them to find Your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
Donnarichmond93455@yahoo.com