Point of Reference
by Fred Price
Sure they do. As individuals, we are all inclined to respond to certain situations differently and at times instinctively react to circumstances we are confronted by; but we are just as likely to “act out” at the end of a thought process in response to ideas both familiar and foreign. Going from exposure to new ideas or reinforcement of old ones to participation may take days or mere moments, the smaller the amount of consideration given an “opportunity” usually leading to worse results.
The point here being the distinct possibility – or likelihood ( Click for more )
Webster’s defines a disciple as a pupil of another’s ideas and ideals, and a follower as one who adheres to another’s beliefs and teachings. What’s the difference? It’s ultimately a matter of commitment, yet what a difference that can make. It would seem to be significant that the word Disciple is derived from the same word as Discipline: training that develops self-control, orderliness, obedience in thought and deed; making self a part of something – not copying a routine, belief or habit but learning ideas, and developing responses so thoroughly ( Click for more )
There are several crucial lessons to be gleaned from Galatians 6:1-5 and supporting scripture. In these few short lines, Paul states a number of principles that could profoundly change our lives; instilling in us a mindset more in line with Christ’s (Philippians 2:5), leading to a self-awareness that renounces self-centeredness and promotes genuine ministry.
He starts out by advising, “…if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” Absolutely negating a critical self-righteousness that encourages us ( Click for more )
The near hysterical statements made by both parties vying for the White House this year make me fear for our country, as their ranting leaves virtually no room for accommodation, compromise or civility; not only during the campaign season but afterward as well. Besides which, it creates doubt in the minds of our allies and adversaries alike as to our reliability and integrity in foreign affairs. More importantly, it tears at the fabric of who we are; a diverse, disparate citizenry that has to be willing to talk things out and compromise enough to address the needs of the greatest ( Click for more )
Melchizedek is a man of mystery, his entire biblical history contained in three verses of Genesis; the most significant information passed on to us being, “He was a priest of the God Most High and the King of Salem.” (Later to be known as King David’s capitol – Jerusalem.)
Melchizedeck’s story begins with Abram defeating a confederation of Canaanite rulers who had raided an alliance of kingdoms including Sodom and Gomorrah, where Abram’s nephew Lot lived. Returning home with Lot in tow and much booty, Melchizedek makes his appearance; ( Click for more )
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