These are the statements from Jesus that are all counter-intuitive. Men especially would have trouble with these statements; unless they’re Christian. Even then, the nature of men, in general, would have trouble following most or at least some some of what Jesus stated to His Disciples
wayocross has been a part of several ministries that involved men. He's aware of the many pit falls that men face including himself. He was born with a cleft palate and a speech impediment and as a result empathizes with men who have lost their way. He also recognizes that men being "self-sufficient" are often the last to know that they weren't. As a former leader in four churches and children's Sunday School teacher and children's tutor he sees the tragic future many youth face based on their own bad decisions learned from their parents (loosely interpreted). He believes scripture can be applied to most of the "hurts, habits, hang-ups, and addictions* that men face. * terminology borrowed from Celebrate Recovery ministry founded by John Baker at Saddleback Church in California.
My wife and I are in the process of moving. WOW! We had talked about this, but just for the future. But how many of us know that the future can come abruptly into our lives. We need to prepare for the future – whatever that may be. We’ve been preparing for that both practically and spiritually.
I’ve seen people in recovery be successful, only to stumble from exhaustion and end up worse than when they’ve started. I’ve seem legalists so involved in judging others that the sin they were so focused on overtook themselves. And I’ve seen church members overwhelmed with guilt and no-one willing to help them.
The point in both cases is looking out for the welfare of others. That’s humility. Pride is the virus that makes people think of themselves first, and many times only.
Sometimes if I’m smart, frustration will lead to resolution. But I had to do two things in the right order. Both based on scripture.
Our imperfect forefathers risked their lives for a more perfect union. They knew that the end of the Revolutionary War was not the end of their aspirations. But in their spirit aught we not to be willing to sacrifice for the goals they have set for us? Can […]
Walking the mall today I saw a mother and her two daughters with their eyes glued to their phones. That’s because it’s safer to just say anything about anybody on social media without having to deal with a reaction; even if it’s family.
I do feel that all the ideas Christians have about people getting over their issues does not work if correcting emotions is not part of the process.
Wisdom claims to be qualified to speak of truth and righteousness. Many people today claim to know truth. And conspiracy theories are believed by many. It is difficult to know truth except for the character of the person speaking. How can we attest to wisdom’s claims to be righteous and truthful?
wayocross – I ask that we consider that the “Law is King” because the Law Maker is God Himself. Our country can only survive if we remember our roots and the very basis of our Common Law. In Common Sense (January 1776) Thomas Paine reminded the American colonists that in a free republic “ the law is king”.