Friday, July 21, 2017

‘Miss the Ditch!’ – Matthew 15:12-14

Then the followers came to Jesus and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees are angry because of what you said?” Jesus answered, “Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted himself will be pulled up by the roots. Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, then both men will fall into a hole.”

Matthew 15:12-14

Key Thought

The powerful implication of Jesus’ words for his followers in today’s passage is immense. The Pharisees were regarded as the most righteous of all people in Jesus’ day. They believed in resurrection and reward from God for those who adopted their form of righteousness. Because of their reputation and power, the disciples were worried that Jesus would alienate them—and he not only alienated them, many of them actually hated Jesus and regarded him as their enemy. But Jesus’ words remind us of one essential truth: If it is not from God, it won’t last! In fact, if something pretends to be from God, but isn’t, it will lead to disaster.
In a world of political correctness, multi-culturalism, and pluralism, it is easy to confuse respect for the people of a culture with an acceptance of that culture’s religious truth. In Matthew, Jesus demands that we come to him for truth and reject ANY religion that promotes formalism, ritualism, or externalism at the expense of inner purity and true transformation from God.

Today’s Prayer

Righteous and holy Father, please help me discern false religions and false teachers, no matter how popular or powerful. I want to have a pure heart, transformed by your grace and obedient to your will. Forgive me of my sin and create in me a pure heart, humble and obedient to your will. Please help me exhibit this purity in my speech, my attitude, my thoughts, my motives, and my actions. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Today’s Verses in Context

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus. They came from Jerusalem and asked Jesus, “Why do your followers not obey the rules given to us by our great people that lived before us? Your followers don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus answered, “And why do you refuse to obey God’s command so that you can follow those rules you have? God said, ‘You must honor (respect) your father and mother.’ And God also said, ‘Any person that says bad things to his father or mother must be killed.’ But you teach that a person can say to his father or mother, ‘I have something I could use to help you. But I will not use it to help you. I will give it to God.’ You teach that person to not honor his father. So you teach that it is not important to do what God said. You think that it is more important to follow those rules you have. You are hypocrites ! Isaiah was right when he spoke about you. Isaiah said: ‘These people say they honor me, but they don’t really make me an important part of their lives. Their worship of me is for nothing. The things they teach are only rules that people have made.'” Jesus called the people to him. Jesus said, “Listen and understand what I am saying. It is not the things a person puts in his mouth that make him wrong. It is the things a person says with his mouth that make him wrong.” Then the followers came to Jesus and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees are angry because of what you said?” Jesus answered, “Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted himself will be pulled up by the roots. Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, then both men will fall into a hole.” Peter said, “Explain to us what you said earlier to the people.” Jesus said, “You still have trouble understanding? Surely you know that all the food that enters a person’s mouth goes into the stomach. Then that food goes out of the body. But thebad things a person says with his mouth come from the way a person thinks. And these are the things that make a person wrong. All these bad things begin in a person’s mind: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, saying bad things against other people. These things make a person wrong. But not washing his hands before he eats does not make a person wrong.”Matthew 15:1-20

Related Scripture Readings

Col. 2:6-10

Matt. 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44

Matt. 7:24-28


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God’s Will: Perfect Love

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

Dear Father, perfecter of our love,

Don’t ever let us disregard you or your Holy Spirit, which you give us. Give us perfect love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let this teaching of yours fill our minds. Let this love among us grow more and more, every day and in every way.

May we aspire to live quietly, to mind our own affairs, and to work with our hands or our minds, so that we may be dependent on no one and command the respect of those outside your family. May that respect lead them to listen, to heed, and also to become your children.

In the name of Jesus I ask. Amen.


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Humbly Yield Control

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple,

Yesterday I talked to you about letting the Spirit lead the dance of your life. Today, I want you to notice what happens when a person takes the lead of his or her own life. This is what happens when a person’s “constant pursuit of gratification” and continual “focus on self-indulgence” have control of his or her heart:

  • Prayers go unanswered.
  • Envy and jealously control life in ways similar to an out-of-control addiction.
  • Pride and arrogance rule over a person’s heart.
  • Overbearing criticism shows up regularly in conversations.
  • Accusations are made against good people.
  • A sense of control of one’s destiny makes a person oblivious to the fragility of his or her own life.
  • Good things that need to be done go undone and neglected.

Just as Paul emphasized in the verses yesterday, James reminds you today with strong words that you must consciously and humbly offer yourself to the Father. Don’t be afraid to be physically demonstrative with your humble repentance. Not only ask for His forgiveness but also offer Him control over your heart and your life. Offer your whole self to the Father — heart, soul, mind, and strength — to be used as His person and controlled by His Spirit.

Rid your heart of the evil influences that poison it and that make it inhospitable to the Holy Spirit. I sent the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. The Spirit wants to bring God’s character, compassion, and blessing to life in you. So resist the power of evil, Satan, and the demonic world. Drive the evil one away and invite the Holy Spirit to take control!

Verses to Live

In the verses below, James uses his typical straightforward style to challenge his readers to look at their hearts. He wants you to be aware of what motivates your heart. He warns of all sorts of ways pride and arrogance sneak in and steal a person’s heart from God. So offer yourselves to God… in humility.

Where do you think your fighting and endless conflict come from? Don’t you think that they originate in the constant pursuit of gratification that rages inside each of you like an uncontrolled militia? You crave something that you do not possess, so you murder to get it. You desire the things you cannot earn, so you sue others and fight for what you want. You do not have because you have chosen not to ask. And when you do ask, you still do not get what you want because your motives are all wrong — because you continually focus on self-indulgence. You are adulterers. Don’t you know that making friends with this corrupt world order is open aggression toward God? So anyone who aligns with this bogus world system is declaring war against the one true God. Do you think it is empty rhetoric when the Scriptures say, “The spirit that lives in us is addicted to envy and jealousy”? You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says,

God opposes the proud, but He pours out grace on the humble.

So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure. Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands; you have dirtied them in sin. Cleanse your heart, because your mind is split down the middle, your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other.

Now is the time to lament, to grieve, and to cry. Dissolve your laughter into sobbing, and exchange your joy for depression. Lay yourself bare, facedown to the ground, in humility before the Lord; and He will lift your head so you can stand tall. My brothers and sisters, do not assault each other with criticism. If you decide your job is to accuse and judge another believer, then you are a self-appointed critic and judge of the law; if so, then you are no longer a doer of the law and subject to its rule; you stand over it as a judge. Know this — there is One Who stands supreme as Judge and Lawgiver. He alone is able to save and to destroy, so who are you to step in and try to judge another?

Listen carefully, those of you who make your plans and say, “We are traveling to this city in the next few days. We’ll stay there for one year while our business explodes and revenue is up.” The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another. It would be best to say, “If it is the Lord’s will and we live long enough, we hope to do this project or pursue that dream.” But your current speech indicates an arrogance that does not acknowledge the One Who controls the universe, and this kind of big talking is the epitome of evil. So if you know the right way to live and ignore it, it is sin — plain and simple.

(James 4:1-17)

Response in Prayer

O Father, please forgive me. Forgive me for trying to live my life by my own power. Forgive me for the times I’ve wandered from the Spirit’s lead in the dance of my life. Forgive me for my willful sins. Please forgive me for those sins of neglect and laziness when good things have gone undone. I humbly offer myself — my heart, my mind, my spirit, and my body — to be controlled by You and used for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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The Holy Spirit Says

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness…”

Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV

Key Thought

God has spoken to the hearts of his children over the centuries inviting them back into relationship with him. These Spirit-inspired messages came in many and various forms, but the clearest came through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus speaks to us and to those around us, inviting us to come home to the Father. We must respond, or our hearts harden, and we lose any possible sensitivity to the message of grace. The message from the Holy Spirit, uttered over and over through the centuries, now comes to you and me today: “Hear his voice! Do not harden your hearts!” How will we respond today?

Today’s Prayer

O Father, I want to have a tender heart that responds to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to hear your voice and respond to your grace. I ask that the Holy Spirit convict me of my sins, help me take notice of and avoid my vulnerabilities, strengthen my weaknesses, and empower me to be like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.


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Today’s Verse – John 17:23

I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

John 17:23

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

How will the world come to know that God sent his Son? Through our unity? How will the world know that God truly loves us as his children? When we live together in unity. What is that unity? That’s harder to define. The basis of unity is a life of character so consistent with the will of God that he can be seen living in us! Yet for this kind of unity to be seen by the world, it has to be visible in the way we work with each other in the cause of the Gospel, the way we handle our differences, the way as a group that we consistently treat people of the world, and the way we come together in areas that clearly matter to God. May it only be so!

My Prayer…

Father, please help us, your children, come together in ways that honor you, reveal your character, and lead others to call on Jesus as Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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Let the Water Be Your Friend


It was with fear and trembling that she made her unsteady way down the steps and stood, shaking like a leaf!
First Thoughts:

Almost since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been a must-see destination for both Washington-area residents and visitors to our nation’s capital city. The iconic red sandstone “castle,” completed in 1855, once housed the entire collection that now fills 18 museums, nine research centers, and 120 affiliate organizations scattered around the world. With more than 138 million artifacts, no wonder the Smithsonian is often called “the nation’s attic.”

The American History Museum has always been of special interest to me, and that interest is heightened by the ambitious plans of Peter Manseau, the new Curator of Religious History, who has launched a five-year program to emphasize the integration of faith into all aspects of American history and life. He thinks that the study of American history requires the study of American religious history. The prized freedom of religion which once emphasized religious differences has moved toward the recognition of religious similarities.

Changes in my own outlook have followed a similar path. Mountains I once thought important enough to die on, I now see as little more than molehills. I suppose leaders of a local church have the right to require men who serve in public worship to wear coats and ties and read the Bible only from approved versions so long as they don’t confuse human choice with divine mandate. When my friend who was the national leader of a major denomination would say to me, “You don’t have to be baptized to be saved, but you do have to be baptized if you want to obey God,” I thought we were mighty close to choosing different words to say the same thing.

The best use of our freedom of religion is to seek as much common ground as possible so we can join forces to defeat our common enemy, the Prince of Darkness.

The Story:

Miami, Florida is a city laced with canals, rivers, lakes, at least 70 public pools, and more private pools than anyone can count, not to mention Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Mary Margaret and I knew it was no place for four young children who had not yet learned to swim. As we began asking about swimming instructors, a friend said, “The best swimming teacher in the world lives just a couple of blocks from you!” How could we not consider the best?

George Le Duc had gained fame during World War II teaching paraplegics to swim as part of their recovery. But George had known fame of a different sort years before the war. In 1932, Hollywood executives decided the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories about Tarzan had great movie potential. Johnny Weissmuller, who had won three gold medals for swimming in the 1924 Olympics and two more in the 1928 games, and was the holder of 67 world records, was their choice to be Tarzan. Unfortunately, Weissmuller couldn’t swim the way they wanted. He was a speed swimmer, but they needed a form swimmer, someone who could swim up to the shore with his broad chest halfway out of the water. George Le Duc took on the daunting task of teaching a champion swimmer how to swim better. Now, more than 30 years later, he was going to teach our kids!

George was a wizened old man, skin tanned like leather by long exposure to the Florida sun, and a cigarette always dangling from his lips. It was a race between lung cancer and skin cancer to see what would get him first.

When the kids went for their first lesson, George started by putting them at ease. Standing in water that came up to eight-year-old Richard’s chest, George fished in the pocket of his swim trunks and pulled out a shiny penny. “Oops, I dropped it and it went to the bottom. Richard, can you pick that up for me?” Richard bent over as he would on dry land, and was immediately horizontal on top of the water, unable to reach the penny, and unable to do anything but flounder. George gently set Richard back on his feet and said, “Did you notice that you couldn’t sink? The water is not going to let you down; the water is your friend!”

Our children all became very confident and accomplished swimmers, thanks to the guy who taught Tarzan, and who taught our kids that “the water is your friend!”

From Fear to Friend:

For about 50 years I didn’t give those words any significance beyond the obvious. Then, a friend called one day to ask if I could help him baptize a man he had been teaching. When I got to the church building, I found a small crowd had gathered — friends, relatives, co-workers and Kelly’s mother, a woman about my age. As we went through the handshaking and getting acquainted time, I learned that the mother had tried for years to be baptized but was deathly afraid of water. As she told me of a childhood experience that had caused her unreasonable fear, her eyes filled with tears as she said, “I just wish I could be as brave as Kelly, and be baptized today.”

Several times she affirmed her desire and I assured her that if she really wanted to be baptized, we would help her. As I talked with her quietly and tried to assuage her fear, suddenly I remembered words from the past and said, “The water is your friend.” Then I outlined a plan: “I’m going to baptize Kelly, and then he is going to stay in the water with me. He’s going to get on one side, and I’ll be on the other, and we’ll baptize you if that’s what you really want.”

“Oh yes,” she said, “that’s what I’ve wanted as long as I can remember!”

We helped her into the baptistery, I massaged her back and shoulders to help her relax, and her son and I baptized her. When Sue died I was not able to travel for her funeral, but I wrote these lines:

She wanted so much to obey God, but it was with fear and trembling that she made her unsteady way down the steps and stood, shaking like a leaf. Until, that is, we raised her from that watery grave and a radiant smile burst over, not just her face, but her whole being.

On that happy day, all her fears were laid to rest and the water she had feared all her life had become her friend.


About the author: These Encouraging Words from Phillip Morrison are drawn from more than 60 years of ministry and life as a husband, father, grandfather, editor, and writer. A devoted follower of Jesus, Phillip has tried to bring encouragement throughout his life and ministry. He was the founding
managing editor of both UpReach and Wineskins magazines. He and Mary Margaret have been married over 50 years moved to Lakeway, Texas to be near their children and grandchildren.

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Hebrews 13:6 – Verse for Jul. 22nd

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:6


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Digging A Hole


Today’s category: Miscellaneous
Digging A Hole
      There were two guys working for the city. One would dig a hole, he would dig, dig, dig, the other would come behind him and fill the hole, fill, fill, fill. These two men worked furiously. One digging a hole, the other filling it up again.

      A man was watching from the sidewalk and couldn’t believe how hard these men were working, but couldn’t understand what they were doing. Finally he had to ask them.

      He said to the hole digger, "I appreciate how hard you work, but what are you doing? You dig a hole and your partner comes behind you and fills it up again!"

      The hole digger replied, "Oh yeah, must look funny, but the guy who plants the trees is sick today."


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Destroy Her with Discontent

Destroy Her with Discontent

My dear Lilith,

It’s lovely to hear from you, darling! I’m very glad you wrote to me. Screwtape, poor thing, does his best — but he doesn’t understand the feminine perspective. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from acting as if he knows everything, and if I’ve told him once, I’ve told him a thousand times. I’m persuaded that we will fare much more comfortably if we keep this just between us girls.

My understanding is that you have been assigned several perplexing cases to handle simultaneously. You must be exhausted. Those ridiculous secretaries at headquarters haven’t the least notion of how to manage job assignments, and I have no idea how they came to be allowed to run anything.

I’m writing to you today to discuss discontent. Now it doesn’t matter what particular topic the discontent fastens to. Just look for any little nook or cranny in their souls where you can insert the seeds of discontent, making sure that they take root. With some women, it may be best to plant the seeds of discontent somewhere around the topic of their looks: their face, their weight, their figure.

If, in the off chance, that doesn’t seem to take, latch onto the topic of relationships. Discontent with the husband, discontent with the lack of a husband, discontent with the children, discontent with the lack of children — the seeds of discontent can grow in any kind of soil, which is what makes it so effective. It can really be anything: missed opportunities, wrongs done to them in their past, failed ambitions. All of these are good options for where to start.

The first step with each of your girls is to find just a cozy little something to make them unhappy — and then tend it. Tending it means that you need to keep them concentrated on the thing itself, while keeping them from noticing the state of their own soul. Keep them looking at their husband’s failings (“he just doesn’t seem to even care about my needs”) and not their own heart. Keep them looking “in the mirror,” if you will.

Obviously, this means you need to keep them away from the Enemy’s book. If it happens that you can’t keep them from the book completely, you can effectively turn it to your advantage by simply making sure to keep all their thoughts focused on how their husband isn’t living up to the instructions the book contains. That can serve your purpose very well.

And it’s not at all a bad thing if you can get them to talk about their discontent with their friends — provided, of course, that they are the right friends. You want to encourage friendships that will feed and pet the discontent, rather than uproot it. Even prayer groups and mentorships are fabulous places for this to happen, if you manage it correctly.

Once you have the discontent well established and flourishing, you have a perfectly easy job ahead of you. You can take discontent any number of directions, and it only requires a little bit of creativity. Think of discontent as a small spark. You just need to get it planted into a welcoming little pile of shavings somewhere, and soon enough it spreads.

Let’s say you get one of your subjects solidly discontent with the state of her marriage. It will take little effort on your part to direct her attention to other marriages that seem better than hers. From there, you can easily fan that into full-blown envy of her friend or sister. And if you can’t turn that into a ruined friendship, then I wash my hands of you. Lies, backbiting, cheating, refusals to forgive, all are easily attainable once you have the discontent well established.

One of my favorite places to go, however, is bitterness. It’s so deliciously long-term, and it’s very gratifying to watch a subject get more and more shriveled with it. It lacks the spectacular showiness of adultery, of course, but it’s often more rewarding in the long run. If you overplay your hand and steer your subject into something obvious like adultery, then it’s all too easy for them to suddenly repent — and then all your hard work is undone. But bitterness achieves all the same results, but far more dependably.

Make her discontent, convince her that she’s not worth anything, and then drive her into all kinds of self-destructive tendencies. Enslave her to beauty, leaving her discontent to hold the whip that makes her run. And if you can drive her into a profound self-absorption and pride, then you will be able to sit back and feel satisfied with your work. The irony is that the silly women never seem to notice that whether they obsess over their own beauty or intentionally harm themselves, it’s all the same to us. We win either way.

As always, give my love to that old busybody Screwtape.

Your affectionate auntie,
Duessa

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Colossians 3:15-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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Date: July 20, 2017 at 11:00PM
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Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map

Small town pastors are doing big things for God’s Kingdom.

I recently introduced my daughter to the 2006 Pixar movie Cars. Sorry, if I’m ruining the movie for anyone, but it has been out since 2006, so tough. The movie follows a race car named Lightning McQueen who ends up stranded in a small town off Route 66 called Radiator Springs. It wasn’t until I was watching the movie, for what seemed like the thousandth time, that I noticed the great work Pixar put into showing how society sees these towns and how special these rural towns once were and can still be today.

The town of Radiator Springs represents the state of many rural towns today – on the verge of being a forgotten ghost town. Once a booming stop along a famous highway that connected the east to the west, now very little traffic drives through these towns due to new interstates that bypass the town or big industries moving out to larger, more central, cities.

The main character in the movie, while stuck in the small town performing community service, spends half the movie complaining about his talents being wasted working in the town, while neglecting to see the importance of doing anything to transform or restore the small, rural community.

I believe this has been the attitude of many pursuing vocational ministry. We treat rural areas like a place to get gas as we drive through, rather than a place to call home. Growing up outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, I spent most of my life church planting in smaller rural communities with my family. I can remember driving the old Route 66 highway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, passing through run-down forgotten downtowns where people use to gather, seeing collapsing houses that once brought life into the community, and stopping at the few remaining gas stations that have survived …

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Does God Predestine Sin?

God brought the greatest good the world has ever known out of the most horrifying sin the world has ever seen. And it was his plan from before creation.

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Date: July 21, 2017 at 10:31AM
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‘To the Bone’ Is Big on Anorexia and Lean on Healing

The new Netflix film seems more aspirational than instructional.

Here’s how you know when a movie is possibly a cliche: You ask your mom if she wants to watch it with you. She asks what it’s about. You say, “It’s a movie about anorexia.” She says, “Yes! I love those!” Then she says, “Wait—that sounded terrible.” You agree, but both of you laugh, because the pleasure these stories afford is complicated: Is it morbid fascination? Comforting reassurance of one’s basic wellness in the face of another’s extreme sickness? Cautionary tale? Or—in a twisted sense—instructional and aspirational?

That’s the essence of the controversy sparked by the portrayal of anorexia in To The Bone, which premiered at Sundance in January and recently released on Netflix. Both the writer/director and the actress in the starring role—Marti Noxon and Lily Collins respectively—have openly discussed their histories with anorexia, and the story is loosely based on Noxon’s personal experience with the eating disorder. Although the Los Angeles Times suggests that it’s a “relatively underdramatized subject,” anorexia dramas and documentaries abound, and To The Bone fits comfortably into the genre. Ellen’s clandestine, obsessive sit-ups in bed recall a scene in the 1981 TV film The Best Little Girl in the World, which I watched in high school health class and which probably inspired more than a few American teenagers (like me) to dabble in disordered eating.

One of the deadliest of all mental illnesses, anorexia affects 0.9 percent of Americans. More generally, disordered eating and body image challenges impact a huge portion of the population. Nearly three quarters of women ages 25–45 …

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