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Category Examine the Word

21
Dec

The Fruit of Love

When I was a young man and not devoted to God, I had an intense hatred for all the world.  I did not merely dislike the world, nor was I passively disinterested.  Hate is a strong feeling, but it is the word that best describes my attitude toward people that I was forced to see …

14
Dec

Testing the Fruit

Our world is one of choices.  We choose our education, occupation, and even those people that we follow as we live our life in the world.  We can decide many aspects of our life as long as we are focused on the God who saved the world.  We need not be missionaries as long as …

23
Nov

Fighting Against God

We all love a good story and the best stories are epic battles between good and evil.  Your typical story will be a good guy laying waste to some bad guys, then the leader of the bad guys defeats the good guy until some moral lesson is learned.  The story ends when the good guy …

16
Nov

The Judas Kiss

In our post last week I talked about the various failing of the apostles and how those failures did not impact our Savior’s love for us.  I had a series of technical difficulties and though I could have included Judas’s sin, I opted not to at the time, but since Judas was the motivation for …

9
Nov

…and He Loved Them Anyway

In my teenage years I started to listen to heavy metal music, one of my favorites being Motley Crue.  At that time, I never thought about names of bands, but I later learned that motley is phrase referencing diversity but it generally has a negative connotation.  I am not writing on a metal band today, …

2
Nov

The Purpose of the Law

If you are familiar with the famous DISC profile, than you may well know that a high C personality loves rules and will do everything possible to follow them.  I want my accountant to be a high C personality because I know that none of the complicated IRS rules will be broken in my taxes; …

26
Oct

Deceiving Standards

Truth is best defined as “fidelity to a standard” meaning that something is true if it matches the object that it is defined by.  God commanded the Israelites to have honest measures to weigh out quantities of foods for payment or sacrifice.  He commanded the weights to be exactly as said they were and not …

19
Oct

Sour Grapes and Sin

“Like Father Like Son” is a statement that we sometimes hear around our world today.  It is an unfair analogy and it unjustly hurts people whom are judged by a family member’s conduct.  It happened to me in high school.  I, like my brother, played in various band courses but in my tenth grade year …

12
Oct

The Vision Fulfilled

Life is not destined to carry on as it is now.  Some things we can control and some we cannot.  The worst thing we can do is resign ourselves to poor life circumstances.  In our finances, many people will believe that they will always have a car payment or a credit card balance.  How many …

28
Sep

Whitewashed Tombs

When I lived in Wyoming, the greenest place in town was the cemetery.  When I first began my running exercises, it was in the mazes of roadways that I timed myself, always working on running more and more.  I walked there with a book, and even rode through on the bike on several occasions.  It …

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