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Ignoring Dads

In the June 12-18 issue of Business Weekly, they had a section on Life's Lessons.  Some of the sub-titles were Building the business, Achieving work-life balance, Practicing good office politics, and Listening to mom.  I searched but could not find Listening to dad.  Dad's are important in the life of the family, and when they are no there, they hurt the family.  So dads, step up to the plate.  And readers, be wary of what you read.

Lord, help dads be dads.

Ignoring God

In the June 12-18 issue of Business Weekly, they had a section on Life's Lessons.  Some sections were Finding your moral compass, Being a decent human being, and Channeling your inner Zen.  In Finding your moral compass, all six responses were about integrity and not lying.  Not one response mentioned loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.  In being a decent human, one suggested writing personal handwritten notes, not e-mailing or texting.  Very true, but being a decent human being is far more than handwriting a thank you note.  One wrote the priority should be faith {faith in what/whom?}, family, and work. 

Lord forgive our nation for not putting Christ first.  He is king, yet we act as if He is not the Lord of business.  Forgive us Lord.  And please send Your Holy Spirit to work our lives.

Truth Telling

In quite a few movies that we have been watching, the protagonists get into a heap of trouble because they are not truth tellers.  Many problems arise simply because people lie.  While it certainly happens in the movies, I would contend that it also happens in real life.  Call a spade a spade.  Tell the truth.

Jesus Christ said "I am the truth."  Note that it was not "I tell the truth" but "I am the truth" because Christ is and defines truth.

Weeds - Part III

    Another greenbrier plant I attacked had a root system that was six feet long for a stalk of three feet.  Once again, only be pulling the weeds up will my good plants grow.  How are you doing in your spiritual life?  A little tug won't solve the problem.  Sometimes it is going to take a long and tough fight to get rid of sin.

Lord, help us to root out sin.

Weeds - Part II

     While patrolling my yard, I found a greenbrier growing.  One stalk was bare and prickly so I took my trowel and tried to dig it up, but it would not come up.  Back with a shovel I attacked the plant and i dug up a root system, a rhizome, that was 6" long and 3-4" in diameter. 
     The Bible says to root out all evil.  Just snipping the plant at ground level would not have solved the issue.

Lord, help us to root out all evil.

Weeds

I went into my yard and looked at my azalea bush and found it was very green, but not with azalea leaves.  Honeysuckle had completely covered the bush.  I started pulling up the weeds and in the end, I had a very bedraggled bush with not so many leaves.  Jesus states in Matthew 13:22 "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." 

Lord, help us to get rid of the weeds of the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.

Bigamy

We have been watching The Magnificent Century, a Turkish film about Suleyman the Magnificent.  In the film, two women vie for his attention:  Mahidevran, his first concubine who gave him his first son, and Hürrem who bore him (so far in the film) a son, Mehmed,  and a daughter, Mihrimah.  Watching the two concubines fight over Suleyman reminded us very much of the fighting between Leah and Rachel over Jacob.

When God created Adam, he created one wife for him, not two. 

Thank you Lord for my wife.

Benjamin Franklin the Diest

Benjamin Franklin said, "The longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth, That God governs in the affairs of men."

Even a deist, who did not believe that God was only a watchmaker, came around to believe that God really is in charge.

Benjamin Franklin the Diest and Prayer I

One of the most famous deists was Benjamin Franklin.  A deist believes that god (or God) is like a watchmaker.  He has wound up the clock and placed it on a shelf.  Thus, there is no reason to pray.  But in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, the deist, proposed that the meetings be opened in prayer.  He wrote  "How has it happened that we have not, hitherto once thought of humbling applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our Understandings?"  When his request for prayers was turned down he lamented "The Convention except for three or four Persons, thought Prayers unnecessary!"

Lord God Almighty, may we always open our meetings with prayers, seeking to do your will.