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Words of wisdom from our weekly bulletin

OBLIVIOUS

OBLIVIOUS

     It may be because the chronology of the Bible is not always clear, but it seems to me that so many times humans, including God’s people quickly revert to former behavior a few chapters or even verses after clear teaching.  I’m not sure how much time had passed between Exodus 24 where the Israelites promised, “Everything the Lord has said we will do,” and the worship of the golden calf in Exodus 32. However, the clueless, thoughtless lapse in their promise amazes us. Continue reading

PERSPECTIVE

The jurors in the Aurora theater shooting case were recently told by the judge that their decisions, “may well be the most important and serious decisions that you will ever be asked to make.” I’m glad he included the word, “may” and wish he had added, “one of ” to the sentence.  What could possibly be more important than life or death?  We’ll see.

James A. Garfield our 20th President was quoted as having said, (paraphrased) “ I reluctantly step down from the highest office on earth to accept the nomination for President of the United States of America.” Wait a minute!  Isn’t the President the most powerful position on earth?  When Garfield said this he was an elder in the Lord’s Church.

The most important person who ever lived, Jesus Christ, put the first situation in perspective when He said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul…” (Mt 10: 28) and, “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole  world and lose his own soul?” (Mt 16:26 KJV)  The Hebrew writer put Garfield’s quote in perspective when he wrote, “ (the elders) watch for your souls as they must give account…” (Heb 13:17)  Any decisions Garfield made as President paled in comparison to shepherding souls into eternity.

You may already have put things in perspective in your life by obeying Christ and being immersed into Him (Mk 16:16) (Acts 2:38) and thereby made by far the most important decision of your life. (Rom 8:1)  If not, consider what Jesus said about the value of a human soul versus anything in the Universe. There are many urgent things in our busy lives, the most important thing must come first.

Jim Bailey