A Better Way to Live

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My friend and I have been cleaning up an area where someone dumped a mattress, gas grill, carpet, ceiling fan, recliner, old boards, trash, etc.

What does the Bible say?

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you . . .” (Matthew 7:12). “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

People who live by these principles, called the Golden Rule and the Second Commandment, not only refrain from littering and dumping, but also from lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, and a host of other selfish, anti-social behaviors.

Positively, these principles promote compassion, kindness, sharing, honesty, courtesy, respect, and countless other qualities that contribute to a better world.

What does the Bible do?

The Bible, when applied, not only points us to heaven, but also transforms society—one person at a time.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Christianity is Not Natural!

Which is more natural:

To resent someone who’s hurt me, or to pray for my enemy, returning good for evil?

To love those who love me, or to love even those who are different from me or hostile toward me?

To be interested primarily in my own affairs, or to be genuinely concerned about the needs of others?

To spend my waking hours totally involved in the things of this world, or to invest considerable attention in a world beyond time and space that I cannot detect with any of my five senses?

The two choices

Christianity is not natural. It is supernatural in its origin and its orientation.

Doing what comes naturally or living by faith? Which shall we choose?

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Making a Positive Difference

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“Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah . . .” (2 Chronicles 35:25). Josiah “pled the cause of the afflicted and needy” (Jeremiah 22:15). He urged his wayward nation to turn back to God (2 Chronicles 34-35). Josiah made a difference.

When Stephen was martyred, those who buried him “made loud lamentation over him” (Acts 8:2). He had served the poor widows and had stood boldly for the truth (Acts 6-7). Stephen made a difference.

When Dorcas died, the widows wept. They recalled her “deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did” (Acts 9:36). Dorcas made a difference.

Josiah, Stephen, Dorcas

When we give of ourselves as they did, it will cost us.

But oh, what a legacy we leave!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions

What are we here for?

Does life have meaning? Does it have purpose? If so, what is it? And how does that affect the way we spend our days?

Is the Bible what it claims to be—the inspired, authoritative word of God? (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

If so, how will we conduct our lives?

But if the Bible is only a human document, then where do we turn for guidance?

What will we choose?

These are questions we cannot ignore. We must decide.

If we focus on this life only, we will live one way.

If we make our choices with eternity in view, we will live an entirely different way.

So does it really matter what we believe?

And does it matter whether what we believe is true?

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Sex in Context

Seeing sex through God’s eyes

God invented sex. He pronounced it good (Genesis 1:27-28, 31).

God designed sex for our good and our pleasure.

Sex is beautiful in context. The context is marriage.

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All sexual relations outside of marriage, God says, are out of bounds. This includes premarital sex, cohabitation, homosexuality, and adultery.

Honoring God’s boundaries brings us the greatest good in the long run.

Ignoring His will about sex is self-destructive (1 Corinthians 6:13-20).

Turning to the God who loves us!

“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Good news! When we turn to Him in penitent obedience, He is merciful to forgive (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Titus 3:3-7).

He makes us brand-new people, living for Christ, no longer for ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:14-17).

He loves us that much!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Three Ways to Learn

The ideal way

Q: What’s the best way to learn?

A: Listen to what God says in His word—then do it! When we do, a very positive outcome is guaranteed (Psalm 1:1-3; James 1:21-25).

Another good way to learn is by profiting from others’ choices, both good or bad, so we can avoid the pitfalls they experienced (Ezekiel 18:14-17), and imitate instead those whose lives are a blessing (Philippians 3:17).

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The hard way

Then the third option. The only way some people ever learn is the hard way. Suffering the consequences of their foolishness, they may decide to amend their ways (Luke 15:11-24).

Note the word “may.” Some are so stubborn that no matter how much misery they bring on themselves, they stay right where they are (Jeremiah 5:3). How sad!

So what’s your learning style?

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Understanding at Last!

The litter I picked up was from a college math class. Both sides were practically covered with calculations, figures, equations, etc.

It was algebra—I think. Just because it didn’t make sense to me doesn’t mean it didn’t make sense.

At first, he couldn’t make sense of it.

Psalm 73 is a personal account of a man who was deeply troubled by life’s unfairness. “. . . my feet came close to stumbling . . . . I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

His initial conclusion: “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure . . . for I have been chastened every morning.”

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But then he got it!

After realizing that God will destroy the wicked but bring the righteous to glory, his final conclusion was: “Surely God is good . . . to those who are pure in heart!” (vv, 2-3, 13-14, 1).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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