While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
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countries annually exercise their freedom to literally change time. I
experienced this timely change when I was in the US a few years ago. During my
visit, I witnessed Daylight Savings Time—a national law that calls for all
clocks to be set back by one hour. It’s designed to save energy, and it also
leads to lighter mornings for children who are heading to school. Interesting!
our postmodern world, freedom to change is a treasured commodity. It goes hand
in hand with individual rights. We see freedom as the liberty to follow our
preferences, the ability to do whatever we want. No constraints. No rules.
Bible reveals that this isn’t real freedom. In John 8:34, Jesus asserts, “Everyone who sins
is a slave of sin.” In other words, leading a self-centered life-to do our own
will, to follow our willful desires and preferences-will lead to bondage to
sin. Not freedom. But if we remain faithful to God’s teaching, then we “will
know the truth, and the truth will set [us] free” (v.32).
has switched the price tags in the world. He makes the priceless stuff that
brings eternal joy look worthless. While the junk that leads to addiction and
enslavement he presents in attractive packaging. We desperately need God’s
truth-truth that enables us to see things in their true perspective.
apostle John, in chapter 8 of his gospel, presents an interesting cause and effect
pattern. To experience freedom, we must first know the truth. To know the
truth, we must first obey God’s Word. The initial step to freedom begins with
obedience. Counterintuitive? Yes. But the fact remains that true freedom is
only possible when we live under God’s loving authority.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…