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Discerning False Prophets

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Fast and Pray

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Bearing Fruit With Patience

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Humbled Heart for Learning

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“Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”  Proverbs 12:1
Learning requires submission to instruction.  If I go into a situation thinking I have nothing to learn, more than likely I will leave without having learned a thing.  It takes a humble spirit to admit life holds many lessons yet to be learned.  For those who look at life from this humble state, knowledge abounds from every experience and every interaction encountered.  Life becomes a wonderful hunt for knowledge which is not constrained by a self-fortified resistance to discovering something beyond ones current scope of understanding.  But for those who think they have life all figured out, they choose to live in a constant battle against their inability gain complete understanding of the situations around them.
A story I often share with others in regards to this humble heart mentality was one an up-and-coming Christian comedian shared about what happen the day she met Billy Graham.  Thi…

Growth

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About a month ago, my daughter and I started growing seeds in the growing room we have in our basement so they would be ready for spring planting.  We have been doing this for three years now (since we moved into our farm house) and each gardening season I have ceased to be amazed at how from such little seeds so many wonderful and diverse plants grow and produce the food we eat.
Yesterday as we were watering our seedlings, my daughter was pointing out the different heights and shapes of the plants that were emerging from our peat pots.  During our conversation I recalled the following scripture verse I had just read:  “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”  (1 Corinthians 3:7-8) 
The reality of being a gardener is not that I have some magical power to bring forth from a seed all that makes it into the plant it will …

Beautiful Aroma

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“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.”  2 Corinthians 2:14-16


Yesterday I was cleaning up some things in my herb garden in preparation for the planting season ahead.  Not only did I find great joy in the task before me because of the anticipation of new life each plant held and the flavors they would give to enhance my creations in the kitchen, but the aromas around me were consuming.  The drudgery of pulling weeds was transformed into a delightful experience because of the beautiful smells that surrounded me.
Today on this Sabbath we also have the chance to put ourselves into a place where beautiful fragrances can transform the tasks of our sometimes mundane lives, a place wher…

Duck Evangelism, Conclusion

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“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  submitting to one another in the fear of God.”  Ephesians 5:19-21
Today is our last day on this lesson.  It has been such a joy going through these verses for me and I hope you had the same experience.  I think the greatest implication we can take away from these lessons is that evangelism is not something we need to strive to accomplish – rather it is something that will happen naturally if we keep our lives in line with the basic principals we have studied these past 9 days.
If your life has come to a point where you are weary in doing good and you feel like a failure in the godly pursuits of your life, then allow yourself the time to step back and re-evaluate your approach to living for your Lord Jesus.  As the verses above state, living as a duck in the pond (a disciple fi…

Duck Evangelism, Part 8

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