The Art of Can Kicking

The Art of Can Kicking

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   “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14, NASB95)   Kicking the can down the road seems to be a great american pastime.  We excel at putting off until tomorrow what should be done today. Just look at our national and personal debt. However the desire to kick the can may not simply be an american thing, but a human thing. Even those that excel at time management and getting things done are kicking a can somewhere in their lives. To be fair we cannot do everything that calls for our attention in one day.  We do need to kick some cans down the road in order to prioritize the needs and responsibilities of life. The question then becomes one of searching and understanding our priorit
David Slept…

David Slept…

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“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.” (Psalm 3:5–6, NASB95) Ever have one of those nights when something said earlier in the day made sleep impossible? Perhaps it was spoken, or written in an email or on facebook, or perhaps something on the TV. Regardless of the source it can be easy to allow the voices of others drown out the peace of the Lord. Psalm three is attributed to David and inspired by the time one of his sons successfully attacked his kingdom. We all have experienced troubling times but few could match the turmoil brought by Absalom. The history behind Psalm three is recorded in 2 Samuel 15 and following. David was not oblivious to the danger or denying the
In the Wilderness: A New Wisdom

In the Wilderness: A New Wisdom

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// _// “When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and it is already quite late;” (Mark 6:35, NASB95) In our vernacular we would say that Jesus, the disciples, and the crowd were “in the middle of nowhere”. Not only where they in the middle of nowhere but the point of no return was approaching to where the crowds would have to walk home in the dangerous dark. To the disciples the practical thing, the wise choice, was to release the crowds to their own devices. Allow them to see to their own supper and safety. If we simply take the situation, ignoring what follows for the moment, we would readily agree that the prudent move was to send the crowd on their way. There is nothing wrong with the disciples observation or suggestion - except