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Just Looking or Pursuing?

Just Looking or Pursuing?

Encouragment, Faith
Ages ago I worked at the Radio Shack in the local mall.  During that time I noticed is that there were two basic types of shoppers.  The first slowly ambled about the store, perusing the various items and sales.  The second type made a beeline to what they were hunting for, oblivious to the other distractions in their path.  Each had a different response to the “may I help you” question.  The first would invariably answer - “Just looking.” The second would respond with, “nope, got it” or “I need a headphone extension with a ¼ inch plug and an ⅛ inch jack” or something similar. Basically, one is a peruser and the other a pursuer. Amazing how close and yet how different those two words are. People approach their walk with Jesus in the same two ways.  The first is perusing the Christian walk
Our Part: An Introduction

Our Part: An Introduction

Our Part, Series
What are you going to be when you grow up? It is a common question and in the right circumstances a perfectly good question. However, when considering our walk with Christ it misses the mark because it focuses on vocation instead of character. Our journey with Christ is not focused on doing something but on being someone.  Who are you going to be when you grow up?  Paul refers to the goal of our journey as becoming conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29. Peter reminds us that we have been given the precious promises so that we may be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Accepting Christ, becoming born again into God’s family, is the start of a journey towards Christlikeness. While our entrance into God’s kingdom was totally a work of Christ, there is an “Our Part” to the co
Misplaced Hope

Misplaced Hope

Encouragment, Hope
There is a military philosophy called overwhelming force.  Essentially, the philosophy states that you bring enough firepower and manpower so that any battle becomes a “sure thing” instead of an even contest.  Yet, history has many instances where a smaller force trounced a larger, more powerful army.  The Bible also contains several examples such as David and Goliath, the Battle of Jehoshaphat, and Gideon’s army, to name a few.  How did these men triumph against overwhelming odds? Let's look at Psalm 33:13-17. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works. The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered b