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One Another – Humility

One Another – Humility

Encouragment
There’s a game that kids like to play. It goes something like this. One kid will say something along the lines of “You’re stupid.” “No, I’m not,” the other replies. “Yes, you are.” “No, I’m not.” “yes you are.” “no…..” You get the picture. The initial statement is soon forgotten, all that matters is being contrary to whatever is being said. Then, all of a sudden, one of the kids switches sides. Most of the time the other won’t pick up on it as an agreement but will switch sides too just to keep the pattern going. That’s an opposite picture for what our next “One Another” encouragement is all about. Peter writes in his first letter, “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the prou
The Soundtrack of Life

The Soundtrack of Life

Encouragment
Ever notice how filmmakers use music? Through the soundtrack, they telegraph feelings and provide glimpses into what may be just around the corner. Think of the movie Jaws and how the feeling of foreboding is enhanced by a thumping droning series of notes when the shark is near. Or consider the trumpet flourishes as the heroes celebrate victory in the original Star Wars and Tolkien’s Return of the King. If your life was a movie what soundtrack would be playing right now? Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, NASB95) Now, in all fairness, the punctuation for this verse is difficult to t
Build Up One Another

Build Up One Another

Encouragment
Following Jesus is not an adventure in solitude. The Bible pictures followers as a flock of many sheep, as the many parts of the body, and as the stones of a tabernacle. While some of the sweetest times we can experience with Jesus happen in isolation, we are not meant to stay there. There is a term sprinkled throughout the New Testament which emphasizes this idea of connectedness. In English versions, it is almost exclusively rendered as “one another.”  We saw that phrase in a  previous article where Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12, NASB95) One another contains the thought of mutuality and reciprocalness like the parts of an engine moving in harmony to produce power. While loving one another is the pinnacle there are o
Jesus Said That?!  Radical Love

Jesus Said That?! Radical Love

Encouragment
Every year folks flock to the beach. They enjoy the warmth of the sun, play in the sand and surf, some may do a bit of surfing or snorkeling. A few will just sit and ponder the vastness of the open water before them and the rhythm of the waves. Even fewer will consider the complexity of life just below the surface, the dangers and treasures that are hidden from view. Our next Jesus Said That?! statement is a lot like that ocean scene. This is our final article in this series of sometimes hard, sometimes startling, sometimes radical statements of Jesus. Our last Jesus Said That statement doesn’t seem all that radical, that is until we dive beneath the surface and try to fathom the depths of all that it means.  Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even
A Fresh Wind

A Fresh Wind

Encouragment
Ever been prayed for by a platypus? I have been. Well, not a real platypus, but a nine-year-old boy wearing a t-shirt with the face of a platypus from a well-known cartoon show.  Not only did his prayer bless me, but his willingness taught me a valuable lesson. Our new church home periodically hosts a special time of extended worship, prayer, and refilling called Fresh Wind. Betty and I attended our first one a few nights ago. I won’t go into a play by play of everything that unfolded that evening, buts here's a summary. The worship band led a few songs, the leader asked that if anyone needed prayer to simply raise their hands and folks around them would pray while worship continued. Those waves of worship and prayer went on for about two hours. After the band had wrapped up many folks
An Alaskan Surprise

An Alaskan Surprise

Encouragment, Purpose
There are many things that come to mind when someone mentions Alaska.  Among them are snow, mountains, cold weather, dark nights, endless days, northern lights, moose, klondike gold rush, and sled dogs.  Perhaps other things like glaciers, whales, bald eagles, and salmon come to mind.  There were two things that I was not anticipating finding in Alaska, things that I associate with warmer climates. One was the rain forests that are found in southeast Alaska along the inside passage. Somehow I associate rain forests with South America and the vast areas surrounding the Amazon river.  But there in the cooler climates of Alaska is a large area of intense rainfall and tall trees.  Here’s the amazing thing, those tall trees have super shallow roots.  The soil above the bedrock only being a f
Our Part: Self-Control

Our Part: Self-Control

Our Part, Series
After watching my grandkids go through the drama of potty training I’m glad that I don’t recall my own journey in that area of life.  The amount of tears and praises that go into learning that seemingly simple yet life altering task is staggering.  I think we would all agree that being potty trained, having self-control of our bathroom habits, is a good thing.  Obviously, however, Peter did not have potty training in mind when he wrote,  “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are