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Thought for Friday

“Courage is the willingness of a person to stand up for his beliefs
in the face of great odds. Chutzpah is doing the same thing wearing a
Mickey Mouse hat.” A wise man

I was in the supermarket recently and saw a mother smack her little
son’s bottom when he threw a tantrum. The boy howled and cried until
she raised her hand again and suddenly, the caterwalling stopped. A
huge pout was the only protest and the mother moved on. People around
her clucked their tongues and stared as if the woman had committed a
major felony. I was surprised when she stopped at the end of the
aisle, turned around and said, “I did it because he needed it!” The
rubberneckers quickly found items on the shelves that required their
immediate attention.

In today’s world, smacking a child in public arouses emotions. While
I do not agree with child abuse in any way and some would argue that
a whack in the butt should be classified as such, I do believe in
discipline. If the kid needs a smack, then it should be administered
in such a way that the child understands what it is for. All my sons
had these lessons and so far, none of them has turned out with low
self esteem or turned into serial killers.

Christians are increasingly called upon to explain or excuse their
beliefs. Accusers wants an apology or retraction. The media have
their hand in it, too, promoting and hyping events and statements
which are contrary to common sense, morality and God’s righteousness.
We need to stand for what we believe and not back down. We need to
teach our children these values and expect excellence from them. We
need strong leaders in our churches and communities who will not
brook stupidity or kowtow to popular opinion.

And so we will stand!

Oh, by the way, if it makes you happy, wear a Mickey Mouse hat, too.

Steve

Thought for Wednesday

“I am telling you the truth: if anyone accepts someone woke I send,
he is accepting me, too. The person who accept Me is accepting the
One who sent me.” John 13:21 (Simple English Bible)

Am ambassador is someone who represents his country while living and
working in another country. Usually, the credentials of an ambassador
are presented to the officials of the foreign country in order to be
accepted by that country. A good working relationship depends upon
this protocol.

Paul wrote that Christians are such people: ambassadors of Christ.
We are His representations and should have our credentials ready for
anyone who asks. We represent a Kingdom, not of this world, as Christ
Himself told Pilate at His trial. We belong to Heaven and are
citizens of that place. Our personal walk everyday reflects our
status of the Kingdom of Heaven.

I’d like to think that when we are in front of our Father, He will
accept our credentials as His ambassadors on earth. Those who have
confessed Christ before men, will be accepted by God, the Father.

This is such a powerful image in my mind and I am looking forward to
that day.

How about you?

Steve

Thought for Wednesday

“I am telling you the truth: if anyone accepts someone woke I send,
he is accepting me, too. The person who accept Me is accepting the
One who sent me.” John 13:21 (Simple English Bible)

Am ambassador is someone who represents his country while living and
working in another country. Usually, the credentials of an ambassador
are presented to the officials of the foreign country in order to be
accepted by that country. A good working relationship depends upon
this protocol.

Paul wrote that Christians are such people: ambassadors of Christ.
We are His representations and should have our credentials ready for
anyone who asks. We represent a Kingdom, not of this world, as Christ
Himself told Pilate at His trial. We belong to Heaven and are
citizens of that place. Our personal walk everyday reflects our
status of the Kingdom of Heaven.

I’d like to think that when we are in front of our Father, He will
accept our credentials as His ambassadors on earth. Those who have
confessed Christ before men, will be accepted by God, the Father.

This is such a powerful image in my mind and I am looking forward to
that day.

How about you?

Steve