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Do You Need a Map When You Have a Guide?

I love traveling; it doesn’t matter where I’m going or even how long I’ll be gone, I just love to travel (my family says I have Gypsy blood).  The good, the bad, and even the ugly as long as its part of the trip it’s worth it to me.

There are some handy travel aids that can really help out on a trip; one of the oldest and most used (not to mention the source of many heated discussions between husbands and wives) is the map.  As good as maps are there are a few draw backs to a map: first you have to know how to read a map, some maps are not very detailed, and at the rate things change it is possible to get an outdated map.

Thanks to advances in technology, today we have the G.P.S. In the event that your reading this and you don’t know what a G.P.S. is allow me to explain; it’s a portable space age screen that you plug into the lighter in your vehicle and it talks to you and tells you how to get where you want to go (in multiple languages). G.P. S. systems have their draw backs to; such as they can’t tell you when a road or bridge is impassable, under construction, or in some cases no longer there.

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Being Seen as Valiant

How close do you pay attention when you read the Bible? Do you read it to check it off of your “be kind to God” list or “your things to do” list?  Do you read for information or transformation?  Does anything ever jump of the page and catch you off guard; things that make you say “I didn’t see that coming”?

I like the account of Gideon in Judges Ch. 6 when the angel of the LORD (the pre incarnate Christ) appears to Gideon and calls him “… O valiant warrior.”  When I read about Gideon’s life “valiant” isn’t the first word that comes to my mind. Skeptical, timid, or maybe even reluctant warrior but not valiant; that just doesn’t seem to fit.

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More Than a Quick Fix

Late one sleepless night a couple of weeks ago I laid awake thinking about some situations I had recently dealt with (I was really just restless because I had no one to aggravate). 

As I replayed some of the recent (and not so recent) scenarios over in my mind; a scene from the movie Liar Liar kept racing through my mind. In the scene a habitual criminal calls his lawyer from the booking station to get some “legal advice.”  Much to the clients surprise the lawyer screams “stop breaking the law…..”

This is a situation that I am all to familiar with; I get a call after someone has committed an awful act of some kind: a teenage girl is afraid she might be pregnant; a teenage boy petrified that he might of contracted a venereal disease; a husband that thought he could keep the flirting from getting out of control; someone that thought they had their addiction licked, relapse in an unguarded moment of weakness; and the list continues (these are all real situations I’ve had to deal with).

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Be a Peace Maker

I love the Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew, and over the last couple of weeks I have given a lot of thought to what Jesus said in chapter 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”  Now there are a lot of “blessed” verses in the discourse but only the peace makers will be called “sons of God.”

This causes me to wonder what exactly a peace maker is.  First, the term “blessed” does not mean happy; it means favored and approved of by God, and that is important to keep in mind when we discuss peace makers.  The word son in this verse is a very interesting word in the Greek because it doesn’t refer to just being a believer; it gives evidence of the dignity of one’s relationship and likeness to God’s Character.

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