"Do What is Right No Matter What is Wrong"

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Have you ever met someone that gave the impression that he thought he was God's gift to humanity? Fun to be around, aren't they? Most of us have some degree of pride and feel ourselves useful in some way. Wise people will discern the talents with which God has blessed them and they will set about to develop them and use them for His glory; or, if they don't know God, they will set about to develop their talents and use them for the good of humanity. But then there are "the others!"

"If You Think You Have It Bad..."

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We do have it bad right now, don't we? All this LGBT stuff is really getting ridiculous, isn't it? Who would have thought even five years ago that we would be at a place were the President of the United States would mandate that schools make politically correct transgender restrooms? Not in my wildest imaginations could I have seen that one coming. The court giving licenses to gay couples, to be honest, as much of a abomination as it is, I saw it coming. We (our country) are not a Theocracy and as much as we would love to see God's will followed in this land, the truth is we live in a very worldly land and God's will is no longer a priority among our leaders (which speaks of the people whose majority vote put them there). So, yeah, when compared to our romanticized view of the "good old days" we've got it pretty bad.

But before we get too deep in our self pity,

Out of Order

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What happens when things get so messed up that they can't be fixed? In our culture we anticipate that things will get so messed up or out-dated that they can't be fixed, so we make stuff disposable. When it gets too old or to broken we just throw it away. You can keep an old car, or an old refrigerator running forever, but eventually it is not economically feasible to do so because the parts are so hard to find and thus are very expensive. In some countries I would be considered a wealthy man because I have a closet full of computers (well, not actually full, but hyperbolically speaking ...). But none of them work, and no one makes parts for them any more. Who knows what a floppy disc is today? Well, I have strayed. My point is that things can become so broken so that they cannot be fixed.

But, what if the thing that is broken is a person?

Of Nebuchadnezzar, Ahab, Jehoshaphat, Daniel, and Micaiah

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If you are familiar with your Bible history then you know that all these names don’t belong in the same title. King Ahab and King Nebuchadnezzar lived more than 200 years apart. So why do I group these guys together? Let me give you a bit of their stories and I think you will see.

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which he understood was of divine origin. He did not know Jehovah God, but he was religious enough that he knew there was something special about his dream, though he knew not what. He called all his prophets (wise men, enchanters, men who were supposed to be in communication with the Babylonian gods). They were required to give him not only the interpretation of the dream, but the dream itself. These so-called wise men said, "It can’t be done. No one can know what is in the kings mind if he does not tell it." So they asked

Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

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Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,

Had a wife but couldn't keep her;

He put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well.

To say the least, nursery rhymes are weird. Who would tell this to a child? Have I missed it or does this little ditty say that Peter’s wife was a runaround? Anyway, that, from what I can determine, is where we get the child’s taunt, "cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater."

The Bible talks about cheaters. It does talk about men and women who cheat on their spouses, but it also talks about gospel cheaters. The specific text I am thinking of is where Paul is encouraging Timothy to pass the things (teachings, doctrine, faith) he has been given on to faithful men who are able (qualified) to pass it on to others. This is the process by which we have the gospel and the Christian faith today - faithful men teaching faithful men. I wonder, am I doing my part? How are we doing as a church?