Seek First The Kingdom: 7 Critical Things That “The Kingdom” Is

This is probably one of the more lengthier posts I’ll ever write. But there are just some things that must not be limited to what is marketable. And I predict that these truths are about to become exponentially more important and useful to know than ever before.

A woman came home and found her children running back and forth from room to room, rummaging through dresser drawers and closets. Puzzled, the mom quietly followed each child around to see if she could discern what it was they were trying to find.

When she saw that they were not having success in their searches, she stopped them, made them stand still in front of her and asked them, “What on earth are you looking for?” Their answer was quite surprising to their mom. In unison, they replied, “We don’t know.” Unable to decide whether to laugh or to check them out to see if they were delirious, she asked, “How in the world can you be so busy looking for something when you don’t know what that something is? That’s just crazy!”

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A Great Illustration Of Why The Eternal God (Who Is Still God) Became Human

I came across this modern-day parable in my seminary studies and found it simply too good not to share…

This is about a modern man, one of us. He was not a Scrooge. He was a kind, decent, mostly good man. He was generous to his family, upright in his dealings with other men, but he did not believe in all that incarnation stuff which the churches proclaim at Christmas time. It just didn’t make sense, and he was too honest to pretend otherwise. He just could not swallow the Jesus story and God’s coming to earth as a man. “I am truly sorry to distress you,” he told his wife, “but I am not going with you to church this Christmas Eve.” He said he’d feel like a hypocrite, so he would much rather stay home. He stayed. They went.

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Why Gossipers Are Such Charming People

I was watching a movie where a man from a wealthy family introduced his fiance’ to his gossiping mother at a party. The man’s future wife told his mother how pleased she was to meet her. The mother smiled, extended her lace-gloved arms to hug her and said, “Charmed”.

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She told her how nice it will be to have her in the family, and then she strolled over to her wealthy friends and discretely began to speak evil of her future daughter-in-law with them.

While studying a particular passage of Scripture that word “charmed” came to mind and really put in perspective for me why we should not speak evil of others. James 4:11 says “Brothers [and sisters], do not slander one another”

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My Free-Will Choice To Believe God’s Promise Of Life

I was recently asked the following question by a free-thinker who had already made some derogatory comments about Christians in reply to other posts on our Fb page:

20,000+ children will die of starvation and easily cured diseases today. If God is all powerful, why?

Understanding that it is not wise to quickly react or respond to another person’s verbal hostility, I simply took a few days and then decided to share my simple and concise perspective.

In another post on our page, this belligerent guest also quipped about the topic of “free-will”, which is worth mentioning because it has much to do with the answer that I’d like to offer. And if I could narrow it all down to one or two things, I would have to say that it is about humanity’s free-will and God’s promises.

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Kidnapping, Spiritually Speaking

The Bible says with hope for unbelievers, “that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26).

With the recent conviction and life plus a thousand years sentence of infamous kidnapper Ariel Castro, we get a vivid reminder of things Scripture warned us of thousands of years ago. All over the world, there are millions of people, primarily women and children, who are prisoners and slaves of human trafficking.

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