May 6, Today’s thought – Face the Music

March 29-30  YP cabin trip 002

Good Morning

Many years ago a man conned his way into an orchestra although he could not play a note. He would hold his flute against his lips, pretend to play but not make a sound. Then one day the leader requested a solo from each musician. The man was panic stricken. On the day of his solo performance, he took poison and killed himself. The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language: “He refused to face the music.”

Face the music! Some of us have buried a marriage, parts of a conscience, and even parts of our faith—all because we won’t face the music…we won’t tell the truth. Ask yourself, am I honest in my dealings? Am I a trustworthy student? An honest taxpayer? Do you tell the truth—always?

Proverbs says, “The Lord hates a lying tongue.” (12:19)

Just tell the truth.

Max Lucado from Just Like Jesus

Seek truth . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

P.S. I’ll be in Redding until Saturday, with only internet access at Starbucks/or____. Posts maybe less frequent.

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May 29, Today’s thought — What If It Were Up to You

Along the berry row
One of two rows of zinnias, they are one of my favorite summer flowers. The grey lines are metal guidelines to tie up the berry vines.

Good Morning

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32

A pastor asked a churchgoer, “What are the two greatest problems in the Church today?”
The man answered, “I don’t know; and, I don’t care!”
The pastor responded, “Then you have both problems!!”

Ignorance and apathy produce a people who are uninformed and unconcerned. Sadly, there are many such people in the Church today. Our altar calls have netted many decisions, but produced few disciples.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Discipleship is the doorway into Truth, Freedom and Personal Responsibility.

The Lord calls us to be His disciples. He deals with ignorance by telling us the truth, and He deals with apathy by telling the truth over and over and over again. John Wimber once said, “It not the truth that sets you free; its the truth you KNOW that sets you free!” Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth.” Let’s take it one step at a time:
You – that’s personal…..accept it.
Shall – that’s imperative….obey it.
Know – that’s cognitive…..understand it.
The – that’s definitive…..admit it.
Truth – that’s reality… it.

Truth, Freedom, and Responsibility always go together. Responsible living is the fruit of Freedom; and Freedom is the offspring of Truth. Jesus Christ has redeemed us and given us His Holy Spirit and knowledge of the Truth; so that from the inside out we would be a free and responsible people who are self-governed under God.

We know the Truth, and we are therefore a people of understanding. We have been set free, and we are therefore a people of zeal. This is God’s answer to ignorance and apathy. As Christians we must each take personal the words of our Lord, and conduct ourselves with wisdom and honor toward those around us. This will answer the ignorance and apathy of the world, and bring great glory to our Lord. Rylie ~ edited

Trust in God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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