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“YOU SEE PREACHER, THIS IS THE WAY IT IS!”

So the conversation began, as the married couple entered the preacher’s office.  It continued, “We just don’t love one another anymore” they stated very emphatically.  Then they sat down and waited, obviously expecting the preacher to say, “I guess you might as well get a divorce.”



The preacher looked at them, and said, “I am sorry to hear that you have decided to sin!”  “What?”, they exclaimed. “Who said anything about sin?”  “Well, you did”, the preacher responded.  “When you chose not to do the right thing.“ (Jas 4:17)  He continued, “The right thing is to love your wife.”  (Eph 5:23)  He turned to the wife and said, “The right thing is for you  to love and respect your husband.” (Eph 5:33; Titus 2:4)  “This is God’s will in your marriage.” “But, preacher, you just don’t understand, there is no spark anymore, the romance is just gone”, they defended, “and, besides, aren’t you aware that a great number of people are getting divorced these days?”  The preacher replied, “The Bible doesn’t say that sparks and romance are essential to the continuation of your marriage, but it does say, ‘And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.’”  (Rom 12:2 NASB)
The couple grew more indignant.  “Surely, you won’t say it is good for our children to see and hear the problems we have when we are together?” they challenged.  “No, it isn’t!”  the preacher said.  “But, God did not say divorce is the solution for those problems either, rather, He said, fathers, are not to provoke their children to anger, but to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph 6:2) and that women are to love their children too.” (Titus 2:4)  He continued, “What you are to do; is stop your arguing and fighting and behave yourselves toward one another and toward your children and toward God.  Love one another, love your children, love God and His Son, Jesus Christ.” 

The couple had had enough.  They got up and stalked out of the office, exclaiming over their shoulder, “Preacher, it is evident that you are not up with the times!”  The preacher thought within himself, “I guess that’s right, but the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever.   (Heb 13:8), and He is the beginning and the end.” (Rev 21:6)  Then he wept, and he imagined the Lord was weeping, also.

Friends, the above is a fictional story.  Please don’t let it be the true story of your marriage and your life.  The Lord’s Way is always better. “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mark 10:9 NASB)   Let His Way, be the Way it is!  CAB

 

 

Will Negativism Be Your Legacy

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WILL NEGATIVISM BE YOUR LEGACY?
CA Burcham

Have you ever noticed that some people know all the reasons why something will not work, no matter what the suggestion might be?  Some people will know only bad things about some person who might be mentioned in conversation.  People who have a personality colored by such feelings of negativism are generally grumpy and miserable.  It often seems their only happiness comes from coercing you to agree with them.    I surmise, the old axiom “misery loves company” may have originated from such observation.  Much joy and constructive pursuit is overlooked by the individual with this distorted approach to the available and helpful considerations of this life.




It is undeniably true that obedience to the will of God requires a restraining directive.  Such need is provided by the Bible’s “thou shalt nots”.  Brother Paul admonished the Romans, “...be NOT conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2).  He enumerated to the Galatians some works of the flesh and said, “they which do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal. 5:21).  However, it should also be noted and remembered that the Lord wants a positive and happy outlook to promote our usefulness.  Paul’s confidence is evident in such statements as “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil 4:13).  He had also instructed the Philippians to “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4).

When one permits self to consider the multitude of blessings provided by a loving God to us His creation, surely one’s gratitude will break out into cheerfulness, well-doing and love for God and for one’s fellow man.

(Negativism = an attitude of mind marked by skepticism, especially about nearly everything affirmed by others.   {Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary})

 

 

IT IS TOO! SOMEBODY'S BUSINESS!

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IT IS TOO! SOMEBODY'S BUSINESS!

CA Burcham

Have you tried to protect yourself from critical review when your conduct has been careless and the example you set has not been the proper one, by concluding, "It's nobody's business how I live"? Do you really think that you are an, "Island Unto Yourself"? Are you deceived into thinking that your speech and deeds affect only self and no one else? If so, you are wrong and you need to think again, especially, if you are a Christian.

Notice the emphasis the Bible places on examples, and the need to be influenced by the proper kind. The Christ is, of course, our great example, as Peter relates, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for, leaving an example, that you should follow His steps: 22“Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;23who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed to Him who judges righteously;” (1 Peter 2:21-23).

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"I Want to be a Soul Winner for Jesus Every Day"

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“I WANT TO BE A SOUL WINNER FOR JESUS EVERY DAY!”
CA Burcham

(We sing that, you know.) There is no better life than to be just simply a Christian. The wealth and pleasure of this world are not worthy to be compared with the joy and satisfaction and hope available to a Christian. It is an inestimable honor to be privileged to wear the name of Christ. His name is so high and great and honorable that even to suffer in it is a great joy. (1 Pet. 4:14-16) Truly, as has been said, a Christian’s adversity is more blessed than a sinner’s prosperity.

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IT may be MEANT AS A COMPLIMENT!

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IT may be MEANT AS A COMPLIMENT!

C A Burcham

However, for the Christian who knows the teaching of the Bible, it ought to be distressing. I am talking about the reponse often heard by a husband and/or wife made by someone upon learning they have been married to one another for many years, especially 50 years or more. The response may be in this form; “Well, you sure don’t hear of that much anymore”. It may be stated as a compliment, or in envy, or even in ridicule. Some may think it preposterous that one would have any inclination to remain together that long.

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