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One Last One Another!

Today we finish our 26 days of “one another.” As I’ve studied and listened to the Holy Spirit of Christ in me during these 26 days, I’ve sensed Christ saying stronger than ever “Love one another just like I love you. That’s the whole ball game.”  As we grow in grace, we learn more and more how much God loves us and how the most important thing to Him is that we love one another in the same way.     At this time of year, many of us in my generation have the pleasure of having one or more of ...
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Agree with God about your sin and remind each other of the Truth!

Agree with God about your sin and remind each other of the Truth!  A lot of spiritual and emotional damage has been done by misguided teaching and counseling regarding the “confessing” of sins to an “accountability” partner, priest, pastor or spiritual leader.  Much of the abuse has come from misunderstanding the original intent, and then wrong application of:      “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5: 16)  The Greek word sometimes translated “confess” simply means “to agree with…to say the same thing as someone else.”  My understanding is ...
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There are sighs…and then there are SIGHS

There are sighs…and then there are SIGHS  The dictionary definition of “sigh” is a long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.  I admit that I often sigh. Most often it’s a sign of relief and tiredness – I’ve worked through a physically painful or mentally challenging situation or circumstance, and I’m relieved (and a little exhausted) that it’s over.  That appears to be a normal response for a lot of us.  However…when I’m with other people and someone says or does something (for the umpteenth time) that I have “judged” as wrong or unacceptable or ...
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Engaged in any traducing lately?

Engaged in any traducing lately?  None of us likes it when we’ve been traduced, but we can be pretty casual and loosey-goosey about being a traducer!  To traduce is to speak badly of or tell lies about someone so as to damage their reputation.  It’s a synonym for “slander.”   In case you need a few more examples, consider these: defame (someone’s character), blacken someone’s name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone’s reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint; malign, vilify, disparage, denigrate, run down, slur; Informal: badmouth, dis, trash In this age of ...
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The Biggest Lie of All!!!

December 18. “Do not lie to each other.” (Col. 3:9)  The Biggest Lie of All!!! In thinking about this verse, I felt the Holy Spirit of Christ humorously saying to me “So, Paul, what do you think you have to add to this that hasn’t already been written by others a million times over?”  “OK, Lord,” I thought. “I could tell some of my own experiences…how I’ve hurt others and how I’ve been hurt by lies.”  “Naaaa.”  So I decided to practice my own preaching and just listen.  “What’s the biggest lie of all, Paul?”  “That You are angry, list-keeping, ...
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Submit to who???

December 17. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph. 5: 21)  Submit to who??? Most of us don’t want to submit to anyone!  We rebel against authority at work, school, with the government…whatever. Some of us only rebel in our mind and spirit, others actually act out. Submission? Are you kidding???  And here comes this verse: Ephesians 5:21 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Some translations actually read “out of fear of Christ!  But the Greek word means: Deep respect, honor, high esteem, high regard, great respect, acclaim, admiration, appreciation, estimation, favor. It can ...
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