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When Christians Make Dumb Moves

When Christians Make Dumb Moves
There is a story in the Bible from the book of Jeremiah.
For the uninitiated, Jeremiah is the guy who shares mostly bad news to the people of Israel.
The summary of this prophet’s inside scope from God was this “You guys have been big, bad, and naughty, God is going to give you an ass-whooping by sending everyone into Babylonian captivity”
Well, in the middle of it all, God tells Jeremiah to buy a piece of land.
Good old J-man pays seventeen shekels of silver for the land.
I’ll skip back in time to share another story.
Kings Ahab of Israel & Jehoshaphat of Judah were preparing for a land-based assault strike on Aram.
They decided to call in Ahab’s 400 prophets to know if they would have a winning outcome.
All of them agree – Ahab & Jehoshaphat would win.
One of the prophets, Zedekiah, even adds some special effects to the whole prophecy gig. He grabs some iron horns and hollers “this is the winning kit. you win with these.”
Everything was peachy until Micaiah shows up.

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Marriage Fight Club

Marriage Fight Club

I sent a message to my wife yesterday.

“Thank you for fighting for our marriage with me.”

Maybe it was the emotions I was going through.

Earlier in the week, I was on the phone with a friend whose marriage was fighting against the currents pushing it to the rocks.

He’s not the only one.

Over the past months, similar stories from friends, acquaintances, & fellow Christians.

Something was common.

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Everyone Gets a Blessing

Have you heard the only way you get blessed is if you become a Christian?

It’s a good tactic to get the crowd coming for more but not useful past its expiration date. It is callous to think that God ignores the rest of His creation who refuse to believe in Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong.

I still hold to Jesus as the only way to be reconciled to God. It’s also the only way we all get blessed.

But not in the same way.

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When Silence Helps Better

When I was younger, I recall a conversation between two older Christians.

One complained that a particular billionaire was not doing his fair share. The other said he might be. Just because it doesn’t splash on front-page news might mean he prefers his generosity to be unseen. Not that he is doing nothing.

This is this sort of pressure that makes Christians run to the headlines when they do good stuff.

Part of this comes from reading one scripture and forgetting another.
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