When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” ~Mark 2:17
This verse made me think about our churches, and wondered if we are providing safe havens for the “sick,” i.e. sinners. Are we so focused on trying to put on the good face that we forget that Jesus came to heal the sick?
As I read further, I found this verse. Different conversation, but same concept.
Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” ~Mark 2:27 (NLT)
Let’s not forget why God gave us one another and why we have a day of rest to gather together.
1. Get the child’s attention. Call the child’s name.
2. Establish eye contact. Wait until he looks at you before speaking.
3. Put some authority in your voice. Speak softly but firmly.
4. Expect obedience.
5. Stick with it until obedience takes place.
6. Be consistent!
*Never issue a command you do not intend to enforce. To do so teaches disobedience. Remember! There is security and freedom in limits.
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“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” ~Hebrews 8:10 (NLT)
It feels good to say, “He is my God, and I am His people.” ~Kathy
Catherine Marshall cuddled her newborn granddaughter, praying that God would heal her. This was her first granddaughter and she so longed to hold her forever and see her grow up. But the doctor’s diagnosis said otherwise. The sweet baby girl had very poor muscle tone and would not survive.
Determined to see God heal, Catherine called some prayer warriors among her family and friends to come pray for this little one’s life. During those days God did answer the group’s prayers. He healed several family members of the people gathered together, but He did not heal Catherine’s precious little granddaughter. He took her home to Him.
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You are my refuge and my shield; your Word is my source of hope. ~Psalms 119:114 (NLT)
My hope rests in the Truth that is God’s Word.
Knowledge is “book-larnin’ ” but wisdom is priceless. Wisdom understands what is right, true, or lasting. It is insight, common sense and good judgment. No wonder Solomon wanted his children to obtain it.
Proverbs 8:1-11 “Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence. You who are foolish, gain understanding. Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
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These verses are a little confusing and seems to contradict.
”Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
“Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
“Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!”
~Proverbs 26:4-6 (NLT)
I tend to lean toward not arguing with fools, but I think Solomon wanted to make sure we get the truth out there.
1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May.
…What was the third child’s name?
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers
.…What does he weigh?
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,
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When I overheard one of my cashiers tell a customer, “We haven’t had it for a while, and I doubt we’ll be getting it soon,” I quickly assured the customer that we would have whatever it was she wanted by next week. After she left, I read the cashier the riot act.
“Never tell the customer that we’re out of anything. Tell them we’ll have it next week,” I instructed her. “Now, what did she want?”
— Margaret Arthurs
This made me laugh when I opened my bible. It was the first verse in my daily reading.
“A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk! You are nothing but a windbag.
The wise don’t engage in empty chatter.
What good are such words?” ~Job 15:2-3 (NLT)
It’s funny to me because we have leapt into mass hysteria, and we are not considering the source of some of the empty words we hear and see on Facebook.