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August 13, 2013

Let God Love You!

by Lester Young

It probably doesn’t come as a big surprise (especially if you’re a Christian) that we’re supposed to love one another. Yet all too often we seem to take it as though it were some sort of ‘suggestion,’ or just a nice thing to do if we happen to be having a good day and feel like it. No, there’s actually more to it than that: it’s a direct and emphatic command from our Lord (John 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23, 4:20-21). What’s more, it doesn’t identify any special conditions about ‘who’ we should do it to, nor does it even mention our ‘mood’ while we’re doing it. In other words, we should be walking in a constant state of love toward all people at all times – regardless of whether we like them or if we just happen to be having one of those ‘bad hair days’ (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36).

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “Much, much easier said than done!” And you’re right; I can’t argue with you there. As the saying goes, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it” …and we’d all already be living Heaven on earth. Unfortunately for us, however, just as He didn’t bother to ‘qualify’ just who, how and when to love others, Jesus also totally ignored the notion of ‘degree of difficulty’ regarding His Directive to love, too. And that can mean only one thing: as far as Jesus is concerned, the difficulty of it (or lack thereof) simply doesn’t matter and shouldn’t even be factored into our decision to obey His command.

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August 7, 2013

You Can’t Earn Love

by Lester Young

Finally, Moses couldn’t take it anymore. This was his second extended visit into the LORD God’s Presence, with them communing together and generally just enjoying each others’ company (Exodus 24:18, 31:18, 33:17, 34:28). The desire overwhelmed him, and not being able to hold it in any longer, he blurted out,

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August 3, 2013

Wool Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

by Lester Young

You know, I believe the wool’s been pulled over our eyes for far too long now. I think we all need to become much more astute about just what’s going on around us. You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying, “Seeing is believing.” And a large percentage of folks – Christians included – undoubtedly subscribe to it. But do you realize that when God looks at that kind of ‘wisdom,’ He kinda just breaks out into a big laugh? (Psalm 2:4; 59:8; 1 Corinthians 3:19-20) (Well, you gotta admit, we are pretty funny sometimes.) As a matter of fact, if you were to seriously consider this verse,”The just(ified in Christ) shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Hebrews 10:38), you’d come to the inevitable conclusion that as far as heaven (that is, the spiritual realm of Creation) is concerned, “believing is seeing” (Mark 11:23-24; 1 Corinthians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 5:7).

“Okay, Lester; but even if that were so, that’s heaven. It’s not how things happen down here on earth, in this natural world. We can’t operate like God does.” And therein lies the wool. What we’ve all been bamboozled into accepting – and I have every confidence you can guess by whom – is the notion that we should rely on our physical senses (and as an extension our natural intellect) to live by. “I mean, I can only go by what I see. That’s why we were given them, right? …so we could live by them.”

In actuality, that sentiment couldn’t be more off-the-mark. First of all, if you can only judge things by what you see with your eyes, I submit to you that your world must be exceedingly small (2 Corinthians 10:7). Second, we were never given our natural faculties to carve out a living by – we were given them for the sole purpose of interacting with this natural, physical world in which our natural, physical bodies find themselves. Again, we’re supposed to be living by our faith in God and His Word (Habakkuk 2:4; Mark 11:22; Hebrews 10:38).

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