Walk: worthy of calling, in love, as light, in wisdom

Ephesians 4: 1 …walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us

Ephesians 5:8 …Walk as children of light…

Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Prudence, balance, thought, and Christianity

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/19/3-tips-for-a-more-civil-conversation-about-syrian-refugees/
Mollie Hemingway offers 3 suggestions regarding the Syrian refugee issue.  The piece ends up looking at Christian beliefs – for good reason. She makes many good points, all of which I will not try to summarize here.

One take-away (near the end of the article) is that the answer to the question “What should we do?” has two answers. The answer of what the government should do is different from what people and churches should so. The mission trips, mission activities, and UMCOR relief efforts are key, and don’t need to pass Congress.

“I am a human being, not a human doing.”

How To Get Better Perspective (In Just 90 Seconds)

“We consume; we don’t experience. We settle; we don’t savour. All of this means that we “do” productive.

We should “be” productive.”

In order to make this happen, you need to be aware and have focus. (What’s even more interesting is that you need to be aware to have full focus and you need to have focus in order to be fully aware.)

I’d like to offer a 90 second exercise to help you get better perspective, become aware, and find a small measure of focus.

  1. After you’re done reading this piece, just stop and do nothing for 30 seconds. It may help to focus on your breath and close your eyes while doing so. But do this no longer than 30 seconds today.
  2. Once you’re done with the 30 seconds, grab a piece of paper and a pen/pencil and write down everything you think you need to do, ought to do, or want to do over the course of 30 seconds. You should time this. Stop once the 30 seconds is up.
  3. Take a final 30 seconds to choose one of those things to work on today. Commit to working on it so that you can honestly say you have made progress on it before day’s end.

That’s it. That’s all I want you to do. By doing this, you’re being aware. And by working on just one thing intentionally, you’re exercising focus.

“I am a human being, not a human doing.” – Kurt Vonnegut

How To Get Better Perspective (In Just 90 Seconds)

Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most by Charles Moore

I came across a very nice Christmas story, titled, Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most. It is written by Charles Moore.

Here is an Audio Recording of the story. (.m4a file) (On an iPad, you may need to download it.)

The text of the story can be found at:

http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/christmas-readings/christmas-presence

decorations Food-table Father-SonWalk

I know this is a message I need to remember.

may we love alike

“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” —from a sermon in the Works of John Wesley

Speaking of the ‘divisions’ in England. Ch of England, Puritans, Catholic Church.

H. White sermon 9-20-15

Ten Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes

Rockwell’s Breaking Home Ties

As a number of us send our children off to college this August, I have Norman Rockwell’s Breaking Home Ties painting in my mind. It’s a classic.

In the painting a father takes his son out to where the farm road meets the railroad tracks. They wait for the train to stop and pick up the son to take him to State U.

Dad and son are sitting on the running board of a Ford Model A pickup. The Ford Model A pickup truck was the rugged workhorse of farmers at the time. Model A production ended in 1931.

Railroad track seen in the foreground. The flag and lantern will signal the engineer to stop.

The son sits eagerly looking up the tracks for the train—toward the next chapter of his life. He’s holding some sandwiches Mom made and wrapped up for him. He’s ready. Ticket in pocket and packed suitcase between his feet. I wonder where he got the books and what their titles are.

The farm dog sadly knows something is up.

Watch fob hangs from the father’s pocket; a symbol of waiting and anticipation of changes.

Father sits contemplative. Dad looks down the tracks into the distance, wondering about the future of his son—and who will help with the harvest this fall.

The family ties are strong in the painting. The father holds two hats—his own work hat and his son’s hat, for the soon-to-be college student. The father’s last act when the train comes will be to put the hat on his son and say good-bye.

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Breaking Home Ties, by Norman Rockwell. Saturday Evening Post cover, September 25, 1954.

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Purchase this print at http://store.nrm.org/browse.cfm/breaking-home-ties-canvas-giclee-print/4,3933.html Norman Rockwell Museum Store

Three (Defining) Components of a Christian Faith

On OpenLine today (8-15-15) Michael Rydelnik – Listen here.

This is an answer to the question, “What is saving faith? How do I know I have full faith in Jesus?”

3 Components:

 

Component Description What We Have What We Do Our Responsibility

(What We Do)

Internalize

(What We Do)

Mind Intellectual Knowledge Know Appropriate Learn
Heart Emotional Conviction Believe Appreciate Love
Will Volitional Commitment Act (decide and do) Apply Live

Most all of the Bible talks about these components.

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

We see ‘mind,’ ‘heart/soul,’ and ‘strength’ (doing, acting, will).

I choose Luke 10:27 because it says it all.  These are the two great commandments. All of the law and commandments follow from these.

The words in the Responsibility column are from Warren Wiersbe’s sermon (1975) titled ‘Our Responsibility to the Word of God.’ Podcasted Aug. 17 & 18, 2015 on Today In the Word.