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“But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.” (Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭34‬ NLT)

“The Flood of 1955” was one of the worst tragedies to hit Connecticut, causing 87 deaths and millions of dollars of damage. According to a report by Jeanne A. LeBlanc of the Hartford Courant, one of the worst heartbreaks was the deaths of Patrick & Margaret Mullin, both 70. After being safely rescued and evacuated to Westminster School, they walked back to their house as the pre-dawn flood waters were rising. They would later be found drowned in their attic. Once safe, now perished. 

We are all guilty of Pharaoh’s sin, of seeing God move yet continuing on in stubborn wrong decisions. God doesn’t make us that way, we freely choose it and then reap the after-effects. The sad part is when our poor decisions cost others a price. Stubbornness does that. 

The Bible and history books are filled with stubbornness that resulted in tragedy. Study why the Bible compares stubbornness to idolatry [see 1 Samuel 15:23], then let your heart be open to God’s correction and instruction that leads to life! You are loved today! 

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Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.” (Psalms‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

At age 74, Benjamin Fred Roll had been able to get his arms around pretty much everything life presented him: World War II battlefields, Appalachian oil fields, and the raising of eight children. But one thing kept eluding him: passing the California bar exam. Thirteen times, Roll, a retired lieutenant colonel and real estate agent, failed the grueling three-day test. But on the 14th try, he was successful!

Growing in God is not a simple or short process. To try the Christ Life without Christ’s teachings is a failure waiting to happen. God has given us teachings and capable teachers to help know who He is, what He desires from our life, and what lies ahead for the faithful followers. While it will be difficult to understand all of it, it is of the utmost importance that we do not fail in developing our discipleship habits!

As you get ready to welcome the weekend and an upcoming new year, set goals to achieve at this time of life. But among all of them, desire to know God better so that you can experience a greater and fuller life in His presence! You are loved today!

For there are many rebellious [church] people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. Reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith.” (Titus 1:10, 13 NLT)

In most of the broad spectrum of Life, I observe two kinds of people: Those who appreciate being corrected so they can learn from their mistakes and those who are offended by being corrected. If it’s done right, many don’t mind the learning lesson. But if we live easily offended and cannot ever be corrected, then what will be our learning curve for a better, more productive life?

The Bible tells us that we must be both correcting and correctable. For the former, it must be done in a loving manner and never out of our selfishness. For the latter, we’ll never become refined and strong in our faith without it. Correction should never be viewed as “here’s what’s wrong with you”, but “there is a better way for your life”!

Let God help you find your balance. If you correct people all the time, check your motives and understand that THAT is a huge reason people may avoid you. If you hate being corrected, it stems from a low self-esteem and an offendable spirit. Neither of these are good! Live to be both enriching and enriched! Let life get better for you both! You are loved today!
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Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” (Revelation 4:1 NLT)

Interesting food fact: A berry is defined as a fruit that possesses a fleshy interior and an outer skin, and it’s formed by the entirety of the ovary of the plant. That means that grapes, avocados, eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes, and even chili peppers are botanically classified as berries, while blackberries and blueberries are not. Here I am in my 40’s and learning new things! Go figure!

Spiritually speaking, we are also able to learn new things about God and the spiritual journey, no matter age or experience. A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of your life, God will continually say to you, ‘Friend, come up even higher.’ And God’s desire is to reveal more to us!

Don’t be afraid to admit ignorance nor to learn that you may be wrong, like a blackberry isn’t a berry! By learning more, we learn how to do the Christ Life better. Come to Church tomorrow and let your mind be expanded! You are loved!

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