We all have priorities whether we think about them or not. A simple approach to planning for the next year is to make a short list of priorities. The top four or five would be sufficient. We can always add as the year passes by.
The words love, like, desire and lust are often used as synonyms. They are not the same. we may like or desire a certain sport, a kind of food or a make of automobile. We may desire or lust for power, prestige, money, drugs, alcohol or sex. Often like, desire or lust are used synonymously.
Economics 101 is given in the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy. The same One who created the heavens and the earth gave these economic principles in the only book that we have that He authored. He gave instructions for national economics and for individual economics.
When it seems that the stairs are getting steeper, the blocks are getting longer, the grocery bag is getting heavier, the print is getting smaller, the sounds are getting duller and the cold is getting colder; perhaps these are signs that we are getting older.
Last week we were talking about the good life in one of our study sessions. I was encouraging our men to make decisions that resulted in living a life that gave love, joy, peace and satisfaction. Many of the men live lives of frustration, anxiety, fear and depression.
Likely 2010 is setting a new record for the number of anxious people on planet earth. It seems everywhere we turn people are anxious. How many people do each of us know who are not somewhat anxious about something? What is going on to cause so much discomfort and what can we do about it?
One year, two years or perhaps five years and some inmates come back to jail. When we ask the reason why after making a strong commitment to live the Christian life, the answer is often the same. I stopped reading the Bible, praying and going to church.
Norma and I do food shelf work on Wednesday mornings. We are blessed to listen to Chuck Swindol and David Jeremiah on KTIS AM 900. They are two of the great preachers in America today. One lives in Texas and the other in California.
Both compliments and criticisms have come my way for ending public prayers in certain ways. It may be in a jail Bible study, at a city council meeting, in a church or at some community function. This makes reference to two different final endings to a prayer.