A Powerful Verse

March 26, 2015

There are many wonderful scripture verses that Christians have memorized over the years.  These verses can be very helpful in times of discouragement.  One of those verses is II Timothy 1:7.  Here I am quoting both 6 &  7.

 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I.  The Gift of God:  Romans 12:6-8

 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Each of us has received a gift from God that He expects us to use for the building of His kingdom.  These gifts are not the same.  Each of us needs to do our part.  At all stages of our life God has a purpose for us.  We are supposed to be involved in the work of the kingdom.

II.  No Fear

Romans 8:31

 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

If God is with us, what would make us afraid?  The problem is that we cannot see God with our physical eyes.  We need to believe that He is with us.  We need to have faith.  We should do what God calls us to do and not be afraid.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

We can be at peace knowing that even in the midst of tribulation, or trial, that God will see us through the days of darkness.  Jesus has overcome the world and He is with us.

III.  Power:  I John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

We do not operate in our own power, but by the power of the Spirit that dwells within us.  We have more power than we realize.  It is not our power, but the power of God to do what He has called us to do.

IV.  Love:  I John 4:7

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

God loves us.  We love God.  God loves all people.  We should love all people.  Our actions should be motivated by our love for God and for people.  God has not given us the power of hate, but the power of love.

V.  Sound Mind/Disclipline

We are able to think clearly.  God is able to give us insight into problems.  Some translations use the word discipline instead of sound mind.  That is also good.  God is able to give us the discipline that we need to carry through on what should be done.

This one verse is a wonderfully reassuring verse that we should all use to encourage ourselves, or others as needed.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

These are the sermon notes from 3/8/15.  Any advertisements that might appear have been placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

A Pattern for Worship

March 23, 2015

King Hezekiah led the nation of Israel in a time of repentance and renewal of their service to God.

II Chronicles 30:13-23

 Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. 14 They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron. 15 Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. 16 They stood in their place according to their custom, according to the Law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to the Lord. 18 For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone 19 who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.

21 So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments. 22 And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the Lord; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers.

23 Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness.

I.  Repentance

We are either drawing closer to God, or moving away from God.  The first step in repentance is to change our direction of spiritual travel.  We must turn back to God.  In turning back to God, we naturally turn away from that which is ungodly.  Repentance is a continuing process of cleansing from sin as we grow in our ability to recognize what is godly and what is ungodly.  The first thing that must be changed is our recognition that there is no other God.  We must turn to God with our whole heart.  Repentance continues as we renew our commitment to follow the Lord with all of our hearts.

II.  Sought The Lord

God is most concerned with our hearts.  If we have turned to Him in repentance and faith He will be pleased with us.  The letter of the law has it’s place, but God is far more concerned with the attitude of our hearts, than with the outward compliance to the letter of the law.

III.  Praised The Lord

They praised the Lord with loud instruments.  If you think that our music is too loud, you should know that we are following a biblical precedent:)  What is most important is not the volume, the style, the instruments, or the skill of the musicians.  What is most important is that we are responding to the Lord with praise.  God is worthy of our praise.  Do not focus on what you like or do not like about worship, focus on the God who is worthy of your worship.

IV.  Taught The Knowledge Of The Lord

At this gathering of the people of God, they were taught the Word.  It is important to continue to grow in our knowledge of the things of God.  We will never know all that there is to know.  At our church, we have Sunday morning worship, Sunday School for all ages, and Wednesday night Bible studies.  Each of these events are an opportunity to continue to grow in our knowledge of the Lord and His Word.  I would encourage you to participate in as many of these events as possible.

V.  Repeat: With Gladness

This celebration went on for seven days.  It was going so well that they continued for another seven days.  The event was marked with great gladness.  As Christians, our worship should be times of joy and gladness.  We have reason to celebrate!  God loves us!  God will help us!  We have victory in Jesus!  There is much to celebrate!!

The pattern of repentance, seeking God, praising the Lord, and being taught, with gladness, is a pattern that can be repeated over and over.  It is a good pattern for each and every time that the people of God gather together to worship.

These are the sermon notes from the message preached on 3/1/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

Life After Death

March 12, 2015

We mourn the death and celebrate the life of a loved one who passes away.

Psalms 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

God understands the emotions that we go through when a loved one dies.  In both life, and death, God is with us.  He brings comfort and strength to us in times of loss.

John 11:35

 Jesus wept.

Even though Jesus knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead he shared in the sadness of Mary and Martha.  Truly in our time of loss, God is with us.

I Thessalonians 4:13

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

Yes, we mourn the death of our loved ones because we will miss them in this life.  However, we do not mourn as others mourn because we have a hope that goes beyond the grave.

John 14:1-6

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

We believe that after we die, we will go to be with Jesus in heaven.  For Christians, death is the end of this life and the beginning of the next.

John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

The key to entering the next life without fear is to believe in Jesus.  He is our Lord and Savior.

I Corinthians 15:50-57

 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, yes,  we mourn the death of our loved ones.  We mourn because they have passed from this life and we will miss them.  We do take comfort however, in the belief that there is a life beyond the grave, that all those who trust in the Lord Jesus will one day be reunited with those who have gone before to the place that God has prepared for them.

These are the sermon notes from a funeral that I preached a while back. All personal details have been removed.  I thought that the scriptural message of hope and comfort, that was the heart of the message was worth sharing.

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How to Survive an Encounter With Police

March 5, 2015

The headlines of our local paper yesterday chided the Ferguson police for racial bias.

A homeless man was shot in Los Angeles.  The public is outraged.

Perhaps we should look at the other side of the issue.  How should we behave in an encounter with police?

Michael Brown assaulted the police officer.  The bruises and scrapes are clear in the photos.

The police claim that the homeless man was grabbing for the gun of one of the officers.  After the incident, an officer’s gun(one who did not shoot) was half-cocked, with a bullet partially ejected.  It is cited as evidence of the struggle for the gun.

In addition to questioning police action, we should focus on our action.  We should not punch police officers.  We should not try to take their guns.  In all of the articles that I saw after the Ferguson incident, I only saw one comment made about how the public should act in an encounter with police.  It was an African-American police chief who said that the advice that he gave his own children was simple.

Cooperate with the police and move slowly. 

In the last year three men who have died at the hands of police have made national news.  The focus has always been on the action of the police.  The fact is; the police have a dangerous job.  In our area, a while back, a deputy sheriff was shot in the face and killed while serving an arrest warrant.  In the months since these three men have died at the hands of police, I wonder how many law enforcement officers have died?  Their deaths do not often make the national news.  Their job is to protect and to serve, but they must also protect themselves.  We do not often see the footage of police officers being killed in the line of duty, but I am certain that they are used in training police officers.  They want to be able to go home at the end of their shift and they want to be able to live with themselves.  I am certain that the vast majority of officers are not looking for an excuse to kill someone.

Cooperate with the police and move slowly.

It could save your life.

 

The Search for Wisdom

March 3, 2015

Wisdom is an important tool for life.  True wisdom comes from God.

I.  Wisdom:  II Chronicles 1:7-12

 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

King Solomon was the wisest king to serve Israel.  He obtained his wisdom from God.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

We too, can ask God for wisdom.

Proverbs 2:1-8

My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.

Sometimes the wisdom that we need comes easily as the Holy Spirit reveals to us what we need to know.  At other times, we are encouraged to pursue wisdom.  It can be a process of growing in knowledge and understanding.  It may take effort on our part to read, research, and think through material that may be conflicting, or difficult to understand.  It is necessary to continue to pray that God will guide us in out search for wisdom and understanding.  We cannot do it on our own, but our own effort is sometimes required.

Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

True wisdom comes from God and is rooted in the knowledge of God.  The most important thing that we should do is to continue to seek to grow in our relationship with God.

II.  Seek the Lord:  II Chronicles 15:12

Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

As we seek God, we will grow in wisdom.  Seeking God should be our top priority.

Matthew 6:31-33

 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Our lives will be in proper order if we make seeking God our first goal.  We should seek the Lord with all of our heart.

III.  Be Strong:  II Chronicles 15: 7

 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

Be strong!  Do not give up!!  The Christian life is not always easy, but it is always worthwhile.  Our work, our service to God, will be rewarded.

Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

We must continue in our service to God.  We may not see the results that we want, when we want them, but we will one day reap the fruit of our labors.

True wisdom comes from God. As we seek God with all of our hearts we will grow in wisdom and understanding.  We should continue in our service to God.  Our work will bear fruit and we will be rewarded for our faithful service.

These are the sermon notes from 2/22/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

From Fear to Love

February 26, 2015

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10

I have this verse on a poster on the wall in my office at the college.  As a philosophy instructor I consider it to be particularly appropriate since philosophy is made up of two Greek words that together mean ‘the love of wisdom’.  I consider faith in God to be the starting point of my philosophy of life.  Traditionally,when discussing this verse, I emphasize the need to believe in, be in awe of, and to have respect for, the person of God, resulting in obedience to His commands.

The other day I was in a Chi Alpha meeting at the college where I teach.  Chi Alpha is a student club for Christian growth and outreach.  At our campus, it primarily is a weekly meeting for prayer and Bible study.  It is open to all students, faculty, staff, and guests.  One of our regular guests is a retired gentleman who comes to the college library to read.  At this particular meeting one of the students brought up the question of the fear of the Lord.  We discussed it for a while and had agreed upon basically the definition that is stated above.

As we were concluding our discussion, the retired gentleman offered a different perspective.  He pointed out that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  He commented that we start with that attitude, and grow in our love for God.  I have been periodically reflecting on that thought for the last two days.  I John 4:18 says ”  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. ”  We still believe in, are in awe of, and have respect for God, but it is to be rooted in love, not fear.

One of my concerns is that people will over-emphasis the love of God to the point that they presume upon his mercy.  I have had people tell me that they know that what they are doing is wrong, but that God will forgive them.  That line of thinking is very dangerous.  We are not to “continue in sin that grace might abound.” (Romans 6:1)

However, as I thought about it, I was reminded of I John 5:3 “ For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. ” A healthy maturation of faith will be an increase in love resulting in obedience.  If we truly love God, we will live in obedience to His commandments.

Our obedience to God may begin out of fear, but it is matured in love.

Rejoice Always

February 23, 2015

I Thessalonians 5:16 says “Rejoice always!”  There are times in life when this is  easy and times when it is not.

I.  Rejoice in Blessings:  I Chronicles 19:16

 “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own.”

Everything that we have has come from God.  We may think that our own abilities and hard work have earned us the material things that we possess, but who gave us the abilities?  Who gave us the opportunities?  Who helped the results of our efforts to be favorable?  It is appropriate to rejoice in the blessings that God has given to us.  When things are going well it is easy to rejoice.

II.  Rejoice in Trials:  II Thessalonians 1:4-7

 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

God is with us even in our times of trial.  We are not alone.  God will give us wisdom and strength to endure the times of trials.  We can rejoice that we do not face our trials alone.  God will give us the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength to do it.

We can rest assured that the wicked will be punished.  We do not rejoice in their destruction.  We pray for them to repent, but there is a sense of justice in knowing that the wicked who have not repented, will be punished.

The faithful will be rewarded.  If not in this life, then in the next.

III.  Rejoice in Death:

Luke 10: 20: 

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Revelation 20:11-15:

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

As Christians we can rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Our lives on this earth may be difficult at times but we have a hope that goes beyond this world.  Our true reward is in the life to come.

We do not rejoice in the destruction of the wicked.  Rather we warn them of the judgement to come upon those who do not repent and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.  We rejoice along with the angels in heaven whenever a person turns from their sins and finds salvation in Jesus Christ.

To rejoice always seems like a difficult challenge, but when we think about it we realize that in times of blessing, in times of trial and even in death, we have reason to rejoice.  For in life, and in death, God is with us.

These are the sermon notes from 2/15/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

Minimum Wage

February 19, 2015

People like to suggest that raising the minimum wage is in response to inflation.  I would suggest that raising the minimum wage causes inflation.

If a gallon of milk cost one dollar ten years ago, and today a gallon of milk costs four dollars we recognize that the gallon of milk has not changed.  Rather, we look at it as inflation and consider it to be a bad thing.

When minimum wage changes, the product itself, a basic hour of low-skill work hasn’t changed.  The cost has been inflated.

Another way of looking at it is to say that what two dollars used to purchase, now requires seven dollars to purchase.  The thing being purchased hasn’t changed.  The value of the dollar, what the dollar will buy, has changed.

When we increase the minimum wage, we devalue the dollar.

I am not an economist and I am not going to go back over the last fifty years and see the precise changes in minimum wage and the effect on the economy.  I have, however, been living through the last fifty years, and in my observation, raising the minimum wage causes economic turmoil.

The minimum wage is meant to be a starting point for employment.  As workers develop skills and demonstrate a solid work ethic, they may be rewarded with higher paying jobs.  New workers entering the job market take their place and the process moves onward.

When the minimum wage is raised it has an affect on what other employees are paid as well.  People often view their pay in relationship to the minimum wage so to keep employees, wages across the board need to go up.  Higher wages means higher operating costs.  These costs are passed on to the consumer, resulting in inflation.

Currently, people who make minimum wage may be eligible for a variety of assistance programs from the government.  These include food stamps, rent assistance, utilities assistance and other programs.  These programs help people to live a better life while making minimum wage. Perhaps we could add an option of financial training.  We should help to teach people how to live on their income, rather than beyond their income.

People should look to better themselves by finding better jobs, not by trying to force employers to pay more for an hour of basic labor.

Raising the minimum wage is a bad idea.

The Prayer of Jabez

February 16, 2015

A number of years ago a book came out called “The Prayer of Jabez”.  I was given a copy and I read it.  There was a bit of a push to recommend saying the prayer daily as a means of effecting change.  I am not much of a person to jump on a bandwagon and do something simply because it is popular.  I am also not a big fan of memorized prayers so I did not do anything with it at the time.

Imagine my surprise when I was reading in my devotions this past week and felt the Lord prompt me to use this prayer as the basis for the message this week.

I Chronicles 4:9-10

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

I.  That You Would Bless Me

There is nothing wrong with asking for God to bless us.  Actually, it is good to recognize that all blessings do indeed come from God.  These blessings come in many forms.  I wonder if we even recognize the blessings that we do receive?  Or if we are so focused on what we haven’t received, that we don’t appreciate the blessings that God has given us?

II.  Enlarge My Territory

This does not mean simply give me a bigger house, or a more important job.  We should think beyond ourselves.  It is not all about us.  We should try to broaden our influence and have an impact on more people for the kingdom of God.  This can take place in our personal lives, our church, the missionaries that we support with our giving and our prayers and in other ways.  If we lift our eyes to the horizon we will be surprised at what impact God can have through our lives.  Let us enlarge our territory and look beyond ourselves.

III.  Your Hand Would Be With Me

I am reminded that among the last words of Jesus to His disciples was “I am with you always.”  (Matthew 28:20)  God is with us to guide, provide, protect and encourage.  He is an ever present help.

IV.  Keep Me From Evil

Certainly we desire God to protect us from evil.  There are different forms of evil, natural evil, human evil, and supernatural evil.  They are all bad and God is able to protect us from them.  If we are caught up in evil, God is able to see us through.

It is also appropriate to think of this as a prayer to keep us from doing evil.  We are not perfect and we need the help of God to do what is right.

V.  That I Might Not Cause Pain

Jabez is a word that means “He will cause pain”.  Jabez did not want to live up to his name.  Our desire should be to be a blessing to others, not to cause them pain.  May God use our lives to build people up, not to tear them down.

I am still not one to jump on a bandwagon or to recommend memorized prayers.  However, many people have found that saying the prayer of Jabez regularly has been very helpful in their lives.  Whether you choose to regularly use the prayer in your devotions is up to you.

I do think that we can all learn a lesson from the themes that it presents.

These are the sermon notes from 2/8/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.    

Plans, Promises, and Truthfulness

February 12, 2015

Years ago, when I started this blog, I wrote an article four times a week.  Those articles were about all kinds of different topics.  For quite a while now, I have been simply posting sermon notes.  I am going to try to get back to writing articles on a variety of topics.  The sermon notes will still come out on Mondays.  On Thursdays, I will be writing something different. At least, that is the plan.  Please feel free to make comments on anything that I write.  I enjoy interaction.  Thank you. 

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if everyone was truthful?  If everyone kept their word?  If everyone kept their promises? This world would be a better place.

A number of years ago, I told my philosophy class that I tried to always tell the truth.  They laughed.  Apparently, they thought that I was lying, because, of course, everyone lies, at least in their minds. That memory has stayed with me as a sad commentary on society today.

I do not mean that we have to share every thought that goes through our minds. Some things we can keep to ourselves.

Sometimes, it is important to use tact when speaking the truth.  If we speak the truth with the right attitude, in the right way, at the right time,  it is a very good thing.  This is not always easy to do.

Wouldn’t it be nice if people kept their word?  If we tell someone we are going to do something, we should do it.  This is especially important in the business world.  If we hire someone to do some kind of work and they take the money but don’t do the work, then we are cheated.  On the other hand, if someone does the work, but isn’t paid, then they are cheated.  Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens far too often. It makes us suspicious of people.  Until someone has proven themselves, we may not trust them.

Promise keeping is especially important.  When my children were young, I wanted to impress on them the importance of keeping promises.  One way that I did that was to use promises very sparingly.  I would tell my children that I was planning to do something, but that sometimes plans have to change.  That way if something came up, and I had to change my plans, I was not breaking a promise.  When I did make a promise, I made sure that it was something that I could keep.

Incidentally, wedding vows are a form of promise.  For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, forsaking all others for as long as we both shall live.   This is not something to be taken lightly.  There may be bad days, but your commitment to each other should bring you through them.

Maybe we cannot transform the entire world, but we can change a little part of it.  May we learn to be truthful people who keep our word.

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