What is Your Default Attitude?

If loving your enemies was easy, everyone would do it. Hate, unforgivingness, and retribution is the default attitude of a broken world. Love, forgiveness, and reconciliation is the default attitude of the Kingdom of God. I have decided to follow Jesus not the crowd.

Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV
[43] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, [45] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Is Equality a Myth?

A friend once asked me why as a Christian, I was against gambling. I told him that the Bible did not directly address gambling as, “Thou shalt not gamble.” My answer was one he did not expect. I referred to the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 22:39 (NKJV), “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In gambling, my neighbor must lose for me to gain; am I being Christlike if I want my neighbor to lose money for me to gain money?

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Spiritual Rebirth

Concerning our perceived effectiveness, the church has done a fair job of saving people from Hell, but a poor job of saving people from their brokenness. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples, not just converts. I am afraid in our enthusiasm to make only converts we have left a heap of lost souls in the wake of false confessions and hurry-up-sinner-prayers.

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Big Shoes to Fill

Often when someone succeeds another person, folks will say, “He/she has big shoes to fill”. After Jesus’ short but power-packed three years of ministry, He told his followers something that surely shocked them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV). Sounds like filling big sandals!

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Light of Life

If you follow any news, there is no question that there is an evil darkness in the world.  People are frantic about what to do.  In the United States we have had two mass killings almost back-to-back.  In the political world there has been a rush to win the blame game.  All have agreed that evil is at work, but no one wants to really name the true source of evil.  Satan is on a rampage to kill, steal, and destroy but to the world elites, this would only be an archaic, outdated, and even unthinkable description of the source of this type of evil.

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The Blessed, Look Like This!!

There have been thousands of books written about being successful, rich, happy, fulfilled, and the list seems to never end.  Everyone seems to be looking for that formula of life that will bring the blessings of peace and joy.

Jesus began a sermon with some verses we call the Beatitudes (Blessings).  It is not a formula but a lifestyle likened unto Jesus.  For the follower of Jesus, these are not optional nuggets of wisdom but the principles for our lives as we journey with Jesus.

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