Integrity

We live in an era of spin, damage control and fake news.

 

Fake integrity?

You can’t fool God.

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Ity Words

 

 

These words have been running through my head all last week. Do they describe you?

 

  • Integrity
  • Serenity
  • Fidelity
  • Dignity

Holding to high moral values. Consistently displaying a calm and unruffled nature. Being faithful in all things. Living in a manner worthy of respect.

Paul’s letter to the Philippian church comes to mind:

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Fix your thoughts. Think “ity.”

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What Would Jesus Like?

A couple days back, we considered what Jesus would tweet. Today, imagine our Lord next to you on the couch as you scroll through your social media. Which posts would Jesus like?

The sexy pose  (doubt it)

Your profane rant (probably not)

That selfie at the slot machine (nope)

 Kids passing out cookies at the nursing home

 

Good enough for God to like (like, not love — love is a different story for another day).

 

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A Puritan’s Guide to Social Media

Take a trip with me back to the 1600’s. We’re looking for advice for our texts, tweets, posts, pins and comments.

 

“The nature and end of judgment or sentence
must be corrective, not vindictive;
for healing, not destruction.”
John Owen (1616-1683)
A Puritan Golden Treasury

 

It’s simple, really.

Corrective and healing – [send]
Vindictive and destructive – [delete]

And you thought those old dudes where outdated and irrelevant. 

 

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If Jesus Wouldn’t, You Shouldn’t

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Wise Words

 

Proverbs 31:26 (NIV)
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

 

On her tongue, in her emails and her Facebook comments. 

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Mom’s Right

 

Good advice from your mother –

 

 

  • Get out of the mud
  • Wash your hands
  • God loves you and has a plan for your life

Mom,  and God.

Psalm 40:2 (NIV)
He lifted me . . . out of the mud and mire.

Psalm 24:3-4
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
. . . The one who has clean hands and a pure heart.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Listen up. Mom was right. 

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The Problem of Sin

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All in the Family

 

“Sin has the devil for its father,
  shame for its companion,
  and death for its wages.”
Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

 

James 1:15 (NIV)
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

You might want to skip out on that family reunion.

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My No-Good Very-Bad Day

I had one of those days: horrible circumstances not my fault, terrible responses all my fault.

 

Me:   Some days are like that, Lord. 
           
God: Without me, my child, every day
           would be a very bad day.

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