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The Worthy Lamb - History of Moravian Missions

http://anitamathias.com/2010/08/06/john-leonard-dober-and-david-nitschman-the-moravian-missionaries-who-sold-themselves-into-slavery-2/

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Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.

God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

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Marriage, Manhood and Social Media

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Why Are China and Japan Inching Toward War Over Five Tiny Islands?

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Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

I highly highly highly recommend and encourage you to read it!!!

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AND Less of Me.

We preach, hear, sing, pray, proclaim, praise: “More of You God, we want more of  You!” But we stop there.

How can our hearts, lives, minds, souls be filled with God when they’re already full of ourselves, our sin, the things of this world and its pleasures?

No. We must completely empty ourselves before we can be filled with God. We can’t have one foot in the world and one foot striving towards God. God will not tolerate that; He will not compromise; He will not settle for anything less than having our all - if we truly desire for more of Him.

C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity and Brother Lawrence in Practicing the Presence of God both write on this.

The more we come to know God, know who He is and what He’s like, on the one hand we are in awe of God and worship Him. At the same time, on the other hand, we become even more acutely aware of our wickedness and sinfulness, and we see how wretched we are.

I daresay that the reason why we don’t add “less of me” is because we don’t really know who God is, and hence we don’t fully understand our own pitiful state. Looking at people like Brother Lawrence, the Apostle Paul, and John Newton, and their adoration of God and their confession, you can clearly see in their writings and in their lives their absolute passion for God. They truly tasted and saw that the Lord is good. They could honestly say that Christ is enough. And they couldn’t get enough of Him.

Brothers and sisters, can we truthfully say we want more of God and less of ourselves, until we’re filled completely with only God and none of us is left?

Please also take a look at this article. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/04/21/to-experience-gods-love/

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This Is Why Switchfoot Won't Sing Christian Songs Anymore

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God calls, and we respond.”

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Putin's Empire of the Mind

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Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea)

In light of Russia in Ukraine, what about the potentiality of an aggressive and assertive China in East Asia?

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Ephesians 6:1-4

Command to honor parents Exodus 20:12

Reasons to honor parents

Power to honor parents

Command to honor parents

Children, obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1)

Affection and intimacy are great, but not commanded )maybe cold, distant)

Trust is not commanded (maybe unwise, alcoholic)

Admiration is not commanded (maybe messed up, affairs)

Obedience is not commanded once adult à as children must obey

If parents telling to sin, do not listen/obey

Listen politely, but don’t have to obey

Relationship with parents changes à 8 months old to parents, 8 year old to parents, 18 year old to parents, 28 year old to parents, 48 year old to parents – ought to relate differently

But one thing doesn’t change: child owes honor to parents – no matter the age or status of child and parents

Honor: decision to treat parents with courtesy and loyalty as much as is possible

Culturally appropriate ways to honor parents, contextualize but not sinful or wrong

Distinction between honoring parents and obeying parents

Honor by listening to advice (that is not wrong or sinful)

Understand/know your parents and their culture à and how to honor them

Reasons to honor parents

Children, obey your parents for it is right

Before God presented Himself as husband to church, He made Himself Father to His people

Honor parents for their office/position God has given them

Honor parents so will go well with you

Beautiful to listen to wise parents

Power to honor parents

You are not exempt from this command even if non-Christian, violent, messed up parents and even if tempted to hate them

Father love: unconditional love

Competitive, prove yourself to yourself/others – for love, praise, affirmation

Please your parents – but disappointed, didn’t meet standards

Anger, hate

No mater how hard you try, never good enough à disappointed and failure

Stop looking to please parents for father love, instead look to God for Father love – true Father for you

And then you can love parents who are disappointed with you, criticize you

Realize parents aren’t perfect – weak, broken, sinful, dysfunctional blaming them because they can’t be God

You don’t deserve honor, but I will give you honor because that is what God commands me to do à grace

Father love of God: transform you à Christ

Gospel: free you, gives you power to honor parents

Reality of frailty and mortality of parents

Life is so short, time goes by so fast

By grace of God, honor parents, forgive them

Perhaps God will use you to be first expression of grace and bring change in them to Christ

Renew resolve to honor parents