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Shut that door!

Christianity

It’s nice to get home, isn’t it? It’s good to get the shirt and tie, the suit and the shiny shoes off, and just get into some sloppy gear that you can relax in. It’s good to switch off all the thoughts about work, the people who have crossed your path, made or spoiled your day. Feet up. Switch on the TV and just veg out, eh? Close the curtains, switch off the phone and just shut out the whole world.

No one can see you, and you can see none of them. Bliss………

I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. (Psalm 101:2, NLT)

Ahem. Surely, when I get home and close the doors and curtains I can just relax and take it easy? Do what I want? Think what I want? Watch what I want? It’s OK, no one can see! It only matters when they are watching. I will be a good Christian when everyone is watching. I will! Honest! I just need a rest, relax.

I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

It’s been a hard day! I just need some time to relax and recuperate, get ready to do God’s work tomorrow, build up my strength for it.

I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

But no one is looking! No one can see!

I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

Okay, okay! When will you come and help me?

Time for a chainge?

Christianity

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. (Rom 1:1, NLT)
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — (Rom 1:1, NIV)
I have put these two translations of the same text together for a reason. It is a reason which is very important, especially to the way we think today. It is all about just one word, the Greek word doulos. I don’t want to get into an argument about which is the best translation, but there is an important point to be made here.

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Look at it this way

Christianity

I remember coming up with a different way of doing something at work. An older colleague shouted out to everyone, “There you are. If you want to find the easiest way of doing something, always ask the laziest guy you can find!”

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Wot water?

Christianity

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

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Sea Through

Christianity

Stand at the coast and look at the sea in front of you. You don’t have a boat handy, no hovercraft, helicopter, no bridge – nothing that this world can offer as a “solution.” How would you feel if crossing the sea was the only way out?

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