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TAKING OUT YOUR BITTER TRASH

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Bitterness causes problems.No matter how intelligent or crafty a person is, there is no escaping the consequences that follow a life of bitterness. It will not surprise you to learn of great thinkers, artists and power brokers who succumbed to the deadliest disease of the spirit – bitterness.

Their end is misery and spiritual pollution.Sigmund Freud died at the age of 83, a bitter and disillusioned man. Tragically, this Viennese physician, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, had little compassion for the common person. Freud wrote in 1918, "I have found little that is good about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all" (Veritas Reconsidered, p. 36). Freud died friendless. It is well known that he had broken with each of his followers. The end was bitter. 
Discoveries, Summer, 1991, Vol 2, No. 3, p. 1 quoted in Unfinished Business,Charles Sell,…

DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS IN MINISTRY

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Several years ago when I was a young, inexperienced youth pastor I parted ways with a pastor I had been working with.I was young and single and learning the fine art of being a pastor.He took me under his wing and gave me an opportunity to be a pastor to the youth in his church.
I did my best and thought things were going reasonably well for the first few months.But it began to become apparent that he was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.He began to try and help me become what he desired in a youth pastor.
I began to feel that he was disappointed in me.I knew he was when he began inviting me in to his office for ‘little talks’.
Little quirks and habits of mine were getting on his nerves.I was not very polished or professional in my demeanour.
One day he sat me down and said, “I don’t think you have what it takes to be in ministry.If you ever thought about doing something else, you should.”
Needless to say, I moved on shortly after that to a long, healthy youth pastorate.
But wha…

THE HEALTHY, POLITICALLY CORRECT PERVERT

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I am not too concerned about diet, health and exercise. I should be for my own good, but it doesn’t happen as much as everyone tells me it should be a priority. I find that I’m not politically correct at times and so I try to learn from the experts. 




The model spiritual person today has lots of rules about right and wrong. You need to eat what God wants you to eat, shop where God wants you to shop, be socially aware and environmentally sensitive. You need to be tolerant, unassuming and read the right books and share the popular opinions on theology.
What people might not tell you is that you can be healthy, politically correct, well disciplined and still be an insensitive pervert. You can buy into all kinds of ethical thought and still treat your family like crap. You can be socially active in just causes and still lack humility and grace. Gaining leadership in the church and being influential in the community can be a great place to hide the true condition of your heart.
Matthew Henry …

CLEAN HANDS, DIRTY HEART

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What might we find in Jesus’ religion of love that differs from the darkness of worldly, religious thought? 



In Jesus’ words we might discover how trivial and misguided we are. We might find out how stubbornly lost we are.
There is a great example in a Jesus’ encounter with some legalists. We might not think of ourselves as legalistic, but we might also be quite blind when we think we can see. Are you legalistic and unaware of it?

Matthew 15:Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father o…