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THOUGHT CATCHERS

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Captain Alan Bean was the fourth man to step onto the moon. As an astronaut he was trained in problem solving and how to stay cool-headed in challenging, unfamiliar situations. Here’s something he said about an experience he had on Apollo 12.



Test pilots have a litmus test for evaluating problems. When something goes wrong, they ask, "Is this thing still flying?" If the answer is yes, then there's no immediate danger, no need to overreact. When Apollo 12 took off, the spacecraft was hit by lightning. The entire console began to glow with orange and red trouble lights. There was a temptation to "Do Something!" But the pilots asked themselves, "Is this thing still flying in the right direction?" The answer was yes--it was headed for the moon. They let the lights glow as they addressed the individual problems, and watched orange and red lights blink out, one by one. That's something to think about in any pressure situation. If your thing is still flyi…

BRINGING THE SHALOM HOME

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The poet Rainer Rilke said, “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart... live in the question.”[1]


If your peace is dependent upon having every riddle solved, you will be mostly disturbed. It is in the conflicts of life that we need to learn how to live with a mindset of peace.
When people of the Middle East meet each other, they will say ‘Shalom’ if they are Hebrew or ‘Salaam Alaikum’ if Arab. Both greetings convey the meaning of ‘I want you to have peace’. Shalom conveys more than a simple notion of the word peace. Shalom embodies the ‘completeness, soundness, welfare and peace’[2]that come from God’s benevolence.
In your life God wants to create a mindset that reflects the perfect peace that God lives in. He wants you to bring the Shalom home.
The German mystic Meister Eckhart spoke to the idea of finding God in your present circumstance rather than looking elsewhere. He said,
“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from t…

DON'T LISTEN TO CHICKEN LITTLE

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Do you remember the childhood story ‘The Sky Is Falling’? The tale of Chicken Little reminds me of the way that fear can spread among friends.




Chicken Little likes to walk in the woods. She likes to look at the trees. She likes to smell the flowers. She likes to listen to the birds singing.One day while she is walking an acorn falls from a tree, and hits the top of her little head.‘My, oh, my, the sky is falling. I must run and tell the lion about it’ says Chicken Little and begins to run.She runs and runs. By and by she meets the hen.‘Where are you going?’ asks the hen.‘Oh, Henny Penny, the sky is falling and I am going to the lion to tell him about it.’‘How do you know it?’ asks Henny Penny.‘It hit me on the head, so I know it must be so’ says Chicken Little.‘Let me go with you!’ says Henny Penny. ‘Run, run.’So the two run and run until they meet Ducky Lucky.‘The sky is falling’ says Henny Penny. ‘We are going to the lion to tell him about it.’‘How do you know that?’ asks Ducky Lucky…

BEWARE OF THE VALENTINE CRUSHER

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Six years ago my wife and I were at ‘Real Canadian Super Store’ picking up a few groceries.There was a huge Valentine display near the dairy section.Alongside the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate there were big, romantic teddy bears.A woman picked one up and looked at it with interest.Her eyes lit up as she thought about giving it to her sweetheart. From twenty feet away her adult sister was heard to say, “The fuzz will probably fall off of it.”
Have you met the ‘Valentine-crusher’ in the grocery store? Have you run into the eye roller at the family gathering or the finger waver in traffic? These people do not have a peaceful mind, at least in that moment. There are some people who seem to only focus on the potential for failure and destruction.They are contrarian and only focus on how bad things are or how bad they will become.

Proverbs 15:4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

If your name is Debbie Downer, people may not take you seriously. T…

THE QUESTION OF LOVE AND ITS EFFECT ON THE MIND

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A great example of God at work directing someone to think in a new way is the disciple Peter. From his early Bieberesque blunders to the maturing leader giving leadership to the church, Peter had a great teacher who bent his mind into something great.



Following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Peter had to begin contemplating a new kind of reality in which God must be conceived of in new ways. His former upbringing and behaviour were such that his failures produced shame and a greatly diminished potential. Jesus encounters Peter at a stage when his life had lost purpose and significance. Instead of changing the world, he had proved himself to be an impulsive liar, coward and failure as a friend. At the time of Christ’s arrest, Peter said and did all the wrong things.
Watch how Jesus begins the work of forming new thought in Peter.

John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you kno…