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Have you checked your traditions lately? – Mark 7:6-9

June 3, 2012 Mark 7:6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ 8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” 9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.” It’s so easy to appear righteous around the righteous. But how’s your spiritual life in the privacy of your own home? ·        Are you the first to bless everyone around you? But are you blessed? ·        Do you figure that showing up your place of worship makes you holy? ·        Do you hope that holy from your family rubs off on you? It doesn’t, trust me. Have you had a heart-to-heart talk with God lately? Have you asked for guidance? Have you asked God to change your life? Better yet – have you told the Lord that you are ready to do his will?

Deserting Jesus – John 6:60

June 3, 2012 John 6:30 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” How many of you have turned away from the Lord? How many of you have felt the miraculous power of his healing love yet you’ve decided to chalk it up to an episode? You may think or feel like this but you must remember that Christianity is a walk with the living God and a way of life. Jesus is the life-blood that runs through our veins. Apart from our connection to God, we can’t live a sustainable life. Atheists will want you to prove it and other religions will add puff and fluff to make you feel better, but the fact remains that without Jesus, you and I have an underwhelming life. Accept him or not. God understands you. But consequences don't change.

When Jesus rattles your cage - based on John 8:43

June 3, 2012 John 8:43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! The religious establishment never liked Jesus because he rattled their chains and shook their comfort zones. The Jews who had believed in him - and even his own disciples had a hard time believing he was the Savior of the world. Jesus wasted no time in telling the unbelievers that they chose to do the devil’s desires. As I read the Scriptures relevant to this note, I kept asking the Lord to reveal his message. There’s simply no way to sugarcoat the fact that God’s plan is perfect. We simply get to choose whether we believe or not. Follow or not. Sin or not. Whether we tell ourselves that our sins are small, medium, large or extra-large – it’s all the same to God. And, if we can’t decide whether God is real or not. Fine. But the fact remains is that God is God. When we decide to go with the moral-less majority and favor same-sex marriage, the right to get rid of