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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

‎Jim Vining‎ to Understanding the Times SS Class

Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
In die-casting machinery parts; if there is a flaw in the die – it is reproduced in the casting. So it is with spiritual reproduction – the defect in the teacher is more often than not reproduced in the student. Our institutions of “higher” education are shining examples of defective reproduction – causing each generation to become more defective than the previous. Anyone who is called to represent God must devote themselves to the whole counsel of God. They must be an example of learning and change – to simply reproduce individual bias or personal proclivity is an abomination to God. Christianity is not a culture, race, nation or people – God’s truth injects his plan into every circumstance of life. Those of us who have been privileged freedom and relative peace have done more harm trying to reproduce our culture. The same hazard applies to the one called of God – trying to reproduce our own understanding or nature in others. The fault lies in the heart of the teacher who has not accepted his responsibility to take up his cross. We have assumed that willingness to die for Christ is nobler than living for Christ. All external ambition and service is useless unless there is a determined dedication to holiness. Holiness begins with a change in thinking reflected in a change of behavior. Many are willing to work their hands to the bone while ignoring they should render their hearts to God. Unless our desire to serve is preceded by our passion to obey and please Christ our agenda will be in conflict with His eternal purpose.
Read through the Bible in one year – Feb. 28 – Mk. 6:30-56; Num. 17-20

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