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Ask Not What…

50 years ago this week John F. Kennedy gave his famous Inaugural Speech.  The line “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” is easily identified.  It was a call to sacrifice and service.  As an American this is a call that we still need to hear.  In a country that is showing an ever increasing entitlement attitude, it is a needed correction.

However, my concern is with the church.  I have always been uneasy with certain aspects of American church life.  One of those is the consumer mentality.  The consumer mentality asks what programs the church offers.  The mentality is how well does it meet my needs. Questions center around what the church is offering.

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What motivates you to serve God?

Jerry delivered the speech. Rice, one of the greatest Wide Receivers ever to play football, shared his emotions with the Canton Crowd. Getting into his psyche was a treat. The best part: HIs talk of motivation. It wasn’t winning. It wasn’t pride. It wasn’t love of the game. No Rice was motivated by fear of failure. Obviously this fear served Rice well as he put up great numbers. Sadly, it also robbed Rice of the joy of playing the game.

Fear of failure is a common motivation for Christians as well. They view God as out to get them. He is waiting on them to mess up. They do right in order not to anger Him. They live holy lives out of fear of failure. The result: A joyless Christian life.

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Awake Sleeper

The church gathered around.  The individual confessed faith in the Lordship and Deity of Jesus.  Excitement filled the air. Everyone waited to join with the angels.  As the person went into the water the congregation sang.  Their words rang through the gathering place:  Awake sleeper and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine upon you.  As they finished the person was raised from the waters of baptism.

This practice of the ancient church must have been an awe inspiring sight. Paul in Ephesians 5:14 reminds the Christians of this saying.  The goal is simple: to provide a reminder. He wants Christians to remember what happened as they committed themselves to Christ. He wants them to reflect upon the challenge to live changed lives.  This changed life was to shun darkness and allow the light of Christ to shine through them.  They needed to please the Lord. They needed to produce God’s fruit (goodness, righteousness, and truth).

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Why I wish we did not celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Since 1986, under a law signed by President Reagan, the third Monday in January has been set aside to remember the man’s influence on the Civil Rights movement.  I think it is an important national reminder to the struggle for equal rights.  However, I wish the day had never been established.

You see the reason that we have this day is because of sin.  The racism that characterized parts of the country was sinful.  It was outside of the command that, like God Himself, we should not show partiality.  We should not judge individuals based upon their ethnic or racial makeup.  This was a major sin in the Early Church, when Jewish and Gentile Christians could not get along.  They had decided to view each other through external circumstances and thus they separated themselves from one another.

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Jesus is Astonished

The naturally reaction to people in the Gospels to Jesus is astonishment.  Whether Jesus is healing diseases, casting out demons, calming the storm, or teaching, people react to Jesus in amazement.

This should not surprise us, we today are also amazed by Jesus (or at least we should be).  He is God.  He is our Savior.  He is our Lord.  The works of God on this earth recorded to us in Scripture bring amazement to His people.

Yes, the Gospels often state that people reacted to Jesus with amazement.  Far less often though do the Gospels speak of Jesus as being astonished.  One such case in in Mark 6:1-6.  Verse 6 is especially pointing:

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