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BOZOS ON THE BUS: We’re all equal at the foot of the cross. We can’t save ourselves, we can only trust Jesus to do it for us.
BIBLICAL REINCARNATION? When we trust Jesus to save us, we are guaranteed a new, flawless body. We will be reincarnated, but not in the pagan sense. Let’s take comfort in the promise that we will be given new, recognizable and eternal bodies.
SMALL POTATOES: We don’t sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff. Bigger and better things are on the way.
A major spiritual problem that we battle with is anxiety. We sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff.
HONEST TO GOD: We might as well be honest with God. He knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. So let’s quit fooling around and open ourselves up to him. That is when the real growth comes in.
HAPPY FOR THE LONG HAUL. You can have happy long-term relationships by following the basic principles found in today’s Scriptures. Three keys to long-term relationships are 1) Love by action, 2) avoid winning arguments, 3) avoid defending yourself.
SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: Suffering is inevitable in a broken world. God doesn’t waste our suffering. He sends people our way who are going through the same thing so we can support them. Good times will follow.
HOW TO BE CALM IN YOUR SOUL. Peace in the soul is a matter of focus. If we focus on building our personal kingdom instead of the kingdom of God, we will have a life of anxiety. If we focus on establishing the kingdom of God, our lives will overflow with peace.
A BETTER NEW YEAR: We have four good “new year’s resolutions” from this important passage:
1. Get rid of debt.
2. Get busy loving those around you.
3. Be aware of what God is doing.
4. Get dressed in the attitude of Christ.
Putting these resolutions in practice will make a better year.
BEST SERVED COLD: One of the reasons Jesus arrived was to show us what to do with vengeance. He taught us to forego it. He taught that we do well to replace evil with good. By doing so, our own lives get much better.
HOW TO REMOVE REGRET: We are made right with God by trusting Jesus, not by following rules. Advent is the anticipation of the arrival of this one who saves us from the penalty of our sins.
HE CHANGES EVERYTHING: Jesus changes everything for the better. He removes the spiritual tumors of hate and heals our souls. Invite him to change you and he will.
BARBECUED BEEF FROM GOD: God celebrates our return to him always. It doesn’t matter how sordid we’ve been nor how judgmental and self-righteous we’ve been; he always welcomes us back. So let’s come back to him today.
GRATITUDE ROCKS: Focus on your blessings and you will be blessed. Be thankful for all that God has given you and done for you and you will attract even more blessings. Gratitude rocks!
A RADICALLY BETTER LIFE: Radical alignment with the teachings of Jesus produces a radically better life.
FORGIVENESS GRANTED. Forgiveness is like a bolt cutter. It cuts the chain that connects you to the one who hurt you.
A NEW PLAN FOR YOU: The old way of living, based on merit, doesn’t work. God saw this and sent Jesus. Now we have a new plan, based on mercy, that works.
IS THE BIBLE A BUFFET? Since the Bible is the most useful collection of books in the world, we need to get to know all of it, not just the parts with which we agree. Good, thoughtful Bible knowledge will produce a powerful faith in you.
A FLEXIBLE HEART: God prefers a flexible heart over rigid adherence to a set of religious rules. We can rejoice and be glad in this!
HOW TO BE CONTENT. Contentment is not as elusive as we might think.
BBQ AND OTHER BLESSINGS
HOW TO LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD. When we swap the yoke of the devil out for the yoke of Jesus, we have a much lighter yoke. The devil wants us to suffer under his burdens and Jesus wants us to relax and enjoy his calling in our lives.
HOW TO PASS YOUR TEST. We live better if we take the good with the bad in an attitude of gratitude. Self-pity during times of testing inhibits growth. Gratitude enhances growth.
A HERD OF SHEEPLE: Don’t follow the crowd. You can do much better following Christ. Get rid of the moldy oldie way of living for a God-fashioned, much better life.
HOW TO HARVEST HAPPINESS. Too many of us spend our lives trying to pointlessly entertain ourselves and then we die empty, without meaning. However, if we respond to God (report for duty) we’ll have real life, eternal life.
STAY IN YOUR LANE: as followers of Jesus, we are called to help and not to pick.
HOW TO FIND EXUBERANCE ABOUT LIFE: When we get serious about living God’s way, we become joyful and content. Why not do it?
HOW TO PUSH THROUGH: You can push through your weaknesses when you let Christ take over. The weaker you become, the stronger you become because of his sufficient grace.
HOW TO GET A NEW BODY: When we trust Jesus to save us, we are guaranteed a new, flawless body. So, trust him to save you! ~ from 2 Corinthians 5.