Are You Entangled ?

Are You Entangled ?

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:4 “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier”.     Thought: In the OT the people of God were a people gathered. They were isolated. In the NT the people of God are a people scattered with the mission of going into the world as an Ambassador. We are to engage with the world around us and demonstrate our commitment to Christ as His Ambassadors.   Reflection 1: All commitments have risks associated with them. One of the risks of being engaged is that we become entangled, taking the power out of our message as we embrace the world’s value system.   Reflection 2: What practical things can we do, as a Follower of Christ, to minimize the risk of becoming entangled while...
You’ve Got Mail (by  Ed Allen)

You’ve Got Mail (by Ed Allen)

In the summer, two of my grandsons and I were meeting weekly for bible study. When school started it became difficult to schedule time for the study. One of the boys mentioned that a friend had set a goal to read through the bible in one year. I made a commitment to the boys to also read through the bible during the coming year and send to them by e-mail my thoughts on some portion of the scripture I had read each day. An example follows: Numbers 19, 20, Psalm 28 & Mark 5 Mark 5:16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine. 17 And they began to implore Him to leave their region . 18 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. (Observation) When Jesus ordered the legion of demons to “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” they ask to be sent into a herd of swine. Jesus allowed it and the swine drowned. The people were afraid and ask Jesus to leave. The cleansed man wanted to leave with Jesus, but Jesus commanded him to be a witness...