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Yet So Far

I have had a lot of young women complain to me
about a condition they find rampant in young men
these days. I guess I will call it "commitment phobia."
Now, this guy's willing to show interest, he's willing
to date you, charm you, agree with you, spend money
on you, and then you reach this level of mutual compat -
ibility and that's good. And then, you're on the edge
of commitment and he's gone. I hear it's pretty frustrating.
I met a beautiful woman myself many years ago and
we spent a lot of time together. We found that we agreed
on all the important things. We reached a place of affection
for each other and agreement with each other, so we were
married - right? No.



Jesus Shall Reign
Global Christianity

In his book The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington predicts that
demographics will decide the clash between Christianity and Islam. And, as
he puts it, "in the long run ? Muhammad wins out."

In this instance, Huntington is wrong. For the foreseeable future there will
be many more Christians than Muslims in the world.

As Penn State professor Philip Jenkins writes in The Next Christendom: The
Coming of Global Christianity, predictions like Huntington's betray an
ignorance of the explosive growth of Christianity outside of the West.

For instance, in 1900, there were approximately 10 million Christians in
Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million. By 2025, conservative estimates see
that number rising to 633 million. Those same estimates put the number of
Christians in Latin America in 2025 at 640 million and in Asia at 460 million.

According to Jenkins, the percentage of the world's population that is, at
least by name, Christian will be roughly the same in 2050 as it was in 1900.

By the middle of this century, there will be three billion Christians in the
world?one and a half times the number of Muslims. In fact, by 2050 there
will be nearly as many Pentecostal Christians in the world as there are
Muslims today.

But at that point, only one-fifth of the world's Christians will be
non-Hispanic whites. The typical Christian will be a woman living in a
Nigerian village or in a Brazilian shantytown.

And these changes will be more than demographic. Jenkins points out that
who he calls "Southern Christians"?those living in Africa, Latin America, and
parts of Asia?are far more conservative, theologically and morally, than
their counterparts in the West.

Thus, as Christianity becomes more Southern, it becomes more biblically
orthodox. While people like Bishop John Shelby Spong and Templeton Prize
winner Arthur Peacock insist that Christianity must abandon its historic
beliefs to survive, it is precisely these historic beliefs that attract our
Southern brethren.

And that's why in Spong and Peacock's own Anglican Communion African
bishops are ordaining missionaries to re-convert the West.

This story of Christianity's explosive growth is one of the great untold
stories of our time?a story that North American Christians need to hear.

It's a story that repudiates those who say that Christians must compromise
their beliefs to remain relevant. The opposite is the case. Biblical
orthodoxy is winning converts while churches that have lost their biblical
moorings languish.

This shift of Christianity's "center of gravity" is also a reminder to
Western Christians that we are not the whole show, and we have to start
thinking differently about ourselves. We are part of a much larger
community: the worldwide Church.

Finally, it's a sign that, no matter how bad things seem at home, God is at
work throughout the world. Everywhere it's proclaimed, the Gospel is
changing lives and societies.

One thing remains true: It's Jesus who people of every realm and tongue bless.

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It used to be that just one superpower had missiles which could
carry deadly destruction to American soil. But in today's post-Cold War
world, there are several countries that either have or may soon have that
capability. Which has necessitated some fresh thinking about America's
defense against a missile attack. That, in turn, has birthed the idea of
anti-missile missiles - a controversial plan that launches defensive
missiles to pre-empt and destroy an incoming enemy missile.

Now look, I don't know if the idea of destroying an incoming missile
is workable or advisable for our national defense. But I do know that the
Kingdom of God could use more people who knock down verbal missiles before
they do a lot of damage. Just look around your church, your circle of
Christians. Too much gossip and backstabbing? Too much misunderstanding
between spiritual brothers and sisters? Do you see walls and hard feelings
and disunity developing?

You can be part of the answer - if you'll commit yourself to seven
little words that can knock down the missiles that destroy the unity and
love of Jesus' followers. They're based on our word for today from the Word
of God in Matthew 18:15. Jesus said, "If your brother sins against you, go
and show him his fault..." Now, notice the scope of your complaint: "...just
between the two of you." That could be one of the most disobeyed commands of
our Lord - and one of the most damaging disobediences.

We go and talk to everyone but the person we've got the problem
with. We would far rather talk about them than to them. And that raises the
question of whether we really want a solution or just an audience for our
gripes. Now for those seven anti-missile words. When a person comes to you
with something negative about another person, get used to saying these
words: "Don't talk to me. Talk to him (or, talk to her)." Every time you do
that, you are standing up for the Jesus-way and standing against Satan's
attempts to divide God's children.

The Bible says that "the words of a gossip are like choice morsels"
(Proverbs 18:8) - we love to hear the dirt, in other words. But God doesn't.
He says, "A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close
friends," (Proverbs 16:28) and "whoever spreads slander is a fool."
(Proverbs 10:18) The mission of someone who loves Jesus is to contain
negative talk, not spread it. And to go direct yourself when you have a
problem with another person. You can try to avoid doing it the Biblical way
by saying, "Well, they won't listen" or "What good will it do?" Well, really
that doesn't matter. Jesus says your responsibility is to go to your brother
or sister and to keep it - remember the words? - "just between the two of you."

There are way too many missiles being fired by God's children at
God's children. And no army can win when they are aiming their weapons at
each other. The good news is that you can do something about it. You can
show people another way to be - actually, the Jesus way to be. When you hear
something negative about a brother or sister, say those seven words - "Don't
talk to me. Talk to her (or, talk to him)." You can knock down some missiles
that otherwise could hurt a lot of people.
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What do we do when we have committed a wrong that we are ashamed of? What
can we do with those wrongful deeds that we can’t seem to erase from our consciences?

One way that many people deal with guilt is to cover it up. This can seem
almost instinctive at times, as if something inside us says, “Hide it.
Forget about it. No one can know.” But this puts us in a very precarious
position, for not only are we dealing with guilt, but now we are dealing
with the fear of being “found out.” When we add fear to our feelings of
guilt we are adding apprehension to the remorse we are struggling to
conceal. Just as a blackmailer is never satisfied, so the one who lives in
fear with guilt ends up blackmailing his or her own heart to pay the mind.
But the heart is never consoled, for the mind is never sufficiently paid.

Guilt that is concealed seldom stops with the one who harbors that hurt.
Sooner or later that pain of fear and guilt is spread to others,
particularly to those closest to us. “Victimless” crimes are an illusion,
for deceit is a monster that needs constant feeding. It would be foolish
for us to think that we can deal with guilt by somehow covering it up. The
moment that we cover our guilt we escalate the tension in our lives by
adding the dimension of fear. We may then become people who seem okay on
the outside, but inside we are struggling to maintain the facade.

Many used this same ploy with Jesus in his day. They would throw one
question after another in order to hide the real struggle beneath them all.
He says to those who have tried to cover over their guilt, “Woe to
you...for you clean the outside of your cup, but inside the cup is full of
turmoil...First clean the inside of the cup so that the outside may become
clean as well.” Here Jesus refers to the heart as a cup. What you pour
forth will show the condition of your heart, even if the “outside” looks clean.

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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