Jesus often had Pharisees and scribes attempt to trap Him in His words. They were intentionally trying to prove Him wrong. But, some people may attempt to do that with Christians simply because they do not understand the faith.
For example, during a television interview, David Frost once asked former president George H. W. Bush how he could square his belief in a loving and all-powerful God with the miseries and injustices of life. Frost reminded Bush of the time he shed tears at the sight of starving children and of his grief when his own daughter had died.
President Bush said, “It never occurred to me to blame God for that.” He insisted that the Lord has provided enough food for everyone, but that starvation occurs because of human greed and ineptitude. The President said that his daughter’s illness had drawn the family closer to one another and to God. He was comforted because he knew that she had been caught up in the arms of her loving heavenly Father.
Are you prepared to respond to criticism of your faith?
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When George W. Bush was President, he made a surprise visit to serve Thanksgiving Day dinner to soldiers deployed to Iraq during the heat of that war. One reporter covering the story thought that some might save their meal as a souvenir, explaining, “Its not often that anyone is served by the President.”
Wait a minute, I thought elected officials were public servants. It is their job to serve their people. Yet, we rarely think of what they do as serving us. So, should one act of service been one of the biggest new items of the day?
Remember the words of Jesus: “Those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you. Whoever of you desires to be first shall be servant of all. The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 1042-45). Let’s find someone to serve today.
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How important is your family?
Former President George H. W. Bush was asked, “What is your greatest accomplishment in life?” He could have replied that as a fighter pilot in World War II, that he was shot down and survived, or that he was US Ambassador to China, or was Vice President of the United States, or that he was President, or won the victory in the Persian Gulf War with few caualties, or had two sons as state governors, or one of his sons became President of the United States.
Yet Bush said, “My children still come home.”
Remember God’s order: Family should be next in line after God, then career and ministry. If your family is out of order, so will everything else in your life, including your service to God.
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