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Friday, July 22, 2016

IS THE YOKE ON YOU?

I'm  anxious to complete the edits for my first book. As a new writer, I have much to learn. I feel inadequate. Fear sets in.
Will I finish, will it be good, will I disappoint my editor?
I get grumpy and my family suffers.
"Dad, don't talk to mom she's not in a good mood today." My son noticed my change in attitude.
I prayed.
Why am I so anxious, you called me to write. Help me figure this out, Lord.  
Life doesn't stop when I edit.
My sister was in a hit and run accident resulting in a hairline fracture in her neck. She must wear a neck brace for six weeks. I'm her chauffeur and caretaker.
One Sunday morning I drove us to her church.
I heard a sermon on freedom.
Her pastor said.
 "Freedom is only found when yoked to Jesus." (Click to Tweet)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mathew 11:28-30


Pastor George continued.


"Being yoked to someone or something is to be coupled with them. Farmers often yoked oxen to an older, stronger, more experienced animal which bore the burden and guided the young animal through the learning process."

That's why I'm anxious and cranky I'm not yoked to Jesus, I said to myself.

I prayed, Jesus help me cast my cares on you. Help me stay yoked to you and not run ahead.

My sisters broken neck led me to the answer. She was in a neck brace to relieve her pressure; I needed Jesus' yoke  to free me from my anxiety.

Now before my feet hit the floor I pray, Jesus I am yoked to you, whatever comes our way, (especially writing)  I will learn from you and let you guide me.


My angst for editing has dissipated.  
I still have much to learn about editing but I have the best partner to lead me. 

Are you yoked to Jesus today?
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Friday, July 8, 2016

AGREE TO DISAGREE

You actually believe you don't have to be baptized in water to be saved? John said to me as our classmates at Combat Camera School gathered around us.
I believe we get the Spirit at the moment of salvation, I said.
You have to be baptized in water to get the Holy Spirit! He continued. Now the entire class listened.
 I was uncomfortable discussing doctrine in front of non-believers.
If you two Christians cannot agree why would we even want to listen to you about God? Steven, another classmate, said, as he walked away.
My heart sank.  John kept talking. 
 You have to be baptized in water to be saved!
I remained silent.
I excused myself and John followed me down the hall to continue the discussion.
A few others followed behind John.  They didn't want to miss the show.
John, I whispered.  We shouldn't discuss this in front of everyone.
John interrupted me, Why not? You know I am right! 
The followers smirked and whispered to one another.
John's brow furrowed as I kept silent.
Do you argue with fellow believers just to prove your doctrinal point? 
 I have.  At the time it made me feel powerful and intelligent. 
The Apostle Paul encouraged the believer at Phillipi to be united in Christ.
 Do everything without grumbling or arguing  Philippians 2:14

Let me be clear; I am not arguing the point of water baptism here. 
I am concerned about the way we as believers discuss our views on Bible Doctrine. 

I have heard pastors preach hate from the pulpit toward those who do not have the same beliefs.

I have seen written personal attacks on Facebook when one believer doesn't agree with another's doctrine.
My heart breaks. What happened to respect and love? 

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen Ephesians 4:29

Why would anyone want to join us in the family of God if we can't reason together in love? (tweet this)   
I know, for me, I was afraid to be wrong.  How prideful of me. 
 I had to ask myself,  Do I have to be right or can I listen to another's belief and learn something?
Not one of us has a complete grasp of the Bible.
 I have seen views change, including my own, after taking the time to study the Scriptures.

Each of us is at a different point in our walk with God.
We can agree to disagree. The most loving families don't agree on everything. 

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in 
all things, charity. - historically attributed to Augustine



After a few one on one conversations with John, we agreed to disagree.  We apologized to the class for being rude.  A few classmates came to us and thanked us.  We were able to share Jesus with them.
Isn't that what it is all about?
Have you argued over doctrines of the Bible? 
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