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Edify: Trite but True

There are obvious lessons in life we all acknowledge to be true but few practice, and it’s a shame. The world would be a better place if we did. Your life in particular would be blessed, richer, and happier if you accepted these simple truths and put them into practice.

There is a statement of Jesus’ that speaks to the simplicity of life as a special gift from His Father to all people. It is not as complicated He suggests, as most make it.

Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “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.”

Come to Jesus. The best life starts by establishing a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father made possible through faith in Jesus, who lived, died and rose again to rescue us from the sin that separates us from His Father. It starts there.

As we deepen our relationship with the Lord through a study and an application of His truth in our life, the bond strengthens and the blessings flow. (“Draw near to me and I will draw near to you, declares the Lord.”)  Did you notice Jesus thanked His Father that this is not rocket science?  God has not reserved the best things in life for the smartest and most powerful people. In fact, personal achievements threaten to keep us from humbly accepting the simplicity of God’s truth.   

In another place the Bible says, ““Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?”  (that is, to bring Christ down)  “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?”  (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message of faith that we proclaim.”  (Romans 10) 

Simple. When you hear it, you know it. The spirit that lives in you by faith instinctively resonates to God’s truth when you read it, hear it, and see it in life. It’s trite but it’s true. Statements like:  The best things in life are not things. Simple. True. Or, “The best things in life are free.”  Simple and true.

A friend sent me a list of other trite but true statements that remind us the best things in life are intended for everyone. Here the list for your consideration.   

“As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we slowly realize that: Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch - - - they both tell the same time. Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine - - - the potential for enjoyment and a hangover is pretty much the same. Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft.; the opportunity to experience love and loneliness is the same.

True happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, we all go down with it. Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination, everyone arrives at the same time. And if we have friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters, and even strangers with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, and share stories of our past, present, and future life – there is potential for happiness.

Six proven recommendations for life: 

  1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
  2. Best wise words: "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."
  3. Those who truly love you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, they will find one reason to hold on.
  4. There is a difference between taking up time and space on earth and realizing your life is intended to have a purpose beyond yourself. Too few folks understand that.
  5. You are loved when you are born and God-willing you will be loved when you die. In between you are to be dispensers of love to others.
  6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone; but, if you want to walk far, walk together!

The Six Best Doctors in the World:

  1. Sunlight
  2. Rest
  3. Exercise
  4. Diet
  5. Self Confidence
  6. Friends

And, finally: The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone's prayers; and the very best place to be is in the hands of your Heavenly Father.

The Scripture

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19

      • Why do you think God said this was to be “commanded?’ not merely urged and encouraged?
      • Where should all hope be placed? Why?
      • What are the primary ways in which True Life is demonstrated according to this passage?

Survey Question

When it comes to generosity,

A. I’m generous by nature.
B. This is a new concept and I admit I have a lot to learn.
C. I’m moving in the right direction.

Take the survey and leave a comment on the subject of prayer and your personal experience.


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The Prayer

Gracious Father; there is a passage that best describes my struggle with material possessions and the trite but true things that actually bring value in my life. The apostle Paul talked about the war that went on in his heart between his flesh and spirit. I am fully human and as such I am tempted and attracted to temporal things. I know that You have created all things for our pleasure, even things. But Lord, don’t allow me to place the accumulation or the temptation of things to ever replace the values of relationships and good works, and the privilege I have to share my faith in You near and far. Help me keep a proper and healthy balance. Amen.

Brief Notes

Friday Frenzie is this week. Make sure your 4th & 5th graders are here.

Family Forward Movie Night at St. John: Finding Dory on Sunday, November 20 at 4:00pm. Free admission. Doors open at 3:30pm. Activities, photo-ops, character meet greets and raffle starting at 3:30pm.

Advent by Candlelight: Don't miss this Women's Ministry Event that puts the focus back on the reason for the season.

Sounds of Christmas: Don't miss this incredible re-telling of the Christmas story.
December 7-11 at St. John Church. Tickets are  on sale now for $6. Invite your neighbors and co-workers.

Employment Workshop: Get your career back on the right track. Attend this free 2-day workshop in December. Register now as spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Or, share this with someone who is looking for work.

Stephen Hower, Pastor

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