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Moses’ Law

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Moses’ Law

Gather the people together,
Men and women and little ones,
And the stranger who is within your gates,
That they may hear
And that they may learn to fear the LORD your God
And carefully observe all the words of this law,
And that their children,
Who have not known it,
May hear and learn to fear the LORD your God
As long as you live in the land
Which you cross the Jordan to possess.

Deuteronomy 31:12-13

Genes and Memes

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Genes and Memes

Life is made of genes and memes. We inherit the genes and we inherit/adopt the memes. Genes determine some of our physical makeup. Memes determine our lifestyle.

Memes are critical because they give us our narrative – our story. We accept our story and then our story becomes us. Our story makes us who we are, unless we are young and/or are searching for another narrative. Our upbringing and experiences contain the memes that produce our beliefs and behaviors. We adopt/imitate and then express those memes.

A meme can be a statement, a belief, a concept, an image, or a belief that is passed to the next generations. We are somewhat familiar with genetic defects. They cause physical and mental problems for those who inherit them. Memes can also be defective and/or destructive. A meme that causes a lack of care for the poor or downtrodden, a meme that allows for powerful people to injure the innocent and helpless, a meme that prevents individuals from rising to their potential; these are defective and destructive concepts.

In this age there are many memes/stories from which to choose. There are many memes to imitate. Modern communication makes everything available. The good, the bad, and the ugly – everything is there. The choices are yours.

Youth – Youth are looking for community that they can and want to emulate. They are looking for authentic family and church where people are real and love each other and build each other up – a place where people are safe and secure from shame and wrong – a place where love, joy and peace flourish.

They have seen and experienced enough of the pretence and politics. They are looking for a life after which they can pattern their lives.

They are looking for a life that they want and need and then they want to follow that life in the community and in the church. If they cannot find that, they will “quietly walk away” from the life they have known and will create their own version of reality. They will likely adopt another way of life that has, for them, a convincing message.

Many of them no longer have loyalty to systems, no matter how persuasive. It will have to be authenticity and integrity or nothing. They are even resisting marriages that will funnel them into dysfunctional systems.

To the older generation of parents and church leaders – it is so critical that the memes/lives we produce are worth imitating. “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Can we say that? Are we doing that? If not, it must start now. We are about to lose a generation and with that loss, our entire culture.

Are we living a life that our children want to duplicate? Are they attracted to our life-style and worship? Are we displaying the real joy of life or do we cope each day to just survive? Is love the characteristic of our life and relationships? That is God’s way.

Those questions must be answered. Those questions are being answered by how you live. You must get it right. Whatever the cost, you must get it right. You do not have to be perfect but, your heart must be right. You do not have forever. Now is the time. A whole generation is making choices. You must provide a life they want to imitate. If you do not, they will disappear. They will walk away. They are walking away. Now.

Do they want what you have? You can do something about that. Now.

Life is made of genes and memes. The genes are settled fact. Your hair color, your height and body type are mostly determined before your birth.

Memes also determine your life. Memes are beliefs, behaviors and ideas that are passed along from generation to generation. Those concepts become the formative factors in the behaviors of the next generation. Beliefs produce behaviors. The underlying beliefs are the memes that frame the behaviors for following generations. Chose the good and useful and reject the evil and destructive.
Life depends upon that. Now.

Jesus – Your Name

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Jesus, Your Name

Jesus, Your Name is power,
Jesus, Your Name is might!
Jesus, Your Name will break every stronghold
Jesus Your Name is life.

Jesus, Your Name is healing,
Jesus, Your Name gives sight!
Jesus, Your Name will free every captive,
Jesus, Your Name is life

Jesus, Your Name is holy,
Jesus, Your Name brings light!
Jesus, Your Name is above every other,
Jesus, Your Name is life.

Morris Chapman

Failure

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Life’s greatest failure is:

To succeed at things that do not matter.

Suffering

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Suffering

For it is better,
If the will of God be so,
That ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Wherefore let them that suffer
According to the will of God
Commit the keeping of their souls
To him in well doing,
As unto a faithful Creator.

I Peter 3:17, 4:19

The Words of the Word of God

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The Words of the Word of God

It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

Matthew 4:4

Oh! To Be Like Thee

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Oh! To Be Like Thee

Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.

Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive the anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.

Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.
Refrain:

Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)