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A Father And His Daughter

Suppose that you wish to teach a skill or a technique to other people. What is the most effective way to do so? Should you hand them a text-book on the subject and tell them to read it? Should you put them in a classroom and lecture them about how to do it? Should you create teams of students and tell them to discuss the procedures? Should you let your students discover the way to do something by trial and error?

All of these methods have a place. A text-book may go into a subject more thoroughly than you can. Classroom instruction may be necessary to give your students the background and theory they need to know before trying a particular task. Teams might be appropriate when a particular task requires more hands or greater strength than one person can provide. Often, mastery can only be achieved by doing.

Who Are My Relatives?

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Man Holding a Child

There is a saying that “blood is thicker than water.” What we mean by it is that our family relationships are more important than any other. This is often true. In a dispute we will take the side of a family member even if the dispute does not directly involve us. We will help a family member even though it interrupts our plans or inconveniences us. We will cut short a visit with friends to go to a family function we do not even wish to attend. Yes, family is important to us and we will do things for a relative that we would not do for anyone else.


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Heart Symbol

We humans invent all kinds of rules and social conventions in order to regulate behavior. These rules and conventions govern our speech, our conduct and our interactions with one another. If someone ignores one of these practices we consider him rude, uncultured or a boor. We tolerate behavior which violates our rules or customs only if the person who does so is a child or a foreigner. In such cases we may excuse him because he does not know any better. But, even in such cases we expect the individual to learn what is proper and, once having learned, to comply with our standards.

Whose Responsibility?

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Brothers Keeper?

Once upon a time a man went missing. No trace of him could be found. But when his brother was asked where the missing man was, instead of showing any concern he snarled, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Implied in this answer is that we have no responsibility for looking after the wellbeing of our relatives. Whatever happens to them is their problem. I will live my life however I wish and whatever my brother chooses to do is up to him. It is none of my business. But is this how things ought to be?

He Resolved Not To

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A Cup of Wine

There was once a young man who was faced with a very serious moral dilemma. Would he follow the example of those around him and obey those in authority over him, or would he remain faithful to God? The youth’s name was Daniel. You can read his story in the Bible in the book named for him.

Because the Jewish people were unfaithful to their covenant with God, God had to let them suffer the consequences. The Babylonians conquered the land and sent many of the people into exile. “Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king's palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.” (Daniel 1:3-6 NIV)

Zero Cost Worship?

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Altars For Sacrifice

It is a natural human tendency to feel uncomfortable around those who have less than we. We are especially uncomfortable around those, who through no fault of their own, are suffering want. We sympathize with those who are unable to find work. We feel for those whose illness or misfortune has consumed their resources, leaving them little to live on. Their need makes us conscious of how blessed we are.

Providing For Relatives

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Eating From A Common Pot

There are many times in life when we are perplexed and don’t know what to do. Perhaps we are faced with several choices and don’t know which of them would be best. Perhaps we are in a situation where there seems to be no solution at all and wonder if there is a different way to approach the problem. Sometimes the most difficult situation we face is determining what God’s will is. We want to do what is right. We want to please God. Yet, what is it He desires in this particular situation?

Who Is Going To Harm You?

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Medical Help

The Apostle Peter wrote a letter to reassure some badly frightened people. They were frightened because others were speaking maliciously against them. It went beyond mere words. In addition to insults these people also faced threats of court action against them and worse.

Impossible Odds

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Shooter on Camel

What do we do when faced with an unsurmountable problem? What do we do when it appears that there is no way out? Faced with impossible odds many people become cynical, “Since there’s nothing I can do about the situation, I’m going to ignore it. I might as well take as much pleasure as I can today because tomorrow everything will fall apart.” Other people give way to despair, “Nothing will make any difference so I won’t even try to do anything. I hope the end comes quickly.” Still others rage against fate and lash out against others, “This isn’t fair! Since the universe won’t give me what is mine, I’ll take what I can from you!” However, there is a better response.

Do Not Be Afraid

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A Graveyard

Fear! Fear is all around us. In the uncertain times in which we live people fear many things. Perhaps we, ourselves, are not immune from the dread of what might happen.

What is it that we fear? There are many types and forms of fear. For example, we fear what others might think of us. We fear being shamed or embarrassed. We fear pain. We fear the feeling of helplessness or not being in control.