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Christ, living in our hearts, helps us to live with people and circumstances in such a manner that God is glorified.

Pastor Bill

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If we are genuine in the complete commitment of our lives to God, He will bless us with a very real peace.

Pastor Bill

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My Dad told the story of being approached by a member of the school board in the tiny community where our family lived. There was a small elementary school in town that had a number of tall, yellow pine trees on its grounds. One of the trees, on the west side of the largest of the two school buildings, was nearly 100 feet tall. Members of the school board had noticed it had begun to lean towards the playground and felt it had become a hazard that needed to be removed. The board members asked my Dad if he would consider removing it, even though some of the board doubted it could be done without doing damage to the school building. Dad agreed to do it. He could have the wood from the tree to burn in the heating stoves at home during the coming winter.

Shortly after daylight, on a morning in May, Dad and my older brother, Stan, went to the school grounds with an axe and a saw and went to work. The saw was not a powered saw like those that would be used today. It was a large cross-cut saw, or “misery whip,” as many folks called them. This job was going to be done by hand, without the assistance of any power but man-power!

Dad had chosen this early time of the day to avoid any wind that might adversely affect the tree. He also wanted to avoid the problem of spectators. He noted that he was going to have to make some delicate decisions regarding how best to saw the tree and cause it to fall properly so as to avoid disastrous results. He didn’t want the tree to destroy or damage the school building it was next to. He had planned carefully. He was intent upon falling this tree safely, without damaging any school property, and he did not want to have any bystanders or spectators around to give him unsolicited advice. The early time of the day was perfect for this. Most people in town were still in bed.

It seems like we all have experiences in life when there is no shortage of people ready to interfere and give us advice on some matter we are involved in. At the same time, we may feel the urge to give another person advice, unsolicited, on some matter. In the paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, Proverbs 24:15-16 states: Don’t interfere with good people’s lives; don’t try to get the best of them. No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces.

Hmm. It seems this verse has several applications for us. Often, it’s a good thing to simply mind our own business. It is often tempting to offer unsolicited advice to people; but maybe we shouldn’t!

Prayer: Lord, help me be cautious about giving people advice when they have not requested it from me. Help me know when it may be time to speak up; but also when it is time to remain quiet. More than anything, help me to always be available to be your spokesperson, when You make that plain. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

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Faith and trust in Jesus is never misplaced. He truly is our hope and peace!

Pastor Bill

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If you can’t get along with your fellow man, you are not going to have an easy time drawing near to God.   ~ Rev. Paul Barber, June 4, 1989

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How are you getting along with your fellow Christians? If you are at odds with them, you will be at odds with God!

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“If you want to be distressed, look within. If you want to be defeated, look back. If you want to become distracted, look around you. If you want to be completely dismayed, look in front of you. But, if you want to be delivered, look to Christ! Look up!”  ~ Rev. Paul Barber, June 4, 1989

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