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Joshua 11-12:24
As I read today’s passage I immediately thought about one of David’s Psalms, the second one to be exact.

1 Why do the nations rage?
Why do the people waste their time with futile plans?

2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together against the LORD
and against his anointed one.

3 "Let us break their chains," they cry,
"and free ourselves from this slavery."

4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.

Why do we fight against God and His people? It’s a futile act and will only lead to our destruction.

Luke 17:11-37
I love the story about the ten lepers. I love it because it shows the mercy of God toward the nine healed lepers who either didn’t notice or didn’t bother to turn back and give thanks. The Samaritan, a non-Jew, understood and valued what had happened. How often do we Christians miss out on everything God wants to do for us because we are ungrateful and unthankful? This story not only convicts me of how casual I treat my relationship with God but it also reminds me that the simple act of giving thanks to God is the ultimate act of graciousness. There is nothing I can really do for God, yet He allows me to co-labor with Him when He really doesn’t need my help. Thanks be to God!
Psalm 84:1-12
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty.
2 I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Continuing with my thoughts from the Gospel reading, this too reminds me that there is nothing better then giving thanks to God and enjoying His Presence in my life. Having an attitude of gratitude is everything.


Proverbs 13:5-6

Proverbs is not only a book about cause and effects, how behavior effects our lives and the lives of others, it also gives lessons in “profiling.” It doesn’t profile based on race, ethnicity or culture, it profiles people’s character by connecting choices with core beliefs and values. Our choices are not based in a moment of time but are rooted in our character. Proverbs teaches us to work on our character and discern the character of others.

Mike my pastor has said, “Anything built on a lie will collapse,” and :Half-the-truth is a whole lie.” We talk about little “white” lies which means it is just a little itsy bitsy one, so no one will get hurt, or will they?

If we are truthful with ourselves, we lie because we are afraid. And if we lie to “protect” others from the wrath of others (Hitler, etc; even the crazy boss), are we really protecting others, or are we protecting ourselves because we are unwilling to pay the cost of doing the right thing? Another Note: No one is innocent, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but the gift of God is everlasting life (Romans 6:23). Time to receive the “gift,” if you already haven’t and move from death to life.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

So If Someone did something worthy of praise although it wasn't a real good job. So you say nothing to that person to encourage them or you say "great job! Thx for sharing your talents!" I don't see that as lying .sometimes we need to speak the truth in love and if it means encouraging someone even if the job was not up
To par!! It's like praising a child! Good job my faithful servant! God looks at the heart

Mike,

I agree with Ramona's statement about lying. Many times we do it out of "fear" and that in itself doesn't justify it. What would I do if someone put a gun to my head and told me to denounce Jesus Christ or die. What would I do? Out of shear terror I would probably lie. But that doesn't make it right. If I told the truth in faith or refused to denounce Jesus perhaps my death would lead to "new life" for many others who witnessed or heard of this happening.

On a much lighter note, sometimes we lie because we don't want to hurt the feelings or be a burden to another. I think of the hundreds or more times someone has asked me "so how are things going today for you?" and rather than being totally honest my response is "fine thank you". Or politely laughing at a joke we really thought wasn't funny because we just wanted to be "polite".

I believe God likes "tests". Many I have failed over and over again but every now and again He proves to me that I need to trust Him in being obedient. I remember one such instance where I set up an investment account for a friend. Weeks later I found out that one part of the description of the investment was explained incorrectly by me. I knew I had to face the music and share this with my friend unsure how he was going to react. I was nervous but I prayed about it and obeyed God by going to my friend to reveal what I explained incorrectly. After I gave my friend this explanation / clarification, my friend said, "Oh that's fine it really doesn't change my mind about the investment as it won't effect my goal for this, thanks for letting me know, no problem" says my friend. Situations like that don't always turn out in a happy ending but sometimes the Lord will reveal it's not always the outcome we expect when we trust Him to be "truthful". We just need to trust Him in everything. I pray that I will.

Blessings to everyone and Happy Easter!
James

In Joshua chapter 2, Rahab lied in order to protect the two spies, because she believed in the Lord of Israel. Rahab's whole family was saved. I think God sees our motives and our hearts. I'm a teacher; when students ask me if they're doing a good job after putting efforts in projects/assignments, I always say yes before offering suggestions, even when it's really not a good job. Hopefully I won't be punished by God for this kind of lies...

Happy Easter to everyone!

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