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Violence?

A while ago, I found this note hanging on a tree along the bike trail in Conshohocken.  It was handwritten and photocopied.  As I was reading and walking, I looked up and there was another note.  Anyway, I liked what it said and wanted to keep them but also wasn’t sure if it was meant for someone else (I thought it was from God… maybe it was for me, who knows?).  So I went and made some more copies and later hung them back up nearby.

Violence?

Jesus said “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” Matthew 7-V18.  “A good man out the good treasures of the heart bringeth forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” Matthew 12-V35. The problem with man today is the heart, no man can solve the problem of violence, drugs, etc. etc.  It must start with a change of heart. Only Jesus Christ can change a man’s heart, man cannot do it, the mayor cannot do it, your honey cannot do it, and religion won’t do it, only Jesus.  Jesus is as alive today as He was yesterday, only through His shed blood and His rising from the dead can a man get free from guilt of sin, I don’t care where you have been or what you have done.  There is no other permanent cure for man, only temporary fixes or political ideas.  We need to stop being fools and start trusting God, not man. As you can see, man doesn’t have the power.

Tom

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Do you depend on God?

Sure, you can say “I depend on God”, in a spiritual sense, or an emotional sense. But do we actually physically depend on God?  How can we depend on God if we can go to the supermarket whenever we are hungry?  Anytime we want, we can hop in our car, ride over to the supermarket, only five minutes away, and choose from hundreds of fruits and vegetables, any kind of meat, thousands of deserts and drinks.  Solomon’s jaw would have dropped to see the kind of variety of food we have available at our fingertips.  When was the last time you went hungry because of a drought?  If we get sick, we have health insurance.  We have access to drugs and the most sophisticated medical procedures.  If there’s a fire or a flood, we have homeowners insurance.  We have savings accounts, retirment accounts, pension plans.  If we lose everything, we have social security.  We have people around us with money, who would gladly would give us food if we are in need. Do we really depend on God?

Miracles…

A lot of people might ask “if God still works as much today as he did in the time of Jesus and the early church, how come we don’t see the same miracles today?  Are you saying I don’t have enough faith?”  Perhaps the reason we don’t experience many miracles today is because we just don’t depend on God that much.  We say we have faith, but maybe it takes more than our faith to see the big miracles.  Maybe God says “I do big miracles for those who depend on me big”.  Maybe it’s not that God doesn’t love us, it’s just a universal law of how things work, just like the law of free will, and the law of sowing and reaping.

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