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The Sin of Doing Nothing!
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“Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17

I’ve been reading the Book of James for my morning devotions. In that book, James comes right out of the chute hard on obedience. James cannot imagine a lukewarm, or disobedient Christian. To him that term is an oxymoron. He’s the famous “faith without works is dead” brother of Jesus, and the apostle, who made the statement we all think many other Christians are guilty of, but we ourselves are not!

The truth is most of us are fairly good at sin management. That is, we manage to avoid the “felony sins” – public sins like adultery, alcoholism, theft and taking God’s name in vain. But rarely do we think about the sins of omission as I was taught as a kid – the things we ought to do, that we fail to do. “Like what?” you might be asking.

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The Kingdom of God – The “Family Business” – Part II
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(If you’ve not read last week’s blog, you’ll want to or this one may not make much sense.)

The Kingdom (the family business) is the whole enterprise of God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the angels and all true believers (God’s sons and daughters), living on earth and presently living with God. It’s everything that the family of God has done – is doing – and will be doing for all eternity to accomplish the ultimate purposes of God.

When I use the term family business, I don’t want in any way to diminish the majesty and the glory of God, or the seriousness which surrounds the unimaginable power by which he simultaneously manages both the whole universe, as well as what is about to happen to you and the flowers in your garden in the next few minutes. But, think of it this way.

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The Kingdom of God – The “Family Business” – Part I
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Have you ever thought of the kingdom of God as the family business?

What I’m about to cover in this and next two week’s blog is the basis for my biblical worldview on why you and I exist and what it means to actually follow Jesus in real life. These two blogs are longer than normal, so get a fresh cup of coffee and let’s get to it.

In my previous worldview as a religious Christian, prior to my own spiritual re-birth some thirty years ago now, I had a Sunday school understanding of the gospel and the kingdom. Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection was all about me – getting me and others out from underneath this problem with sin, which we had with God. Once that was done, I had my promise of heaven when I die, and living with God in his kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.

But, here’s where I missed it!  

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Is Your Prayer Life Boring?
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When I was a kid, my parents told me to, “fold your hands and close your eyes before you pray.” And so when we had children, we told them the very same things. But where in scripture has God said to the affect, “thou shalt fold thy hands and close thine eyes when praying?”

I’m guessing the idea of children closing their eyes and folding their hands, so they are not distracted makes some sense. For kids. But how about for adults?

In other words, where did we get those ideas and other ideas about prayer, and does God care one way or another about how we pray? 

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