Friday, October 16, 2009

All those emails of questionable value . . .

Okay, first a disclaimer or confession . . . I know I am among those who fill up in-boxes with sometimes annoying emails. I do hope, however, that at least some people find a measure of worth in my messages? I often get several emails a day from friends, which are nothing more than the latest "tabloid" cyber gossip. They belong in the same category with FaceBook and Twitter, although maybe not as mundane as some of those posts?! Likewise those "chain emails" of truly questionable "security" that are often used to "search" your hard drive or simply your mailing lists. I suppose for some these are entertaining, but I fail to find the true worth in the circulation of these shallow missives. Again, I hope my own frequent messages hold some treasure, if only for a few? I can usually be confident that if I quote God's Word, I can't go wrong.

So herewith, some great practical and holy advice for living:

Philippians 4:1-9

1Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
2I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow,[a] help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 3:12-17

12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


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