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With What Judgment You Judge

Posted by Alan on September 25, 2009 with 1 Comment
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“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” These words of Jesus Christ from Matthew 7:2 should cause all of us to stop and think. It is a universal principle of how God will judge us. We ourselves will determine how we are judged before God.

At our breakfast table this morning, my wife and I were discussing how a man who has been regarded as responsible for his company’s success for thirty years said something he shouldn’t have said. People contacted the company and said, “I’ll never buy your product again.” The offender was fired. The offender was wrong. He should not have said what he did. He has been judged. But those who demanded his “execution” — are they not aware that they have set themselves up before the Almighty to be condemned for one misstep after years of good behavior?

Have you determined that a person in your life doesn’t deserve to be forgiven for pain they have caused you? Then God will judge that you don’t deserve to be forgiven for pain that you have caused.

It is not by your standard — “I’m as good as the next person.” — that you will be judged. It is by God’s standard — “For whoever shall keep the whole (Ten Commandment) law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all”.

When you are about to judge someone, whether that person has offended you, or whether you have read about that person in the papers, ask yourself whether you are willing to have God judge you in the same way.  If you would not be condemned, then don’t condemn.  You are probably already guilty of having condemned others.  Pray to Him who paid the price for your sins on the cross.  Ask His forgiveness.  Acknowledge Him as your Lord.  Then, go and sin no more.

Qualifying for A Wife

Posted by Alan on June 8, 2009 with 1 Comment
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I have two male Christian friends who are single. Both would like to marry. Observing my marriage, one of them asked me if I’d considered doing marriage counseling. While I wouldn’t reject doing such a thing outright, I consider that the success of my marriage has at least as much to do with my wife as with me.

I have some understanding of why my marriage is successful and I’ve heard my friends say things that really should be addressed. I decided to write to them, because what I have to say is generally applicable to both.

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Thorns

Posted by Alan on January 4, 2009 with 1 Comment
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This is a story to make one think… I got it in an email, but think it’s worth sharing with as wide an audience as possible. Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as […]

Vision from a Pastor in Germany

Posted by Alan on December 3, 2008 with 13 Comments
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One of my Digg friends sent me an email with a prophecy from a pastor in Berlin, Germany.  I’m sharing it with you, but I want to give you my take on it first.  I’m a bit skeptical of modern day “prophecies” because so many of them are private opinion presented as from the Lord.  […]

Christian, Are You Living in Sin?

Posted by Alan on March 7, 2008 with 4 Comments
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The usual thought that comes to mind when the phrase “living in sin” is used is that of a couple living together without being married.  For most people who subscribe to the idea, being legally married is enough to avoid this judgment call, although is some churches, being married in and/or with the blessing of […]

No mortgage?

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2007 with No Comments
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That’s my dream.  I also believe in recycling waste.  Waste is cheap compared to new materials.  If I might use waste in building my home, I could save a bunch of money.  Enter papercrete, a mixture of waste paper, concrete and filler (sand, clay, etc.)  There seems to be a lot of research and experimentation […]