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A Short Philosophy of Sin [TOF Announcement Sheets]

Some food for thought from tonight’s Teens of Faith announcement sheet: What is sin? Well, duh, Bro. Ryan. Breaking God’s rules. Hm… so was it always a sin to lie, even before God made it one of the 10 commandments? Yes. The point of writing it down as a law was to help people understand God’s good intentions. Even our society full of atheists has a sort of moral code: it’s generally better not to lie, cheat, steal, murder, etc. I’m talking about MORE than the law… I’m talking about common courtesy. We shouldn’t lie because it hurts people and yourself.

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Christmas Stupidness

In typical fashion, I’ve morphed a good story into a bad one. Several bad ones, actually. Several bad stories per day. *sigh I usually end my posts with “enjoy,” but that’s dreaming too big, I think. Perhaps “endure if you dare” might be the best sign off. . . -Ryan   Once Upon a NON-Time “Choose-Your-Story” Edition: Dec. 1. Once Upon a Time? Or Non-Time? Choose between two alternate beginnings. One is the true story; the other will leave you sadly disappointed. I promise. READ HERE   Dec. 2. The Bible. Nothing weird here. Just a slight twist with a

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 27

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 27, 2017 – TUESDAY   2 Ki 13-14; Luke 1 Heading home. This journal gives you a place to capture your thoughts about God. He has spoken to you all week; how have you responded? He wants to walk with you. He wants you to be close to Him. Continue this journaling habit. Writing helps you. Keep it up! Love God, love others, do right. JOURNAL What did you learn in your Bible today?   What was your favorite part of this week?   What are 3 things

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 26

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 26, 2017 – MONDAY   2 Ki 11-12; Ecc 12 Listen to old people. That’s good advice in itself. But the BEST advice is what the old people tell you. The wisest old people are the ones who have learned the lessons the hard way. They’ve been humbled by the school of hard knocks. That’s Solomon. He’s an old guy who’s tried everything–EVERYTHING–under the sun. He came back and said, “Well that was a waste.” Solomon’s life was full of regrets. He had such a promising future. He

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 25

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 25, 2017 – SUNDAY   2 Ki 9-10; Ecc 11 Jehu is a crazy man. In a good way. List the people he killed (there’s at least 3 in ch. 9 and a bunch in ch. 10):     He drives like a crazy man, he speaks like a crazy man, and he kills like a crazy man. This passage is gory, right? But 10:16 sums up Jehu’s passion, pretty much–zealous. He did not do everything right, but the things he did, he did with zeal. Where did

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 24

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 24, 2017 – SATURDAY   2 Ki 7-8; Ecc 10 This week, we have read a lot of stories about surrendering to God and watching Him work in our lives. I think with all the amazing things that God does–daily loading us with benefits–we sometimes get to the point where his blessings are not a big deal. People just become… annoyances. Life gets boring. There’s no purpose. There’s no passion or heart. But look at a man like Elisha and you’ll see a man who served God for

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 23

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 23, 2017 – FRIDAY   2 Ki 5-6; Ecc 9 Charring 50 soldiers at a time with fire from heaven is remarkable. Slapping a river with a coat and watching it part is incredible. Healing a leper without even going out to see him is intense. God does remarkable miracles. But does he only do remarkable miracles for remarkable people? In 2 Kings 6, a no-name construction worker lost a borrowed axe head in the water. Is he a prophet? Nope. Does he lead an army? No, he’s

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 22

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 22, 2017 – THURSDAY   2 Ki 3-4; Ecc. 8 Sometimes surrendering to God looks like plain ol’ hard work. Seeking God’s help, Jehoshaphat was told to pick up a shovel and dig some ditches. He could have complained. “But… I just want God to GIVE me water!” Instead, he obeyed. And God came through! The blessings followed the obedience. And the obedience looked like… work! Serving God is rarely glamorous. Missions trips are glamorous; the day to day ministry is a lot of hard work. We are

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 21

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 21, 2017 – WEDNESDAY   2 Ki 1-2; Ecc 7:15-29 Impressive. Absolute respect for the man of God who gets whooshed up to heaven in a chariot of fire. And his successor. Anyone who can follow Elijah is a man’s man. We also have mad respect for modern day spiritual heroes–the men like Bro. Matheny who have given the best years of their adult life to serve God in non-home places around the globe. Impressive. But what we don’t see are the hardships. We gloss over the integrity

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Romania Devotional Journal – June 20

Join the Romania team for daily devotions that accompany the DailyWay Bible reading schedule!  June 20, 2017 – TUESDAY   Philemon; Ecc 7:1-14 It’s hot in Savannah, Georgia. Really hot in the cotton fields, 10 years before the Civil War. He’s called Onus. No one knows why; no one cares. He is hopeless. He has no family. He sees no end to his slavery. He decides to run from his masters, the wealthy Lemon family. At night, he steals a pocketful of silverware, some bread and a canteen. He sneaks out and heads north, hoping to pose as a freedman. Five months

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