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The woman just could not take it anymore so she went to a judge and told him she wanted to file for a divorce. “Do you have any grounds,” the judge asked. “Just two acres,” the woman replied. “That’s not it, lady. I mean do you have a grudge”! “A grudge?” the woman questioned. “No, we park in front of the house.” By this time the judge was becoming frustrated, “Does your husband beat you up”? The woman replied, “No, I get up before he does.” “Then why in the world do you want a divorce,” the judge asked with a loud voice. “Because,” she confessed, “we just don’t seem to be able to communicate.” Every relationship has communication problems. Parents have trouble communicating with their children, supervisors have trouble communicating with their employees, and spouses have trouble communicating with their mates. Communication is a two-way street. Not only does the one speaking have to use the right words in order to connect with the hearer, but the one listening has to devote the proper attention to the speaker in order to assure contact is being made. Both parties must devote themselves wholly into the conversation in order to receive the desired results. Consider the following suggestions: Instead of thinking about what you are going to say next, listen to what the person is saying. Follow the golden rule (Matthew 7:12). Use kind and simple words when speaking. Speak straightforward and get to the point. Follow up the conversation with a statement like, “alright, let me make sure I understand you correctly...” to ensure communication has registered in the mind of both parties. "...let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” - James 1:19 (Shane Robinson)

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Can you see the Difference?
By: Stephen R. Bradd
The Lord declared in John 15:18,19 - "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

His point, as I understand it, is that the morals of the world have continued to plummet over the past several decades, but so have the morals of Christians In fact, if one were to compare the morals of an average follower of Christ in 2007 with the morals of an average Christian who lived approximately fifty years ago, the difference would probably be startling.

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What were the standard values of America in 1950? In that year, would a family have attended a movie that contained graphic vio lence, cursing, or nudity? How many Christians attend such today? Too many I'm afraid. In 1950, would a husband and wife unashamedly divorce simply because they couldn't get Although Christ was addressing His apostles on that along? How many Christians divorce their mates for occasion, I believe His words are applicable for all disciples in any age. Genuine, devoted followers of frivolous reasons today? Too many I'm afraid. Would a typical American in 1950 have worn the same, imChrist will suffer persecution (II Tim. 3:12). When one is not of the world It is undeniable... modest attire that many Christians wear today? Would the America of 1950 toler(i.e., he doesn't think or behave lik e there is moral de- ate the kind of filth on television that is the world), the world will despise him. A child of God should not desire that all cay… in govern- regularly viewed with delight by Christians today? men love or praise him. "Woe to you

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ment, schools, recwhen all men speak well of you, for so modesty, did their fathers to the false proph- reation, ets" (Luke 6:26). s e x u a li t y , t he Jesus was hated by the world, but yet home, etc.
it would seem that many Christians today are loved by the world . Why is that? There are several factors, but one of the more significant (as I see it) is that many Christians today are not really living called-out, sanctified lives for the Lord! "Oh, but Stephen, things are different now than they were in Jesus' day!" Yes, they are, but what if Jesus walked this planet in the twenty -first century? Would He be loved by all today? Absolutely not! Darkness still hates light, and the world still hates that which opposes it.

It is undeniable that there is moral decay all around--in government, schools, recreation, modesty, sexuality, the home, etc. When the church is no longer counter-culture, it loses its relevancy. The church is only relevant when it stands for what it believes in and opposes the ways of sin. When the church blends in with the world (in an effort not to offend or to be politically correct), it loses its distinctiveness. When morals are lowered and convictions compromised, Satan is the winner. Can you see a difference between the life of a typical Christian and a typical non-Christian? More importantly, can others see the difference between your life as a follower of Christ and the life of those who do not believe? Friends, let's be honest: if the world loves you, you must be of the world. Let us commit ourselves to the standard of God's word in everythin g that we say and do. May we never be afraid or ashamed of living a called-out, sanctified life for God. We will make some enemies in so doing, but we will be on the Lord's side and a clear line will be seen between the world and the church. ◘

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“You may be only one person in the world, but you also may be the world to one person.

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Hear the Gospel Believe Repent of past sins Confess Jesus as Lord Be baptized for the remission of sins Live a Christian life Romans 10:17 Hebrews 11:6; John 8:24 Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30 Acts 8:36-37; Romans 10:9-10 Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 2:10

Many Christians do not experience any persecution and are never hated by the world because they live and think like the world! Take a moment to reflect: does this describe you in any way? A comment made by a dean from a Christian univ ersity ties in with the point I'm trying to make. He said, "The old morality of the world is better than the new morality of the church." What exactly did he mean by that?

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