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It is far easier to choose a side and stubbornly stick with it than it is to be wise, thoughtful, and open to other possibilities.  And, for many, choosing sides is exactly what they have done.  While they believe they are motivated by truth, the real truth is, they are motivated by winning.  This is a terrible mistake -- a mistake Saul and the Sanhedrin made over and over again, including when Stephen earnestly tried to convince them of the truth of Christ.  How did they react?  See for yourself...  Acts 7:57-58 (NIV) At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.  Sounds like a lot of people today, doesn't it?  Desire truth over winning.  Don't be one who covers your ears, yells at the top of your voice, and rushes to destroy those who see differently than you.  Because, if you do, you may just destroy your last chance at freedom.  Freedom in what, you ask?  Well, that's something to consider.

Be careful who you listen to.  What they say may not be based in truth or wisdom, but in their own brokenness, injuries, prejudices, and misunderstandings.  Don't allow their brokenness to guide your life.  Matthew 15:13-14 (NIV) He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.  Leave them; they are blind guides.  If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."


Stephan presents a true and insightful commentary on life. When we build walls by labeling and demonizing one another, we do so to our own harm. I have known many who have put themselves in some very small prisons, blaming everyone else for what is wrong in their lives, yet failing to see the consequences of their own choices. And, unfortunately, it seems that today we have many leading others into greater and greater bondage. Don't follow them into the darkness -- whatever it is you desire, it isn't there.

Hallelujah, Christ is born! Merry Christmas everyone! May the light of Christ reign in us, and through us, always. God bless you all.

Down? Depressed? Discouraged? Here's a tip. If you're feeling defeated, like your whole world is coming down around you, find someone to minister to. Bless them, encourage them, pray for them, minister to their needs, and if you can, lighten their burden. Do this with one person, and then another, and then another, and so on. Soon your burdens won't be so burdensome, and your discouragement won't be so deep. Determine to be a blessing to others, and God will bless you for it.


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