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11/18/2008

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Having A Pattern


"In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you" (Titus 2: 7&8) KJV.

I may be stretching a point this morning, but an interesting football game was played in the NFL on Sunday. The game between the Eagles and Bengals ended in a tie. This is unusual because there is a fifteen minute overtime period in case the game is tied after regulation time is over. If neither team scores in that time period, the game ends in a tie. It came to light when the game ended that many of the Eagle players thought that there would be another overtime until the tie was broken.

All of life has its "form." You cook following a recipe and sew with a pattern. Music is written on scales and oat seeds produce only oat plants. Our universe follows an unbroken pattern and football receivers run a pattern to get open and catch a pass. A baseball player always runs to first base first, and yes, all games have a rule book. There cannot be a restoration without a pattern and someone cannot fall away from the church without breaking from a pattern.

If God did not have a pattern, why did He give us the Bible? If God didn't want the children of Israel the follow some rules, why did Moses come down from the mountain with the tablets? But there is more than just pattern. If we restore an old car to its pristine form we still have to do some "up keep" The same forces that broke it down in the first place are still in action.

A pattern is a form that lives and breathes. First there are the rules. We need to know, teach, and obey the rules. Yet the rules cannot handle every minute of every day. We are people and not programmed robots. We go from milk to meat (Heb. 5:12). Baseball has rules (the pattern ) that must be followed....Those pesky umpires see to that. But despite the rules, all games unfold in their way. Each stadium is different as is each player. All the fielders have their own gloves and all the batters have their own bats. The pitcher doesn't have to tell the batter where he is going to pitch the ball and the batter doesn't tell anyone where he is going to hit it. A manager makes his own "moves" and there errors and bad decisions in every game. In each game you learn something new because no two games are alike....PLAYERS GROW.

Life begins with rules and ends with principles. We teach the oldest things to the youngest. Rules are for the young and exceptions are for the mature. I am still the same person. Mom fed me when I was too small to feed myself, and now I eat on my own. I know what God wants and how He wants it done. That's how I do it. That's how Christians do it!

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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