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01/10/2009

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The Truth, The Whole Tuth, And Nothing But The Truth


"Everything you add to the truth, subtracts from the truth (Alexander Solzhenitsyn).

Solzhenitsyn, the Russian author, was an out spoken critic of the communism of his country during it's heyday. As we seek to become more spiritual people, we must be in concert with God...In Truth! Truth cannot be sacrificed for approval. The only way to be "right with God," is to be in the truth. It is important to get along with our fellow man, but it is even more important to get along with God. Our eternal life hinges upon it.

The religious reformer Martin Luther is credited with the following quote, "Peace if possible, truth at all costs." We have seen in election cycles, that what candidates say if often based on public opinion polls. The truth be said, falsehoods do not cease to be falsehoods just because they become popular. Jesus did not come to earth to be popular, but to tell the truth. What may be considered to be "conventional wisdom" today, may become ludicrous tomorrow. God's truth and His Spirit, NEVER CHANGE!

Something has happened to the word spiritual. It may be defined as some sort of "emotional experience," rather than being based on and grounded in the truth. The emotional approach is a trendy one today, and spirituality is often confused with the emotional. Or liveliness is often confused with spirituality...The livelier the more spiritual. Even some kind of mysticism is confused with spirituality. The weirder or spookier the experience, the more spiritual it must be.

Here is what John says in 1 John 5:6, "This is the one who came by the water and the blood---Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and the blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT IS THE TRUTH."(my caps) I will talk more about spirituality over the next few days.

Have a great weekend, and an uplifting worship experience on His day....Let you light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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