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11/06/2012

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The Way To A Good Life


"Watch out! Be on your guard from all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Lk.12:15).

Just what is the good life? As the presidential campaign winds down today and we vote, two men have made the same basic promises to us. With them as our president, we will live a better life. Usually that is summed up in material prosperity. People are looking for the three P's.... Pleasure, prosperity, and popularity. Many would probably agree that a good life consists of happiness and peace. The problem comes when they conclude that prosperity, pleasure, and popularity will automatically bring them this happiness and peace. It would seem to me that some of the richest and seemingly popular people in the world, have lives that are filled with turmoil. Their search for pleasure leads them down these paths, and Jesus tells us that it is the wrong path. Today's verse is quite clear in it's message. There is more to life... Much, much more.... "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid" (Jn.14:27). Jesus makes a great offer here and He never once mentions the almighty dollar. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (Jn.15:11). Jesus does it again.... This time after making peace available, He adds joy to the mix. Hmmmm..... Jesus offers us another wonderful gift and again there is no mention of money. It is crystal clear to me that Jesus can offer us things that the world simply cannot give. Happiness (joy) and peace. Now that's an offer that should be hard to refuse... Tomorrow we'll look at how Jesus leads us to a better life....

Have a wonderful day... Serve the Lord with gladness... Love mark Phil.4:11

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