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Original Innocence

Throughout history, theologians have debated the extent of "Original Sin" on the soul of man. St. Augustine was the champion of total depravity and mainstream churches have held to some degree of original sin in their doctrines.
 
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the world has never been the same. We toil, suffer death, strife, sickness, loneliness, and a disharmony with nature. Yet it was God Himself who clothed Adam and Eve. It was God Himself who spoke to Cain after the death of Abel and marked Cain so that he would not be killed.

Labors of Love

Today in the United States we celebrate Labor Day. For many it is a day of rest from a grueling, fast-paced schedule. For others looking for work, it is bittersweet. We have deep within all of us the desire to be contributors to our family, community, and nation.
 
I read once that the second question men are asked at an introduction is, "what do you do?" For those unemployed, this question feels like a knife to the heart. Perhaps during this recession we can refrain from asking this sensitive question.

Philippians 4:11

"...For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content."
 
The lottery tomorrow is up to 350 million dollars, and my son and I have big plans for that money! We will be very content.
 
What if the Apostle Paul, writing from a prison, knew a little bit more about what is true contentment than I could learn with 350 million dollars (before taxes)?
 
In verses 12 & 13, Paul tells us, "I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know how to live with abundance.

For God so loved you and me!

I listened to a preacher yesterday explain how much God the Father loves us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life" Jn 3:16.
Note that God loved us before giving Jesus as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus loved us so much that He willingly gave His life, and the Holy Spirit loves us so much that He gives us the grace to believe in the Holy Trinity.
We are extraordinarily loved!

Simple Prayers

God listens most to the prayers of our hearts. Let us approach our Father with childlike confidence - He will provide what is best for us. I don't believe He is overly impressed with well-constructed prayers that lack emotional content..

Seek intimacy.

When I allow my days to be filled with projects, I tend to lose the appreciation that the God of all the universe is holding my hand. Seek intimacy over intellect. We will always have questions. We will always have an opportunity to love, to be kind. If we can balance the intellect with the intimate, we are blessed. If we need to choose one over the other, let love win.
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