Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.
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Character is who you are when only God is watching. How often have I heard myself utter that phrase or say it to myself. When arguing with young people about certain risky behaviors or cheating habits, they say, "But, Pastor, everyone does it." Somehow the corporate nature of the sin makes it all right or puts one at a disadvantage if they do not sin as well. What makes one choose the difficult path over the easy path? I rationalize that I can make poor decisions and poor choices in the context of the privacy of my own life as long as it doesn't effect anyone else. Then I hear that phrase again. Character is who you are when only God is watching. My relationship with God matters to me. As far as it is within my freedom to choose, I do not want to make any choices that would cause me to step back from the presence of God in shame and sorrow. My character is what makes me tick, the fiber of my soul. Character is who I am in God's eyes. I want to be at peace with God in every choice I make in public and in private.
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Only in the power of your righteousness and grace can I have the relationship with you I long for, Lord. Amen.
Thanks to those who responded to my request for input. I will press on without major changes at this time. I may change the order that I use the lectionary texts so that the Gospel comes earlier in the week. I only heard from less that 3% of those who are on the ELOGOS list which concerns me, to be honest, however I was more encouraged by what I heard and what I know I need to do that ELOGOS lives on. You may now return to your regularly programming. God's Peace, Deb Grant.