We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Eating Crow

Have you ever eaten crow? I have, many times, and they taste terrible! No not the bird, but the humiliation you bring on yourself when you hold firm to your pride and stubbornness. The phrase, “eat crow,” was birthed during the War of 1812 when a British officer gained control of the musket of an American hunter. He made the hunter eat the crow he had just shot. After taking a few bites, the hunter regained control of his musket and then made the soldier eat the remainder of the crow. The concept of eating or not eating crow really goes back to the time of Jesus. He said, “Agree with your adversary quickly.” This is never easy, but it is God’s prescribed way to end conflicts, which opens the door of your heart to be free again. To be shackled in conflict is a burden that is avoidable if we would just follow this simple step: “Agree with your adversary quickly. Listen to the whole text from Matthew 5:25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are with him in the way, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.” You don’t have to have full-blown legal action against you to respond quickly with your adversary. And this principle of agreeing with your adversary quickly, applies in marriage, resolving conflict with children, at work, with your neighbors, and at church. Agreeing quickly will help you avoid the bitter taste of crow, and allow you to enjoy the savory taste of God’s grace. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble

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Shortcut to be Happy!

Many peoples in antiquity had throwing sticks, special weighted sticks that were designed to be thrown in a whirling motion as a weapon or as an implement for hunting game. The Australian Aborigines were apparently the ones who found that flattened, curved sticks could be thrown in an elliptical path so as to return to their point of origin. There’s one boomerang even older. It’s LOVE. It always has a way of returning to its sender; and in this way it protects us from discouragement and defeat. At the Music Hall in Royal Surrey Gardens in London on August 9, 1857, Reverend Charles H. Spurgeon preached a sermon about “Loving Thy Neighbor.” He said, “The shortcut to be happy yourself is to try to make others happy… If I would wish to be happy, I would not ask to have the wealth of this world, nor the things that men call comforts. The best comforts that I should desire would be loving ones round about me, and a sense that where I went I scattered happiness, and made men glad. That is the way to be happy… Love thy neighbor.” David Jeremiah

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