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THE TWO WOLVES
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself.
He said, “My son, it is between 2 wolves. One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego… The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith…”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one I feed.”
— Author Unknown
“Everyone has turned from God and is going the wrong direction. Nobody is living right. People tell lies about others that stink like an open grave. They verbally attack each other with poisonous words like the venom of a deadly snake. Their speech is filled with vicious curses and bitter resentment, and they are quick to react violently with anyone who disagrees. So, wherever they go, they leave division and misery because they’ve never learned how to live in peace.” Romans 3:12-17
James to believers: “(In worship), we praise our Lord and Father but then (in the world) we curse the people that God himself created in his image! Out of the same mouth comes blessing and bitterness! Brothers and sisters, this is not right! There is no way that SWEET water and BITTER water can flow out of the same spring!” James 3:9-10
— Author KNOWN
A Note From doug:
I have become even more deeply concerned about the state of the world. There is so much anger, so much venom, so much hatred. And, sadly, it is coming from Christians as well as non-Christians.
This is a first for E-Mail Ministry. I’ve never offered up a message/sermon from a pastor before but this one speaks to the heart of the problem, in my opinion. Some of you may be familiar with Pastor Rick Warren from his “Purpose Driven Life” book or his many other books or his many video teachings. I find his messages to be heartfelt, straight to the point and pertinent. He started a series called “A Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t” at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic which can be viewed at: https://saddleback.com/watch/a-faith-that-works-when-life-doesn-t
All of them are excellent.
But here is my challenge to you. Watch the latest one titled “A Faith That Doesn’t Hold On To Hurt” at: https://saddleback.com/watch/a-faith-that-works-when-life-doesn-t/a-faith-that-doesnt-hold-on-to-hurt?autoplay=true
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