Re-think

They say there’s far too little thinking going on in today’s world.

I say there’s far too little re-thinking going on in today’s world.

We form habits and we rarely take the opportunity to step back and really look at those habits to determine if they’re helping or hurting us.

Our culture teaches us a certain way of going about life. We are stunningly incapable of stepping outside of our own culture to see if what it teaches us is truly wise and helpful.

Our parents instruct us in the ways they think are best. But are they really?

And the saddest fact of all? That we don’t know, or possibly even care, what God thinks about our habits, our culture, our parents’ instruction.

When Jesus carried out his ministry, he trained his disciples and readied them to come alongside him, and take his teachings out into the world. He prepared them for battle with spiritual forces. He even gave them authority over evil spirits.

And what were they to teach people? In a word: Re-think.

Re-think your way of life. Re-think your habits. Re-think your culture. Re-think what people in authority have told you is correct. Re-think it by comparing it to what Jesus teaches. Re-think it by comparing it with the word of God.

Re-think. Or, its synonym: Repent.

“They went out and preached that people should repent” (Mark 6:12, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Saturday, February 21, is Exodus 29:1 – 30:38, Mark 6:6b – 29 and Proverbs 5:15-23.

Lord Jesus, help me to re-think everything in light of your teachings and your words and promises.

Header image based on "Thinking RFID" by Botter, CC By 2.0

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pastorjeffgunn

I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Saturday, February 21, is Exodus 29:1 – 30:38, Mark 6:6b – 29 and Proverbs 5:15-23.

    These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NIV)

    They went out and preached that people should repent. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ NIV)

    For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.

    For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭5‬:‭21, 23‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, thank you for today and you have done in my life. Thank you for the opportunity to share the gospel with others. Thank you for fellowship, thank you for music as we sing you praise. I am humble before you when I say I have done wrong in your eyes. I have sinned against you, I have sinned against the world. Help me do better. Help as give myself to your discipline. As you examine me see my savior Jesus Christ and all he did for me, all he has done in my place. I truly offer my sins to you in the name of Jesus.

    Repent:
    2. to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for the better; be penitent.
    to remember or regard with self-reproach or contrition: to repent one’s injustice to another.

    ~Paul Montenieri

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