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DAILY READINGS

Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, July 23:

Monday: Galatians 1:1-10

Tuesday: Galatians 1:11-23

Wednesday: Galatians 2:1-5

Thursday: Galatians 1:1-10

Friday: Galatians 1:11-23

Saturday: Galatians 2:1-5

EDITORIAL

“Think About These Things”

Paul wrote to the Philippians (4:8-9) and encouraged them to think about these things – “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

It is important that we understand the full impact of Paul’s words. What we think about and what we then say and do as a result sets the pattern for our lives (see Philippians 3:17). If we don’t focus on such positive things, then other things become the focus and are passed on, as Dorothy Law Nolte writes in her book, Children Learn What They Live:

  • If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
  • If children live with fear, they learn to become apprehensive.
  • If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
  • If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
  • If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. And …
  • If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. But …
  • If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
  • If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
  • If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
  • If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
  • If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
  • If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those around them.
  • John Harp

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