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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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December 30, 2013 - The Truest Moral Compass

By Gary Rogers

Ethics is a standard of morals and values a person uses to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Ethics can work like a moral compass that consistently points us in the right direction. A compass is equipped with a magnetic needle that will always point to the magnetic north.

When in an unfamiliar area if you have lost your direction a compass will always show you which way is north. You can then determine which way to go to get back on course. A moral compass should always point in the direction of what is right and true and then from that revelation you can make the necessary changes to get back on course.

Some people hold to "situation ethics." They claim morals of right and wrong are determined by a specific circumstance. Situation ethics, for example, might say abortion is wrong until an unwanted pregnancy occurs. Or stealing is wrong unless the stolen item won't be missed. Or that sex outside of marriage is wrong until you meet someone you really, really love.

Christian ethics has an unchanging standard of right and wrong — God's Word, the Bible. The Bible doesn't change. From the Bible we find a consistent morality that points in the direction of right.

Situations, popular opinion, fads and trends will not change the Bible. What was right yesterday will be right tomorrow. What was wrong yesterday will still be wrong tomorrow. Learning what the Bible says and living according to its principles will always point us in the direction of what is right.

Psalm 119 describes this characteristic of God's Word and the blessings we experience when we live by God's unchanging standard.

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word" (v. 9, NKJV).

"Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (v. 11).

"I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word" (v. 16).

"My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word" (v. 28).

"This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life" (v. 50).

"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word" (v. 67).

"Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven" (v. 89).

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (v. 105).

"Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God" (v. 115).

"Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me" (v. 133).

"My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness" (v. 172).

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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