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Look around us - is darkness coming in like a flood?  

I would say, "YES!"

What "IS" a 'Standard".   Well, at it simplest, a standard is 'how we do things'.   That is the 'rub' for us as Christians.   We don't have a common way to live out Christ.

That is the focus of one effort in North Central Pennsylvania... we are focusing in learning how to "live Christ" together.   

This isn't a 'new church' or a 'network' or any such thing.  It is a group of Christians who are learning how to do the basics, individually and collectively.  What are the basics?

The basics are the things we should devote ourselves to...

     - Loving God, that includes doing what he says!

     - Loving others, like we love ourselves

     - Proclaiming the Good News, that isn't just that we are saved to go to heaven, it is that we are saved out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.   

     - Apostle's teaching, this is written down in the scripture;  and, as we live out God's word, we become 'living letters' sent from God to others

     - Prayer, nothing happens without prayer, we need to be ready to pray about things and do it!, not just complain about things.

    - Fellowship, this isn't just a covered dish dinner now or then, it is joining in common -union, communion, to serve Christ together

    - Breaking of Bread, the Latin word for 'companion' has the word 'bread' in it.  If we would be truly joined and knit together as believers, we should be sharing meals together regularly.

 

We are learning how to devote ourselves to these things at every level!  As individuals, as married couples, as families, as congregations and as communities.   Part of learning to live it out is learning how to impact all areas - we need to take care of our social needs.   We need to learn how to impact our civic issues!

Learning to impact our civic issues means something!  What would happen in the 'silent majority' wasn't silent any more?   Well, they will continue to be silent until God raises up a standard.   He IS doing that.   He is calling us to be serious about being the people of God.   We don't have to face the judgment that could rightly fall on America.  We can LIVE as a godly people and see blessing OR we can live as a godless people and see judgment.   

It is time for us to say, "ENOUGH!"  It is time to connect.. and, together live by a good an godly standard!

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Amen and amen!!

May I add my Amen, to Bill's Amen and amen?

This discussion really goes to the core of today's "issues". Perhaps, I should specify that these are perennial solutions. 

I would like to add two facets of a thoroughly Christian life: one is the political, the other is the economic.

Bill has been my teacher in reading his four core ideals from the Gospels; I dare say that I have done the same in relation to economic justice.

One brief footnote: Take away politics and economics from Sacred Sripture and you turn it into secular literature.

Thanks for listening; thanks for this opportunity to express my opinion, which I did not know I had. Constructive criticism is most welcome!

One final note: God's peace to those who insist on the separation of church and state.

Bill and Carmine,

    Thanks so much for your "Amen's"!

And Carmine - thanks for your well articulated comments!    I could not agree more - political and economic.    Here is what I have heard from God.   Our DNA is weak.  That means we have things there that should not be.  Some examples would be religious traditions that we see 'on par' with the critical things that God wants us to do, sometimes seeing them as more even more important!    Plus it also means that we have elements that are missing.      The two you mentioned would be illustrative of elements that are missing:  politics (we call this 'Civic") and economics (we call this Market).

Would you be willing to look at the "DNA" - the core elements?  I would like your thoughts on them!         :-)

Here they are...

http://kingdominsight.ning.com/forum/topics/the-things-we-should-be...


Carmine Gorga said:

May I add my Amen, to Bill's Amen and amen?

This discussion really goes to the core of today's "issues". Perhaps, I should specify that these are perennial solutions. 

I would like to add two facets of a thoroughly Christian life: one is the political, the other is the economic.

Bill has been my teacher in reading his four core ideals from the Gospels; I dare say that I have done the same in relation to economic justice.

One brief footnote: Take away politics and economics from Sacred Sripture and you turn it into secular literature.

Thanks for listening; thanks for this opportunity to express my opinion, which I did not know I had. Constructive criticism is most welcome!

One final note: God's peace to those who insist on the separation of church and state.

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