No Non-Compete Clause

There's no room for competition in God's kingdom

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My recent travel overseas reinforced, once again, what I’ve known for many years. A huge disparity exists between the church in North America and most of the rest of the world.

When a person leaves a company with vital information of a company’s products or operation, they’re often required to sign a non-compete clause. The same goes when a startup company is bought out.

In the Kingdom of God and the church, this should never be a concern.

A Song of Splendor

A heart of worship

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Worship, biblical worship, is simply an expression of the heart towards God. No specific form is required. How it’s expressed is not so important, but that it is expressed.

Whatever limits or restrictions people attempt to impose as acceptable worship is ignored by God. He sees the expression of the heart, not how it comes out.

Worship isn’t just a human act. All of creation responds with awe and wonder and submission to God.

Authenticity

Honest, real, and genuine

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Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other. Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually. Share what you have with God’s people who are in need. Be hospitable.

Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don’t curse them. Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad. 

Heart of Compassion

God's fatherly affection

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Photo credit: Mick Ewing

I can spot grandparents right away. It’s not the age differential, but their interaction with the children.

Grandparents, especially boomers, tend to look younger than in earlier generations, and some become grandparents in their forties.

When I see three generations of a family together, it’s easy to see who the parents are. Aside from their appearance, parents and grandparents interact with the children in very different ways.

Who Is There to Fear?

A trust that overcomes fear

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Fear has a way of paralyzing or inhibiting us. Of course, some fears are based on real events and seem reasonable, like earthquakes, tornadoes, or perhaps a terrorist attack.

One fear that tends to inhibit us is related to people. This can take many forms. Some people are afraid to be in a large crowd or to speak in front of a crowd. We all have a fear of rejection in certain situations.

There is also a fear that causes dread and anxiety, while another fear is born out of respect.