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Missing Character


Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6 (ESV)

As a techno babe, friends call me when they have issues with their iPhones. The latest call came after my neighbor purchased the new iPhone 8. She is techno-challenged and I tease her that she has the most expensive paper weight because she uses it for so few things. But the main thing she needed was access to her second email account. This is not a difficult problem to solve and I was sure we could get it done quickly. But the first thing you need is your Apple password.

There are many ways to store passwords and depending on your sophistication. It can be an app or a piece of paper. She had the paper. No matter how many different ways we entered the password as written, we kept getting the error message and to reset it was going to be very complicated. Our time and patience wore out so we decided to try another day.

I stopped by this week to try again and she mentioned that she had talked to her daughter to check on that password. The one we had been trying was correct except that it was supposed to have a # at the end. That single character had stopped us from accomplishing our goal but when added, it was a piece of cake.

Access to eternal life is much like that single missing character because without Christ, the error message pops up over and over. I read posts on social media that offer many ways to success, happiness, or fame. Usually, it is done by working harder, spending more money, or expending more time to attain the goal.

However, none of that will be the key to eternal life. Christ did it all, giving his very life so that we can spend eternity with Him. Some might think that belief is just too easy. But, what He really wants is for us  to give up trying to do it all and accept His gift of life through grace. That missing character is the cross,.

If you have any questions about this offer of life, feel free to email me and we’ll chat.

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Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5: 14 (NLT)

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Beth Moore recently celebrated twenty years of writing and publishing Bible Studies for women that include a workbook and video. My first study was about 12 years ago, in a small group with just the workbook. We didn’t even know she had an accompanying video.

After moving to Arizona, I attended the complete study on Daniel and it has been a “love affair” ever since. She speaks my language. I learn something new every time.

I’m currently studying Children of the Day — 1 & 2 Thessalonians. This weeks lesson had some thought-provoking questions. Beth stated,”The social ethics of our culture have turned the way we communicate inside out.”

I called my daughter and we started talking about social media and its effects.There is no doubt that our culture and communication has changed dramatically. We mentioned some of the things that are standards for our particular generations that we don’t even question: microwaves, records, cell phones, cassette players, Walkman, TV remotes. It will be so different for my grandgirlies.

I started pondering what our communication looks like today. Valentine’s Day has passed and I realized that texting and smiley face emoticons were just not cutting it for me, even though the cards had been mailed and received. Hearing voices and listening to words, seeing faces and sharing emotions are becoming a lost art. I wanted to talk to the girls.

No one loves technology more than I do, but there is something sweet and tender about a written thank you note or that phone call or FaceTime strictly to say “I love you and miss you.”

Life is busy and technology allows us to stay connected. But true closeness carries risk. It’s easier to send an email or text.  However, to have the trust and freedom to challenge or encourage a friend requires personal communication and interaction.

Something to think about.

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