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If there is one thing every human being on the planet wants, it’s power. We want to be in control of what’s going on. If we are totally honest, we all want to rule the word. If we don’t want to rule the whole world, we at least want to be in control of what happens in ours.
We want power over people. Whether it’s a dictator seeking to control the lives of the general populace, or simply parents trying to control the behavior of their children, we want to be able to control what others do.
We even want power over God. Just think of how many books have been written over the last century telling us how to get our prayers answered. We want to be able to tell God what He should do and have Him comply. Sound about right?
To a world that is hungering and craving for power, King Jesus offers some very interesting words…
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Have you observed one of the following scenarios?
Sometimes when I see those people, I feel like someone (maybe me) should go up to them and ask, “Do you need a hug?” We all do from time to time. To all those who are hurting, Jesus Christ offers a very comforting word.
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Feel like you have tried everything and nothing seems to work? Feel like you have given life your best shot only to receive nothing back from your investment? Do you feel like you are all tapped out and running on empty with nothing to give to anyone or anything? O, happy man! You may actually be in the best place you can possibly be!
How would you define religion? I suppose there are many ways it could be defined. Some might describe it as belief in a god or group of gods. To others it might be an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used in the worship of a god. There is nothing inherently wrong with these definitions. The one I like best, however, is provided by Bruxy Cavey in his book The End of Religion. Bruxy writes,
“Religion is exposed as our attempts to reach God.” 1
That sums it up nicely. But where did that start? I believe we can find the beginning of religion within the first few pages of God’s story.
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At one point in my life I worked for a pharmaceutical company. The job I enjoyed more than all the others I did there was conducting investigations. Because we were manufacturing medicinal products for human consumption, each product had to be manufactured according to strict governmental guidelines. Any anomaly in the manufacturing process could jeopardize the saleability of the product and potentially cost the company millions of dollars. Therefore every time something went wrong in manufacturing, the incident had to be carefully investigated to determine its impact on the product. Some investigations were quite simple and easily resolved. There were some investigations, however, that were quite extensive and would involve several departments within the company.
When conducting an investigation, one thing we always had to look for was the root cause. In other words, what was the underlying factor(s) that caused this anomaly to occur in the manufacturing process? Once that was determined we could come up with a preventative action to keep the problem from reoccurring in the future. Determining the root cause and coming up with a preventative action sometimes required some very creative thinking!
With this investigative process as a basis, I have a question I would like to ask:
What is the root cause of all the pain, heartache, and woes of our modern society?
The answer might be easier to determine than what you think.