1. Well stated Rachel. May we not get caught up in judging others like the Pharisees in Bible times. We should live our life with a love like Jesus. Let us focus on being the salt and light that He desires. Have a fantastic weekend and God bless you and yours.

  2. Because ultimately, to fear God and to keep His commands is the whole duty of man. We are answerable only to Him. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. God looks to the hearts of His people. He doesn’t see us as the world sees us. Lots of truth there. But Paul also cautions us to not let our liberties lead others astray. I’ll be honest, I’m wrestling with this one a little. We ought not attempt to please man or feel the need to justify our actions to others, but we have a responsibility to to set a good example for others. I think it worked for Daniel because his character was above reproach, and even the pagans noticed that. May it be so for me, as well! Thanks for giving me something meaty to chew on today! Blessings, friend!

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      Daniel certainly was a great example to those around him, and to us today. It’s certainly a fine line and one Paul reminds us to be careful about.

  4. Each of my sons has decided (so far) to attend state universities and colleges, and I can see that it has only helped them to become more committed to Truth. For this I am thankful — so often the expense and limited availability of programs make Christian colleges an impractical option, anyway. We’ve told them all that whatever God puts in their hands, He will use. For two of them, it’s been a welding torch, and for one, it’s been a love for fitness and healthy exercise practices. I’m in the happy position of spectator to the unfolding plan of God for all three, and anticipating the future for number four.

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      Michele, that’s a wonderful position to be in as a mom – watching your children grow in their faith. I admire my children’s faith so much and I learn from them how to be more committed.

  5. I remember those conversations about church on Sunday, but I agree He looks at your heart. I knew people who would not go to a restaurant that served beer, I asked them if they went to the grocery store. People are judgmental. Even critical. Today, as long as you have a computer or phone, there’s teaching.

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      We’ve watched services online on a Sunday, especially when we’ve been traveling. You’re right. As long as you have a computer or phone, there’s teaching available. But, sometimes it’s nice to meet with other Christians in person, too.

  6. Thanks for this reminder that it’s the attitude of our heart that matters. I think I’ve been judgmental in the past about people not going to church on Sundays, but I’m learning more flexibility. I do think it’s so important, but I don’t see it quite so black and white before. It’s our heart direction and focus that matters.

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      Thanks for being so honest, Betsy. Yes, it’s a difficult subject. And it’s hard not to be judgmental. But, sometimes circumstances and work do keep us from Sunday worship.

  7. Beautiful post to remind us our focus should be pleasing God, and God only!

  8. What a neat way to put it. I don’t think I have ever thought about Daniel that way. You are right, we don’t know people’s hearts!

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