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Communion 2009

Car Care

Originally scheduled for February 15

The care of an automobile is a required lesson for daughters. As grease does not usually match the eye shadow, we teach them these three things:

·         Take it in to your mechanic for regular maintenance

·         Take it in immediately at the first sign of a problem.

·         If you don’t, your purse won’t like the result.

 

Paul tells us much the same thing about examining ourselves for the Lord’s Supper:

1 Corinthians 11:31-32 NIV (31) But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. (32) When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

 

It’s just like caring for the car:

·         The life of prayer and devotion keeps us pure hearted, and free of judgment.

·         If there is sin, judge yourself first. This pleases God, starts reconciliation and serves as a warning for the future.

·         If you don’t do these things, God will discipline you.

Let’s understand what “discipline” means. We use it with regard to our children, to train them to do what is right. We also speak of a “disciplined athlete,” one who is prepared for his particular event. God disciplines his children to prepare them for the tasks they have ahead. Discipline yourself, or God must discipline you.

 

How do you do this? Before you come before the Lord in Communion, ask yourself some questions:

·         Is my life dominated by anger, envy or lust?

·         Or have a I reached a lifestyle of greed, gluttony and laziness?

·         Worse, is my life filled with pride?

 

Let a man examine himself. It saves so much trouble.

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