October 14, 2014 2:o2.24 pm

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by Steven D. Bryant

While on a retreat I was paired for conversation with a delightful man full of grace and wisdom. I later learned that he was an influential member of a political group I hall but cursed earlier in the week. At first I was sad and conflicted. How could be be friends, all given our differences? The next morning in prayer, as I wrestled with the Lord over what to do, I heard, “Grow up, Steven, grow up in my live.”

After all these years as a follower of Jesus, I am still growing in what it means to grow in Christ. Dallas Willard described growing in Christ as a “golden triangle of spiritual trans-formation.” By embracing our situation, opening our lives to the guidance by the Spirit… Practice spiritual disciplines, continually “we continually take off the old human nature with it’s practices and put on the new nature.” Cllations 3:9-10 of a life lived in the likeness and integrity of Christ. All the triangle of the triangle are essential and the process of transformation.

On the first side of the triangle we embrace our situation. Through the hard knocks of life God can challenge our self-sufficiency and stretch our ability to empathize with the vast suffering of others. We are not embracing the situation when we blame other’s wrong- headedness immaturity for our troubles or trials. Jesus could have grumbled that life was unfair to him., complaining that sinful people were unworthy of him, or asked God for a loftier, less humiliating assignment. assignment. Instead, as Paul reminds us, [Jesus] emptied himself … becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” Philippians 2:7-8. And James wrote: “My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete it’s work so that you may be fully mature, complete , and laking in nothing.” James 1:2 On the second side, we open our lives to the guidance of the Spirit. Jesus knew that we would indeed need a helper as we strive to live a Christian life. When he departed, he gave us the Spirit, the same helper that helped him John 14:25 at his baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove Luke 3:21

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Just Jesus, my God Would the Holy Spirit have anointed contentious disciples? To Peter, disharmony hinders prayer. He tells husbands: “Live with your wives in an understanding… Do this so nothing will stop your prayers” (I Peter 3:7.) Waiting on God means working through conflicts, forgiving offenses, resolving disputes, resolving disputes, “Always keep yourself united in the Holy Spirit, and bind your-selves together in peace” I do not promise My followers the world’s ease and pleasures. I promise those Joys that the world can neither give nor take away. I promise the heart-rest found in Me alone. It does not mean that all the beauties and pleasures of the world can be renounced, but that they must be enjoyed only after the treasures and Joys of My Kingdom have been learned, appreciated. Love Him. Home / Why Is the U.S. Constitution Important? CAREER PATH SHARE THIS PAGE Why Is the U.S. Constitution Important? Published: September 14, 2016 | Updated: November 18, 2019 Constitution Day is September 17th! Are you going to celebrate? Before you dismiss the idea of celebrating a piece of paper that’s almost 230 years old, you might want to consider just how important it is. The U.S. Constitution is at the foundation of every single law in America. It’s at the heart of how we think, act, and govern as Americans. History of the Constitution Once the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, they had to get down to the business of running their own country. The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation in 1777, which was later ratified by the 13 original colonies. But it soon became clear that in their effort not to be dominated by a strong central government like the one ruled by King George III, they’d made their new government too weak. In 1789, a new constitution was adopted that created a stronger centralized government that shared power among three branches: executive (President), legislative (Congress), and judicial (Supreme Court). That document remains at the bedrock of the way our entire country is run and has an impact on all of our citizens –even you. 10 Ways the Constitution Affects Your Life 1. You get to vote in the upcoming election (if you’re 18 and registered) 2. You can go to any church you choose 3. You can say (and write) what you want 4. You can own a firearm 5. You can gather in a group and participate in a protest 6. Your property can’t be searched without a warrant 7. You can’t be forced to testify against yourself 8. You can’t be discriminated against 9. You’re required to pay income tax 10.You can have an alcoholic beverage (if you’re of age)

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