Two teens enthusiastically talk about their French classes. Both have several years in the language study and tell of the rigor of learning to speak the language fluently. Another is consumed with his love of music. He spends hours with his guitar perfecting his method with dreams of entertaining grandeur. A third is engrossed in his computer. He is a “gamer.” For hours he concentrates on besting his internet opponents. A fourth lies down on the weight bench determined to press more weight than before. He flexes his muscles. He is determined to “bulk up.” Zeal. It is something we respect and even admire at times in those who have an inner dream, a drive, a determination to accomplish some goal in life.
A zealous person sees one thing, lives for one thing, and is swallowed up in one thing. The one who is zealous for God is no less consumed with a driving purpose than those who have secular interests. He has an inner burning desire to do the will of the Father. His central focus in life is to please God in all that he says or does.
Dr. Gayle Woods
As I moved from door to door in my neighborhood visitation I heard the vicious barking of what sounded like a huge dog getting closer. Finally, I arrived at the residence which was surrounded by a strong fence with numerous “Beware of the Dog” signs. They were posted for a good reason. It did not take long for me to decide to skip this house.
The growling dog that lunged at me was restrained by a heavy chain. I suppose that when it was asleep it did not realize that its freedom was limited. The dog dish was close so when it approached to eat its food it drug its chain without concern. It was only when it tried to reach me that it was brought to the end of its false understanding of freedom by the stout chain and fence.
Sin is much like this. People are bound but don’t seem to realize their restraint. It is only when we find true freedom in Christ that we realize how sin has confined us. It is then that we understand deliverance. “The truth,” Jesus said, “shall make you free” (John 8:32)
Dr. Gayle Woods
Church of God (Holiness) minister’s and Christian workers who wish to have their names and personal contact information printed in the 2015 Minister’s Roster, must fill out and send in the Credential Certificate form . The due date is July 1, 2015. A $15 fee must accompany the form. The form should be sent to Mar D Avery, Secretary, PO Box 4060, Overland Park, KS 66204.
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