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“You cannot secure the life of the church by any particular system. History shows that churches have prospered, as well as failed, under different systems. The fact is that forms of government have very little to do with the vital principle of the church. The reason why the church of God exists is not her ecclesiastical regulations, her organization, her formularies, her ministers, or her creeds, but the presence of the Lord in the midst of her; and while Christ lives, and Christ reigns, and stands and feeds His church, she is safe; but if He were once gone, it would be with her as it is with you and me when the Spirit of God has departed from us; we are weak as other men, and she would be quite as powerless.” ―Charles Spurgeon

“For this is what it means to be a king [or any leader]: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s hunger in the land (as must be now and then in bad years) to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land.” —King Lune in C.S. Lewis’ A Horse And His Boy

Another Bible study help from the great folks at The Overview Bible Project: a cool look at the book of Jude.

[VIDEO] The amazing story of Lizzie Velasquez―

What Are You Looking At?

Blue eyeI read a fascinating article on some recent research on how eye movement can effect moral decision-making.

The researchers found that, “people asked to choose between two written moral statements tend to glance more often towards the option they favour.” And also that a decision can be influenced by asking for an answer immediately after the person looks at what you want them to choose.

The Bible has much to say about where our eyes are fixed, and how that impacts our life decisions―

I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Psalm 36:1)

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning…. (2 Peter 2:14)

Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34, Amplified)

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. (Job 31:1)

Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. (Proverbs 4:25, Message)

So … what are you looking at?

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