Sin Is Like A Tick

Sin Is Like A TickI found a tick on me the other day. Fortunately I got it off before it embedded itself into my skin. Afterwards, I was thinking – sin is a lot like a tick. Notice, for example:

* It tries to sneak into your life. Ticks are successful because they can get on you without being detected. Sin often works like that, too. It tries to get into your life without being noticed for what it is.

* It finds a hidden spot. Once a tick gets on you, it usually tries to find a spot where you won’t discover it. Sin does the same. Sin usually works so that we end up doing it in secret.

* Once imbedded, it is hard to get off. When a tick has buried its head into you, it holds on for dear life. Sin is the same. Once it becomes a part of our lifestyle, it is difficult to shed.

* It gets bigger over time. If a tick remains on you long enough, it will gorge itself and get disgustingly huge. And so does sin. If left in your life long enough, one sin grows into many and gets worse and worse.

* It can leave you infected or seriously ill. Tick bites damage the skin and can carry diseases, some even deadly. Sin is also like that. Left in our lives, sin can damage our lifestyle, relationships, and souls. I also realized that avoiding and getting rid of sin is like doing so with a tick.

* Use preventative measures. Covering exposed areas and ap-plying repellent helps avoid ticks getting on you. Preparing yourself to resist temptation keeps sin at bay. Covering your life with Christ also helps.

* Avoid places where heavy infestations occur. Staying away from where ticks congregate reduces the risk greatly. Staying away from sinful places also helps reduce the risk of sin getting a hold on you.

* Examine yourself on a regular basis. Checking for ticks after you have been in the woods is always a good idea. Checking your life regularly to see if sin has entered is also a really good idea.

* If you notice one on you, get it off immediately. The sooner you can get rid of a tick, the better. The same goes for sin.

* If one bites you and you don’t look or feel well, see a doctor. Concerning tick bites, it is important to let a medical expert help if they can. It is also important to see the Great Physician if sin has damaged our life – He can help to make us all better!

Edd Sterchi

New Day

 New Day“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4 NKJV

Every new morning provides an opportunity to think about our past, and our future. As we think back, what brings us joy? And what do we regret? What would we like to do differently?

The Bible has a great deal to say about beginnings. John declares simply that “in the beginning was the Word.” The Bible also makes clear that this Word was Jesus. He was the logos, God’s revealed Word. Through these truths, the Bible reveals a pattern that can apply to any situation: The key is to start with Jesus. To start with the Word. With this focus, we can know that our hearts and minds are in tune with God. That we are building a strong foundation. That He will lead and guide us, and correct us if necessary.

Many people say they are Christians, but fail to live according to the Bible. Yet, they wonder why they do not have the joy, peace, love, and power that God promises. How different their lives would be if they truly focused on the Word, and make it their foundation!

Today, make a commitment to read and study the Bible every day. In your life, make sure that you begin every day with the Word. As you have difficult decisions to make, fill your mind with the Word. Let it provide your standards. The Word will give you wisdom, and will help shape your mind and heart, and give you discernment and a victorious lifestyle. And it will prepare you to receive more of God’s blessings, today, and every day.

Spencer Cromwell

I’ve Messed Up

I’ve Messed UpEditors have a difficult job as is evident from these mishaps:

* IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who bought our Easy Sky Diving book, please make the following correction: on page 8, line 7, the words “state zip code” should have read “pull rip cord.”

* It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is T-shirt Appreciation Day. In fact, it is actually Teacher Appreciation Day.

* There are two important corrections to the information in the update on our Deep Relaxation professional development program. First, the program will include meditation, not medication. Second, it is experiential, not experimental.

* Our newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagle is a defective on the police force. This was a typographical error. Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a detective on the police force.

* Apology: I originally wrote, “Woodrow Wilson’s wife grazed on front lawn of the White House.” I’m sorry that typesetting inadvertently left out the word “sheep.”

* In one edition of today’s Food Section, an inaccurate number of jalapeno peppers was given for Jeanette Crowley’s Southwestern chicken salad recipe. The recipe should call for two, not 21, jalapeno peppers.

* The marriage of Miss Freda van Amburg and Willie Branton, which was announced in this paper a few weeks ago, was a mistake which we wish to correct.