Hidden, Not Hardened
Hidden. Not Hardened.
Del Potter, M.A.A.
September 9, 2020
Reason For Concern
Confession time. I was at a hotel where the fitness center was ‘conveniently’ placed next to our room. It was not people working out that caused the noise so much, but it was the raised volume and noise from the TV that seemed to seep through the walls of our room with Dolby HD type clarity! I ‘innocently’ (of course) went into the fitness center after all had gone away and hid the remote hoping it would deter the next healthy conscious ‘deaf’ nut that wanted to crank up the TV. Hide? But where, I asked myself?
Hiding something takes some thought and effort, does it not? Should I hide it in the towel basket? Should I place it on top of the shelf stuffed with towels? I could even drop the remote behind the waste basket, and they would never know.
Reason For Change
The same is true of hiding God’s word in our hearts. It takes some effort to hide the word in our hearts. It might mean that we have to say no to watching TV loudly (imagine that!) so often and quietly meditating on the word of God more often. Hiding God’s word helps to prevent us from hardening our hearts towards others, even when we ‘think’ they deserve it! Time for a change, or in the words of Solomon it is time to “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23).”
Reason For Truth
Hiding God’s word in our hearts is worth the effort because it helps us in those difficult times when we do not know what to do or where to turn. Many times, God will speak to us through His word and give us direction and insight on what to do. Choose today to make hiding God’s word and not hardening our heart to His word, an important part of your daily routine. Blessings 2U
Reason For Concern
So, are you ready to go back to school…virtually? Have you declared a major or interest? Have you asked the questions; “why am I in school or what am i going to study?”
As you head back to school, mostly virtual this fall, you have a choice as to how you approach school and studying. Will you set out to do your best this year? Or will it be tempting to take the easy way out by “coasting on the minimums? God’s word tells us to study His truth and to do our best. Think you’ve heard it all regarding ‘out-of-touch academics?’ Think again. Check out these wacky University Courses that have previously been taught around the country.
Philosophy of Star Trek
At Georgetown University, you can learn philosophy through the lens of Star Trek for $4,827. This course is basically an introduction to certain topics in metaphysics and epistemology philosophy, centered on major philosophical questions that come up again and again in Star Trek. In conjunction with watching Star Trek, students will read excerpts from the writings of philosophers extract key concepts and arguments and then analyze those arguments.
Science of Harry Potter
Ohio State University
Can’t get enough of the popular series? In this $814 class at Ohio State University you’ll “examine the literary techniques and cultural roots of the novels, exploring such themes as the quest, coming of age, and the nature of heroism. ”Students, who are expected to “read all seven books,” will also consider the books as “reflections of contemporary attitudes towards religion, rule-breaking, power, race, class, gender, education, sports, celebrity, and so on.”
Reason For Learning
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
Reason For Truth
Commit to doing your best in school this fall regardless if it’s in person or through impersonal means of live stream. Your best does not have to mean a perfect GPA, it just means your own personal best. A diligent student will always give maximum effort to impart God’s truth as completely, as clearly, and as unambiguously as possible. Doing your best will bring glory to God which should be your first pursuit for academics. Finally, ask close friends if you can study the Bible together this school year. Pick a time to get together once a week, or even once a month, to study it together and talk about what you are learning about God’s Truth then pass it on! Blessings 2U
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