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Confused, Cloudy living inevitably develops when things are not CLEAR.

When we come to the Bible, there are a number of items that are not clear:

The assembly order of the books is not chronological.
The story of the Old Testament is one that doesn’t roll off the tongue easily.
We aren’t sure what books in the OT go with what parts of the story of the Israelites.
Laws, sacrifices, rituals, celebrations… it all feels clumsy.

The solution of many: skip the OT and head to the NT.

Jesus teachings — esp the parables and paradoxes — are profoundly confusing. He intends them to be.
The relationship of the 4 gospels to one other has its challenges to navigate.
Tracking what is happening in Acts is not the easiest thing in the world.
And the book of Revelation… tho a blessing, its a nightmare.

We want everything intuitive. The Bible isn’t.

We want to assemble everything without instructions. The Bible doesn’t work that way.

We don’t really want to work and study when we could be playing and resting. Thus we play it fast and loose with the Bible.

Our approach to the Bible:

Be aware of the 4 of the 10 commandments we can remember.
Lean in on love and full force.
Lean in on forgiveness and with fuller force.
Judge judgment at every turn --- which is a must for our approach to the Bible.
And hope we get to Heaven and that God will fix our confusion and remove our clouds.
Matthew 7:24–27 NIV
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
John 6:63 NIV
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
Psalm 19:7 NIV
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7–11 NIV
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Compromise: I didn’t see it coming

I want to suggest to you that we aren’t doing well even with the little we know… and we are held responsible by God for what we know and what we don’t from the Bible… from what we obey and what we don’t.
(dis)Honesty: the Truth about Lying
Dr. Dan Ariely — professor who studies rationality and irrationality, where we make good decisions and bad decisions.
Dr Ariely is a prof at Duke University where he founded the Center for Advanced Hindsight, where over the last few years he and his center have been focusing on the study of dishonesty.
His field of study falls under the heading of Behavioral Economics… and he and his colleagues study how people behave.

How many of you have lied since the start of 2018?

How many of you think of yourself as decent, good people?

Same Group.

Dr Ariely and his team came to identify that gap between our dishonest behavior and our view that we are good, honest people with what they call “The Fudge Factor.”

Fudge Factor Elements:

Everybody is doing it
Conflicts of Interest
I’m not hurting anyone
lying for others
lack of supervision
social norms
distance from the crime
self deception
The Ten Commandments
MIT Code
Princeton Code
Nobody lied

So in 2019, I want to connect all of you to reading the Bible...

Bible sales
Grown Up DOCK store
Eliminate compromise? Move toward Clarity.
2 Timothy 3:10–17 NIV
10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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