Once again, Matthew 23 spoke to my soul this morning. 

Isn't it amazing how the Bible has the timeless ability to convict us, allow us to contemplate, and keep us within a standard of God's message?

This morning I read, " Woe to you, teachers
of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the
cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean

Matthew 23:25-26 

This one is so easy.
How many of us truly live on the outside as we are on the inside?
Still further; how many of us live on the outside like we thought we should, but our inside is pretty dirty?

It's the law of humanity.  We always bow to the social pressures to 'fit in' or to look like we 'have it together' but reality tells us, no man woman or child on this planet has life all figured out.  We all go through stuff.  We've all got issues to deal with.  We all have dark closets in our lives we'd rather not open up to the world.

The Fashion world speaks boldly to how important it is for us to 'look good' on the outside.  Doesn't it? 

Pretty models.
Artistic clothes.
Make-Up artists.
Bold set designs for shows.

It's all about the outside.  Isn't it?

And when we move to faith…

How many people do we know within the last year that were living double lives, all the while trying to look like God was smiling blessings down on them?  They were trying to 'look good' on the outside.

How many times have we seen high profile people who are acting like they do the "God" thing, yet we know in the dark hallways of their lives, they're just trying to sell a bill of goods.  They were polished up on the outside.

Or maybe more frank….How are you at cleaning out the inside of the cup first? Are you just trying to look good outwardly?

What if we were people, honest in our conviction, true to our hearts, and simply lived in a world where we knew people are just people? 

What if we had the freedom to live life together, no matter the struggle, because we all had each other's best interest in mind?

What would happen if instead of trying to be the moral police for everyone else, we just took a long hard look at our own behavior, and tried to match it with God's transformation power in our lives? 

I would venture to say, Christianity would have a better name, if we just lived in honesty.

May we be people who care about the heart, rather than trying to command behavioral change in people.
May we be sensitive to the movings of the Holy Spirit in our own growth, and the growth of those around us.
May we be honest in our faith, knowing we all faith, and walking with others who fail, so that; we can come out stronger together.

It's why we do what we do.

We try to give teenagers the Freedom it takes so they can develop a deep faith with the God who sits on the throne of Heaven and Earth!

If you have teenagers, or you know some teenagers than need to experience this kind of freedom, don't hesitate to click on over to, and join us for an exceptional 2010 summer. 

God bless!!

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