Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor
Volume V, Issue X
This week the 'other' weekly news magazine focuses on Medical Bills [click to read]. No doubt, healthcare costs are rising. Insurance is becoming less affordable (in the wake of the 'Affordable Care Act's' mandates). The 'answers' being legislated are not solving the problem. Maybe it is time we restated the problem. Listen to Dr. Benjamin Carson's Remarks [click to read] at the National Prayer Breakfast. Often our falling short in the solution comes from a lack of vision in correctly envisioning the challenge.
The Power of Our Words
Today THYME is breaking from parody of the 'other' weekly news magazine to look at the power in rephrasing the situation. Here is a moving video presentation that illustrates the power of our words.
The power of our words.
Speaking into the troubled world of the Roman Empire, the Church in the First Century was accused of being "these that have turned the world upside down." Acts 17:6. Indeed, the promise of a new and better Kingdom changed how people saw their situation -- and how they looked at one another!
Audio Adrenaline - "Kings and Queens"
A beautiful capture of Imago Dei!
No longer limited in vision to an empire of many slaves and few citizens, the Church now saw themselves as joint heirs of Christ's Kingdom, and began to treat each other accordingly.
Romans 12 entreated the new believers: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Today's world is in no less need of radical revisioning. How will Scripture inspire us to see differently? Real Transformation must begin with Faith and Vision...
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