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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: READ CAREFULLY
By Paul Potenza
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You know if you don't read carefully you can miss a lot of important points.
Let's say that you have FINALLY decided to buy a new house. You have read the contract that delineates all of your responsibilities as "owner". I'll grant you that the terms seem to have been written by nuclear scientists with severe attention span disorders so that they have come up with phrases like "the party of the first part (herein after referred to as "owner") agrees to reimburse the party of the second part (herein after referred to as "mortgager") for services rendered to the party of the THIRD part blah blah blah...etc.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: You know who's paying for this party don't you?
ADDITIONAL AUTHOR'S NOTE: You, personally, are NOT invited to the party.
Anyway, what I started out to say is that sometimes when you read things, you tend to miss some important points.
Take scripture for example. The bible leaves some important things out.
You have to put yourself in the moment.
Take Jesus crucifixion. John 19:18 "Here they crucified him, and with him two others - one on each side and Jesus in the middle". Now that's a simple statement, but unless you THINK about what goes into a crucifixion, you're bound to miss some things.
I was reading a good one today which had been absolutely LOST on me for years.
In John 14:8 Philip says "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." These guys REALLY wanted to understand Jesus! Moments before, in the same conversation, Jesus had said to them "You know the way to the place where I am going." and Good ol' "Doubting Thomas" said "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him."
Then Philip makes his statement..."Lord. SHOW us the Father and that will be enough for us".
Jesus answers "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?"
I can just see Jesus' eyes looking imploringly at his earthly friends...wondering at the fact that they just didn't GET that he WAS His Father and his Father was Him.
Keep reading my dear brothers and sisters. Try not to let old phases become common place and hackneyed.
Always remember that attached to every line that was written was a human being who burped and sweated and had the occasional headache and heartache.
Remember that "Jesus wept" John 11:35.
Of course he never had to buy a house.
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