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Tickled or Pickled Ears?


I’ve noticed that more and more people who call themselves Christians are allowing their ears to be tickled.  Many of these people don’t study God’s Word and only read Christian self-improvement books and/or short devotions.  I’m also seeing more of my friends and family who are either attending church sporadically,  are no longer affiliated with a church body, are only attending Sunday school (and refusing to go to worship services), or are members of a “feel good” church that doesn’t dig into Scripture with sermons that are just positive messages that don’t talk about sin.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4

ear tickeled

 I’ve been making my own fermented foods.  Kimchi and sauerkraut are two of my favorites; they taste good and they’re good for my body because they’re probiotic foods. Pickling food by using a salt brine not only preserves the food, but also adds “good” bacteria during the pickling process that helps with digestion. 

Jesus called us to be salt of the earth in Matthew 5:13 for the very same reasons we use salt — we are to help preserve and flavor the people around us as we serve Him:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

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Heavenly Father, I praise You as our Creator and our Provider.  You have given us everything we need.  I thank You for Your Word that enriches and preserves our lives.  Father, I lift up my friends, family and others who are being deceived and are only having their ears tickled.  Father, please guide me and help me to be a pickle each day — not sour with my words but salty so that I may be used to flavor the lives You’ve put in my path.  I ask these things in Jesus’ name, so You will be glorified.  Amen. 

No more fluff

  Fluff (noun)
1. light, downy particles, as of cotton.
2. a soft, light, downy mass: “a fluff of summer clouds”
3. something of no consequence: “This book is pure fluff, but was fun to read.”

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When I think of fluff, this is the very first thing that comes to my mind:

 fluff

Oh so sweet, oh so gooey marshmallow creme.
On a peanut butter sandwich it is wonderfully delicious,
but the creme (and the white bread) are totally worthless for you nutritionally.

When
I quit all forms of structured ministry last year, I gained more time to make meals for people and had more time to encourage others.  When I stopped reading fiction and discontinued online Christian book studies, I was able to read through the Bible twice.  When I gave up white sugar and white flour, I began reading food labels more and started eating a healthier diet. When I took apps off my Ipad and didn’t get on Facebook so much, I found more time to go the gym and refound my love of exercise.

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he was writing in response to the sinful things that were going on in Corinth.  The below Scripture reminds us that even though we have freedom in Christ, not everything is constructive or beneficial:

1 Corinth 10-23

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 I love living life more purposefully.  By removing some fluff,  I feel like I’m not wasting the precious resource of time and I’m definitely not as stressed.   I also feel like the things I’m doing are more intentional, and because I’m not overly busy I am able to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting.  This week I put in an application for a month long mission trip.  Please pray for me if this is God’s will I will be accepted.