Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!

William Law (1686-1761 A. D.) in his classic work, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Lifeputs forth some thought provoking ideas for the committed follower of Jesus Christ:

”The devout…are people who do not live to their own will, or in the way and spirit of the world, but only to

 the will of God.  Such people consider God in everything, and make every aspect of their lives holy by doing

 everything in the name of God and in a way that conforms to God’s glory.” (Scriptural references added)

[The Savior and His apostles] teach us:

To renounce the world and be different in our attitudes and ways of life (Eph. 4:17-24)

To renounce all its goods  (Lk. 14:26-33; 18:22,23; Phil 3:7,8)

To fear none of its evils…  (Lk. 12:32; John 14:1,27; 16:33; Heb. 13:5,6))

To have no value for its happiness  (Psa. 37:1,2,7; 73:2-20; Prov. 3:31;24:1)

To be as newborn babes who are born into a new state of things  (I Pet. 2:2, 3)

To live as pilgrims in spiritual watching, in holy fear, and heavenly aspiring after another life (I Pet. 2:11; Heb. 11:13-16; I Pet. 1:15-17)

To take up our cross daily, to deny ourselves  (Lk. 9:23, 24; Jn. 12:25, 26)

To profess the blessedness of mourning, to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit (Matt. 5:3,4)

To forsake the pride and vanity of riches… (I Tim. 6:6-10,17-19; Prov. 23:4)

To live in the profoundest state of humility (Jer. 45:5; Matt. 18:2-4; Rom. 12:3, 16; Gal. 6:14)

To rejoice in worldly sufferings  (Act. 5:41; Matt. 5:10-12)

To reject the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I Jn. 2:15-17; Col. 3:1,2)

To bear injuries, to forgive and bless our enemies… (Matt. 5:43-48; Lk. 6:27-36; Rom.12:14-21)

To give up our whole hearts and affections to God (Deut. 10:12,13; I Jn. 5:2-4)

“To strive to enter through the straight gate into a life of eternal glory.”   (Matt. 7:13, 14)


My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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