ALOHA SAINTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS,   Beloved of God and me.    John 3:14-18

    “WORTH CONSIDERING” 9/10/20    From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture          (Across my desk last night from a church in Texas.)
“I will walk with integrity of heart within my house…”  (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)

Be a Person of Integrity
Solomon said, “A good name is worth more than great riches.” Your reputation is one of the most valuable things you have, and it is built on the foundation of your personal integrity. A person of integrity does the right thing when no one is watching. You can have talent, determination, and vision, but without integrity, you won’t reach your full potential.

Where does it start? In today’s Scripture, David was saying, “Starting in my private life, when I could compromise, give in to temptation, cheat people, instead I’m going to do the right thing. I’m going be a person of excellence and show God that He can trust me.” He went on to say, “I will not look at anything impure. I won’t watch things that are going to poison me. I will not have anything to do with crooked dealings, things that are shady, not ethical.” Your name is too important to let it become tarnished by not having integrity.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that down at the foundation of my life I can be a person of integrity, someone who’s true to You no matter what. Thank You that as I honor You, You are a shield of protection to me. I will not let small things keep me from Your big blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Ken’s Thoughts:
Watching the news today, it would seem the whole country has completely lost it’s integrity.  Unless you go back to the sources, sometime not possible, you have no way of know what is the truth.  One of the founding fathers of our government noted that our form of government would not last without moral and ethical people in office.   So let’s take a look at the deep meanings of the word INTEGRITY:

in·teg·ri·ty  noun  1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.  “he is known to be a man of integrity”  honesty,  uprightness,  probity.  rectitude, honor,  honorableness,  upstandingness,  good character,  principle(s),  ethics,  morals, righteousness,  morality,  nobility,  high-mindedness,  right-mindedness,  noble-mindedness, virtue,  decency,  fairness,  scrupulousness,  sincerity,  truthfulness,  trustworthiness.  2.  the state of being whole and undivided.  “upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”  Similar:  unity,  unification,  wholeness,  coherence,  cohesion,  undividedness.       So if we were to give God a blank report card on the above parts of Integrity, how would you do?    How much greasy grace & sloppy agape do you feel that our Creator will allow in HIS Kingdom considering the mess we have made here.

Don’t we have an awful time keeping our integrity in this world especially when some soul shows up at our door and want’s the time to be friends.  If we take a hard look at integrity we tend to white lie a lot.  Somebody asks me how I feel, my feet hurt and I had a fight with my wife and I say just fine because I really don’t want to talk to them about it. And you know what, the Holy Spirit is just itching to help us clean up our personal integrity if we will allow HIM to.  But HE is very much of a gentle man and will not push or manipulate.  If we want to sow weed seeds, it is up to us.  But later we will have to spend  time pulling the weeds.  The Holy Spirit will simply wait until we are up for correction.

When I was 16 and in a Foster Home in Oakland, CA,   Mr. Barns, the director, called me into his office one afternoon.  He talked to me about my integrity.  He told me that never in his experience had he ran into a kid that could rationalize like I could.  At the time I almost felt like I was getting an A on my homework.   But I was in Summer School, College Level,  and did end up with A’s and B’s on 11 unites which allowed me to graduated from secondary school in 1950.   So he had my keys and did good.    But the discipline was short lived as I was soon in the Army and learned how to be Beetle Baily.  In fact until Jesus scraped me up in 1955 I lived mostly in the arms of lack of integrity.

In my Christian experience the first church I was attached to was lovingly, very permissive.  No one wanted to make ripples.  It was a small boring box for about 13 years.  Kept me pointed towards Jesus but I never learned how to eat spiritual meat.  I found that God’s plan for us is to really help us by HIS grace to become completely sanctified to where we become like HIM.  He wants us housebroken before we go home.  Now at this point I am losing some of you, but hang on and consider this next verse of scripture.   1 John 4:17: “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.”  Not much preached on this subject but the thought runs clear through the New Testament.  To get in, Jesus must be LORD….

Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><

Worthy Brief <;    Muslim Fulani herdsmen are suspected of murdering three members of the Evangelical Church Winning All denomination in Nigeria’s Kaduna state early on Sunday morning, the Christian Post reports. Two church members were also abducted in the same attack and a further five were kidnapped in a separate attack on a nearby community the same day. The killings and abductions are the latest in ongoing murderous assaults by Islamic extremist terrorists on Christian communities in Nigeria.   COVID deaths for the week ending August 22 have returned to levels not seen since the end of June.  Following the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, it is possible the UAE will make use of a crude oil pipeline originally built by Israel and pre-revolution Iran – and turn Israel into a major center for the transport of oil between regions, 246 Mag reports. In using the pipeline, the UAE could bypass transporting oil through the Suez Canal and save a great deal of money on shipping costs.   The Arab League rejected on Wednesday a Palestinian proposal condemning the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a Palestinian diplomatic source said on Wednesday according to Middle East news agencies.  President Trump checked off a key campaign promise Wednesday with a major drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq and an even greater reduction in Afghanistan coming soon
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