Words from the Heart for Thursday November 14th, 2019

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

Acts 17:24-25 (NIV)

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Understanding Culture

According to an article on the livelearn.ca website, “Canadians are known to be some of the most polite, tactful, and peace-loving human beings on the planet. In fact, a stereotypical Canadian is depicted as one who apologizes despite not being at fault. To a certain extent, this is true. The society greatly values tolerance, humility as well as non-violence.” According to the article, Canadian culture is marked by egalitarianism, informality, peacemaking, order and the need for personal space.

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Athens in the days of the Roman Empire was filled with temples. The Athenians were a very spiritual people and they spent a lot of time building beautiful temples and worshipping in them. They were longing for peace of heart and searching for meaning in their lives. They even had a temple to The Unknown God, because all of their religiosity didn’t meet their deepest need, so surely there must be a God out there whom they did not yet know. Paul visited Athens and spent some time studying their religions and in Acts 17:24-25 says, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” Paul began to share Christ based on where the people were spiritually. It’s a good method in our day too. In our world, where people are looking everywhere for a sense of purpose and peace, we can begin where they are and introduce Jesus as the only One who can provide the peace and joy for which they are searching.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley