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A Diverse Culture

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” – Romans 12:4-6 We need only to look at the many different kinds of plants, animals, and people in Creation to understand that we serve a God who loves variety. He is not a one-size-fits-all kind of Lord, and while He asks us to uphold certain absolute truths, the manner in which we reflect His glory to the world is as special as we are. Our Savior delights in our distinct personalities, and He’s given us all abilities and talents that are unique to us. As His children, we each have a part to play in bringing His

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The Blessing in Wisdom

“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” – 1 Kings 4:29 In addition to righteousness, the second of the three virtues I believe leads to a blessed life is wisdom. While many of us hear this somewhat intimidating term and think it refers to intelligence or “book smarts,” the truth is that wisdom is inextricably linked to character. For this reason, it can always be cultivated and inherited in greater measure. Perhaps this is why James 1:5 says to ask God for more of it, and He will gladly provide. So what exactly is wisdom? I believe it’s simply humility — the opposite of arrogance. Wisdom is an attitude of heart that doesn’t assume it knows best but that seeks advice and input from others. It yields to the Lord’s way and is willing to consider

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