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WORRY AND CONCERN

The call to trust and not to worry is at the core of Jesus’ teaching. But let’s be clear. Worry is not to be confused with concern. Worry frets about a problem, concern solves the problem. That reminds me of the famous George Bernard Shaw quote “You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and say Why not?”

We need to be concerned and worry about the world: Why so much war, and so many hungry children? About our City: Why can’t we have decent homes for the poor? Why can’t we rid our community of pornography which poisons minds and perverts persons? Why can’t we have excellent schools, available to persons no matter where they live?

Our city is a generous and caring city. I would urge you to choose the group with whom you are going to spend your volunteer time, asking the simply question, what are they worrying about? I will turn worry into concern and make life matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTIVE WORRY

In my last word in this column, I said, Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.

That’s true, but let’s remember this, Worry can be constructive. It can be positive when we focus on what can be done about a bad situation. If anything is worse than taking life too seriously it is taking life too lightly, that is being completely unconcerned. Don’t worry, be happy is not a workable motto, nor is it a good one.

Yes, it is wasted energy to spend time lamenting what has already happened. Crying over spilled milk leads to emotional and mental disorder, but facing the circumstances and asking what can be done may be the begin of making life matter.

 

Maxie’s Weekly Word

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 | By Maxie Dunnam
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THE DIMINISHING OF RELIGION

The change of culture in the United States has dramatically lowered the status of children. This is the conclusion of a study out of Stanford University. Six out of every one hundred kids say they have tried to commit suicide. Homicide is the leading cause of death among blacks between fifteen and nineteen. One out of every ten teenage girls gets pregnant every year, a rate twice as high as in other industrialized nations. Drinking and driving is the number one killer of American adolescents.

Hold your breath. These researchers say that the primary cause for all this is the diminishing of religion.

It’s good to hear such a word when churches and religion are being viewed so negatively and the secular press takes every opportunity to paint the failure so darkly.

Being Christian makes a difference. You make a difference and you can make life matter.

 

Maxie’s Weekly Word

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 | By Maxie Dunnam
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BURNING THE KORAN

The United States recently apologized for the unintentional burning of copies of the Koran. But this failed to quell the protests that killed at least 30 and wounded hundreds.

We would not riot, but we Christians would be upset with someone burning a bible. There is a similarity in the way we think of the Bible and the way Muslims think of the Koran.  But there is a difference. For the Muslim, it is not just the content of the Koran that is holy, it is the book itself. A Muslim would never think of writing in his copy of the Koran, or laying it casually on a bedside table or in the bathroom. The book itself is holy.

For Christians the Bible is more than a book, it is a revelation and an encounter with the living God. It is God’s breathed word. So read it, write in it, have it available wherever you might read it. It will help you make life matter.

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 | By Maxie Dunnam
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AMBITION

Elvis Presley defined ambition as a dream with a v-8 engine. Not bad philosophy for a Mississippi country boy who grew up in poverty. Sam Tollison confirms this definition. Sam is 10 years old. As a result of his leadership, on January 8, 2012, Colorado celebrated the state’s inaugural Cinnamon Roll Day. He collected over 100 signatures on a petition to give the snack its own day of appreciation. The governor was so impressed by Tollison’s grassroots campaigning that he agreed to write the day into law. You don’t have to love cinnamon rolls to love this story. It teaches some important lessons. You are more than you think you are. People respond to the passion of another. Ideas are to be put into action. Age and station in life should not inhibit expression of ambition. And Jesus would say, a little child will lead them. Hoorah for Sam. Join him in making life matter.

 

 

Maxie’s Weekly Word

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | By Maxie Dunnam
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THE POWER OF WORDS

There is power in words, even little ones like if. We have seen that in the controversy over the words on the Martin Luther King Monument about which I wrote recently. The word if was left out of King’s original word making the inscription on his monument read, I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. The quote actually came from a sermon that was critical of the drum major instinct present in all of us. King closed that sermon talking about how he wanted to be remembered. “If,” he said, “If you want to say I was a drum major, say I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” You see the little word if makes a big difference and saves King from appearing prideful and arrogant If…if someone would designate you a drum major, what would it be for? What are the causes for which you are giving your time and energy to make life matter?

 

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.