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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Glory to Shame

January 9

(Psalm 4:1-2 NIV) “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. {2} How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?

(Proverbs 20:1 NIV) “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

(Ephesians 5:18 NIV) “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

There’s a poignant scene in the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance” where young Hardy Greaves, approaches the hardened alcoholic, Rannulph Junnah in a darkened back room full of gamblers. Junnah expounds on the effects of alcohol and how it affects brain cells. First, the sadness cells die. But they always come back; so you drink more. Then the quiet cells die and we get real loud and arrogant. Then our stupid cells go and everything we say becomes real smart. Finally, our memory cells die and we end up repeating the same stupid behavior over and over again and expecting different results. God created us to glorify His name. But we often spend our lives in one kind of back room or another, drowning ourselves in who knows what. And the glory God gave us at our creation, slowly but surely, turns to shame. There’s got to be a better way. There is! His name is Jesus. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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