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Spiritual Nuggets - February 2010


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Spiritual Nuggets for February 2010. Issued by Middle East Union

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Spiritual Nuggets - February 2010

  1. 1. [“DO NOT LET ANY O n December 14, 1996, a 763 foot grain UNWHOLESOME TALK COME freighter, The Bright Field, was heading down the Mississippi near New Orleans, OUT OF YOUR MOUTHS, BUT Louisiana, when it lost control, veered toward the shore ONLY WHAT IS HELPFUL FOR and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. At the time, BUILDING OTHERS UP the Riverwalk Mall was crowded with some 1,000 shoppers causing injuries to 116 of them. The impact of ACCORDING TO THEIR the freighter demolished parts of the wharf, which is the NEEDS, THAT IT MAY site of 200 shops and restaurants as well as the adjoining BENEFIT THOSE WHO Hilton Hotel. The ship had lost control at the stretch in the Mississippi that is considered the most dangerous to LISTEN…” EPHESIANS 4:29. ] navigate. After investigating the accident for a year, the Coast Guard reported that the freighter had lost control because the engine had shut down. The engine had shut down because of low oil pressure. The oil pressure was low because of a clogged oil filter. And the oil filter was clogged because the ship’s crew had failed to maintain the engine properly. Furthermore, the failure was not out of character. According to the lead Coast Guard investigator, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to test the ship’s equipment and to repair long-standing engine problems. Sudden spiritual disasters often times have a long history as well – a long history of failing to filter your influences. If you fail to avoid negative influences, you are heading for a spiritual shipwreck. If you are going to have any chance at all to win this spiritual showdown with sin, you are going to have to avoid negative influences. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 Tibor S - SN -1-