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Septemeber 11th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”
If you’ve heard that verse quoted once, you’ve probably heard it a hundred times. For Christians, John 3:16 is the most known verse. For antagonists of Christianity, Matthew 7:1 may move to the number one spot.
In the world’s eagerness to believe that anything goes, there is in the popular mindset no absolute truth, and no one has any right to disagree with anybody. If you dare disagree… you will likely be labeled as ajudgmental hypocrite.
So much for tolerance!
Of course the Jesus calls us to be spiritually discerning people, while at the same time we are to avoid hypocrisy and treat people with civility. How can we learn and what can we learn about spiritual discernment from Jesus words?

Matt. 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matt. 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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