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Life of LAB: Oh to be.... Devoted.

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Originally published at www.road2wholeness.com on 11/25/2017

Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog!  Thank you for taking the read today.  We’re in day five of our Life of LAB quick lab series.  Today’s lab is “Oh to be… Devoted.”

I begin with a question.  In a modern world, what does it mean to be devoted to the ways of God?  It’s easy to turn to rituals, but I’ll like to suggest or submit another way to live a devoted life.  First, let’s consider the opposition.  In the quick lab “Always Fed” we looked at some of the ways to overcome the temptations of the tempter.  Today, we’ll look at the tempter when he becomes animated, and we’ll look at a few scriptures to help us to remain devoted. 
Before we continue, I should clarify what I mean by animated.  In the example from Luke 4:1-4, where the Lord is being tempted, or tested by the tempter (the devil), we see the tempter in an in-animated form.  These are the times when we are tried one-on-one.  These one-on-one trials usually take…

Life of LAB: Throw Up

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Originally published at www.road2wholeness.com on 11/24/2017

Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog!  Thank you for taking the read today.  We’re continuing in the Life of LAB series.  This is the fourth of seven quick labs.  Today’s lab is “Throw Up”.  Let’s go right away to scripture.
Jonah 2:5-6 reads, “The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.  To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.  But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.”
Well we’ve all probably thrown up before, but have you ever been thrown up?  Have you ever been completely spat out?  Between every level of faith there are guts.  We are ejected from one level of faith into the other not by happenstance, but by guts.  Sometime even with all our guts in place, we still need an extra push.  Have you ever found yourself stuck between dimensions of faith?  If you have, then you know that life itself will help to push you…

Life of LAB: Always Fed

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Originally published at www.road2wholeness.com on 11/23/2017

Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog.  Thank you for taking the read today.  Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s day three of Life of LAB.  Today’s blog is “Always Fed”!  This is a great follow up to yesterday’s blog where the subject was trash pick-up.  Today we’ll look at a few different scriptures.
We begin with Matthew 4:3.  In this text the tempter is speaking to Jesus.  He says to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  Jesus then responds, “It is written: ‘that man shall not live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
This conversation is during the time Jesus spent in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (the tempter).  I find this to be an interesting dynamic that we can use to build up our defenses against the tempter.  First, we see that Jesus did respond to the devil.  That is an interesting observation.  Then we see that He responds with “Word”.  The next th…