Notes from Brother Jay

The Worst of Our Habits

Some behaviors are addictions and require intense treatment.  Usually indicated by disruption in several areas of a person’s life, addictions are subject to denials and when addressed, cannot easily be stopped.  Habits, however, are the sum of our practicing a behavior until it’s automatic.

“An addiction is a compulsive need of a certain thing or substance to the body, which when deprived causes horrible effects. A habit can be controlled or modified, while addiction cannot be controlled and requires professional help for modification.” (http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-habit-and-addiction)

      So, what is our worst habit?  You might think the answer subjective, and for the most part you would be correct.  However, one habit many of us have, and enjoy, is the worst habit of them all, GOSSIP!  The wisdom of the Proverbs says:

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The Customer is the Customer

     John and Charles Wesley grew up in the Church of England where their father served as a Parish Priest.   The 18th century church was in decline as it had become a somewhat closed culture where prosperity and wealth set the tone.  Priests trained in some of the finest academic institutions in the world, as did John and Charles, where the study of Greek and an understanding of theology superseded the Gospel of mercy and grace.
     Tension in England grew as the struggle escalated between the haves and have nots, where no real middle class existed.  Pressure began to build in both England and France as the privileged ignored the plight of ordinary people.
    

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The Age of Anger

     Jesus got angry.  He entered the Temple in Jerusalem only to discover (being omniscient He already knew) officials and those authorized by them, taking advantage of travelers there to sacrifice.  Small animals available for sale but only after you exchanged your foreign coins for local money at rates bordering on theft.  Jesus got so angry He “cleared the Temple,” shouting about their  turning His Father’s house, a place reserved for prayer, into a “den of thieves!”
So, anger must be okay?
  

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