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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Circular Letter to the Georgia Baptist Association - Part 2
January 6, 2010

Yesterday, we began looking at some interesting findings from an 1832 letter to the Georgia Baptist Association. Today we will finish that letter by pointing out some interesting findings from the second portion of that letter.

Regarding Punctuality in Our Contracts:

It is rather interesting that in one section of the letter, the author mentioned that debt seemed to be in fashion in those days. I wonder what he would say about the climate of our culture today regarding debt?
He goes on to write:

"how many pitiful and unjustifiable excuses are made for want of punctuality by professing Christians. Our exhortation is that you fulfill your contracts. We think there is a great deal too much credit in our day, and if necessary should drive you to it, and you perceive that you cannot meet the demand when due, go to your creditor and obtain indulgence for further time. By this means you will save your character for honesty...It is better for you to sacrifice property than your Christian character."

Indeed the Bible is correct in stating that the borrower is slave to the lender. How is your witness being affected by your use of finances? Have you ever thought about the impact that finances have on your witness?

Regarding Observance of the Sabbath

The author has much to say about regard for the Sabbath. In one remark he says, "Where there is not much attention to the Sabbath, there is not much attention to religion. Recklessness of the one is generally the concomitant of recklessness of the other."

Wow! Have you ever thought about the connection between our treatment of the Sabbath and our worship? Do you think that it is possible that our careless view of the Sabbath might be affecting our worship? I believe so. We should have a high regard for the one day that God rested and called us to keep as holy.

I found this letter from ancient history, at least in terms of modern history, to be quite relevant to our society today. Perhaps we have failed to learn from the past. If so, we are bound to repeat its mistakes. Let's take a close look at our lives and see where we need to change some things!

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