I Corinthians 2:15 (NLT) Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.

Our contemporary culture desires its affairs to be as expedient, as convenient and as streamlined as possible. Yet when it comes to knowing others, and knowing ourselves, expediency breeds superficiality. In effect, our love for expediency is making us strangers to one another, and strangers to ourselves.

Socrates once said that an unexamined life is not worth living. This isn’t the time or place to discuss the merits of that statement. But I can say this with certainty: an unexamined life is impossible to live faithfully and well.  It’s evaluation time!

One reason for this is that controlling our desires has everything to do with getting to know ourselves better, that is, understanding what people, situations, and substances give us problems, and what responses are effective in countering them.

A good way to begin practicing the evaluated life is to ask yourself what you’re feeling before you indulge your promptings and inward appetites. Our appetites are often the result of, and a superficial way of dealing with, some negative emotion. This may be anger, depression, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, or any host of other emotions.

Point to ponder- When you learn to know yourself and express your feelings appropriately, your appetites can stop being emotional shortcomings and once again serve the purposes God intended them to serve.  We as people of God must evaluate our lives, our lives depend on it.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of January 2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Ms. Annette Strayker, Mr. David Strayker, and Ms. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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