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Today, we quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his book “Life Together.”  He warns us against becoming isolated:

“Sin demands to have a man by himself.  It withdraws him from the community.  The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.”

It is so easy for us to be alone.  In isolation, our thoughts can run rampant.  In isolation, we are always correct, for what correction is needed in isolation?  This is precisely what sin does – draw us away from the body and into self.  How does sin work? First, sin tugs at those desires that lay dormant within us.  Once awakened, those desires draw us away from the body.  But it doesn’t end there.  Once we have fully immersed ourselves in our desire, we come to ourselves to realize what we have done.  Then, guilt sets in.  Guilt then convinces us we can’t go back to the body, for what will the body think of us?  The shame continues to keep us isolated from the body.  And since we are isolated from the body, where else can we go but to return to the sin we desired?  The truth is, we cannot overcome the desires on our own; indeed, they are greater and mightier than we are.  This is why we need the body.  We are weakened in isolation; we are strengthened in community.

Book coverHere is what one person wrote upon reading A Glimpse of the Kingdom:
“By the way I enjoyed the book—I like how you thoroughly explained basic kingdom principles. The inclination at times when you go over basics is to gloss over them because you assume people know it. But I really like how you broke things down without being too technical. You wrote for the reader and not to show off your knowledge which is what I believe some writers do at times.”

This book is written for YOU, so that you may have a better understanding of the story that is written in the Bible.  Order your copy today by visiting www.ronmosbybooks.com.

Eph. 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

As we approach what is for us this Thanksgiving holiday, let us be mindful of the fact that we should be thankful first and foremost that God had mercy on our lives and allowed us to hear the good news of his kingdom.  Just as Israel did nothing that could ever be deemed worthy of earning the distinction of being declared holy, there is nothing we could do to ever earn the privilege of hearing the gospel.  We heard it simply because of the grace of a sovereign God.  But just as he had mercy on our lives, so too should we have mercy on the lives of others.  Be merciful toward others on purpose, and may the Lord bless you and your family during this time.

Beginning Monday, November 30, Ron Mosby will be on Periscope broadcasting A Daily Glimpse.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @mosbyknowsme and on Periscope: A Daily Glimpse – mosbyknowsme.

Finally, Ron will be conducting a discussion and book signing at the Triple Moon Coffee Company, 1100 Central Ave., Middletown, OH 45044 on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  If you have friends or family in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas,  let them know so they can come out and discuss the kingdom of God and have an opportunity to buy a copy of A Glimpse of the Kingdom.

May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.