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This is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Virtual Reality

While the term "virtual reality" is used mainly in relation to what is called, "cyberspace," some persons do live a virtual existence. That is, their lives have become meaningless, with each day blending into the next. Could that be you? If so, please read what God has to say in Deuteronomy 30:19 - “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

The main principal that we see about mere existence versus a dynamic lifestyle in this verse is that vibrant living requires a choice. We may choose to follow Christ or not, but in order to make an informed decision, we have to know what it means to follow Him. One thing it does mean is losing yourself for Someone who gave His all so that you could truly live. But The Bible makes it clear that Christ also controls the universe, while having the very hairs on our heads numbered. Are you losing you’re life in aimless pursuits? Since we all tend to lose our lives for something or someone, God challenges us to lose our lives for Him. Among other things, this kind of life means being thankful and He gives us a reason to get up in the morning.

But you might be saying, “While that sounds good, you don’t know what I’m going through.” It's true I don't know, and I don’t mean to minimize your situation at all, but don’t be afraid to ask God to help you rise above your circumstances. He knows the grief that you may be going through at this point in time, so please read what proverbs 18:24 says - “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The apostle Paul was a man of many losses from the world’s point of view. He lost prestige in the eyes of man and he gave up his own comfort to share the Gospel, the good news, with others. But because of His focus on Christ, he found that he gained much more then he lost. His writings overflow with the love, joy and peace that his new life held. In fact at one point he said, in Philippians 3:7-8, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. what is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

God wants you both to know and experience the greatness that Paul found in Christ. It is a greatness that will guide you through any problem, while filling your heart with love, peace, and joy. So, while I am not suggesting that your problems will go away, and in fact they may increase, God will change your outlook if you let Him, transforming you for the good. Please come to Him in a new way, choosing life and greatness. Leave virtual reality behind and enter the greater reality of trusting in the Lord.

Remember Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."

Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

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You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM Arizona time for his Bible (currently in Psalms) study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

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