Most consider fortune to be materialistic wealth in some form or fashion.

  • What do you consider a fortune?
  • If you consider yourself as having a fortune, how did you obtain it?
  • Was your fortune inherited or did you build it on your own?
  • Have you ever lost a fortune?
  • Does this talk of material wealth make you uncomfortable or excited?
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Looking up the word “call” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary indicates the word may be used as a verb or a noun.

Within these categories for use the examples for “call” are extensive:

  • Call for help
  • Call for an investigation
  • Call of an animal
  • Call by telephone
  • Call to show hand in a card game
  • Call a square dance
  • Call to pay respects
  • Call out a number
  • Call the roll
  • Call a sport
  • Call to testify
  • Call to mind
  • Call to duty
  • Call a meeting
  • Call to wake up
  • Call for an offense
  • Call off
  • Call a spade a spade
  • Call for
  • Call it quits
  • Call names
  • And so on…😊

We will examine closely today two more examples not included above:

the transitive verb: “call on: defined as:1 : to call upon Is there anyone you can call on in an emergency?; and the noun form defined as :: a divine vocation or strong inner prompting to a particular course of action often referring to as being called or a calling.

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The year 2020 was certainly a year of adjusting our gears.

Now as we head into 2021, we will still be adjusting our gears

Truthfully, adjusting gears is a normal part of everyday life.

We age every year and face different physical, mental, and emotional adjusting.

We have adjusting to do if we start dating, get married, adopt a pet, birth, or adopt a child, lose a loved one to death, and a myriad of other relationship activities with friends and blood relatives.

Then there is adjusting to a new home whether upsizing or downsizing.

Changing jobs or a career involves adjusting too.

What about adjusting one’s spiritual understanding?

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Holy Spirit

It was Christmas day.

I do not recall my exact age but guesstimate I was in upper grade school.

The rest of the family had dispersed leaving me by myself.

I was sitting in the living room surrounded by the gifts I had received from my family.

Everything I had asked for had been received.

Yet, I was disillusioned.

My mother happened to come down the hallway that led to the living room and noticed me.

She quietly sat down beside me and asked why I seemed disappointed.

I do not recall my exact response to her at the time.

But I have never forgotten that feeling.

The feeling of getting everything I asked for yet sensing an emptiness.

Have you ever experienced a sense of emptiness after receiving something you wanted or even needed?

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What does it take for you to be convinced?

Are you someone who needs to do extensive research on your own before you will accept something as true?

Or are you convinced because of who you initially heard something from?

One time in a discussion group a fellow student of mine exclaimed in a frustrating tone that he was struggling with the varied readings we had been assigned. He felt both authors gave compelling arguments from the opposite point of view. He had felt convinced by each author until he read the next one.  

I noticed our professor, who was sitting in on the discussion, exhibited a quick little smirk with a twinkle in his eye before responding calmly, “Have you compared both author’s point of views with what scripture actually says on the topic?”

  • Have you ever been in that situation?
  • Uncertain of what you should be convinced about?
  • What is the most important thing to be convinced of according to scripture?
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A definition of plenty is an adequate or more than adequate number or amount of something: a number or amount of something that is enough for a particular purpose.

  • Given the picture above, how much food is plenty enough for you to be satisfied?
  • Does your sense of “plenty” vary?
  • Maybe your sense of “plenty” depends on what food is in the chafing dishes above?
  • What type of banquet are you imagining that you would love to have plenty enough for you to feel satisfied?
  • What is the ultimate purpose behind having plenty?
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One definition of the word promise is a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.

The picture above shows a common childhood type of promise known as the pinky swear.

  • How many of your childhood promises have you kept?
  • How about as an adult?
  • When is the last time you made a promise?
  • Did you keep that promise?
  • When is the last time someone made a promise to you?
  • Have they kept that promise?
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