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CLARITY – 1-16-20 Pictures Can Be Deceptive


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-16-20

Pictures Can Be Deceptive

What’s Happening: “In an act that Sheriff Gibson. of Osceola County, FL called ‘despicable,’ Anthony Todt  (44) confessed to killing his wife (Meghan – 42), his two sons (Alek – 13, and Tyler – 11), his daughter (Zoey – 4), and their family dog, Breezy, it was announced at a press conference yesterday. Everyone that knew them had nothing but good to say about them, though a recent eviction notice from their rented five bedroom home in Celebration (A Disney development that backed onto Disney World) indicated some financial difficulties ( ‘ They were always god people’ said Dimitri Koutsofavas, a friend. ‘We met when we were coaching our kids at soccer,’ he said. ‘All the people that knew them had nothing but good things to say.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I read the article and saw their pictures…so deceptive!”

Biblical Response:  “That’s the problem with snapshots and portraits…everybody puts their ‘say-cheese’ smiles on, but reality can often be different. Anyone can look like everything is hunky-dory for a frozen moment in time, but real life is a three dimensional video that keeps rolling, even in tough times (Jer. 6:14; Jer. 8:11). Face it, evil exists (Eph. 6:12), we live in a fallen world (read Gen. 3), and things are not always as they seem (Matt. 7:15). As horrific and tragic as these events are, we should not be surprised…God isn’t (Ps. 139).”

“Christians? We believe in keeping short accounts (with our brothers and sisters…and with God). Things only build up to impossible proportions, when we don’t unburden ourselves often (James 5:16).”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know our own breaking points and not to be so proud that we don’t ask for help; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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