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Since 1970, the average house has grown from 1,500 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. Before that time, storage units were unknown but the industry has now grown to about 52,000 facilities in the US because of various lifestyle changes (marriage, divorce, retirement, a death in the family, etc).  Because of this problem, an organization began in 1989 called Clutterers Anonymous (CLA) which is active in over 50 cities in 17 states as of 2005. (Wikipedia)

Why do we have so much clutter?  What is the danger of being messy?  How can we overcome this problem? God’s word has the answer.  We will endeavor to answer these questions from the Bible. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

Why do we have so much clutter? Things are cheap, accessible, and disposable.  What was accessible only to the extremely rich in the past is now affordable to the middle class. Just as Solomon did not refuse anything his eyes saw when he was king (Ecclesiastes 2:10a), we seem to be obsessed with the compulsion to buy everything we see, like a kid in a candy store.

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The Christian’s GPS Guide

Most people are familiar with the GPS, a global navigation satellite system developed by the Department of Defense which transmits precise signals allowing receivers to calculate and display accurate location, speed, and time information to the user. These global positioning systems work in most weather conditions, day or night, 24 hours a day, around the globe, and we can use them to help us get to our destinations. You simply put in your destination address, and it will tell you turn by turn directions for the roads you need to travel to get you there. Some models will even alert you to traffic and construction delays that you might encounter and will allow you to avoid them. Using the acronym GPS, let us consider a few comparisons between this man made GPS and God, and how we should use our spiritual GPS. Continue reading » The Christian’s GPS Guide