Included in this week’s issue:
Only two types of persons: Those who worship and serve the creature and those who worship and serve the Creator.
Airline Pilot Puts People Over Profits
I love stories where people make tough decisions to serve people rather than the bottom line. Over the Christmas season, a Delta Airlines pilot made a very bold decision that could have made all his passengers angry and gotten him fired.
A grieving family was traveling from Phoenix to Memphis to attend their father’s funeral, but they missed their connection by seconds. Captain Adam Cohen saw the family waving frantically through the terminal windows as the plane pulled away from the jet way. He radioed in to find out what the commotion was about. When he learned that this family was going to miss their father’s funeral, he did what he thought was right. He returned his plane to the terminal so the family could board and make it home. Hopefully Delta rewarded this pilot’s desire to serve others in their time of distress. The news story is here.
God Loves “Re” Words
There are a lot of “re” words in the Bible. Have you ever noticed? Words like redemption, renew, repent, restore, resurrection, reconciliation and regeneration show up over and over throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. The reputation of Christians today, however, often reflects a different set of “re” words: resisting, reacting and rejecting. These are biblical words too. The Bible commands us to “resist the devil,” for example (James 4:7), and a wicked man is one who does not “reject evil” (Ps. 36:4). But these are not the most important “re” words in the Bible. Not by a long shot.
– From Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet’s Restoring All Things: God’s Audacious Plan to Change the World Through Everyday People, (Baker Books, 2015), p. 17.