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We Need to Get Back to the Basics of Life ^Pursuing purity with a passion. Walking by faith. Loving without prejudice or pride. Living with a hopeful heart. Do these aspirations sound unattainable? For some they may, but for Christians they are the basics of life. Walking on the side of faith means following in the steps of the Savior how modeled these qualities and said, "follow me." These are the qualities that have shaped the legendary music and ministry of Andy Chrisman, Marty Magehee, Mark Harris, and Kirk Sullivan, better known as 4HIM. Their award-winning music and powerful lyrics have propelled them to the top of the Christian music charts time and time again. Now they turn their talents to the written word as they further reveal their passion for their music and their God in this dynamic devotional book. Walk with them on the side of faith and into the embrace of our loving God. ^
The Basics of LifeMarty Magehee Our kitchen looked like the aftermath of anactive war zone, with crusty pots and pans towering above thesink, traces of flour and sugar lacing the floor, and a thinlayer of smoke-like steam rising from the stove. My beautifulwife, Sheri, was poised amid the fray with spatula in hand,looking every bit the part of the fabulous cook she is. For hoursshed been slaving over the line of fire, whipping up allsorts of casseroles, quiches, meat pies, and whatever elseshed found enough ingredients to make. By watching one ofthose Ala-Martha Stewart daytime programs, shed discovereda way to prepare a months supply of our favorite maincourses and then store them away for later use. So, whenever thenext thirty-one dinner bells would roll around, all shedhave to do is walk from the freezer to the microwave, andvoila!--instant home-cooked meals. I married an amazingwoman. After giving her the night off and scouringHamburger Hill, I started thumbing through her recipe box to seewhat shed been throwing together. As I scanned her indexcards, I began to pick up on something thats probably farfrom revolutionary to a seasoned cook like Sheri, but for anovice like myself, it was quite a revelation. Running througheach recipe was a common thread--salt. It seemed to be theone basic ingredient that had the power to make or break theflavor of everything shed made. Without salt, her entiredays work would have wound up hugging the bottom of agarbage bag. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said that his followers"are like salt for everyone on earth"--the onebasic ingredient that has the power to make or break the destinyof every soul that hungers for a taste of eternal life. We asChristians have been commissioned to bring savor and hope to anotherwise bland and lifeless creation. We live in a spiritual ice age, wherecompromise and individualism have frozen shut every heartrefusing to accept the simplicity of following Jesus. Saltsubstitutes like transcendental meditation and New Ageconsciousness are constantly being proposed by those who wish toalter an already complete recipe. Some have gone so far as torule out the very existence of God, setting themselves up asdeities. If we are to melt away these chilling deceptions, thesalt in our lives must be pure. If even one grain of a worldlysalt substitute is introduced into our "salt shakers,"we contaminate our witness and become just as guilty ofcompromise as those were trying to reach. In Matthew 16:6, Jesus told his disciples,"Watch out! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees"because he knew how easily our human nature could feed on theirteachings. In reminding us how responsive an entire lump of doughis to even the smallest amount of yeast, Jesus was warning usagainst the takeover potential of false doctrines. With a dash ofmaterialism here or a pinch of false humility there, we cangradually drift away from the "pure and spotless"motive of James 1:27, without ever noticing the change. This iswhy Paul said, "We must give our full attention to what wewere told, so that we wont drift away" (Hebrews 2:1).He, too, was aware of how easily these tiny granules can creepinto our character and effect everything we are. So, its probably not a bad idea topractice some salt e
4 Him is a Pop/Contemporary Gospel music group. Marty Magehee, Mark Harris, Kirk Sullivan, and Andy Chrisman have worked together in ministry since 1986.