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Your Words Matter

Words have power. They can encourage or discourage. They can give direction or they can cause confusion. They can help or they can hurt. They can mend relationships or tear them apart. They can inspire or demoralize. They can lead to life or they can lead to death.

Your words matter. They matter to other people and they matter to God. It matters what you say, and it matters what you pray.

2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. (Colossians 4:2-6)

It Matters What You Pray

From Colossians 4:2-3, you learn five guiding principles about prayer. These help to guide your prayer life.

2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message… (Colossians 4:2-3)

  1. Prayer is a conversation between you and God (v2). What an amazing truth that the God of the universe listens when you pray! Just talk to Him, and then listen quietly as He speaks to your heart and mind. Some people literally pull up a chair beside them to remind them that God is there in the room listening.
  2. Be devoted to prayer (v2). Make prayer a priority in your life. Put it in your daily schedule. Reserve time for prayer. Find a place to get alone, just you and God.
  3. Be ready to pray (v2). The Bible says that we are to pray without ceasing. This means that as the events of life unfold, be ready to pause — even if it’s only for a moment — to pray. When you read the headlines, pray about world events. When you are about to head into a meeting, pray. When you are facing temptation, pray. When you need direction on a decision, pray. Be ready to pray at all times.
  4. Be thankful as you pray (v2). As you pray, remember to tell God what you are thankful for, because that list is long. Above all, express thanksgiving for the salvation you have in Christ. Be thankful as you pray.
  5. Pray for open doors for the gospel (v3). The apostle Paul, one of the greatest evangelists and church planters the world has ever known, asked his friends to pray for him to have open doors to share the gospel of Jesus Christ (v3). If he needed prayer for that, then we do too. Pray for your friends to have opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and pray the same for you. God loves to answer that prayer. When you pray it, you will begin to notice open doors all around.

It Matters What You Say

Colossians 4:3-6 teaches five guiding principles on your speech.

3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. (Colossians 4:3-6)

  1. Be ready to share the good news of Jesus Christ when God opens the door (vv3-4). When God opens a door for you to share your faith story with someone, tell them about what God has done and is doing in your life. Your words matter.
  2. Your actions impact how people hear your words (v5). The Bible tells you in verse five that it is important how you act toward outsiders. It should be evident to all that you are an authentic follower of Christ, therefore when you invite them to church or engage them in a spiritual conversation they won’t be confused. Your Christ-honoring lifestyle will reinforce the words that come from your mouth.
  3. Speak graciously (v6). As a Christ-follower, you realize how gracious God has been to you. The Holy Spirit fills your life, and gives you the capacity to speak graciously to others. Don’t speak harshly. Speak graciously. Those words will point people to Christ.
  4. Speak in a way that engages the imagination (v5). When the Bible says (v5) that our conversation should be “seasoned with salt,” this means that Christians’ words should add flavor to life! Your words should engage the imagination of those you are talking with. Look for Christ-honoring ways to add flavor to the conversations of life.
  5. Every conversation is important (v6). Verse six tells you that you should know how to answer everyone. When you read the stories of Jesus in the gospels, you realize that every single person was important to Him. Every conversation was important. It should be the same with you too. Your words matter. People matter to God.
 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The Impact That Jesus Makes

When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a new person: from lost to found, from darkness to light, from spiritual death to spiritual life. The changes are profound. And the impact that He has on your words, attitudes, and actions are life-changing. He impacts every part of your life.

Some people think that being a Christian means just attending church services for one hour each Sunday. Others think it’s just about religious observances that happen a few times a year. Still others think that being a Christian is just believing that God exists. But, the pages of the Bible tell us that those who follow Jesus Christ are changed completely. Their eternal destiny is changed from hell to heaven, and their daily life is changed in amazing ways.

1. Jesus impacts your home. A home where Jesus is Lord is a beautiful thing to see. Even though the parents and children are not perfect, they are forgiven of their sin and they are focused on living life God’s way, in a way that honors Him. There is genuine love displayed by the husband to his wife, unconditional love of serving her and sacrificing for her. The wife responds by choosing to submit to his loving leadership. The children obey their parents. And the parents do not cause their children to be exasperated.

18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged. (Colossians 3:18-21)

This kind of home is not impossible. It is possible through Christ. Each home is always a work in progress. Jesus will strengthen you, guide you and encourage you as you live your family life His way.

2. Jesus impacts your work. Christian employees should be the very best employees in the company. Christian bosses should be the best bosses to work for. In Colossians, we see a description of how employees and employers relate to one another.

The first century work scenario of employee was one of slaves and masters. In the first century, when one nation overtook another nation in battle, they would enslave their captives and make them work for them. Others became slaves because they had incurred debt and they sold themselves into slavery to pay off the debt. Their slavery had nothing to do with race or ethnic origin. As a matter of fact, it was the freedom preached and proclaimed by Jesus and Paul and others, found throughout the Scriptures, that eventually led to the abolition of slavery in nations around the world. Today, you will not find slavery in nations whose laws are in line with God’s Word.

But back to our main point in the text of Colossians. The most appropriate application of the verses that follow are to replace the word “slave” with “employee” and the word “master” with “employer.” When you do this, you understand what the Bible is saying in these verses.

22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord…. 1 Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:22, 4:1)

Did you see the instruction there? Employees do their job, with a good attitude, even when the boss is not looking. Bosses are to treat their employees in a way that is right and fair, since they know they are accountable to the Lord.

3. Jesus impacts every part of your life. The following verses apply to our lives at work, at home, and everything we do.

23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism. (Colossians 3:23-25)

We give our best, doing all things enthusiastically, as unto the Lord. The Lord rewards us with spiritual blessings as we live life this way. We realize that in everything we do, we are serving Jesus. And we realize that there are earthly consequences when we don’t give our best.

So whether you are a student, athlete, coach, parent, employee, co-worker, employer, neighbor, friend, family member, in every arena of life… Jesus impacts your life — in a great way!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Whatever You Do…

Everything you do matters. The big things. The little things. Everything.

Colossians 3:12-17
12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. 14 Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. 16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

God’s Chosen Ones…

Colossians chapter three, verses twelve through fifteen, give us five great truths about who we are in Christ. These realities help us to know who we are, and therefore impact everything we do. We are:

  • chosen by God (v12)
  • holy (v12)
  • loved (v12)
  • forgiven (v13)
  • called (v15)

Because God has chosen you (think about it — He chose you for His team!), called you to be one of His children, forgave you of your sin, filled you with His love, and made you holy, He has forever changed what you do.

Put on…

With God’s help, you can put on the attitudes, words and behaviors that most honor the Lord; the attitudes, words and behaviors that are best for you and the best for others you interact with on a daily basis. Following Christ is not just about what you don’t do; following Christ is about what you do in your daily life. As a follower of Christ, put on…

  • compassion (v12)
  • kindness (v12)
  • humility (v12)
  • gentleness (v12)
  • patience (v12)
  • acceptance (v13)
  • forgiveness (v13)
  • love (v14)
  • peace (v15)
  • thankfulness (v15)

When you put on these character traits, you will realize that you are becoming more and more like Christ. Jesus was the perfect example of all of these. As one of His chosen ones, you can put these on!

Dwell on…

What should you dwell on regularly? Your problems? Your shortcomings? The shortcomings of others? Other negative stuff? How about, let’s dwell on Christ! How?

  • Let the message of Christ dwell richly among you all (v15) — this happens as you spend time with Him alone, and when you spend time with another believer, with your small group, and in worship services
  • Teaching and admonishing one another (v15) — this is what we do when we get together: we teach each other the way of Christ!
  • Singing all sorts of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (v15) — no matter how new or old the song may be, no matter the style you prefer, there are all sorts of songs that honor the Lord, that help you to dwell on Christ and worship Him
  • With gratitude in your heart to God (v15)

Whatever you do…

So, whatever you do — whether you are working, relaxing, talking, listening, eating, drinking, exercising, shopping, whatever you do! —  in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus (meaning, do it in a way that honors Him), giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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You’re a New Person!

When you come to faith in Jesus Christ, you become a new person. You are changed from the inside out. Your outlook on life changes. You begin to have desires to honor the Lord with everything you do. You have a desire to stop doing things that dishonor Him, things that hurt you and/or hurt others.

1. You have been changed from spiritual death to spiritual life. The Bible says in Colossians 3:1 that if you have been raised with the Messiah, then you have a new heart. This new heart comes becomes of the spiritual change that has taken place in your life. This is what “raised by the Messiah” means. When you were spiritually dead in your sins and you realized that Jesus’ death and resurrection provided you the way to spiritual life, you put your trust in Him for salvation. When you trusted in Him, He spiritually raised you to new life.

So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)

So my question to you is this: Is Jesus your Savior and Lord? Many of you who are reading this will say, “Yes! Jesus is my Savior and Lord.” If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is your Savior and Lord, then you are declaring that you have been changed from spiritual death to spiritual life, that you have a new heart in Christ. However, if you are not certain of this most vital eternal truth, would you please take a moment to read HERE about how you can know that you have eternal life? It’s that important.

2. You have been changed from an earthly focus to a heavenly focus. We live in the real world of earth. We need food to survive, we need shelter and rest, we go to work each day, we have friendships and relationships with people, we crave coffee or tea or whatever. When you are changed from an earthly focus to a heavenly focus, we are not saying that you forget about everything that is material, the things that you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. What we are saying is that we will have a greater concern for eternal things than we do earthly things. And, we are saying that we will pray and work so that things on earth are the way they are in heaven, the perfect place where Jesus eternally reigns as Lord, where people relate to Him and to each other perfectly, where there is perfect health and joy and adventure for all eternity.

Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

My question to you on this point is this: How are you setting your mind on heavenly things? 

  • Are you devoting time each day to Bible reading and prayer?
  • Are you connected to other believers in a small group on a regular basis?
  • Do you read books and view media that builds up your faith or things that tear it down?
  • Do you pause throughout the day to think deeply about the events occurring in our world, thinking about what God’s Word says about them and how to respond?
  • Do you think about all of your words, actions and attitudes, and ask God to help you to set your mind on a Christ-honoring way of thinking, which will then lead to Christ-honoring actions?

3. You have been changed from an old nature to a new nature. And because you are a new person, you have the capacity to put to death on a daily basis those attitudes, actions and sins that plagued you in the past. You are not bound to them anymore. You are brand new in Christ!

For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4)

My question to you is this: How are you daily putting to death your old nature so that your life can glorify Christ in every way? According to Colossians 3:5-11, there are at least twelve areas of your life to do a little self-examination. Ask God to give you the strength daily to overcome them.

5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, 7 and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. 8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator. 11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:5-11)

  • Twelve areas to examine: 
    • sexual immorality (v5)
    • impurity (v5)
    • lust (v5)
    • evil desire (v5)
    • greed, which is idolatry (v5)
    • anger (v8)
    • wrath (v8)
    • malice (v8)
    • slander (v8)
    • filthy language (v8)
    • lying (v9)
    • prejudice (v11)

So what’s the secret to overcoming these areas? Is it to focus on them? No. The answer is seen in Colossians 3:1-2. Seek God with all your heart, and set your mind on heavenly things. When you do those two things, you will notice that your old nature will not be able to dominate your life. Your daily life will reveal the new person that you are, and your life will glorify Christ!

1 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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You’ve Got To Know What You Believe

What you believe drives how you live. For instance, if you believe that drinking tomato and spinach smoothies will help you lose weight, then you may drink one every day for lunch and dinner, if you’re on a diet. What you believe about spiritual matters drives how you live too. In this post, we’ll discuss why it matters what you believe about salvation and sanctification.

If you’ve been on any kind of media recently, you know that some people have no problem pushing their beliefs on you. Some do it to make a financial profit, some do it to try to help others, some do it for a host of other reasons. Some of their ads and viewpoints seem persuasive, so it’s important to have one source of absolute truth: the Bible. Let the Bible be your filter of truth for all the messages you hear. Paul writes to the followers of Christ in Colossae:

I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments. For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ. Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭4-7‬)

Notice that Paul reminds his friends the Colossians that he is not always with them physically, but he is with them in spirit — thinking about them and praying for them. He writes to them so their faith will be strong, rooted, built up in Christ, and overflowing with gratitude.

Know what you believe about salvation

In Paul’s day, there were a lot of philosophies, religions and ideas about eternal life. There are a lot today. How could the Colossian Christians know what was the truth, and how can we know the truth about salvation today?

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭8-15‬)

Some of the people in the city of Colossae taught philosophies and ideas based on human tradition regarding the elemental forces of the world (which could include: worshiping earth, wind, fire or water; or a host of other philosophies and religions). Paul reminds the Colossians (and us) that these viewpoints are not based on Christ, and therefore they are empty deceit. We should not put our trust in them. They will not lead to salvation.

Salvation comes by realizing who Jesus is (the fullness of God in the flesh) and what He has done for us (died for us on the cross). Even though we were dead in our trespasses, He made us spiritually alive, forgiving us of our sins and erasing our certificate of sin-debt. When we put our trust and faith in Jesus, He saves us, forgives us, and fills us. Metaphorically speaking, He does a work of spiritual circumcision on our heart, cutting away the old nature and making us brand new in Christ. We publicly declare our faith in Christ through believers baptism. (This paragraph is a summary of the truths of Colossians 2:8-15; see above). 

Our saving faith in Jesus Christ compels us to share the good news with others that Jesus offers salvation to all who will believe. We are motivated to help get this message of salvation to people all over the world, people who desperately need Christ. What we believe about salvation impacts the way we live.

Know what you believe about sanctification 

We must also know what we believe about sanctification, the process with which we grow to be more and more like Christ. When we grow closer to Christ, we begin to think like Him, talk like Him, have compassion like Him, and act like Him. This is the process of sanctification.

Some people think that elaborate lists of rules, regulations and religious activities are required to become more like Christ. They think you must eat (or not eat) certain foods, and/or participate in religious festivals in a certain way (or at a certain place). But the way of Christ is much simpler than that. The way of growing closer to Jesus is a life of daily devotion to Him, built upon the foundation of Bible reading and prayer. This allows you to learn from Him, talk to Him, listen to Him, and walk daily with Him.

Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind. He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭16-19‬)

If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭20-23‬)

Growing in Christ (sanctification) does not come by adherence to external activities. Sanctification comes as your heart is transformed day by day as you follow Christ. Notice in the verses above that the religious activities are not the substance of faith, but rather they are a shadow. Jesus the Messiah is the substance. We grow as we remain close to Him. What you believe about sanctification impacts the way you live.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Pour Your Life Into Others

God wants to use you to make a difference in the lives of others, to help them be all that God created them to be. Life is not just about you. When you pour your life into others, you will be blessed to see them growing, leading and changing the world in amazing ways.

What kind of life does it take to pour your life into others?

1. A life of suffering. Yes, to make a difference in the lives of others, you can expect that there will be periods of time that include suffering. It is through your suffering that you grow personally, and you gain the perspective that you need to help others. Don’t view suffering as punishment from God. The apostle Paul was locked in a prison cell because he was speaking the truth of the gospel: “Jesus Christ is Lord.” He suffered for that reason. But the greater purpose behind his suffering was so that he would stop his church planting travels long enough to write letters that would instruct churches in the first century, letters that are still helping us live out our faith today. He rejoiced in his suffering, because he knew there was purpose in his suffering, and he knew that through suffering he was becoming more and more like Christ, who suffered for us!

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church. (Colossians 1:24)

2. A life of serving. To make a difference in the lives of others, you must find ways to serve them. This may include teaching them, encouraging them, helping them, making a meal for them, caring for them, serving them in a hundred different ways. Some people think that pouring their lives into others is simply giving them a to-do list. But real teachers, real coaches, real mentors, real disciple-makers are dedicated to serving others.

I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. (Colossians 1:25-26)

3. A life of sharing. As you pour your life into others, you will share vital information with them. This could include training, insights, feedback, tips, encouragement, and all sorts of helpful words. If you are pouring your life into someone spiritually, you will share the most important news: the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul calls this good news the “mystery” that was not fully understood until it was clearly seen in Jesus Christ. To pour your life into others, continually share the great news of the good news. Paul reminded them, and we remind you: Christ in you, HE is your hope of glory, both on this earth and for all eternity!

God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:27-28)

4. A life of striving. Pouring your life into others is not easy. It’s a lot of work. But as you strive to do what needs to be done to help them, you are not alone. God, through the Holy Spirit, strengthens you. Your supply of energy is limited. His strength is unlimited. When you rely on your own strength, you get worn out. When you rest in His strength, you have more than enough energy and strength for the tasks of each day. Don’t strive alone. Strive in His strength.

I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:29)

5. A life of struggling. The struggling that you experience as you pour your life into others is not struggling against them; it is struggling for them. It is wrestling in prayer on their behalf. It is “going to bat” for them when others attack them. It is doing whatever is necessary to help them be all that God created them to be. Paul did this for the people in the churches in Colossae, Laodicea, and in many other places.  Coaches stay up late trying to determine how to put their players in the right positions for their team to win. Spiritual leaders spend lots of time praying, planning, and struggling alongside those they are leading. They do this with joy!

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledgeare hidden in Him. (Colossians 2:1-3)

A life of suffering, serving, sharing, striving, and sharing. A life of pouring yourself into others.

What a life!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Driving Tip #502

Driving Tip #502: How to determine who should go first when you come to a four-way stop

Here’s the dilemma: you get to a four-way stop at the exact same time as another car who is going in a perpendicular direction to you. In other words, if you both stop then go at the same time, you will crash into each other in the middle of the intersection. You both want to quickly (and safely) get through the intersection.

What should you do?

Pick the correct answer:

A: Flash your bright lights, warning the other driver that you are about to go no matter what

B: Rev your engine like a NASCAR driver then accelerate through the intersection without looking back, leaving black marks and exhaust smoke where you just left

C: Honk your horn and scream wildly until everyone gets out of your way

D: Determine who is the driver that is on the right (not the left), and that driver crosses the intersection first

What’s your answer?

The correct answer is D. The driver to the right of the other driver has the right of way. That person should go first. After they have safely crossed, the other driver should safely go through the intersection.

Now, if three cars arrive at the same time, then the driver who is on the right of the other two drivers should go first. (The person who is opposite that vehicle has the benefit of going at the same time as them if they are both crossing the intersection.) If four drivers arrive at the same time, see the extra tip below.

Extra Tip: Even though the driver to the right has the right of way at the four-way stops, sometimes people are in too much of a hurry. If a crazy driver gets to an intersection at the same time as you, and even if you have the right of way, if the other driver doesn’t seem to be waiting their turn, let them go ahead and cross. It’s wiser to wait a few extra seconds rather than have a crash at the intersection. That will take much longer and cost lots of money. This same “extra tip” of waiting would apply if four cars arrive at the exact same time. Be a little patient, then someone will go first.

The bottom line of this tip is to approach four-way stops with caution and patience. In some parts of the world, four-way stops are approached differently (no stop signs, which leads to A-B-and-C from above). But for all you drivers in this part of the world, let’s follow driving tip #502.

Happy driving everyone!

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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