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Do you ever struggle with stinkin’ thinkin’?  You probably do even when you don’t know it!  We are certainly more than thinking machines but our thoughts affect the way we live.  Ideas about what life is about and how to live are coming at us from many different sources.  They often disagree and while it’s confusing, we all pick some ideas and use them to live.  There are no originals, we are all living out one worldview or another that has already been tried.  We know from reading the Bible that there is an unseen realm that is purveying a world view void of God and His ways.  Some of the ideas are so deeply imbedded that we can’t even see them for what they are.  Once those ideas are exposed, it is very hard to change our mind about them, especially if we have argued and defended that idea.  You have probably heard it said of someone, “their mind is like concrete, thoroughly mixed and completely set.”  That’s a dangerous place to be.  The very first matter to address in spiritual formation (or discipleship) is an openness to change one’s mind.  Jesus said, “Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is present.”  In our text for Sunday, Paul wrote, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Renewing the mind is even more difficult than getting in shape.  It requires Holy Spirit power, the hammer of the Word of God and a willingness on our part to truly see that Jesus knows the way, and then trust Him.  Let’s be a people open to the Spirit’s work on our “noggins.”