One bad apple spoils the others. That’s why we soon separate it from the others to avoid more spoilage. The same principle applies in the church.
After a first and second warning, have nothing more to do with a person who causes conflict, because you know that someone like this is twisted and sinful—so they condemn themselves.
Titus 3:10-11 CEB Continue reading
Ever notice that fanaticism is a reprehensible quality in everything except soccer? The fan is always excited about his team, in times of victory or defeat. He never misses a game and wears the uniform everywhere.
He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good.
Titus 2:14 NET Continue reading
“… the zealot boasted of being able to reel off verse after verse from the tip of his tongue. That could be an exercise of the ego.”
“One thing is sure: the Bible must be central to soul winning. For you can never philosophize a sinner into the kingdom.”
–Ken Anderson, Coward’s Guide to Witnessing
This is pure hubris from a west-coast collector who thinks California is the center of the world.
That dismissal has set collectors grumbling. Theo Holstein, a California collector and renovator of such machines, said he thinks the Gypsy is wasted in Virginia City and should be placed in a private collection for proper care. He said he is trying to gather investors to make a $3 million bid that would top Copperfield’s offer.
“They don’t have any idea what they have. It’s like they have the world’s best diamond and they just pulled it out of their mineshaft,” Holstein said. “It’s good that it’s there and it survived, but now it really needs to be part of the world.” via Rare find discovered amid town’s Old West kitsch – Yahoo! News.
Such language as this is not atypical of people on the east and west coast when they refer to “flyover” territory.
Car manufacturers produce cars. Health professionals work for the physical well-being of their patients. But what about Christians? What is their product?
From Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s chosen ones and the knowledge of the truth that is in keeping with godliness.
Titus 1:1 NET Continue reading
Here’s the first of five stanzas of a poem I whipped up tonight. Title, “Never Too Late.” Then I’ll explain why I sent it to the exclusive Cloudburst Syndicated Poetry list.
Today! tonight! this moment! now!
You can reroute your fate;
To kill the pagan or sacred cow,
It's never, it's never too late.
I got a notice a bit ago that the list had been inactive for three months, and if I didn’t use it over the next month, it would get deleted. So there. Continue reading
How do you feel when you receive a compliment completely exaggerated? I get really embarrassed, because everybody knows it’s not true, and besides, it’s probably an attempt to impress me.
Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
Proverbs 28:5 NET
We live in an age in which false humility wants to rob us of truth. It says we don’t have a corner on the market of truth. Nobody understands everything about the Bible. And there’s a dash of truth in this. Continue reading
When a product is pure, unadulterated, it produces the results for which it was created. Without fillers, its effect is more powerful. Purity means potency, value, and consistency.
The LORD’s words are absolutely reliable.
They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,
where it is thoroughly refined.
Psalm 12:6 NET Continue reading
When someone abandons us, we feel betrayed or rejected. Generally, we decide to cut relations with the person, considering him unworthy of confidence. But there is another option.
At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it.
2 Timothy 4:16 NET Continue reading