The code—my own invention to remember at critical times—is an acronym: “Keep my mouth shut.” What I should do more of. I even have biblical backing for it.
The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness. Pro 12.23 NLT.
Not everybody wants to know the answer. Not everybody wants to be helped. Continue reading “Wisdom’s secret code: KMMS”
Don’t be alarmed at prophets of doom, be they political, social, or environmental. Politics has always been dirty and dishonest. Social movements have grown and died. Environmentalists are not dispassionate scientists reading objective data.
Observers have divided the generations into baby boomers, generations X and Y, and new tags are invented every few years. The upcoming generation causes concern, and always has. The human being is a worrier at heart. Continue reading “Generations come and go”
The proclamation of the Good News of Christ should have convinced the Jews, since they were waiting for the Messiah, possessed the Holy Scriptures which spoke of him, and witnessed the Lord’s miracles. But no! They killed him and would have done the same with the apostles. The members of the Sanhedrin “became furious and wanted to execute them” Acts 5.33.
They did not kill them only because God acted. Do you want to see what he did to save the Twelve? Continue reading “God doesn’t always need to work a miracle”
A good brother wrote that we must “move beyond the hypothetical and create the reality.” No what-ifs.
Take action. Do something. (Actually, do the will of God.)
Discard the hypotheticals and the possibilities and the fears and the imagined blowback.
Read and discover the truth.
Act upon it.
Take it live.
Plunge into the grace of God.
Declare all the things that God has done, Psa 73.28.
Depend on the power of God’s Spirit. Launch yourself out into the deep, Lk 5.4.
Dare to believe that God will keep his promise to perform great things through you.
Speak. Touch. Serve. Live to die for Jesus, and die to self for God.
Take hold of God’s hand.
Strap his shield upon your arm. Wield the spiritual sword. March forward to win a soul, to rescue a life for all eternity.
And in so doing, save yourself. Faith-only potatoes rot. God preserves forever the moving, breathing, serving follower of Christ.
Be one of his.
“Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to” Lk 13.24.
Here is Zerr‘s comment on Pro 15.13, “A joyful heart makes the face cheerful, but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.”
“This verse is a statement of facts known to almost everyone. It may be asked why take up space in the Bible with something everyone knows. It is for the implied advice it contains. It should always be our desire to be pleasant in mingling with other people, and to that end we should cultivate a cheerful mind. If we imagine there is nothing about which to be cheerful, just “count your many blessings” and you may be surprised at what the Lord has done for you, and change your mind.”
NET Bible notes C.H Toy’s observation that “a cheerful face shows a courageous spirit.”
It takes courage in the Lord to have a joyful heart as one surveys the ruin that man has made of this present world.
Some issues are not mere hot-button topics. In spite of bad wording or insincere intentions, they deserve to be dealt with. Continue reading “What to do about the biggest issue of all time”
Recently, I asked our Bible reading group what was the worst thing that had ever happened to them. Some of them mentioned the death of loved ones. According to a stress chart, death of a spouse and divorce are at the top of the list.
One devotional writer noted, “On 10th September 1819, Canadian hymnwriter Joseph Scriven was born. The accidental drowning of his bride-to-be the night before their wedding led to a life of depression; yet he also authored the hymn of comfort, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'” Continue reading “What could have been, what still can be”
God not only inserts people into our lives in order to bless us, but he also causes them to remain with us, for our joy. Paul thought about Epaphroditus in such terms.
In fact he became so ill that he nearly died. But God showed mercy to him—and not to him only, but also to me—so that I would not have grief on top of grief.
Instead of questioning why God takes people from us — a question that we have no way of finding an answer to — let us give thanks to God for his mercy which keeps beloved people in our lives who help us and cooperate with us in the gospel.
One’s opinion of oneself has no positive effect upon eternal destiny. It matters not what I think of myself. Such opinions tend toward self-approval. Approval of one’s own actions does not mean that the Lord approves of them. He does not rubber-stamp our own judgments of self. Continue reading “No place for ‘I think’”
The goal of a Christian is to develop those attitudes and engage in those actions which produce the kind of right living that God desires, consistent with the new birth that God gave us through the word of truth, Jas 1.20-21. Some attitudes and actions are inconsistent with right living. Continue reading “No more place for human anger”