friend-fear-godIn the midst of suffering, we sometimes forget that we live in the midst of the community of the faithful. Or that such a community even exists. We feel alone. But the author of Psalm 119 did not forget.

I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.
Psalm 119.63 WEB

Although the psalm emphasizes individual confidence in spite of trials, the author does not lose sight of his place in the community. Continue reading

Some people try to come across as being important by calling famous people or just a lot of people their friends. It’s “my friend” this and “my friend” that. Ever noticed it? It just feels fake. So I avoid doing that online. I recommended Weylan’s good crucifixion article on the WashTimes site this morning and wrote “my friend Weylan.” I almost removed the phrase, “my friend.” I do consider him a friend and trust he so considers me, but I didn’t want to come across in a false way. Ever feel that, too? Continue reading

People of the world think the truth is too hard to tell others. So they don’t tell a dying person, for example, that he has little time left to live. They deprive the person of taking advantage of his last days on earth and preparing himself for eternity.

So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Galatians 4:16 NET

Telling the truth to one needing to hear it is to be a friend. Paul saw the Galatians abandoning the gospel and losing their salvation. He had to tell them the true situation, so that something worse would not happen to them, the loss of God’s grace.

Ignoring the truth never contributes to a solution.

He who loves, tells the truth.

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

friendshipCareful with he who calls himself a friend. And be careful with the good advice of friends. He may not be a friend and his advice may not be good.

Reconcile yourself with God,
and be at peace with him;
in this way your prosperity will be good.
Job 22:21 NET

Eliphaz of Teman, a great friend of Job’s, accused this righteous man of hiding sin in his life. That must be why Job suffered. Therefore, he ought to repent and everything would return to normal. Continue reading