Eve not excused for being deceived

After Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord came looking for them in the garden. In his conversation with the two, he asked Eve what she had done. She tried blaming the serpent.

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate'” Gen 3.13 NIV.

It is notable here that Eve was not excused for being deceived. She had been given a clear commandment. Her conversation with the serpent showed that she understood the commandment. No one twisted her arm. She let herself be deceived.

She allowed the conversation with the serpent to lead her away from the word of God. Continue reading

Add to this list of ‘minor’ faults

Check out this list of solutions to so-called minor faults. What others might you add to it?

Help us to keep our promises, to pay debts, to remember commitments, to guard our tongues, to avoid seeking attention and credit, to be on time, to be gentle and compassionate, to be truthful and honest in the smallest things, to carry through on projects, to finish what we start, … —Correct faults that mar the good example – Believing Prayer

Some might consider the faults behind these solutions as the fly in the ointment, Eccl 10.1. The Lord might make them into something larger, however.

Education: solution or problem?

Education is often touted as the solution to society’s problems. But for those determined to do evil and to follow their own selfish ways, the modern educational model only teaches one how to be more effective in these objectives.

Secular education teaches ungodly values. Education is never neutral. Today’s public schools, and many if not most private schools, are designed to inculcate worldliness, injustice, idolatry, and immorality in students.

The father of lies is in education. People who are in charge of children in the schools often seek to turn them away from God who is Creator and Actor of good toward their own latest ideas of what is good.

If a school’s policy is not to provide for the student a knowledge based upon God’s creation and wisdom, it is then working against him and against the truth. There is no middle ground.

#education

Inflexible

He cannot bear correction—stiff-necked—
Inflexible—his back will break.
The humble bend before the Lord,
Inherit the earth, defeat the world.

JRMatheny

#humility, #poetry, #pride

Get the name right

The Missus was miffed recently when a popular brotherhood effort reprinted a post of mine and misspelled both my names. I’m used to it by now. We’ll let the guilty go unnamed, because they’re good people and it’s an innocent and harmless mistake.

Normally careful people have their moments of inattention. I have mine; you, yours, right? Some moments of distraction can burn the house down or drown the baby in the swimming pool (for those who have such luxuries). We pray those moments are few and far between.

Other moments might let the water boil out of the kettle, or the tea steep too long, or the toast burn in the pan. Inconvenience, for sure, but nothing much more than that. Continue reading

#corollaries, #evangelism, #exercise, #gods-name, #internet-ministry

Only true state of brotherhood

On this day in 1888 Princess Isabel freed all slaves in Brazil. The process occurred in relative peace—at least, there was no war over it. In 1961 Catholics began commemoration of it as the Day of Brazilian Fraternity (or Brotherhood).

Whenever the world speaks of #brotherhood, we cannot but remember that the only true state of equality and fraternal treatment is in Christ. In the family of God there is #love and acceptance and #forgiveness.

Brotherly affection and unselfish love are a part of the Christian’s faith, 2 Pet 1.5-8.

Let us make our congregations into true families of faith, where God rules as Father, where Christ provides the proper example as older brother, and where every saint is a precious spiritual sibling whose soul is valued and whose presence brings joy in our midst.

Former TFR Fellow Roy Coffman passes

My wife said she saw on FB that Roy Coffman passed away Tues. She passed on to me this post by sister Victoria Yawn:

As many have already heard, Roy Coffman suffered a fatal heart attack the morning of Tuesday, May 9, and has passed away at the age of 69. The family appreciates your expressions of sympathy and your prayers. There will be a private family memorial in Omaha, Nebraska, later in the year. To those who have been a blessing to Roy in recent years, we offer our sincere gratitude. His coffee pot has now been unplugged. May the Lord bless each of you.

Roy’s TFR posts can be read here.

#Fellows #deaths