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  • Ed Boggess 9:09 am on 2015-02-27 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , long winter, marriage   

    It’s been a long, cold and gloomy winter. Then the groundhog saw his shadow! If I was to run across a groundhog, I think I would punch him in the nose! Vacation trips to warmer climates have increased 39% this winter. But there is something else that has increased as well. Divorce rates increase from January through March every year, and likely this year will see a substantial increase. So if there is any time to put forth an increased effort to keep the home and family together, it is right now. Have you been fussing and fighting more than usual in your home? Why not make a special effort to strengthen and renew your commitment and love? There is no rule that says showing you care is reserved for Valentine’s Day. In fact, Making every day a Valentine’s Day, a day when love and devotion is embraced, enriches my own marriage. It doesn’t require gifts. That’s commercialism trying to make a profit. It just needs some communication. Just a hug and a kiss and an “I love you” will do wonders. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 11:04 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Anton Popazov and his wife, Nataliya, got a divorce. That would be hardly worth mentioning, except they are both under contract to the Moscow State Circus and their act involves Natalia shooting an apple off of Anton’s head with a crossbow. The London Times asked Anton during a traveling show in Sheffield, England, whether he was afraid. He replied, “I still trust her because Nataliya is very professional. The show must go on.” Well, I am all for the show going on, but I think I would chose to be a spectator rather than the target. Divorce is tragic wherever it happens and leaves deep wounds. God says, “I hate divorce.” I know sometimes it is simply unavoidable; but we should make every effort to make marriage work. This is Just A Minute.

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:24 am on 2015-02-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: burdensome, candy, , consideration, , , jewelry, , , marriage,   

    2-13-2015           Love Invests 

     If it takes jewelry for a kiss, candy for a smile, or flowers for a hug, your marriage needs fixing. Love doesn’t come down to one day a year. Love is a commitment, for love “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV). This applies to both husbands and wives! It is not just up to the man to put life into the marriage. Love is not a burden or a pain, but a consideration, for “love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10 NKJV).  Marriage seems to be unpopular, because it is based on love, and love requires commitment and consideration. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Glenda Williams 12:08 pm on 2015-02-07 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: marriage,   

    What does the Bible say about marriage? 

    From the desk of Douglas M. Williams, Sr. –

    “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man shall be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’…Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man…Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:18, 22,24).

    “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” (Genesis 1:27-28).

    Jesus referred back to the truth of the above scriptures in His teachings (Matthew 19:3-6). Also, other Bible writers tell us the same thing (1 Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4). Paul states this truth at Ephesians 5:31, and compares marriage to Christ and the church as the church is the bride of Christ.

    Not only does the Bible teach God’s design for marriage, but the majority of people through the ages, and even to this day, accept God’s plan for marriage. Not only does the Bible teach this, but it is logical as man and woman were to multiply and replenish the earth.

    The Bible condemns same sex marriages (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27), and says those who practice sin cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21). But let us hasten to say that those guilty of any sin can be forgiven as they repent and obey God’s teachings as those did in Corinth (1 Corinthians 6:11).

    More and more the trend is toward immoral things, and a tolerant attitude toward what is specifically condemned in the Bible, the Word of God. Part of this may be ignorance of what the Bible teaches is right, but it seems there is a “don’t care” attitude and rebellion against known facts which the Bible teaches and most people accept.

    It matters not what license or privilege may be granted by the laws of state, because God’s laws by virtue of his creating male and female takes precedence over all human laws. The Bible teaches we must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).

     
  • TFRStaff 3:43 pm on 2015-02-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , marriage, Marriage Issues   

    January 2015 Issue of Christian Worker 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find under the issue heading of “Godly Marriages: One Brick at a Time

    • Unconditional Love (Matt Gibson)
    • Respect (Sam Willcut)
    • Trust (Kerry Clark)
    • Honesty (Andy Baker)
    • Commitment (Mel Hutzler)
    • Kindness (Jim Laws)
    • Communication (Jon O’Keefe)
    • Intimacy (Don Prather)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:59 pm on 2015-02-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , illegitimate children, marriage, , PC   

    2-6-2015   Dis-orderly Life 

    “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). Whose “order?” God said: “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV). Those who disregard God don’t have “illegitimate” children, just “single mothers;” there’s no “marital spats,” just “domestic violence;” there’s no “parental responsibility,” just “it takes a village;” there’s no “faithfulness,” just “divorce for every cause;” there’s no “wedding ceremony,” just “living together;” there’s no “loving commitment,” just “hooking up!” The “PC” change of terms doesn’t change the fact that disregarding God only confuses and degrades morals. “Fornicators and adulterers” have illegitimate children because God’s Law has been violated! “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV).  

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Glenda Williams 7:54 am on 2015-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Granddaddy told me… 

    Granddaddy Felix T. Bryant died at the age of 91 years. I was 21. Granddaddy was on his death bed in their little low income apartment. I visited them often and made sure mother got to be with them regularly. One night I was visiting my grandparents when Granddaddy said, “Be sure you read Ephesians the fifth chapter before you marry.” “I will Granddaddy,” I replied. Nothing more was said about it on that occasion. I went home, opened my Bible to Ephesians chapter 5, and read it. I made a note in my Bible that Granddaddy had asked me to read that chapter before marrying. He was a sick man. He talked out of his head from time to time. It wasn’t long until I went back to visit him again. There he was, a tall, thin man, lying on his back on his bed. I was seated at the foot of the bed. He knew I was there. He said, “I bet you haven’t read Ephesians chapter 5 yet.” I was so glad to reply, “Yes I have, Grandaddy.” And that was it.

    A small comment, yet a powerful one, from the lips of a dying man. A comment that brings back the memory each time the book of Ephesians is mentioned or seen.

    What did I get from this encouragement from someone I loved dearly?He knew what Ephesians 5 was all about. There was a message he wanted me to hear straight from the word of God. He could have told me, I’m certain, but he wanted me to read it straight from the inspired Word.

    There’s an example in all of us, no matter what time it is, no matter what age we are, no matter where we are. We are setting and leaving our example in the minds of those we meet along life’s pathway. The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and we know it to be true. Whatever is on our mind, in our hearts, it is that of which we will speak. Granddaddy knew his Bible. Many are the memories I have of him sitting on the low platform yellow rocker that was much too small for his tall, thin, frame. His legs were crossed and both basically reached the floor. Across his lap lay his open Bible. He knew the Book, but more than that He knew the Author. His heart was filled with the word of God, and therefore out of it flowed the words of life. He left me a wonderful example, and one that I have, and forever more, will carry with me, sharing it all along the way with those who will hear.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:37 am on 2014-11-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Larry Young is a researcher at the National Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta. He studies the neurobiology that underlies pair bonding — what the world calls love. In the journal Nature in 2009, he published an article that claims “love” is the result of a biochemical chain of events. He claims that in the future people will be able to take pills to improve their love and social bonding.

    But I beg to differ with Dr. Young. I suppose there is a kind of love that is based on feelings and these are undoubtedly linked to a biochemical chain of events. But that is not the love that God commands us to have toward our fellow man at all. Biblical love is a command that can be obeyed. It is a choice that we consciously make. Several months ago a wife came to our house and talked to Elaine and me. She was ready to end her marriage and divorce her husband. Why? “I don’t love him anymore!” I asked, “What does love have to do with it?” She said, “You can’t live with someone if you don’t love them, can you?” We told her “Of course, you can” and talked to her about the commitment she made to him before God and her responsibility to fulfill her vow. I challenged her to go back to him and treat him as if she loved him, to make it an experiment. She came back and talked to us again a few weeks later, and we continued to encourage her along the same lines. Then we didn’t hear anything for a few months until she posted a message on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:

    “After a few months or years of being together, the euphoria fades. Your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. At some point, you ask, ‘Am I with the right person?’ This is when relationships break down. The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person, it’s learning to love the person you found. People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. It comes in all shapes and sizes: infidelity, hobbies, excessive TV, abusive substances. But the key to succeeding is not finding the right person, it is learning to love the person you found. Sustaining love is not passive, you have to work on it day after day. It takes time, energy and effort. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do with or without your partner. Just as there are physical laws of the universe, like gravity; there are laws for relationships. If you apply these, the results are predictable. Love is therefore a ‘decision’. Not just a feeling. Remember: God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let GO!”

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 1:55 pm on 2014-11-08 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , marriage   

    Couplet: Man and wife 

    Alone, a man has less than half a life,
    For him God made the woman to be his wife.

     
  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-11-05 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , marriage, sinful desires, struggling with sin   

    The Disguise Falls 

    Not long ago there was a letter to the editor that took exception to that which I wrote in the Decatur Herald & Review. It was not a particularly strong exception, but one that was present just the same. In fact, one could read the letter and think it was but a “slap on the hands” given me. I was grateful to read it and had hoped that others would give response to what I wrote more than just the one I have seen. The nature of my letter to the editor was in relation to a news article that suggested the Catholic Church was entertaining a stance on marriage that was not biblical.

    In any case, the gist of the letter was 1) the “Catholic Church has and will continue to maintain that Holy Matrimony is indissoluble between one man and one woman,” and 2) “[e]very effort must be undertaken in these contemporary times to engage those who profess perfectly or imperfectly their faith in Christ.”

    Without dealing with the first point, let me address the second. The concern expressed in this reply to me was that Christians failing to help those struggling with sinful desires (weaknesses) would be a disservice to them and to the Lord. It is true that the Lord’s church should seek to make a positive difference in the lives of those who struggle with sin. This approach not only applies to those outside of Christ, but those in Christ who continue to struggle. The nature of the sin is immaterial; struggling with whatever sinful desire plagues a person—it is important those who want to get away from this struggle know to whom they can turn. People need an answer and a spiritual place where others can assist. Who of us can’t relate with such a sentiment?

    Being able to relate is tremendously important, but no saint should even entertain the thought, much less speak it, that it is okay to compromise the Lord’s way for the benefit of making oneself acceptable to a larger number of people. This is what I understood the Catholic Church to be contemplating. Frankly put, there is no way we can improve upon the Lord’s message and method, so we ought not to try. Yes, it may be true, that more flies are be caught with honey than with some other trap – but a trap is all that it is. It is a feigned effort with a disguise that will fall off.

     

     
    • Eugene Adkins 6:14 am on 2014-11-06 Permalink | Reply

      When people bring up attracting flies, I like to mention that in reality it’s rotten meat that catches the most.

      • Ron Thomas 6:57 am on 2014-11-06 Permalink | Reply

        Very good!

        On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM, The Fellowship Room wrote:

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  • John T. Polk II 8:10 am on 2014-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    (#208) The Proverbs of Solomon Proverbs 31:1-3-Listen to Your Mama About Women 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 31:1-3: “The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: 2 What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows? 3 Do not give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.”

    Verse 1: These have been the Proverbs of Solomon: for his son (Chapters 1-9); for his people (Chapters 10-24); for his legacy (Chapters 25-29); for his influence (Chapters 30-31). The Book of Proverbs began with a father instructing his son, and ends in this last chapter with the mother’s wise words, or “hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother” (Proverbs 1:8).

    Verse 2: Almost asking: “What can I say for the best benefit for my son, my flesh and blood?”

    “Son of my womb” refers to the closeness of the mother-son bond, for she was his home before he was born.

    “Son of my vows” can refer to the legitimate son born after marriage vows of his parents (Malachi 2:14), or to parental commitment to raise the child “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

    In any case, these words should be regarded as precious to a beloved son.

    Verse 3: Two serious warnings against ways that destroy every man’s life: disrespect for marriage and disregard for authority.

    To not “give your strength to women” is a major theme in Proverbs (2:16-22; 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; 9:13-18). Examples of what not to do are found in Samson (Judges 13-16), David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12), and Solomon, himself (1 Kings 11). Sexual satisfaction (“strength”) should be reserved only for one’s own wife (Proverbs 5:15-20).

    “That which destroys kings” refers to subversive and violent methods of destroying respect for civil authority, “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). Moses recognized this danger (Deuteronomy 31:26-27); King Saul (1 Samuel 15:22-24); Barabbas (Mark 15:7). Solomon had said: “An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him” (Proverbs 17:11), and Jesus said: “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). It is never wrong to insist that rulers abide by God’s rules (the Bible) and the laws of the land (Constitution) which restricts their “authority” (as Libertarians insist), but it is wrong to advocate no authority (as Libertines claim)!

    Men, listen to a godly mother!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:29 am on 2014-08-21 Permalink | Reply
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    August 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • What Is Marriage? What Constitutes Marriage? (Robert R. Taylor, Jr)
    • Has the Kingdom Come? (Sam Willcut)
    • “Buy the Truth and Sell It Not” (Royce Williamson)
    • Watching the Pendulum (Glenn Colley)
    • “Living Oracles” (Mel Futrell)
    • Some Things Must Never Change (Jeff Jenkins)
    • Is It Nothing to You? (Alan Highers)
    • Behind Closed Doors (Steve Higginbotham)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:20 am on 2014-08-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , marriage, , , , tyrant   

    (#204) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:21-23-The Earth Is Not Enough 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:21-23: “For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up: 22 For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food, 23 A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.”

    These are trouble-makers in any society, for these demonstrate a lack of essential qualities of humanity.

    1) “A servant when he reigns” will have too many scores to settle! Those souls who begin their journey at the bottom of the scale, and revolt themselves to the “ruling class,” become the most merciless tyrants history has ever seen. Do the names Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao tse-Tung, ad nauseum, come to mind? People who believe their ancestors suffered slavery, but they must exact revenge for it, will justify their own looting, killing, and hatred because of this attitude. Learn a lesson from Zimri in 1 Kings 16:8-20.

    2) “A fool when he is filled with food” doesn’t realize from where his food has come! A “fool” doesn’t appreciate or obey God, and since God Almighty is the source of all blessings (James 1:17), humility and thanksgiving are left out of this person’s character. Aptly-named “Nabal” illustrates this when we read 1 Samuel 25:2-42.

    3) “A hateful woman when she is married” will only use her marriage to accomplish her wicked ways. Jezebel comes to mind, for she married Ahab and used his power for her own purposes (1 Kings 16:29-34; 18:4, 16-19, 20-40; 19:1-3; 21:1-16). A woman with spiteful intent will be the same whether married or not!

    4) “A maidservant who succeeds her mistress,” whether by the mistress’s death, divorce, or husband’s adultery with the maid, the mistress has suddenly achieved “success” without following the proper channels! Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6) illustrates this attitude, and her son, Ishmael, has marked the people who claim to have sprung from his family (Genesis 16:7-16).

    The general command of God that will change these people for good is: “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 12:51 pm on 2014-08-08 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , adulteress, , , eagle, marriage, , serpent, ship, virgin,   

    (#203) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:18-20-CSI for Sins 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:18-20: “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin. 20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, “I have done no wickedness.”

    “Wonder” is the temporary suspension of “understanding” when something stunning has happened. “Wonderful” simply means “full of wonder,” a name certainly describing Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6). “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done” (Psalm 40:5). The illustrations from God’s Creation (eagle, serpent, ocean) are “mind boggling,” as is the marvel of a first-time sexual encounter, which should take place only in marriage  (1 Corinthians 7:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

    These four are amazing to see, because they leave no trail to follow back to their origin:

    “An eagle in the air” leaves nothing that could warn its pray that it is coming;

    “A serpent on a rock” maneuvers silently, incredibly over the smooth surface, not leaving a path to its victim as if on a softer surface;

    “A ship in the midst of the sea” breaks the surface of the water but leaves no trace behind, and therefore if the ship is not detected through other means, cannot be followed;

    “The way of a man with a virgin” refers to the sighting (like an eagle), maneuvering (like a serpent), and no apparent trail of sin (like a ship at sea) in persuading a “virgin” to give up her virginity.

    The other side of the coin, however, is “the way of an adulterous woman” who seems to think there is no way to detect her unfaithfulness, as if, after eating, wiping the residue from her mouth voids all after-effects! After adultery, when she says, “I have done no wickedness,” she claims there is no trace of her sin, but there is! There is her “prey” (Proverbs 7:6-23), and her own condemnation (Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 4:13). An “adulterous woman” has lost her conscience about marriage, purity, fidelity. The unfaithfulness of God’s people is described like this: “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32). The evil of the “adulterer” is described also: “The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face” (Job 24:15), as if no one will know of his sin.

    NO ONE can wipe clean their own souls from their path of sins, but Jesus Christ can! “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:11-13). Let Jesus Christ remove your “Crime Scene” by “Investigating” your heart! It’s “wonderful” to start a new trail in life!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:56 am on 2014-08-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#202) The Proverbs of Solomon-30:11-14-Generation D(estroyed) 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:11-14: “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13 There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.”

    After Jacob had worked 14 years to “earn” his wife, his father-in-law, Laban, said, “I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake” (Genesis 30:27). “Experience” is a great teacher, and often, a hard teacher. It has been truly said, “Happiness will never come to those who do not appreciate what they already have.” “A generation” without the experiences of life becomes (v.11) Loveless; (v.12) Hypocritical; (v.13) Arrogant; and (v.14) Cruel, and will need few enemies, for it will self-destruct. Children whose world consists of a video screen, whose mind is filled with make-believe, and whose heart seldom connects with real people, have no experiences to help them grow, and become slaves who serve without conscience! It is a lost generation that never sees “the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied” (Ecclesiastes 3:10).

    Verse 11: Those who disrespect the two who gave them life will not appreciate The God, His plan, and the life they have been given, “For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God” (1 Corinthians 11:12). Although the prevalence of divorce and single-parenthood has shattered the “DNA” of marriage, and taught successive generations this disrespect, those who turn to God’s Way will start a new generation of parental respect. It is when sin abounds that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

    Verse 12: It is difficult, almost impossible, for one to see one’s own sins. To such a generation, God send Jeremiah to say: “’For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,’ says the Lord God. How can you say, ‘I am not polluted’” (Jeremiah 2:22-23). The Apostle Paul wrote: “For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4). Any generation that is known for major problems with drunkenness, irresponsibility, sexually-transmitted diseases, drug abuses, recklessness, and hatefulness (Titus 3:3) has its hands full and should not be pointing fingers at the previous generation(s)! Jesus Christ condemned those who “outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:28).

    Verse 13: Jesus Christ described this attitude when He said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:29-33) While a generation may protest against their parents sins, it becomes guilty of its own sins, many of which are even worse than before (1 Kings 16:25)!

    Verse 14: The cruelty is seen because they don’t care about the “poor” and “needy.” Selfishness is so narrow-minded that it cannot admit, nor allow, others to benefit who have greater needs. Jesus Christ said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14)!

    A generation may be changed if enough of them “are converted and become as little children…Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). Obeying the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” will let a soul “Be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:38, 40).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
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