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  • Eugene Adkins 6:11 pm on 2017-02-15 Permalink | Reply
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    The church doesn’t need any TMZs 

    When a brother or sister in Christ tells you something in confidence, make sure it goes no further.

    Gossip is a gallow that kills morale, trust and love.

    Some fancy themselves on being the local church’s reporter! They always have the scoop and they’re ready share what they’ve heard through the grapevine or straight from the horses’ mouth. But simple fact of the matter is – God despises the grapevine of gossip that betrays trust and the talker who destroys fellowship amongst his people (Proverbs 6:16-19).

    The church doesn’t need any TMZs! So if that’s what we’re in the business of listening to other’s problems for, then wisdom says we better shut down the shop before we sell a multitude of things that cannot be bought back.

    A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:56 pm on 2016-11-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Rejoice in God and cast your care on Him 

    Do you sometimes wonder how you can be concerned and yet not worry? This lesson brings Scriptures forward that can help you make the distinction.

    Rejoice in God and cast your care on Him.

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/dontworr.html

    Maak je geen zorgen. Wees gelukkig!

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/geenzorgen.html

    May the Lord bless you,

    Roy Davison

     
  • TFRStaff 5:21 am on 2013-12-27 Permalink | Reply
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    When our hearts are broken, what can we do? 

    Are you bearing a burden today that makes you feel discouraged and worthless? Is it hard for you to sleep peacefully and enjoy a mind that is under God’s control? Today there are multitudes of people who are hurting so very much and may even feel that God is not aware and listening to their prayers and answering them.

    Let me urge you to read Psalm 40. Of course there are many other passages of scripture in the word of God that will help us, but in this section of scripture we find a man who feels exactly as we do when our hearts are broken and life is so very, very, difficult.

    He says in v. 12, “For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head, therefore my heart fails me.”

    Have you felt that your life is just like this? What can we do in such a condition as this? (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 1:23 pm on 2013-11-17 Permalink | Reply
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    OVERWHELMED 

    Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.” Selah. (Psalm 61:14).  When my heart is overwhelmed. . .to be over-whelmed means, “to the mind covered or muffled up with sorrow.” [Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies].  What do we do when our hearts are simply overwhelmed?  This psalm should give comfort to many a person who has struggled in finding words to express to God. The psalmist tells us how to deal with situations such as this.

    First of all, we are instructed to pray.  The very thing that we may struggle with is what we are instructed to do. I am reminded of the statement made by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”   The psalmist asked God to “attend unto my prayer.”  Listen or give attention to my prayer.  We have that assurance from God’s word in many places.  John states, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” (I John 5:14).  Don’t forget to pray!

    Second, remember what God has done for you.  The psalmist proclaimed, “thou hast been a shelter for me.”  Remember all the blessings you have enjoyed, both physical and spiritual.  When we look at what God has done for us, it should help us to face whatever is confronting us at the present time.

    Third, we need to abide in the tabernacle. To do so is to be in the presence of God.  We need to stay close to God.  We need to walk closer to God each day of our lives.  Notice another statement found in Psalm 27:5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

    Finally, we need to trust God.  We may not understand why certain things happen, but we need faith that is strong enough to trust God.  (Psalm 62:8; Isaiah 26:3,4).

    Pray. . . Remember. . . Abide. . . Trust.

    Larry Cole – Montrose Church of Christ, Carthage, TN

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 am on 2013-08-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Guest Article: Psalm 33, A Poetic Adaption by Joshua Gulley 

    Here’s something that some of you may enjoy reading first thing in the morning: scripture poetry.

    Psalm 33 Adapted by Joshua Gulley

    Come and sing to the Lord with great joy in your souls

    All you men who are righteous in heart

    For ‘tis fitting for those who are righteous to praise

    And bid those who would mock us depart

    Now give thanks to the Lord while you play on the lyre

    Singing praise with a harp of ten strings

    And with such virtuosic accompaniment each

    Shout for joy in his heart as he sings

    For the Word of the Lord is so pure and upright

    And His might He displays without fail

    Taking pleasure in justice; His love can be found

    Through the plain, o’er the hill, in the vale

    By the Word of our God all the heavens came forth

    By the breath of His mouth all their host

    He collects all the oceans in storehouses deep

    And forbids them to march past the coast

    Now let every created soul stand before God

    Short of breath, mouth agape at His might

    For ‘twas only a Word which He spoke that brought forth

    Sun and moon, earth and sky, day and night

    Lo, He brings to an end what the nations pursue

    For no human designs can defeat

    All the plans of the Lord, which cannot be defied

    Generations all bow at His feet

    Oh, how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord

    All His chosen ones here on the earth

    Oh, what glory they’ll share when they look on His face

    Life eternal, peace, fellowship, mirth!

    Now the Lord scans the earth from His dwelling above

    Yes, He knows all the hearts of our race

    For He fashions them all and the plans they devise

    Come to naught without His tender grace

    No, the king is not saved by a powerful host

    Nor a warrior delivered by strength

    Do not trust in a horse to bring vict’ry in war

    E’en though strong be his muscles at length

    How the eyes of Jehovah are e’er upon those

    Who before Him on their knees do fall

    Who yet wait for His mercy and trust in His love

    And in hope on His name e’er they call

    To deliver their soul from the reach of the grave

    And to keep them alive through the drought

    Yes our souls ever wait for the Almighty God

    Who’ll deliver us without a doubt

    Yae, our hearts keep rejoicing in Him whom we trust

    On His sanctified name e’er we lean

    Let Your grace, peace, and mercy, Lord, be upon us

    Until thy holy face we have seen

    Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and is a member among the saints who belong to the Smithville Church of Christ

     
  • Michael Summers 9:35 pm on 2013-08-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Learning to Pray and to Trust from Jeremiah 

    Jeremiah struggled to reconcile widespread hypocrisy in a supposedly believing culture with the justice of God. He witnessed damage caused by unthinking rebels against God. The more he proclaimed God’s will, the more pain he experienced. At the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry, God had promised that he would be with him. In his prayers recorded in Jeremiah 11 and 12, Jeremiah voices how hard it can be to trust God’s promises. He wrestled with his doubts; he pleaded for God to vindicate him. Other prayers of Jeremiah reveal his love for his people. His prayers in chapters 11 and 12 unveil his fear and doubt, but also his confidence that in the end, God will be faithful to his values. Today you and I may feel compelled to pray Jeremiah’s prayers. We too want God to defend His values. God promises that He will remain faithful. He pleads for us to do the same. We plead for God to defend his values. We cry , ‘Where are you, God? ‘Let’s remember that he may be asking us, ‘Where are you?’

     
    • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 4:15 am on 2013-08-05 Permalink | Reply

      He walked around as the naked prophet and he was put into a well. Persecuted by the church of the day.

      Thousands of years later, the same happened to me and they tried to silence me, even kidnapped my wife and I. We had endured much, not behind the iron curtain, nor was it behind the bamboo curtain and, no, it wasn’t in a closed country in the 10/40 window, but in Cape Town, South Africa, by evangelical Christians!

      You are revisiting Jeremiah, someone I had met thousands of times when the Lord took me through those pages to explain to me what was happening to me and what my duty was. Jeremia 6:27 explains best what my purpose was in those terrible years.

      LiJC

      Pieter http://blessedbeyondrecognition.wordpress.com/

  • Michael Summers 2:39 pm on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply
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    The Path to Survival and Success 

    I sometimes parody Robert Frost’s old poem by saying, “Two paths diverged in a wood, and I, I blazed a new trail between them.” One should never let tunnel vision limit their achievements. Just because three options present themselves does not exclude the possibility of a fourth. Creatively pondering what other paths one may take may just prompt recognitions of a new trail.

    Sometimes, however, our trails reach a dead end. A deep chasm looms ahead or a wall blocks our progress. What shall we do? One possibility is to turn around and go back to our starting point. We also might choose to give up. When some people reach this situation in their lives, they attempt suicide. Almost always, other options exist than surrendering. One may try to climb the wall or build a bridge across the canyon. If a wall, we may look to the right and left to see if passageways exist in those directions. We may even be able to build a door in the wall. Seriously, even when it seems that there are none, options usually exist in life. They may not be our first choice; they may require giving up a long-cherished goal. Sometimes the new path leads in a better direction.

    Psalm 37 gives several insights to surviving and thriving when it seems opposition cannot be overcome or that we have run out of options. These include:

    “Do not fret” (verses 1 and 8).
    “Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 2).
    “Commit your way to the Lord” (includes prayer, verse 3).
    “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”(verse 7).
    “Refrain from anger” (verse 8).
    Keep the word of God in your heart (verse 31).
    Follow good role models (verse 37)
    “Take refuge” in God (verse 40).

    Maintaining calm and trusting reliable counselors (to include God) greatly increase odds for survival and success. Restraining anger and panic is critical. Fear breeds failure. Having a sustained pattern of behavior, especially in scripture study, prayer, and association with other believers, helps but one also needs to learn to wait and to build flexibility. Rigidity paralyzes people when unexpected situations arise. The message of Psalm 37 is that even when situations seem to require new solutions, some basic truths and practices will sustain us. When multiple options exist in life, God’s word will help us navigate the best trail to our destination.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:49 am on 2013-05-09 Permalink | Reply
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    You Don’t Have to Understand it All for it to Work 

    You don’t have to completely understand how prayer works for it to work. I don’t completely understand how my cellphone or the Internet works, but that doesn’t keep it from working or me from using it!

    “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

     
    • Michael Summers 9:05 am on 2013-05-09 Permalink | Reply

      Granted. However, I do have to know how to make a telephone call or how to operate the remote control. When writing, I may not have to understand writing, but I will communicate more effectively to some if I avoid split infinitives. In prayer, we should know to whom we pray and have some awareness of what prayer is. Such awareness comes from observation, verbal instruction, or reading. Many Christians learn to pray from observing how other Christians pray. Others learn by reading what Jesus taught about prayer or by reading biblical prayers. Your citation of Philippians 4:6 demonstrates this concept of learning to pray. The verse tells to whom we should address our prayers, when we should pray, and even with what attitude (thanksgiving) we should pray. However, as you noted, the key point is: Pray.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:25 pm on 2013-05-09 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Michael,

        Much of what you say was, as you said it, granted. My intention wasn’t to infer that one can pray to or through anyone or anything, or that knowing how to pray isn’t important (Luke 11:1); but rather that there times when prayer works even if we don’t know how it’s going to work. To be honest, if I had to completely explain everything about how prayer works (when it’s answered, how it’s answered, why it’s not answered, why we even need an answer, etc.) I’d come up woefully short…but, as with other things in life where my knowledge is less than complete, that doesn’t keep me from using it to the best of my ability

        Thanks for commenting!

    • Don Ruhl 11:42 am on 2013-05-10 Permalink | Reply

      Amen, preach it, brother!

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:32 pm on 2013-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 13 right between the eyes 

    Psalm 13, as I followed our reading schedule, blew me away this morning. It even inspired the Portuguese devotional, which I translated into English. It’s still ringing in my ears and led, I have no doubt, to a powerful and productive day.

    Discovering the three parts of this psalm and how it unwinds (see link above), it takes the worry out of the sails of the ship called Despair.

    Read it now. From a tornado of doubt and anxiety, it will bring you down to settled peace of mind. Here it is in the ESV:

    1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
    2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

    3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
    4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

    5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
    6 I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

     
  • TFRStaff 1:50 pm on 2013-01-03 Permalink | Reply
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    If you believe 

    “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” Matthew 21:22.

    Faith is one of the three greatest gifts that would endure. But what’s so great about faith?

    First, we’re told that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It involves a total trust in the One making the promise and reliance on the One who has the power to fulfill His promise.

    Jesus demonstrated this trust and reliance to his disciples by withering a barren fig tree with a simple declaration, “May you never bear fruit again!”

    Now this was not about fig trees. Neither was this about throwing mountains into the sea (else excavating companies hire all the Christians). No, these were illustrations to show the limitless faithfulness and power of God in granting our requests.

    “If you believe ….” Jesus says that faith is needed to plug into the Divine Outlet.

    It is this same faith that causes us to have certainty that if we believe He is the Son of God, repent of our sins, confess Him as Lord, are baptized into His name, and continue in obedience, He will bring us home to be with Him one day.

    Do you believe?

    Doug Kashorek

    Plattsburgh church of Christ

    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    author of Kin of Cain

    a Christian historical fantasy

    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

    [If you know someone who would be encouraged by it, please reply with his or her name and e-mail address. Thanks.]

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2012-12-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Proverbs are the “Piths” (16) 

    Proverbs 11, like a lot of the proverbial chapters, covers a wide range of topics – it can seem scattered until you step set back and see the big picture it makes. Here are a few thoughts from this great chapter. You can click the link and then switch back and forth for the “commentary.”

    Verse 1: Does God take our integrity seriously when it comes to business? No amount of skimming off of the top will ever change how low it will bring you spiritually!

    Verse 4: There are always certain things that money can’t buy: love, true friends, peace…and a way of escape when the judgment comes!

    Verse 7: Hopes in this world only float so high; as a matter of fact in the end they sink! Hope in God on the other hand will carry one all the way to Heaven.

    Verse 11: A society is blessed when it has upright people who fill the census. Take away uprightness/righteous living from a society and you take away the underpinnings of its prosperity. Has anyone felt a national tremor lately???

    Verse 13: How can you trust a person with your secret when they’re blabbing others’ to you? Maybe we should keep that in mind today at work!

    Verse 17: This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs because, although it’s a theme throughout the Bible, it’s one of those jewels that’s unique to the book. So why show mercy? Because it feels good? Or because it does good? Think of Matthew 5:7 and 6:14-15 before you answer!

    Verse 18: The BBE says it like this: “The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.” Earthly riches, especially those that are ill-gotten gain, are just an illusion. It’s the biggest economic bubble a person can have in their personal life…and we know what happens to all bubbles don’t we?

    Verse 22: Solomon had a way with words didn’t he? One sure way to reveal the true beauty of a woman is to look at true behaviors! Pretty is as pretty does is an old reliable saying after all.

    Verses 24-25: We get from the Lord as we give to the Lord. This principle is repeated/quoted/expounded upon by Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

    Verse 27: Ever heard the saying, “You’ll find what you’re looking for”? So had Solomon!

    Verse 29: A husband (or father) who strives to be a man will strive to bless his own house. Notice the Bible doesn’t say “please his own house” but that it says bless with righteous behavior and leadership.

    Verse 30: Reminds me of the song “A Soul Winner for Jesus.”

     
  • Stephen R. Bradd 9:18 am on 2012-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Waiting on the Lord 

    The book of Proverbs is full of wise sayings. The Holy Spirit, especially in this book, has packed a lot of wisdom into few words. Proverbs 20:24 is a succinct verse I’ve been contemplating recently – “A man’s steps are of the LORD; how then can a man understand his own way?”

    Although God has granted free will to every human being, man is not in a position to adequately guide himself alone. Man (whether righteous or wicked) cannot understand all the long-term consequences of his daily choices (in both word and deed), but God certainly does understand and is very much involved in the lives of those made in His image. He is Master over everything–including that which we do not understand and cannot presently perceive. I believe that this verse addresses the providential guiding of Almighty God. God knows the end from the beginning; He knows how to work out things for good in the ultimate sense for those who love Him (cf. Rom. 8:28).

    So, what should we do in light of these truths? We should wait upon the Lord! We should confess our own ignorance and insufficiency before God and trust Him–even when it feels like He has forgotten us or is working against us. We should serve God to the best of our ability, even when we do not understand why certain things are or are not happening in our lives presently. I have compiled a list of verses from the Old Testament on this theme that I’d like to read at this time:

    Psalm 25:1-5 – “To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”

    Psalm 37:1-7 – “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.”

    Psalm 52:8,9 – “I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name for it is good.”

    Proverbs 20:22 – “Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.”

    Isaiah 30:18 – “For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”

    Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

    Jeremiah 14:22 – “Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for You, since You have made all these.”

    Zephaniah 3:8 – “‘Therefore wait for Me,’ says the LORD…”

    Although the contexts vary from which these verses are taken, the general theme is very clear. Wait on the Lord–in other words, trust Him enough to serve Him and rely upon Him in crisis and in the good times. He will take care of you and see you through! Is there something you strongly desire to be added to your life but God has not blessed you with yet (like a godly mate, for example; cf. Prov. 18:22)? Wait on the Lord; He knows what is best for you and His timing is perfect. Is there something you strongly desire to have removed from your life but God has not done so yet (like a thorn in the flesh, for example; cf. II Cor. 12:7ff)? Wait on the Lord; He knows what is best for you and His timing is perfect. Indeed, “a man’s steps are of the Lord” (Prov. 20:24). There is nothing better for a Christian to do than to trust and obey God, no matter what. Such a course will lead to joy and peace that passes understanding.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:35 am on 2011-06-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Cartoon: Takes faith 

    Cartoon on faith

     
  • John Henson 1:43 pm on 2011-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Trust God’s Wisdom 

    Whenever the temptation comes for me to trust my own knowledge rather than God’s, I read Isaiah 40:12-15.

    In this passage, God reminds Judah its supposed power during its recent encounter with the Assyrians was not what saw them through. Instead, it was God’s wisdom and power, requested by King Hezekiah who became humbled when faced with the prospect of losing his kingdom.

    God reminded his people he is the creator. We need to remember this, too. It isn’t the thinking of man who brought about the creation of the world. It was the wisdom and power of God. Pitiful man will never sit in the seat of Creator God, though man wants to sit there very much.

    Who gives God instruction? Not man. It is not within man to direct his steps (Jeremiah 10:23). Left to its own wisdom and devices, Judah would have made an ineffective alliance with Egypt, who had no intention of facing the Assyrians in Jerusalem!

    God says, “Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales, (Isaiah 40:15 NET). The nations that worried Judah so were nothing. They were an insignificant threat from God’s perspective. We should remember God’s perspective and make it our own.

     
    • Mike Riley 6:33 am on 2011-06-06 Permalink | Reply

      Great advice, John! Without God, we are absolutely nothing. He doesn’t need a thing from us (Acts 17:24-25).

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:54 pm on 2011-05-09 Permalink | Reply
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    More obvious than the nose on Durante’s face 

    Something more than obviousWith the fall of the price of oil, the dollar got a slight reprieve here in Brazil last week. But the decline has been going on now for several years, not only here, but worldwide. U.S. economic policy appears guaranteed to lose more strength in the once “almighty dollar.” For all the Republicans’ protest, the slide appears unstoppable. Prepare for a crash landing, my friends.

    I’m no economist, hate handling money, but some things are more obvious than the nose on Durante’s face. (Anybody remember him?) Good thing our trust is in the Lord. It is, isn’t it?

    • In my editorial today on FMag, I try to create a bit of suspense about the great headline that you won’t see in the papers or on the news websites (have to add the latter these days). You see if it works. My wife seemed to think so, but she’s partial.

    • A thing observed: An otherwise good effort seems confused if it’s talking to brethren or those outside of Christ. I suspect it’s because we talk intra muros, among ourselves, so much. We’re just not accustomed to talking with pagans.

    • On the personal weblog, a limerick about, of all things, bin Laden. A contrast in theme and form. Does it come across clumsy to you?

    • A friend today encouraged me to hang in with a project (let’s call it that, for sake of generalities) which I’m eager to give up on and pass on to others. He said a voice like ours is needed. True, I replied, but I choose to speak where there are ears to hear. I’m trying to do a lot more of that selective speaking, today. You know, the pearls before swine principle.

    • In the news, TSA stoops to new low: a bomb sniffer was caught on camera checking a baby’s diaper for terrorist material. If I could, I would refuse to fly. It seems the absurdities increase day by day.

    • Last, the world’s absurdities should not surprise us, and the Lord’s reasonableness ought to give us constant motive for thanks. Some truths are paradoxes, faith is a constant challenge, and some commands at first glance make no sense, but his wisdom constantly manifests itself. Can I get an amen on that one?

     
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