Chris Underwood: Encouragement Note, May 2017

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

Each of knows that what fills our eyes and ears causes a reaction within our brains. Those thoughts translate into actions that are obedient to the will of God, or disobedient.

Thankfully the Bible scriptures remind us daily to think of the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and anything else that we want recorded in the book of Life.

The positive virtues help shape us to be filled with strength of the Lord, and makes it possible to repent of sin. Consider some or all the sin that once were a struggle to reject in your life. Those obstacles are eliminated or greatly reduced from your life through the blessing of the Jesus who gave his life for our redemption.

We still have to be careful with our words that come out of our mouths. The beginning of those words are a reflection of our thoughts. Think on being humble in the daily presence of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Have a great day.

Chris is a brother in Christ from Chicago who works in aviation electronics. He worked recently for three months in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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Hugh’s News & Views (Malapropisms . . .)

MALAPROPISMS AND THINKING ABOUT THE CHURCH

Likely, I should be among the last to write under the above heading. I did not grow up in a family that always used correct grammar or that always used a word in the right sense. All who speak and write are susceptible of inadvertently using the wrong word, to being “off” in their thinking, and to not expressing themselves either orally or in writing as clearly as they might like. Yet, those of us who speak and write to advance the cause of Christ should strive for accuracy—in our thinking, in our speaking, and in our writing.

A malapropism is “misusing words, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.” Many years ago in Clarksville, Tennessee I was preaching on the Lord’s Supper and made mention of a congregation that had two large silver “gobblers” from which the fruit of the vine was served—one for each side of the two sections of pews in the auditorium! I, of course, meant two large silver goblets. Continue reading

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Talking to the World

You’re talking to the world, online,
Every word an open letter,
So make the light of Jesus shine,
Give hope, and make our spirits better.

J. Randal Matheny

#blessing, #poetry, #words

Hugh’s News & Views (Words)

THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH

David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, NASB).

Someone said that it is easy to “slip” with our tongue because it is in such a slippery place. The brother of Jesus wrote: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2, NKJV). Christ Himself said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Continue reading

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Comment this verse: Ephesians 4.29

“You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear” (NET).

A friend commented on this verse elsewhere. It seemed appropriate to post it here and invite others to make their comments on it. What say you?

#bible-commentary, #tongue, #words

Oops!

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear that pro-life, anti-gay marriage, pro-assault weapons voters aren’t welcome in “his” state: “They have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” (“Cuomo retreats after slamming pro-lifers,” by Lauren Ashburn, Published January 22, 2014,

FoxNews.com) Then, after being “Tweeted” into a corner, his Attorney tried to get the egg off of his face by stating: “The Governor was making the point that he makes often: New York is a politically moderate state and an extremist agenda is not politically viable statewide.”

Really?

1. Define “extremist.” According to the dictionary, it means “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable,” or “radicalism.” Since the media uses the term “radical” to describe “Muslim terrorists,” then is the Governor telling “Muslim terrorists” they “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are?” If not, then why not? Also, isn’t the governor’s place to represent all of his constituents, not some? It seems a governor is “extremist” who would run out of “his” state those who disagree with his political views, thus unbalancing “his” citizenry “very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable!” If “his” state now is “politically moderate,” how would it remain such by eliminating “correct or reasonable” views?

2. If the Governor and his Attorney would get their minds out of their “ivory tower” they would learn that “most people consider correct or reasonable” the Bible teaching that, individually, all humans are: made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), not evolved animals (Genesis 1:28-31), formed by the plan of God (Psalm 139:13-16), given “the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), and are the same human before and after birth (the word for an unborn “babe” is the same as for the born one, Luke 1:41,44; 2:16). According to the latest Fox News poll of voters (1/22/14), 48% are pro-life (against abortion), 45% are pro-choice (for abortion). A savvy politician who needs a majority vote, would acknowledge that his constituents are not “extremists,” but mainstream!

3. Define “gay marriage.” Since the concept of “marriage” was begun and defined by God, He must approve any “marriage” or else it is disapproved, “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18). God (Who is the only adequate explanation for the world’s existence, Hebrews 3:4) made humans “male and female” (Genesis 1:27), and brought the woman made from the man’s rib back to his side to form the closest, most intimate relationship known to mankind (Genesis 2:21-25). Jesus Christ added His endorsement to what God did “from the beginning” (Matthew 19:4-6), which means one male for one female is the only marriage formula God approves! “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). Everyone who varies God’s plan, falls under the terms “fornicators and adulterers.” Because so many people sin, God “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). Homosexuals are invited to leave their decision and be converted to Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Homosexual “marriage” has never been sanctioned by God!

4. The U.S. Bill of Rights, as adopted on December 15, 1791, contains this Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This is not an “extremist” policy, but the standard by which all other views on the subject should be compared! Governor Cuomo’s characterization of supporters of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America as advocating “pro-assault weapons” is prejudicial, inflammatory, and disingenuous! If everyone who believes in the Second Amendment left the state, then government would be the only ones who possessed weapons, and that would make it a socialist dictatorship! Is that what he’s advocating?

5. The Governor’s outburst was not a “Freudian slip” but a true statement of his belief. Jesus Christ said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:34-36). The Governor either spoke the evil desire he had in his heart, or else, according to his Attorney, he used “idle words” without meaning what he said. Either way, he is accountable to Jesus Christ on the day of Judgment if he doesn’t repent! In the meantime, he should be held accountable by his constituents.

 

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(#61) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:23-A Fool is a Blabbermouth!

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 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:23: “A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.”

“Knowledge” is based upon facts, certainty, and insight. When “knowledge” involves Bible truths, we must all be as David, who said, “I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know” (Psalm 40:9). Though Peter confessed Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus was not ready for this to be widely known at that time, so “He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ” (Matthew 16:20). However, when this truth was fully revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul had “not shunned to declare…the whole counsel of God” in Ephesus (Acts 20:17, 27). In dealing with the judgments of our daily lives, the “prudent” (sensible, wise, judicious) don’t need to tell everything at once! Since “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12), this principle is applicable to Christians (1 Peter 4:8). Solomon later would say, “There is a time to keep silence, And a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Those with good judgment will make timely conversation, hence, Christians must “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).

When blabbing anything and everything one knows about others with the excuse that, “I’m just being honest,” one becomes a fool who is without good judgment! Other proverbs that add to this truth are: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19); “Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16); “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness” (Proverbs 15:2); “He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive” (Proverbs 17:27-28). There is a common saying based upon this truth: “Better to be thought a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” One who is “slow to speak” (James 1:19) is either “wise” or a fool who is mistaken as wise! Meanwhile, “a fool” will use a “multitude of words” to lay “open his folly” and pour forth “foolishness.” Running off at the mouth is never good, while shutting up the mouth in good judgment can be “perceptive!” When our heart is in our mouth, truth may be lost in the moment! God gives us a mind with which to filter what we say: “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips” (Proverbs 16:23). Since God’s people are now the Christians, Solomon’s wisdom is timeless: “Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

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

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