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Words of Wisdom Articles are mini articles printed in the Oneida Herald-Tribune newspaper since September 2019.

11-23-20             Fear Of Salvation     NEW & FEATURED

People are afraid of Jesus Christ when they don’t know, nor understand, the truth about Him. He walked on the sea and His disciples “supposed it was a ghost, and cried out " (Mark 6:49-50). At His resurrection, the women were told: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3). People who don’t know nor understand the truth about salvation are afraid to be baptized to be saved. God explained: “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3). No salvation is outside of Christ. Fear not to obey Jesus Christ.

11-16-2020    A Religious Poll    

“And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again’ (Luke 9:18-19).” The opinion on the street was: (1) speculative; (2) divided; (3) wrong! Did Jesus say, “Each one has their own truth?" or “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion?” OR “It doesn’t make any difference what they believe and practice?” None of these. Jesus said to His disciples who had seen His miracles, heard His teaching, and followed Him, ‘“But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God”’ (Luke 9:20). Prayers for unity without accepting what the Bible says avail nothing!

11-9-2020           What Changed?

After “the most important election in history,” what have the results really changed? 

Not God: "For I am the LORD, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). Not Jesus Christ: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). 

Not The Holy Spirit’s Bible: “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). 

Not the Gospel of Salvation: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). 

Not God’s Authority Over Government: “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). 

Not the church of Christ: “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

11-3-2020             Faith or Cowardice    

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled’.” (1 Peter 3:13 14) Christians stand for the truth of God’s Word, having no dread from ’threats, nor be[ing] troubled.” Our confidence comes from obeying God’s Word. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) This ‘spirit of fear" is “cowardice,” or shrinking back from. The Bible shows us God's power over everything; it brings out the best in us as love, and gives us a “sound mind” or controlled attitude we call “confidence.” Christians fear less and have less to fear.

10-27-2020        Dying to Lie    

“An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.” (Proverbs 17:4) Surely in a poitical campaign year, this is easily understood. “Evildoer” describes someone whose heart is full of wickedness and sins. ’False lips’ describes the mouths through which the heart of evil speaks falsely. Only a wicked person wants to feed his, or her, vile heart with lies coming through “false lips”. The liar collects garbage scraps from tongues of hateful spite, and cares nothing about truth, righteousness, or purity! The problem for the rest of us is trying to “see the forest for the sleaze!” Gossip taken seriously is malice in those with no respect for the truth! Jesus said the Devi is “a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44), but we know His children! Beware of the Devil's famly reunion!

10-20-2020        Who Elected Our President?        

'The LORO brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever. The plans of His heart to all generations" (Psalm 33:10-11). Have you notced how “peace treaties,” “global initiatives,” and megalomaniacs all fade out and fall apart? There is no power organization of "globalists" that God wll allow to take over His world, for it is God Who “removes kings and raises up kings" (Daniel 2:21). As King David wrote: “The earth is the LORD'S. and all its fulness, The world and those who dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1). While we think, by politics and elections, we grant power, the government’s power is “given you from above!” (John 19:11). A government that recognizes and protects “unalienable rights” that come from God, is best for all concerned!

10-13-2020       Might Doesn’t Make Right    

Because the Media focuses on street mobs and their violence, people may ask, “Are they right?’’ God once warned: “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil.” (Exodus 23:2) Solomon’s wisdom said, “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their ways are His delight. Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:20-21) A union of sinners, expressed as to “join forces” (literally, "hand to hand”), cannot overpower God's line of “righteousness”. God finds abominable everyone who teaches otherwise! Proverbs 17:15: "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”  Let's join hands in what is right, and not be pressured into what's wrong! {Colossians 2:8) “Receive Jesus” the Scriptural way, not by man-made traditional teaching.

9-28-2020              Brutality is Hateful     
Those who cruelly, viciously kick and beat a political opponent, shoot parked policemen, plant explosives among the public, or recklessly maim and injure people should thank God we no longer live under the Law of Moses, for God’s justice dealt harshly with cruelty: "If a man causes disfigurement of his neighbor, as he has done, so shall it be done to him - fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he has caused disfigurement of a man, so shall it be done to him.” (Leviticus 24:19-20) John the Baptist commanded soldiers, "Do not intimidate anyone,” or “no police brutality.” To do otherwise is the definition of a “hate crime." Christians recognize that, without “the kindness and the love of God our Savior,” people are "living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another" (Titus 3:3-4). Forgiveness ends brutality - ask for it!

9-21-2020              Has the Holy Spirit Spoken to You?    
Jesus said: 'However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth' (John 16:13) If promised for everyone. then there was no further need to write the New Testament, for the Holy Spirit would directly guide everyone "into all truth." But, if to the Apostles, then their written Scriptures are the Holy Spirit’s words for all! Jesus prayed over the 11 Apostles, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” (John 17:20) The Holy Spirit wrote it was, ‘the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen’ (Mark 16:20). After the Apostles, Jesus expected people to follow Him through their written “word". Jesus' promise and its fulfillment are written in the New Testament. Think of the irony of that!

9-14-2020          Only Follow Your Heart    

Children are raised with the encouragement to: “Follow your heart.”  But this advice ignores the warning: “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).  God rejected people who “walked in the imagination of his evil heart " (Jeremiah 11:8).  After punishing them, God said: "they shall walk no more after the stubbornness of their evil heart” (Jeremiah 3:17).  None of us knows, completely from our own hearts, how to do good and not evil.  The solution?  “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11).   Children should rather pray: “Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133).  

9-7-2020             The Valley of Opinion    

“For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life” (Psalm 31:13). Media values “news” which is more “opinion” than real facts and truth. In point of fact, “opinion polls” consume a great deal of time and space these days. The New Testament commands: “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 quoting Proverbs 3:7). Opinions can bully people into fleeing. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1). Opinions can be corrected: “I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:59-60). The Valley of Opinion is in the Land of the Lost.  

8-31-2020             Nations That Forget God   

Before Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses warned they "will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands" (Deuteronomy 31:29).  How bad would they get?  “The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish” (Deuteronomy 28:22).  “A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually” (Deuteronomy 28:33).  When they would not return back to God, God said, “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).  “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).  “All nations” should learn.

8-24-2020                    Tampering With Evidence

“Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus” (John 12:9-11). Living Lazarus was proof Jesus had the power of God over death. One day, when He calls for everyone, “all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth” (John 5:28-29). “Religious leaders” sought to tamper with the evidence, that is, “put Lazarus to death.” Those who refuse to accept truth may try destroying the evidence, censorship, or propaganda, none of which changes the truth but simply exposes those who serve Satan. 

8-17-2020                     We Are NOT In Despair   

"But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19). Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. But if we listen to God in Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8)

8-10-2020                   Street Crime    

David prayed, “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men” (Psalm 140:1).  Solomon gave a reason for that, “A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:29).  Destructive violence in a land of laws is not the way of “Justice.”  “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice” (Proverbs 21:7).  The people who call for “justice” but preach violence are against “justice.”  “Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking” (Proverbs 24:1-2).  Whether it comes from a neighborhood gang, or from city, county, state, or country, advocates of violence and plundering are nothing but lawless criminals!  “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).

7-27-2020            Is There Not a Cause?     

With these words, the shepherd lad, David, showed courage. The Philistine giant, Goliath, had challenged Israel’s army for a “duel” to decide the war’s victory. “Then David said to Saul, ‘Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine’" (1 Samuel 17:32). To Goliath, David said, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). It’s not the size, number, or might of those who oppose the bullying Goliath of Media, Government, Business, or Education who win, but God’s “cause.” “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

7-20-2020           No “Christian Crusades”   

In Luke 9:51-56, Jesus intended to go to Jerusalem and passed through a Samaritan village, but “they did not receive Him.”  His disciples, James and John, wanted to “command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them.”  “But He turned and rebuked them, and said, 'You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to destroy  men's lives but to save them'" (Luke 9:55-56).  Jesus did not teach, nor permit, physical retribution and destruction upon those who do not obey His will. The Apostles learned there is no such thing as a “Christian Crusade.”  Reporters and Historians have grossly perverted Jesus' teaching when they speak of “Christian Crusades.” Jesus' kingdom is “not of this world” (John 18:36).  The Gospel of Jesus Christ converts willing souls, but does not “destroy men's lives.”    

7-13-2020                    The Problem of “Racism”

In the beginning, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). Thus humans were made “in the image of God” but physically distinguishable as “male and female.” Sin and corruption caused God’s world-wide flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 7-9) and it was through Noah, his three sons and their wives that God started humanity, again. Every human born on earth is “in the image of God,” either male or female, and capable of choosing to sin. God scattered people over the earth by confusing languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). The Gospel of Christ was preached in different “native languages” (Acts 2:5-12). Christ saves those of the human “race” who obey       (Mark 16:15-16). Sin, not “skin,” is the “racial problem.”

7-6-2020                      The Spirit of Barabbas   

“Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’” (Matthew 27:17). Pilate could “find no fault in” Jesus (John 19:4, 6), but the stirred-up mob only said, “Crucify Him” (Luke 23:21). Barabbas was “notorious” (Matthew 27:16), in a city rebellion committing murder (Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19), “a robber” (John 18:40). What a choice: an “evil man,” who “seeks only rebellion” (Proverbs 17:11), or Jesus Christ who had “no fault.” Pilate represented the “legal system” (today, it’s the courts, politicians, demonstrations, and propaganda) permitting removal of Jesus Christ but freeing criminals. God warned, “Do not associate with those given to change” (Proverbs 24:21). “Barabbas” on the streets, instead of Jesus Christ, is to “sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

6-29-2020                    Cause or Case?

“The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). When “news” often becomes “noise,” surely we see Solomon’s wisdom. Just because someone claims to have been wronged, there may be another “side” (or facts!) to be considered. We cannot jump into a decision with signs, slogans, or street mobs and act too hastily.  

“The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps” (Proverbs 14:15). A “prudent” person uses the responsible filter of personal judgment before any action. “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3). Prejudice does not help for: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13). Timeless truth for our times!

6-22-2020                    Bullhorn “Brothers?”

“An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:27-29).

The “ungodly” never forgive for they dig up and live in the past. “A perverse man” (one who “devises evil continually,”    Proverbs 6:14) “sows strife,” and where there is no “talebearer, the strife ceases” (Proverbs 26:20). Interestingly, the “ungodly,” “perverse,” “whisperer,” and “violent” people are the ones in mobs with the bullhorns! Quell the riot with Jesus’ words: "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).

6-15-2020                    Keep The Sword

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God… For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil…But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4).

God gave “the sword” to government to execute God’s wrath on evil-doers. Attacking the police is rebellion against God. Good Policemen should be respected because of the authority God has given them, while bad Policemen should suffer God’s wrath. Solomon’s Wisdom said: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). Remove that “sword,” and the godless will rule!

6-8-2020                      Upside-down Judgment

No one who resorts to violence is for justice.  “Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking” (Proverbs 24:1-2). “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them” (Proverbs 28:4).  

Only lawbreakers praise lawbreakers.  Only the wicked defend the wicked. Those who live lawfully must stand up against them.  “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD”         (Proverbs 17:15). It is an injustice department that releases the guilty and punishes the obedient. “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice (Proverbs 21:7). “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates” (Psalm 11:5).

6-1-2020                      Who Can Predict?

Peter emphasized knowing what the prophets and Apostles of Christ had written (2 Peter 3:1-2) because some: question the Flood in Noah’s day (2 Peter 3:3-7), doubt the Second Coming of Jesus (2 Peter 3:8-13), or twist the meaning in Paul’s epistles           (2 Peter 3:14-16). He said his readers “know this beforehand” (2 Peter 3:17-18), literally “have knowledge in advance.” No one can have knowledge of the future without God’s help!

Solomon said: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

All uninspired predictions of the future are nothing but speculation or opinion, and are uncertain! No doctor, politician, financial advisor, fortune teller, parent, preacher, educator, etc. can make accurate predictions of the future. Jesus said, “he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going” (John 12:35).

5-25-2020           A Memorial 

Before His cross, “a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head” to anoint His body for burial beforehand (Mark 14:3-9). Jesus said: "Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her" (Mark 14:9). Statues, headstones, monuments, buildings oftentimes obscure the meaning of what they are for. It’s the telling with words what people or events they represent, the history to be heard and learned. Wisdom says, “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28). This is another way of saying “don’t rewrite history—read it and learn.”

5-18-2020           “Sticks & Stones” 

A childhood chant was, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Really? Maybe that is true with physical pain, but words intended to hurt, do indeed, hurt. Otherwise, why would some people hurl so many hateful, hurtful, obscene, filthy, or vile words at a fellow human being? Sometimes these come from parents, children, friends, associates, or relatives. God knows how words can hurt, and He has tried to help the situation by telling His children:

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). “Corrupt” literally means “rotten, putrid, like fruit.” Slinging “corrupt” speech splatters even the slinger! God’s way is best for all concerned; don’t you think? 

5-11-2020           Confining the Righteous

“When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves” (Proverbs 28:12). “The righteous” today are those who obey Christ: “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him” (1 John 2:29). “The wicked” disregard God’s Word: “A good man obtains favor from the LORD, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn” (Proverbs 12:2). Those who obey God are free to move about and “do good” (Galatians 6:10), unless “the wicked arise” and confine them. Peter said, kings or governors are sent by God “for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good” (1 Peter 2:14). Only “the wicked” would prevent “the righteous” from “doing good.” 

5-7-2020             Maintaining “Social Distance”

The suggested “safe distance” from each other, to avoid viral contamination, is “6 feet.” This may, or may not work, since viruses have other ways of spreading. However, “spiritual separation” is a rule a Christian must follow to avoid being drawn back into sin. “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light “(Ephesians 5:5-8). A Christian must: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). Don’t be “re-infected.”

4-30-2020           Wash Your Hands

We’ve heard this repeated thousands of times in the past weeks. Soap, water, and thorough application removes contaminants and makes our hands safe to use. This illustrates a spiritual application: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:7-8). Obviously, this hand-washing represents the repentant heart choosing righteous actions for the hands in resisting the Devil. Surely this cannot mean the rest of a sinner’s body should still be used for sinning! The “hands” will do what the heart demands, so if a heart is right before God, the hands will be, also. Jesus authors eternal salvation “to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9). This time, really, “wash your hands.”

4-23-2020           Salvation And Bible Faith

No one has received a revelation from God since the New Testament was finished.  God’s last word to Israel was: “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments”   (Malachi 4:4). 400 years of silence from God followed.  Since Jesus came, God has similar statements for the New Testament: “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3); “remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17); “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37).  The written Scriptures are God’s last words to the world. Whoever claims more is sadly mistaken!

4-16-2020           Is Your Life Real?

An angel of the Lord led Peter out of prison, “So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.” After leaving the prison without incident, “they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, ‘Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people’" (Acts 12:9-11). What showed Peter this was not a “vision?” The reality of where he actually was, out of prison! A video game, movie, TV program, “reality show,” or social media are not reality. Peter came to himself when reality set in. How “real” is your “reality?” 

4-6-2020             Try, Again   

Crimes come from the heart, not the neighborhood. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). But at Paul’s preaching in the sinfully corrupted city of Corinth, “many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). More laws on the books, newer housing projects, larger police forces, and longer prison sentences cannot change one heart like Jesus Christ can. To a world of sinners who need to change, Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).  The church of Christ is composed of scrubbed sinners.      

3-30-2020               Wuhan Woe

Despite the extreme efforts to contain and stop the Wuhan Virus, there is an even more devastating virus that is being overlooked. A fear of the Wuhan Virus is of those who may have it and not know it, but be spreading it to others. Wuhan only affects the body; the Virus of Sin affects souls forever. John said, “He who sins is of the Devil” (1 John 3:8). Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Jesus also said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark 7:21-23). The cure “is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith” (1 John 5:4). 

3-23-2020        Hate-filled Strife    

There can be no question that in the world, “hatred” is preached and practiced! Christians should leave this behind, for Paul wrote in Titus 3:3: “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.” There is another, different, word for “hatred” listed as a “work of the flesh” that disqualifies anyone from inheriting “the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). Only the hateful stir up strife: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:20-21). Christians are those drawn from the hateful world by God’s love. It is for the “love of God,” we should “keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3).   

3-16-2020      Is This “The End?” 

Every time a catastrophe occurs, gloom & doomsday predictors turn to Scripture to justify their glum attitude. Scriptures are twisted beyond recognition as predicted in 2 Peter 3:14-18. All Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus Christ were fulfilled in the 1st Century, as Peter said: “Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days” (Acts 3:24). Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem that occurred in A.D. 70 as being preceded by “signs” (Matthew 24:1-35). But Jesus said nothing is known to predict His Second Coming when He said: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). He gave five illustrations to prove “no one knows” (Matthew 24:37-25:30). Nothing in Scripture, nor in world events, is a “sign” of the end!

3-9-2020       When Tornadoes Happen   

On God’s earth, things happen to all alike, both good and  evil. There are blessings, as Jesus said: "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven: for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”    (Matthew 5:45). There will be death: “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is destruction: “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:24-25). “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7). The difference is, the righteous have faith to explain it all!        

3-2-2020            Is It Your Time to Die?     

Some think “when it’s your time to die, there’s nothing you can do about it.” David wrote: "LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah Surely every man walks about like a shadow” (Psalm 39:4-5). To “measure my days,” means we should count our birthdays to remind us “how frail” we are. This expression does NOT say, “God has predetermined the length of every life,” BUT we need “to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We should “number our days” but nothing says that God has our days numbered!

2-23-20-20          Don't Be Cruel   

In the Old Testament, God exposed “bullying” when He said, “You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14).  It is cruel for a “deaf” person cannot hear the curse and respond.  Putting a “stumbling block” in front of a “blind” person when they cannot avoid it is despicable.  No examples bullying could be simpler to understand. God corrected this when He commanded: “Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother” (Zechariah 7:9).  If you were in their place, how would you like someone to do you that way? Jesus summed up this anti-bullying teaching when He said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).       

2-17-2020          Unqualified Love of God?     

The only verse many people accept is “God is love” (1 John 4:8). They think that means “God loves me regardless of how I live.” They could not be more wrong, for Jesus Christ also said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21). Sinners want God to love them as they are, but David said of God, “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:4-5). God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4); and “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). 

2-10-2020          What Love Is     

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”               (1 John 3:16). Love is not flowers, candy, jewelry, or sex. This verse describes “love” as a voluntary choice and commitment. Jesus chose to obey God and die for us. In Wyoming, Illinois, on January 30, 2017, Shelby Ann Carter, forever age 21, strapped her 12 day-old baby in a car seat, broke the 2nd story window of the burning house, and, with her dying breath, tossed her baby to safety. Shelby Ann died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Her mother’s love placed the baby’s safety above her own. Since Roe v. Wade (1973), enabling Planned Parenthood’s propaganda, 61,711,569 babies have been slaughtered in America without love! Shelby Ann should be a hero to all women who conceive.

2-3-2020             How Does God Speak Today?       

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). Jesus has said: “the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). But how does anyone know the words of Jesus? “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away”   (Luke 21:33). The things in the New Testament “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). We must believe everything the Bible says about Jesus – no more, and no less! His words are preserved in the Bible.      

1-27-2020            Who Has Seen Jesus?        

Jesus is revealed in the Bible – not on an iron, foil on a bottle of cider, a drainpipe, a tortilla, the side of a freezer, a potted asparagus fern, or a shroud of Turin! But, there is NO physical description of Jesus Christ on Earth anywhere in Scripture! Every depiction of Jesus, whether as a baby, an adult or on a cross, is totally without Scriptural fact, and entirely made-up by someone’s imagination! To Thomas, who had trouble believing that Jesus was raised from the dead, “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’" (John 20:29). We are to be looking in the Scriptures for Jesus Christ, not imagining Him in any other place!      

1-20-2020          What Is Shameful      

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).  What is wrong with our society, or any other, is that works of the flesh are not only practiced, but they are promoted, and presumed with pride to be without any shame or guilt, whatsoever! Sinners are not ashamed of their own sins, but of all those who “Preach the word!” (2 Timothy 4:2)!  However, like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).        

1-13-2020           Country Music Theology      

Many people, it seems, follow a “Country Music” Theology, rather than the Bible. “The Red Dirt Road,” for example, said, “I learned the path to Heaven is full of sinners and believers.”  Really? Psalm 1:5 says “sinners” are not “in the congregation of the righteous.” Jesus said He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:13). And the command is, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners” (James 4:8). By obeying Jesus Christ, “believers were increasingly added to the Lord”  (Acts 5:14). Everyone will not be crowded into Heaven, according to Jesus, "for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matthew 7:13-14). God "now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30), but not everyone will! “The red dirt road” is a Dead End!      

1-6-2020            Insane New Year       

"The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17). No one questions that many Americans have forgotten God:  Evolution has replaced "The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 40:28); Affluence has replaced dependence upon "the LORD Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18); Immorality and Indecency have replaced "the pure in heart " (Matthew 5:8); Illegal and Lawless behavior from top to bottom rules because "sin is lawlessness"                (1 John 3:4).  If "insanity" is "doing the same things over and over, but expecting a different result," then many people are planning another "insane"   year!  Live the same, vote the same, think the same, and there will be NO NEW YEAR!  "Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old" (Lamentations 5:21).       

12-30-2019       New Year Party, Or Old Year Vomit       

“But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; so that no place is clean” (Isaiah 28:7-8).   Is that a good New Year’s Party, or the same sickening vomit of old year’s drunkenness?  Have you noticed the beer commercials don’t show anyone throwing up their beer? The liquor ads don’t show the blurred, distorted vision of the drivers who kill, maim, and destroy innocent people! The bad effects of “intoxicating drink” supposedly “rings out the old, and rings in the new year.”  It’s sickeningly the same, isn’t it? What’s “new?”           

12-23-2019       Why Is There No More “Peace on Earth?”       

Angels announced at Jesus’ birth: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14). Why, then and now, is there not “peace on earth?” It is because there are not more men of goodwill! Preachers should “preach Christ” motivated by “goodwill” toward men (Philippians 1:15). “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Everything a Christian does should be “as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:6-7). Jesus said: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace" (John 16:33). Peace on earth is for those who follow the Prince of Peace.        

12-16-2019                  Be Merry Without Alcohol!       FEATURED

“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy”       (Romans 13:13). These are terms that describe company parties, conventions, frat parties, bars and taverns, Christmas and New Year Eves, or proms. This verse teaches us to behave as if others can see us in the daytime; therefore NOT with rioting and dulled judgments in alcohol and drugs; NOT sexual excesses and perversions; NOT with quarrelling and jealousy! “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:14). “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:3). 

12-9-2019            Stop Thief!       

Stealing is, and always has been, a sin! Jesus Christ told us what a thief does: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). For a Christian, God demands: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28).  When things are stolen in war, it’s called pillaging; in a violent mob protest, it’s called looting; in a store, it’s shoplifting. "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn (Hosea 4:2-3). God has not, does not, and will not bless a country like this!       

12-2-2019            No “Global Climate Change” Here!      

The World-wide Winter of 2014 set frigid, lower temperature records than have ever been recorded. That showed no “Global Warming/Climate Change,” certainly not on this globe! Including these exceptionally-cold temperatures, world-wide climate experienced normal, seasonal changes, just as God decreed after the Flood in Noah’s day: “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22). A “witness” that God exists is that He “gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons” (Acts 14:17). God’s decree has stood the tests of time and falsified interpretation of weather data! Scientific, observable facts have established that God is right, and the propaganda for a political power grab has not been! “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).        

11-25-19            Lend Me Your Ears      

In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act 3, Scene 2, Mark Antony says: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” Why pay attention to this fictional invitation, but neglect to hear God’s appeal: “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 78:1); OR to the appeal of Solomon: “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding” (Proverbs 5:1); OR to the appeal of Jesus Christ: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life”      (John 5:24).       

Passing an English Literature test won’t get anyone into Heaven – possessing God’s Word will!       

11-18-19            Thanksgiving Without God?       FEATURED

It's impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank!  The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3).  (1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so:  "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7).  (2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4).  (3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6). To some it is “Team Game Day,” to others it is “Turkey Game Day,” to Christians it is “Thank God Day.” 

11/04/19             Diversity is One-Sided     

“Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10).

“Diverse” means having two weights, one with which to sell and one with which to buy. People who advocate “diversity” usually are using a double-standard, that is, one for other people, and one for themselves. They generally mean someone else needs to accept them, while they stubbornly refuse to accept others. People push “diversity:” with minority’s rights; with religions (Muslim & churches); while seeking corporate monopoly; “free speech” on school campuses; however it seems to be a cloak for deception, for when they are in charge, they stamp out the “diversity” they advocated! God will have none of it, for “he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25).  

10-28-2019        Scared, Of What?      

What scares you this time of the year?  Is it houses haunted by fake "ghosts and goblins?" Or is it sights and sounds that are not human and hard to identify?  Or is it make-believe "zombies," "vampires," or "werewolves?"  The only time dead people walked the earth again was when Jesus Christ died on the cross, an earthquake opened graves, "and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many" (Matthew 27:52-53).  They proved Jesus was raised from the dead, because dead people could be raised, but not that we should fear the nights.  If you obey God, then "When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet" (Proverbs 3:24). 

10/21/19                          Jesus Is Only Begotten       

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (Acts 3:18).  Even unbelievers carried out God’s will, "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him” (Acts 13:27).  If “wise men” “have rejected the word of the LORD; So what wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9).  An ignorant opinion is still ignorance! 

10/14/19                  Beware Of What You Start      

People devise things that eventually come back to, as we often say, haunt them, bite them, or backfire on them. “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). David said the wicked, “made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown” (Psalm 7:15-16). As Jesus said: "all who take the sword will perish by the sword”     (Matthew 26:52). Truly, “An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression” (Proverbs 29:22). Whether  “road rage” or “street fighting,” beware of what you start, you may get finished.       

10/7/19                  Mass Murder Motive       

After sin entered the world through the free choice of Adam and Eve, their son, “Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him” (Genesis 4:8). Toward the end of the New Testament, the explanation is given: “we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous” (1 John 3:11-12). Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a Las Vegas outdoor concert crowd in 2017, murdering 59, wounding over 500 others. With multiple weapons in his motel room, Paddock clearly pre-meditated murder. While authorities searched for a motive, God has already given one, he: “was of the wicked one and murdered!” God made us, God explains us, and the answers are in the Word of God!       

9/30/19                    Generation Abandoned       

In predicting what signs would precede the destruction of Jerusalem (which occurred in A.D. 70), Jesus told His disciples, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake” (Luke 21:16-17).  The sad realization is that, today, families are just as shredded. Parents, especially fathers, have left their children in the hands of grandparents, the State, the neighborhood, or to fend for themselves.  These abandoned children have become “disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful” (Romans 1:30-31).  Their disrespectful attitude is toward parents, teachers, church, Jesus Christ, and even, God, Himself!  “For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children” (2 Corinthians 12:14).       

9/26/19                    Intelligent Design In Christian Love       

“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God”        (Psalm 14:2). The Christian attitude is: “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:16-17).  1) Treat all men alike.  Being a Christian is not so much to elevate ourselves as it is to help others see that they also matter to God!  Among Christians, there should be no such thing as “Black Lives Matter,” “White Supremacy,” “bullying,” or “belittling.”  2)  Payback with kindness.  Jesus gave His life so the hateful can see how it should be done!        

9/19/19                    Intelligent Design In The Bible        

“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God”        (Psalm 14:2).  There are many, it seems, who either do not, or cannot, see the intelligent design throughout the Inspired Word of God.  "But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled” (Acts 3:18).  Even unbelievers carried out God’s will, "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him”         (Acts 13:27).  If “wise men” “have rejected the word of the LORD; So what wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9).  An ignorant opinion is still ignorance! 

9/12/19                    Intelligent Design In Creation      

“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God”        (Psalm 14:2).  “Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 24:3-4).  Every house shows the intelligent design by which it is built, kept up, and adorned.  Common sense demands that we see intelligence in every building around us. 

“For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).  It is the “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15) Who intelligently designed it.  It takes someone with uncommon ignorance to say   “there is no intelligent design in the Created World.”             

9/5/19                             Profane Pleas       

“Profanity” literally means “making it as common as a doorsill.”  Few give a passing thought to a doorsill when crossing it.  That is exactly the attitude toward God’s Name that is forbidden.  When Israel used to be God’s chosen people, He said: “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12). 

Jesus’  New Law teaches Christians to pray: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Luke  11:2). It is only when Bible history is ignored that people profane God’s Name.  Constant “OMG’s” profane God.  When disaster comes, how can a profane person mean it when he says: “God, help me”?  If we wish to call on God to help, don’t profane His Name. “The LORD is for me among those who help me” (Psalm 118:7).