It's in the Bible

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The Bible is the fountain of knowledge for most everything we say and ideas we express in today's world. Many folks would disagree with this statement. They would want to quote some great person in history or even some present day celebrity or politician that they admire. It's true that there are many heroic persons past and present who have contributed to our knowledge and well-being. However, a study of the Bible reveals that the thoughts and ideas have been around for a long time. Solomon says it all in Ecclesiastes 1: 9—“there is nothing new under the sun.”

So we'll be posting some comments on present day ideas and giving a Bible scripture to illustrate the connection.

We hear it said, “where there's a will, there's a way”. It reminds us to stay focused and not give up so easily. We have many challenges as we live here on earth, and it is pretty common to act like everything depends on us. The Bible reminds us in Proverbs 3:5-7 to seek direction and perseverance from God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. ” But we sometimes stand at a turning point. It's good to remember that, “If you always do what you've always done, you will always be what you've always been.” Let us humble ourselves before God, the creator, and trust in Him as we go through this life, living abundantly here and preparing ourselves for heaven.

Lord set a guard upon my lips,
My tongue control today;
Help me evaluate each thought,
And watch each word I say.

The Bible has some interesting things to say about the use of our tongue.

In the book of James, chapter 3 verses 5 through 13, we are warned of what great harm the tongue can do if we are not diligent to control our speech. It is powerful advice to ask God's help in taming our tongue. In Matthew 12:35-37 Jesus addresses this when He says, “A good man out of the treasures of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasures brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement”. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemmed.” In Psalms 19:14 David prays, “ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” A worthy goal for us today.

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3).

Through this toilsome world,alas!
Once and only once I pass;
If a kindness I may show,
If a good deed I may do
To a suffering fellow man,
Let me do it while I can,
No delay, for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again.

             -Azgraybebly Josland

This little poem brings to mind the parable of the good Samaritan as recorded in Luke 10:30-37. After the priest and the Levite had passed by the wounded man, the Samaritan stopped and helped him. Jesus concludes by saying to the lawyer, “You go and do likewise.” This reminds us to be compassionate to our fellow man who might need our help. Proverbs 3:27 admonishes us : “Do not withhold good to those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.”

There are folks who say, “We need to change the world!” And the world cerainly needs changing, as we can all agree. A wise person once said, “The only person you can change is yourself, and if you can change yourself for the better, then the world is a better place because of that change”. We sometimes say, “If they would only act better” or “If they would only see things my way”. The idea being that if someone else would only change, the world would be a better place. Jesus gives us directions in Matthew 5:6 when he says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be satisfied”. Again in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. He becomes more specific in Matthew 6:3-5 when he says, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,'and behold, the log is in your own eye?   You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” Jesus, the master teacher, always helps us to seek after those things that are beneficial to us as we face the the uncertain paths of this world.

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Our meeting times are:
Bible Study: Sunday, 10:00am
Worship: Sunday, 11:00 am
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