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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.

  When something does not happen that was impending disaster, we are prone to say, “Thank God for that”, or some of the older folks may say, “Thank the Lord”. Our feeling of gratitude is overwhelming that the disaster or unpleasant event did not befall us. We are most grateful to God when some disaster type of event is avoided or perhaps when some windfall or good fortune comes our way. Some folks say “Thank you, Jesus”, without giving much thought to what that should really mean. It is right  that we should express our gratitude to God when significant events turn in our favor. The Bible has a lot to say about being thankful to God. James 1: 16-17 says “Do not be deceived my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Verse 18 continues, “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creation.” This reminds us that we are God's creation, created in his image, as Genesis 1:27 tells us.  God is the giver of life,the Creator. Let us offer up prayers of thanksgiving for all the good and perfect gifts that we enjoy in our life every day.

  There was an old saying that we  used to hear on the playground when we were kids and someone teased us or said something negative about us and it went like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It was a sort of defense that was used to help us save face or deflect the criticism. But it really wasn't so, because words do hurt. They are very powerful and can make lifelong enemies, create immediate confrontations or make friends and close relationships. It is the words we choose in life's moments that can make all the difference. This brings to mind that poem about words: “Have a care with yours words, my children, for words they are powerful things; they are sweet as the bee's sweet honey, but like the bees they have terrible stings”. The Bible also has some advise on the subject. It reminds us in 1st Peter 3:10-11, “Whover desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” Many people are carrying heavy burdens in this life and we could all use an encouraging word. Visit our website,  www. bediascoc.org  for Bible Lessons

We have in the past heard this old saying when someone has gotten themselves in a bad situation by their own efforts; “Let him stew in his own juice”. It makes us feel that justice has been done and we feel “he had it coming”. If indeed the person was getting an unfair advantage by their efforts and gets in trouble we tend to feel satisfied that he got “what was coming to him or her.” This certainly indicates that there is an idea of conduct that we think is right or wrong. If we are treated what we think is unfairly, we want the person responsible to be punished or neutralized in some way, and we are happy when the person runs into trouble after taking what we think is that unfair advantage. After all, we did not personally retaliate against the offender, so we really feel pretty good about ourselves. Based on this way of thinking, we surely wouldn't want to help the offender to get out of the trouble they had gotten themselves into. However, we need to remember that we are all fellow travelers in this world and we all  make mistakes that cause us problems that we can sure use some help solving. So this brings us to the Golden Rule as Jesus stated in Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” And to the people of former times, God said in Leviticus 19:18. “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.” Maybe we should not be so happy when we see our fellow man in trouble or “stewing in his own juice”, and think about how we would like to be rescued from the trouble if it were us in the same situation.  

 There is an old country saying that goes like this: “You can't get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek!” Life in our society is fast-paced and sometime very confusing. We are bombarded with information that comes from many directions and we feel responsible to make much of it a part of our life. In this process some garbage accumulates in our minds and in our hearts. This can cause us to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. We have newer electronic devices all the time that causes us to have a wealth of information at our fingertips in an instant. In a moment of reflection, we see that all these things are not making ours lives  better. Woe is us! The old comic strip character, Pogo the possum says, “We has met the enemy and it is us”.  The Bible gives us some thoughts to help direct our lives when it says in James 3:13-18, “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exists, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  I think Pogo knew about the “Pigs in the creek” that can cause our lives to be clouded up, and so does God who wants us to live a pure, gentle  and simple life. He talks  about that a lot in the Bible.

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