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.

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

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.



There was a song recorded by the well known singer, Peggy Lee, in 1969 intitled, “Is That All There Is?” The song laments the hollow, empty feeling we sometime have after witnessing some seemingly important event such as a home fire, a trip to the circus or a lost love. Our constant quest for entertainment or excitement can cause us to feel empty and unsatisfied when it's over and longing for the next “fix”. The chorus of the song expresses it this way: “ If that's all there is, my friend, then let's keep dancing; let's break out the booze and have a ball, if that's all there is”.

The solution or answer to this is found in the Bible as it tells God's story and his relation with man; the Creator and the created. It begins in Genesis where it tells of the creation, continues on in the rest of the Old Testament as it reveals an effort by God to help man understand his motives and reaches the conclusion in the New Testament as it reveals the truth that God loves us and longs for a relation with us. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the story of Jesus, the son of God, as he taught us the depth of God's love for us and made the greatest sacrifice by laying down his life for us, that we might have forgiveness of our sins. In Matthew 11:28-30 he gives us the ultimate invitation when he says: “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We cannot just “keep dancing” to solve the problems of life or receive that “peace which surpasses all understanding” mentioned in Philippians 4:4-7.



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