Wisdom is valuable. When we learn from our experiences, we gain wisdom. We avoid making the same mistakes in the future and we tend to have a better experience than we did in the past. It can apply to both simple and complex circumstances.
We learn not to burn the food, we learn to add a little more salt, we learn to get up a few minutes earlier so we aren’t late for work, we learn to take better care of our homes, our cars, and hopefully our lives. Wisdom can be a treasure of immeasurable value. Not only does it improve our lives in real tangible ways by the good practices it leads us to, but it greatly enhances everything by avoiding the foolish path.
The Bible contains many passages about wisdom, and in many cases, it contrasts that wisdom with the foolish path. Proverbs is often called one…
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James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere”
Matthew 7:5, “Remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”
General Robert E. Lee was a devout follower of Jesus Christ . It is said that soon after the end of the American Civil War, he visited a church in Washington, D. C. During the communion service, he knelt beside a black man. An onlooker said to him later, “How could you do that?” Lee replied, “My friend, all ground is level beneath the cross.” (Lee Family Digital Archives https://leefamilyarchive.org/reference/misc/centennial/jones.html)
The uprooting of prejudice begins at the cross of Calvary. Like little children, Christians should be the least prejudiced people in the world. We have come to know God…
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This is part 2 of our series on Biblical Economics.
Proverbs and Free Markets
An observation: According to Ronald Nash: “Almost without exception, the major evangelical books about social justice that have appeared since 1960s have been authored by writers who reject and condemn political conservatism as a cruel, heartless and uncaring movement totally out of step with an informed political view.” 
This leads to two questions: Is Capitalism, as one of the things that Conservative Christians cherished, unbiblical? Does a free market economics enjoy biblical support?
Purpose: Today we will explore the teachings in the book of Proverbs and how the blueprint for economics God offered is one we call Capitalism.
- Capitalism is Biblical since the Bible prohibit these means of acquiring goods and services:
- Coercion (violence)
- Monopoly and statist interference
- Capitalism is Biblical since the Bible permit these means of acquiring goods and services:
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“This is the most important election in the history of our country!”
“The stakes couldn’t be higher!”
“This election could change your life!”
“The election will determine your financial survival!”
The American presidential election is next week, and warnings like these have aired repeatedly in candidates’ ads. Voters’ feelings are intense, opinions are strong, and arguments are heated.
People on both sides are fearful of dire consequences if the other side wins.
Why should Biden supporters NOT fear Trump’s reelection?
Why should Trump supporters NOT fear a Biden win?
The answer is in the Bible.
“Do not be afraid”
“Do not fear”
are repeated over 100 times in the Bible.
Despite daunting, fearful, or dangerous circumstances, people in the Bible are repeatedly charged to “Fear not.”
For example, when the angel Gabriel appeared…
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Big child sexual abuse bust in Ohio, one of many across the nation.President Trump has done more to turn up the heat on organized crime, on child sexual abuse andon stopping the flow of drugsthan anyone else I’ve ever seen. I don’t write about it a lot but I sure do read those reports, one right after another, and I am so grateful, such a deep breath of relief, so pleased we finally have someone with the political will to address these things.
I’ve been unable to explain why I feel more connected to President Trump, better able to relate to him than say, John Piper, Doug Wilson, Beth Moore, Tim Keller, Karen Swallow Prior, etc, etc. By the way, none of these evangelical people supported Trump in 2016 and it really bothered me as to why.
Part of what bothered me was that I realized I…
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I don’t know who needs to hear this, probably me, but here’s the deal, you cannot disappoint God, you can not let Him down. He knows us too well, He knows our beginning and our end. You can’t earn more of His love by doing what He wants, nor are you at risk of being fired and cast out if you mess it all up.
We can disappoint our own selves, disappoint others, and we can grieve the Holy Spirit. But we cannot let down, fail, disappoint, or betray God Himself. He can see us coming five years ahead of time. Disappointment is a failed expectation. God is not caught of guard, He is not surprised by us. He does not fail. We lack the power to offend Him or to thwart His plans.
People often don’t like to hear that truth, people like to try to use religion as…
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This week one of my cousins sent me a message on Facebook, commenting that I have been quiet lately and asking if everything is all right. I waited a couple of days, then replied to her message, saying that I have been spending little time on Facebook recently. I proceeded to suggest that avoiding Facebook was good for my blood pressure.
I was tempted to go on to say that avoiding Facebook is also good for handling anxiety and depression and maintaining sobriety, but I didn’t want to concern her.
Actually, I have been lurking on Facebook, just not posting or commenting or even liking posts. When I feel my patience dwindling, I quickly turn off Facebook and visit somewhere else. Another of my cousins posted a link to the news story about the five hundred children from Mexico who were taken to the US border and left unclaimed; their…
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This is part 1 of our new series on Biblical Economics and we begin with “Goodness of Material World.” Besides economics this topic as a study is relevant for other areas such as a positive Christian view of our body, health and finance, or negatively against Gnostics worldview, cults, or a wrong kind of escapism, irresponsibility of Christian stewardship, etc.
Goodness of Material World
Establish the need: Have you yourself said or ever heard anyone say: “The World is evil and bad, so we shouldn’t care about it and why care about learning how the world works? (Economics, History, Politics, Science, etc)”
Purpose: Today we will see that the Bible does not see the physical world is all bad and that it can be good so that we would desire to study and be good steward of what we are given and the responsibility we have in our…
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Evolutionists have long sought to discredit opposing views, shutting them down in public schools, colleges, and science journals. In public schools, for example, dissent was blocked in the Dover vs. Kitzmiller trial, where the court prohibited the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID). This amounted to censorship. However, occasionally, opposing voices have won, and that recently happened in the science journal, Science Direct.
Whenever the topic of evolution vs. creation and intelligent design are discussed, one popular talking point espoused by evolutionists is the belief that creation and ID cannot be valid forms of science because their ideas aren’t published in science journals. This claim is both false and deceptive because creationists and ID proponents are published in peer reviewed journals frequently; the real issue is that they typically have to publish their work within their own circles due to overt discrimination by evolutionists, who refuse to publish ID or creationist…
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“Christian, meditate much on heaven; it will help you to press on and to forget the difficulty of the journey.”Spurgeon is alleged to have said that, although I cannot confirm. Regardless, it is sound advice and goes well with my other favorite quote, “Jesus didn’t die just to get you into heaven, He died to get heaven into you.“
Life can be a real crap sandwich sometimes and it’s not so easy to try to bring a bit of heaven down to earth, but I believe that’s what we’re called to do. Often we say the Lord’s prayer, we say those words, On Earth as it is in heaven, but I’m not so sure we actually believe it.
As a kid, I honestly believed heaven was about being a cherub glued to a cloud and forced to play harp music for all of eternity. I was…
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Many people wonder, “Why isn’t God more obvious?”
It is true that many do not recognize the Great Creator. When He was plainly visible walking the earth as Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago and displaying many miraculous signs, most either did not recognize Him or refused to acknowledge Him.
He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10-11)
Even John the Baptist, who was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah, did not recognize Him at first.
The next day he [John] saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After…
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by Justin Hensley
There lurks in most minds the gravitation to self-interest over the attention to another’s. It is a tendency all have from the start and our efforts ought to be against it. We all are somewhere along this path of self-denial. Indeed, much of the battle in our faith is the strife against gravity to overcome the self. For cannot all sin be traced to the idolatry of pride? This is truly a work of utmost importance that we face. When we are absorbed in the self, we do not consider how our actions affect those around us, or else we simply do not care…
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So, apparently I need to snatch up yet another opportunity to win friends and influence people with my deep cynicism and darkly jaded views.
A lot of Christians are getting all excited about the Supreme Court, the possibility of over turning Roe v Wade, and the idea of having a prolife President. I actually envy their innocence, their naivete, and sometimes I even just close my eyes and pretend, and just let that sweetness fill the room.
I have far too many dark memories. Too much of the world’s truth has been inflicted on me, and so to believe we can just pass a law banning abortion and call ourselves “prolife,” rings hollow. It’s a lie, a deception. It’s like self identifying as “prolife” when in fact we are nothing of the sort.
We’ve still done little or nothing to end child sexual abuse, and that devaluing of a child’s…
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A few years ago I had a discussion with an individual who was campaigning for a seat in the Minnesota state senate. Something seemed a little off, so I googled her.
Sharon Anderson, (sometimes Scarrella,) has been running in almost every election since the 1970s for a number of different offices. In 1994 she was kicked off the ballot as a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme court because she did not meet the qualifications for the position. In 1988 her home in St. Paul was foreclosed on after she failed to pay taxes on it.
I’ve never been able to understand her rational, but Sharon sees the loss of her home as some sort of deep seated evidence for government corruption.
One would think that a fringe candidate like Sharon Anderson would never find success, but if you run enough campaigns the odds are that at one time or another…
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Our text – Galatians 4:8-20
Key verse – John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
Our lesson theme … The gospel offers spiritual freedom
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam, taken a side street, and found yourself in an area of congestion? Or perhaps you have switched lines at the grocery store only to find that your new line moved even slower than the first one. Many times, when trying to avoid one problem, we simply head right into another one. This is what happened to the Galatians.
The apostle Paul dearly loved the Galatians and had led many of them to the Lord. By grace they had come to know God in a personal way through Jesus Christ. Because of that relationship, they had left their pagan worship of false gods, which had kept them in…
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People honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me
What do Mark Batterson, Nancy DeMoss, and Priscilla Shirer have in common?
They have all taught people to draw circles, stand inside and pray for something. Now, I’m not going to rehash all the articles about circle making because I believe the word has gotten out about how very unbiblical Circle Making is, so your welcome. The fad wore off soon after true biblical brothers and sisters started addressing the subject.
Just to quickly recap for those that may not have ever heard of Circle Making, it’s the practice of many Christians by making a circle on the ground by drawing it in the dirt or using tape or whatever and then stand inside the circle and ask God for something.
I mentioned above 3 people that have held teaching on Circle Making and I would like…
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Folks I’ve been writing about social justice for months now. I know some of you are probably sick of it. But I want you to listen to me one more time. What we are watching is not just the polarization of a nation into two nations with little to nothing in common besides a language. It’s more than that. It is the formation of a new religion: the religion of woke and it is winning converts from Christianity.
Let me document what I mean. Some of you may pay attention to a formerly popular sports league known as the NFL. You might have noticed it has gone very hard core woke in the last few weeks, to the point of writing names of “victims of police brutality” (mainly hardened felons who either killed themselves, or attacked police and got shot) on their uniforms. However, it has not gone woke enough…
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There has been a lot of talk about the idea of “Cancel Culture” in recent days. Public figures are “cancelled” because of their opinions or sometimes even because of something from their past, even potentially far in their past. This usually involves the elimination of their voice from the world of the person who is cancelling them. You might block them on social media or say you refuse to ever watch their show or sport or buy their products again. In some extreme examples, it has involved more aggressive tactics including group shaming by having everyone attack the person who is cancelled (usually by media) or even “doxing” the person by publicly outing personnel details about their life to make it easier for people to harass them for their viewpoints.
When this idea first started trending, it was usually related to something that was more universally considered to be wrong…
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One of the biggest blows to evolution is abiogenesis, or the origin of life. How did life begin, and where did we come from? Life doesn’t just happen. Or does it?
Many people believe in God (and a great number of religions), and, therefore, believe life and humans were intentionally created for a reason. But others reject religion and anything spiritual in favor of a secular, naturalistic approach, and, therefore, they believe life spontaneously appeared, accidently, from non-living material. Sure, people can believe various combinations of these, but it basically boils down to one of two possibilities: either we’re here on purpose, or we’re nothing more than a cosmic accident.
The problem with the secular, naturalistic approach is enormous… there’s no evidence that life could spontaneously begin.
At one time people believed life could spontaneously generate from non-life. In fact, if you left out some rags containing cheese, they would…
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