“Don’t be a follower” is good but incomplete advice. Normally this is said as a negative response to following an evil, corrupt, or bad example. Some people, friends, or relatives may not be good examples of how to live and of what to think.
I once knew a 21-year-old man who had a friend too. He had several friends. His group of friends said: “Let’s go get a drink and have a ‘good time.'” He drank his first alcohol that night. He became drunk and ended up in a bar fight. This man took the fight outside where (with his military training) he ended up killing the man. With one dead, the man’s life will never be the same. Prison. Criminal record. Guilt. All it took was one choice. One moment, following some bad advice from a “friend.” He willingly let someone lead him astray. You don’t want to follow this sad example.
Not long ago, just down a ways from our church building, a property was cleared of nearly every tree. This flat one acre or so of real estate was cleared and excavated for a new house. After removing 30-40 trees, there was one tree left in this new field. It appeared it was left toContinue reading “The Tree Who Stood Alone”
Loving Laws or Loving People For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14 Do you know someone that is hyper critical? I mean, they have a problem with everyone and everything. “The temperature is too hot. The music is too fast. TheContinue reading “Loving Laws or Loving People”
Take it to the Bank Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:13-14 One of my favorite words in allContinue reading “Take it to the Bank”
The Critical Eye And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall intoContinue reading “The Critical Eye”
Good Intentions Are Not That Good I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10 “In one Peanuts comic strip Sally was struggling with her memory verse for Sunday. She was absorbed in her thoughtsContinue reading “Good Intentions Are Not That Good”
An Argument for Accountability So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12 An interesting note in history: “The most ancient law code known to historians, the Code of Hammurabi, king of Babylon (c. 1728-1686 B.C.), divided the population into three classes: “gentlemen,” “citizens,” and “slaves.” The gentlemen enjoyedContinue reading “An Argument for Accountability”
Hearing, Learning, and Fearing Moses is 120 years old. His voice is still strong, mind still sharp, and his body is still capable. He is told by God that he will get to peer over and get a peek at the Promised Land, but that he will not be able to go into the land.Continue reading “Hearing, Learning, and Fearing”
Responding to our Public Leaders Romans 13:1-7 is a passage of Scripture devoted to the Christian response to our governmental leaders. No matter which side if the isle and what model of leadership they offer, the Bible has a “one size fits all” approach the Christian should consider for his response to our public leaders. Continue reading “Responding to Our Public Leaders”