Wisdom

British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”. I don’t know much about Mr. Russell but I do surmise one thing from his quotation: Mr. Russell wasn’t much of a student of God’s Word.

The Bible tells us that there is a way that seems right to men, but it leads to death. Scripture also teaches that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God.

No, the beginning of wisdom lies not in conquering our fear. The beginning of wisdom lies in realizing the fear of the Lord.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Wesley on Love

Found this a few minutes ago and it seemed to go so well with the previous post I had to share it:

The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful heart.

Then let us adore and give Him His right,
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing for infinite love. —Wesley

Love

As we enter the week before Easter, I found the following quote most appropriate :

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
– St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday night’s message was on love, the love Jesus had for us and that we should have today for all others. Our pastor explained how in the precious hours before His death, Christ spoke to His disciples about love as recorded in the Gospel of John, the 14 and 15 chapters mainly.

Take time out this week to read those, and maybe a few more, chapters of John. Reflect on the perfect love Jesus has for us and how we could each love another more like He loves us. Then put legs on that love and invite some folks out to Easter service to celebrate that love with you.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Charles Spurgeon – Daily Help

But two opinions in the matter of soul-religion you cannot hold. If God be God, serve him, and do it thoroughly; but if this world be God, serve it, and make no profession of religion. If you think the things of the world the best, serve them. But remember, if the Lord be your God, you cannot have Baal too; you must have one thing or else the other. “No man can serve two masters.” If God be served, he will be a master; and if the devil be served, he will not be long before he will be a master; and “ye cannot serve two masters.” Oh! be wise, and think not that the two can be mingled together.

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Motivation

In each of us in our different lives and interests we all have different things that motivate us. An athlete is usually motivated by compitition, a parent by love, and an employee by one of several things, the need to make a paycheck being one for sure.

As many of you know, I used to be in the car business; yup, I was a used car salesman, among many other “hats” I wore during my time in that business. We were paid twice a month and each half started a new; in other words if you had not produced, you made no commission, and therefore no paycheck. So I was comstantly motivated to make sales in order to pay bills, put food on the table, etc.

Today when we look around at the world, our own country, and even our communities we see things that we would have never imagained a mere few years ago. Unfortunately I’m speaking of bad, ungodly, unrighteous things that surround us and our families.

The Bible teaches that as the end draws near the world will become more depraved, false teachings more rampant, and a general moral decline will beset it. We know we are living in the last days now, the final age, the period of Grace, how ever one wishes to call it. These things and the very fact that the clock ticks away as I write this and you read it show we are coming closer and closer to the end.

For a Christian this is a twofold idea: On one hand we are closing in on our goal of finishing the race and being Home with the Lord. And yet we must be horrified by the thought of the vast numbers of people, family, friends, loved ones, and those we don’t even know, who are facing an eternity of torment. Should that single thought not be motivation for everyone one of us to tell at least one person each day of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

A Lesson Learned

This evening we came home from visiting some relatives to an odd experience: It was the first time Morkie wasn’t there, at the top of the stairs, waiting to greet me. It was a sad and kind of somber thing realizing that he never would be at the top of those stairs, waiting for me to rub his head, again.

In a way only God can do, He has made this sad event much more meaningful to me. Mork went so fast and unexpectedly that is has really brought the thought of one’s mortality to the front of my thoughts. Any person I know could go like that; be here one evening and then be gone the next afternoon. The biggest difference? I know Morkie isn’t in Hell but some of the dearest people in my life would be if they went tonight.

I praise God for easing my sorrows. And I thank and praise Him that I see a greater lesson in this sad event: I must be vigilant in seeking to save that which is lost.

I ask you to remember me in your prayers that I will always keep this lesson fresh and in the front of my mind. That I will proclaim the Gospel Truth whenever He gives me opportunity to.

Goodbye Little Guy

This has been a very hard week for me. My little buddy, an approximatly 15- year old Yorkie mix we adopted about eight years ago, Morkie left us yesterday. It’s been hard for the entire family, even the other dogs, but these things always are. It was so fast and really unexpected as well, making harder on us but easier on him.

He had fought cancer about 2 1/2 years ago. The vet said he might make it another year after that; he made it nearly 2 1/2 so we had the gift of an extra eighteen months.

Near as I can tell from his symptoms and how it set onto him, he had a small stroke Thursday evening followed by a major one late Thursday night. He left us peacefully about 12:30 Friday afternoon.

I thank God for the companionship that He gave us and me with the Mork. I thank Him that was able to hold and comfort Mork, talk to and love on him a little while longer before he left us. I praise Him for all of this and for comforting and easing my pain during this period of grief. Though I can’t see it all now, I know His way of handling the situation was right and good. I know there is somoething more and good to come from it all, too.

My little buddy, you are and will be sadly missed. But the memories you made in our lives, mine particularly, will live on forever. I love you, Mork.

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One of the last photos of Morkie

 

The Biker

An old man sat at a red light on his moped. A burly biker rolled to a stop beside him on his huge chopper. The old man was impressed with the large, shiny bike and leaned over to look at it closer. He told the biker how nice it looked and that he imagined it must really be a fast one. About that time the light turned green and the biker decided to show the old fellow just how fast it was.

He rolled back hard on the throttle and popped the clutch, roaring off in a cloud of tire smoke and noise.

A block or so away the biker stopped and chuckled to himself about leaving the old guy and his moped behind in a cloud of dust and smoke, as he glances in his mirror behind him. To his amazement there was something come up toward; it was coming really fast too! It was the old man on the moped and he flew right by the biker, completely out of sight. As he sat there wondering about what he had seen that same dot appeared ahead of him. It was the moped screaming toward then by him and off out of sight again.

A few more seconds and the old man zoomed back into sight, a little slower now, and finally squealed to a stop beside the biker. Totally amazed by what had just happened the biker asked the old man how he could possibly do that on a moped. The old man replied that he had gotten his suspenders caught on the biker’s handlebars. And would he please let him untangle them before he sped off again?

The moral to today’s lighter side message (which isn’t light in and of itself): Be careful what you get caught up in.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (Hebrew 13:9a; 2 Timothy 4:3)

To Know Him Pt. 2

Yesterday we looked at the importance of reading our Bibles. Today I found the following quote from Charles Spurgeon on the wonderous Book itself:

“The Bible is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz, or any earthly substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness a moon without its paleness; a glory without a dimness. O Bible! it cannot be said of any other book, that it is perfect and pure; but of thee we can declare all wisdom is gathered up in thee, without a particle of folly. This is the judge that ends the strife, where wit and reason fail. This is the book untainted by any error; but is pure, unalloyed, perfect truth.”

This is such a true and profound statement. After remembering what the Bible is (God’s Word to man, His love letter to us) it would do us well to make the application of this Truth to our lives top priority.

God gave us His insprired Word not only so we may know Him and our Savior better but also to guide our lives by. If we apply His wisdom fervently to every aspect of our life we are bound to draw closer to Him and become more and more like Christ as we do.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

To Know Him

Bible study is a very important, or should be, of each believer’s life. Daily time spent in His Word is essential for our relationship with God and our spiritual growth.

Sadly, there are those that delve so into their study of Scripture they forget their real purpose of doing it in the first place. What good is it to know Hebrew and not know Him or to know Greek without knowing God? The Bible is God’s love letter to us. We should never become so academic in our studies that we loose perspective of the goal to know God better and become closer to Him as we read about Him.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.