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On the lighter side...Trick or Treat?

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Today is a big day for protestanism. Dr. Luther (the former monk) nailed the famous 95 thesis on the door of the church in Wittenburg, which sparked what would be classified as the Protestant Reformation.

Last night was a big day for candy lovers (via 'trick or treat'). Old and young, they were out for candy.

If you went out to collect candy, you may want to check your bags for some of these Reformation treats...

"LoliPOPES"
"KrECKels"
"ReesesTHESIS"
"TETSINrolls"

Oh well, don't over INDULGE, you might be subject to some CONFESSIONS, and go on a DIET of WORMS.

Some thoughts on Thanksgiving (part 1)

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Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) has to be one of my most favorite holidays besides Easter and Christmas. I would like to take this time to highlight some thoughts about Thanksgiving and the Bible.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our prime example in this matter of thanksgiving.

Matthew 11:25
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” (see also Luke 10:21)

Matthew 26:27
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;”

John 6:11
“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”

John 11:41
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”

What an amazing and appropriate pattern to follow. Je…

Elements of Wisdom - conclusion

There are many other aspects of Proverbs that I will not tackle (they are very interesting though, for example, all the comparisons and contrasts of themes like the froward vs. the righteous man, the wise vs. the foolish, etc. - there are many key verses as well).

Anyway, a concluding thought however I will leave with this series for now, and that is: God's truths must be taught and proclaimed to others despite our own personal set backs. Again, Solomon is the worse object lesson for the many lessons he taught in Proverbs, and yet God used him to instruct his son (and consequently us also). Many today feel that they have 'no right' to correct error or to teach what is right on the basis that they themselves have done wrong. Certainly, example is more forcible than precepts, but if we carry this to an extreme then no one in this world has any right to instruct. Thankfully, God does not think that way. To be sure, we must maintain a good testimony before others in order to ex…

Short break

Schedule is picking up, I will be back sometime soon. Sorry and blog on.

Elements of Wisdom - Hard Work

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Proverbs 6:6-11
6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

Sluggard. What a word to describe the lazy man (or woman). In contrast to the sluggard Solomon directs his son’s attention to the wee little ant. And so the ant serves as an object lesson for us in initiative, diligence, and responsibility or in essence hard honest work. These are all very important character traits to develop and maintain.

Initiative” – This is a very important character trait of a good laborer. Self-starters are either initiators, or if given a task they see to it that it is accomplished without much if any supervision at all.

Diligence”…

Elements of Wisdom - Fair speech (Watch what you say, you may have to eat your words)

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Have you ever had a foot sandwich? You know, open mouth insert foot - I know I had, anyway here are some thoughts on speech and some verses to check out in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 16:23The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

Proverbs instructs us about many things in regards to our speech. We begin by understanding that lying is something God absolutely hates.


Proverbs 12:22Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

We must never think that lying is ok. Sometimes the worse people to try helping are those who have outright lied so much that they start believing their own lies. Most of the time lying about a matter is worse than the matter itself, and so there is no need to lie. We must guard our speech in this area of honesty.

Proverbs 4:24Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”

The idea of ‘froward’ (at least according to Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary) is that of ‘not …

Elements of Wisdom - Fighting Lust

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Proverbs 2:16-19 -

"16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her
God. 18For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life."

Proverbs 5:3-5 -
"3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell."

Proverbs 6:23-35 -
"23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 24To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 26For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hu…