Considering Proverbs 1:8-9 (Revised)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Several things come to mind when I read this verse. First, what does this verse literally mean? I want to look at theContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:8-9 (Revised)”

Considering Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction. I think this verse goes with the prologue portion of Proverbs, but I want to look at this verse separately. The proverbs are wise sayings that provide lessons in wisdom that we can apply to our lives. The proverbsContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:7”

A Series on Sin Part 2: What is Sin?

What is sin? I think most of us have some idea of what sin means. We know that sin is something considered to be wicked or against the will of God. I was taught that the word sin means to “miss the mark.” If we miss this mark, then we are behaving in a mannerContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 2: What is Sin?”

Considering the Proverbs: Introduction

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increaseContinue reading “Considering the Proverbs: Introduction”

Exhortation Against Violence Part 2

Is violence ever the answer? In the previous article, it was written that we should turn aside from all violence because God hates it. It was also written that vengeance belongs to God. So, it would seem that violence in all forms is strictly forbidden. What about all the instances in the scriptures in whichContinue reading “Exhortation Against Violence Part 2”

Christian Faith (Complete Series)

Christian Faith Part 1: Introduction At some point in our lives as a Christian, we’ve come to know the story of Jesus and we believe in this story. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. We believe that through JesusContinue reading “Christian Faith (Complete Series)”

Christian Faith Part 5: Trust Overcomes Dead Faith

There are many scriptures that warn us about the fate of those who take the Christian faith lightly. So much so, that it is difficult to know where to start when discussing this topic. These days, it is not so hard to search for these scriptures. An online search of, “warnings in scripture against unfruitfulContinue reading “Christian Faith Part 5: Trust Overcomes Dead Faith”

Christian Faith Part 4: The Real Problem with the Faith Plus Nothing Debate

Is it possible to have faith in Jesus and experience nothing added to our life? No turning our life around and attempting to live more uprightly? No studying the scriptures? No friendships with other believers? No seeking a relationship with Jesus? No trust in God during hard times? It seems like a ridiculous notion, doesn’tContinue reading “Christian Faith Part 4: The Real Problem with the Faith Plus Nothing Debate”