Considering Proverbs 4:24-27

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot fromContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:24-27”

Considering Proverbs 4:20-23

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issuesContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:20-23”

Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction

It is amazing how easy it is for a person to create a false image of themselves and believe in that image. What goes into this image? From our early childhood onward, we develop an idea of who we are and who we should be. Our parents and other family members influence who we thinkContinue reading “Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?

Should Christians expect chastisement from God? This can be a confusing topic. As Christians, we are counted as righteous before God through the blood of Jesus. Our sins are paid in full and we are forgiven. There is also a scripture in Isaiah 53 stating that Jesus bore our chastisement. Here is an excerpt: 3 HeContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction

Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life of a Christian. IContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction”

A Series on Sin (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction For most of my teenage and adult life, the term “sin” made me think about pulpit pounding preachers and snooty church ladies wearing fancy clothes. Other than this vague connotation that I carried around in the back of my mind somewhere, I did not think about sin that much. I was not alwaysContinue reading “A Series on Sin (Complete Series)”

A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners

How should a Christian behave towards someone who is found in sin? Jesus says that we should treat others the way we want to be treated (Matthew 7). That sounds straight-forward enough, but things can become complicated by circumstance. I know what approach works for me. I appreciate a direct approach. I do not likeContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners”

Considering Proverbs 3:1-2

1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. From a Christian perspective, when we keep the commandments of Jesus, which are centered around love for God and others, we will have a more meaningful life.Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:1-2”

A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?

There are different beliefs about a Christian’s capacity for sin. From what I have seen, there is a spectrum that ranges from helplessness to holiness. What I mean is on one end we find those who feel as if they are hopelessly sinful apart from the grace of God through the blood of Jesus. TheyContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?”

Exhortation Against False Pretense

If there is one thing I hate above all else, it is maliciously false pretense. There are people who use the guise of compassion, care, justice, and so on for their own agendas of self-gratification and control over others. The motivations are vast, usually jealousy or the need for praise and power. It seems likeContinue reading “Exhortation Against False Pretense”