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”

For Christians in Despair

Do Christians feel depressed? Shouldn’t we be full of joy, which is a fruit of the Spirit? I am often in awe of my tendency to fall into depression, and I’m certain that I’m not the only one, especially these days. Sometimes it helps to know that other Christians struggle just as we do, soContinue reading “For Christians in Despair”

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”