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Things Best Left Unsaid

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 The early church suffered from the same problem as today’s church. Some folks didn’t know when to keep their mouths shut. And when they spoke, it was often unhelpful and without benefit. Because of that, Paul urged them to refrain from “unwholesome talk.” What is unwholesome talk? I’ve always understood it to mean talk that is vulgar or sexually explicit. I suppose if we were to apply a […]

Proceed with Caution

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 Would you go for a walk in the jungle at night? I suppose there are some adventurers who would accept the offer. However, most of us would emphatically say, “no.” To be honest, I’m not all that keen on strolling in a jungle in daylight. Too many dangerous critters waiting for a good meal. Notice the Apostle Paul’s use of the word “then” in verse 15. He has concluded an argument that began in […]

Child-Like Faith Explained and Why You Need It

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 You know the song, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.” I suppose I learned that one about the same time I learned Jesus Loves Me. As simple and basic as these songs may be, they reveal an important truth about the Lord’s relationship to children. As parents brought their children to Jesus for Him to lay hands on them, they were rebuked. Jesus’ disciples didn’t want to bother the Master […]

The Powerful Influence of Faith

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 It’s clear from our focus text that Timothy’s mother and grandmother had made a favorable impression on the Apostle Paul. They were women of faith. Their living faith had influenced Paul’s young friend. Strong, living, active, and unwavering faith is contagious. It inspires others and gives hope. I love a candlelight worship service. It begins with one flame from which all the other candles are lit. It’s a reminder of the […]

Incomparable Senior Care

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Isaiah 46:4-5 Seems like the perfect day to address this subject. The man described in this Biblical passage sounds like me, old and gray. Although I have often said I don’t feel my age, today I do. My health has suffered a […]

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