The Separation Anger Brings
March 7, 2019, 3:39 am
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Anger’s Destructive Nature- Matthew 5:21-26
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Interpretation- What Does this mean?

Jesus is telling the Jews how to have a personal relationship with God.  That was His purpose in coming to earth and placing Himself in a body of a baby, who has now grown to be a man.  He realizes that what they do is based more on a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation than on a significant difference that it makes in their lives.  Their relationship with God was lifeless therefore they were living the life described by Solomon in Ecclesiastes, a life characterized by an empty and hopeless existence.  They were far from living a dynamic life intended by God.  He starts by challenging their traditional beliefs.  Notice that he goes beyond the surface outward things they do deep into the heart.  The first rule or commandment he addresses is “thou shalt not kill”.  A careful examination of the word for “kill” reveals that the law refers to the intentional and premeditated act of murder.  Having been created in the image of God, man was to hold high regard for the sanctity of life.  Each individual has a “god-ness” about them and each person reflects God in his ability to think, to love, to make choices, and to express himself in both words and emotions. 

It is at this point that Jesus goes deeper into the heart of man.  Outward observance of a moral code of conduct isn’t enough to be right in God’s sight.  Jesus wanted to expose the brokenness of man and his complete lack of any spiritual worth.  Remember the beatitude “blessed is the poor in spirit”?  In order to have a man live by the kingdom standards, man first had to be exposed as a fraud, pretending to be a follower of God on the outside but polluted within, with a heart that could be full of hatred, anger, arrogance, and vicious actions and words.  Notice that two words are used.  The first, raca, means “empty headed idiot”.  It is used in this context as an insult given by an angry person who expresses a contempt for another human being that de-humanizes him or her.  In cases like this, a judicial hearing before the Sanhedrin could result in a guilty plea and a fine or imprisonment. But the second term “fool” is much worse because not only does it express contempt of the person’s intelligence but also calls into question their relationship with God.  The “fool” has said in his heart, there is no God.  A person who attacks another person, hurling out insults of intelligence while expressing a disgust for this worthless person who is so beneath them, is showing his own lack of a relationship with God.  To a God who declares the second commandment is summed up by “love others as you love yourself”, the lack of concern over the words you use to ridicule and destroy others shows a lack a love for Him.  So, Jesus warns those listening, resolve conflicts and disagreements under the shadow of love for each other.  Jesus even suggest that we go to whatever lengths necessary to bring peace between us and the one who is acting as our adversary that we extend mercy to them.  Failing to lovingly work things out, with have severe and unwanted consequence that are beyond our control. 

Applications- I suppose the applications are many from this passage but here are four.  First, make the decision to be careful with the words you use as well as the tone with which you deliver them.  Wrongly using words can damage another individual, who God loves. 

Second, guard your anger.  Often anger produces undesired conflict with others and unwanted consequences.  Learn to control your anger as you learn to accept that others are life you, broken. Determine not to break them more. 

Third, realize that your conduct to others reflects your love of God.  Imagine each person with whom you come into contact as God.  He tells us that what we do to the least of these, we do unto Him.  Your comments in anger toward another person are reflective of your attitude toward God. 

Finally, the fourth application is this- find the root cause of your anger and turn that over to God.  An angry person is angry because of some reason which can be real or imagined.  I remember a man who got angry with his pastor over a small issue and as a result stopped going to church.   Any time the pastor was mentioned, the angry man took the opportunity speak insults and criticisms.  Imagine my surprise when the pastor asked me about, the man, and said he knew he had stopped coming to church because of physical illness.  Lovingly the pastor inquired about his health and spoke of his great admiration for the man, who had wasted a friendship because of anger.  In a world that needs to see the effectiveness of the Gospel, don’t let angry ruin your walk with others and your walk with God.   


Can you wait?
January 9, 2019, 3:31 pm
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One of the toughest things in life is to wait on God. How many of you get impatience when you go through a drive-thru, get placed on hold when you call someone, or have to wait for your device to connect to a site? How different our world was 50 years ago. We didn’t have these high expectations and patiently waited. So is that the reason Sarai did what she did in Genesis 16? Were her expectations of God so high, that waiting for the promised son made her impatience as she tried to help God fulfill His promise. BTW, the reason God put Abram asleep in Genesis 15 was because God was taking full responsibility for keeping His promise to Abram and Sarai. Maybe like Eve, Sarai questioned whether God was good enough to keep His promise. So what about you and me? Does God need my help. Someone demonstrated the difference between religion and Christianity, or maybe our attempt and God’s action as this: Religion asks what do I need to do? Christianity answers what God has done! Religion puts me at the focal point but Christianity elevates God as the most important everything in universe and certainty, in my life. If I needed rescuing, would I want me to rescue me or God to do it? Which one can I trust to be able to save me and which one loves me the most? That’s who you trust! Maybe you need to honestly look at what your perspective is and what your core beliefs are. When you consider Genesis 16, remember that the woman involved would not be there if Abram hadn’t run to Egypt, and because he lacked faith, lied. How would the Middle East be different today? Your choices also have consequences. Who will you trust?

Tic Tic Tic
April 12, 2016, 10:32 am
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I awoke this morning and after looking at the clock, tried to return to sleep.  It is important for me to say that I didn’t find sleep difficult; in fact I had been sleeping in a very restful manner.  My dreams were pleasant and I was comfortable.  But as I have gotten older, I find myself waking at times in the middle of the peaceful condition called sleep.  So I tried to go back to sleep.  I couldn’t!  I am a weird person and fall asleep watching tv.  Tried it, couldn’t.  So I tried a noise free environment.  I don’t know if this every happened to you, but when I was younger there were times I couldn’t sleep because my heartbeat kept me awake.  I would be in bed and start listening to my heartbeat and couldn’t sleep.  As you might guess, I grew up in a very country setting!  Our home is a constant place of activity.  It seems we always have noise going on, much of it the laughter of people.  But early this morning, it was silent.  EXCEPT for the clock in the living room.  I never realized that the clock ticked SO LOUD!  As sleep escaped me, the pounding of the clock grew louder.  During the day, when the house is full and life is going on, you can’t hear the clock.  But early this morning, all I could hear was the clock.

Isn’t that like life?  We are such busy people that something that is constantly there goes unnoticed.  Perhaps that is way God tells us “be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Not only do we fill our lives full of busy activities and ignore God but because we do we miss that He is still exalted.  Just like the clock always ticks, it is only in those times when God becomes my focus that I hear Him and see Him as the Exalted One!  Maybe we need to heed the words of Psalm 46:10 and spend a little time being still!

I Never Read!
September 10, 2015, 4:41 pm
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Last year, I had a few students who bragged that they never read. Specifically, they were extremely proud of never reading books. This year, I determined that we would read books in class. Currently on Tuesdays, we are reading in class, Last Words of Jesus by Stu Epperson. In the book, the 7 last statements of Jesus are examined and then applied to our lives. I thought the book was a great place to start, because our relationship with Christ starts at the Cross. Because of technology, I use our overhead projector and my Kindle account to have the students read from the book. We usually have a worksheet with the chapter, and some of the questions requires critical thinking skills to be used.
I also want the students to read the Bible, and the Bible chapter summaries are designed to get them into the Word. Students are to read 6 chapters a week, making observations, interpretation, and applications from each chapter. Some students really do great jobs and show a growing depth in their spiritual lives, while others tend to wait until the last minute and write generalizations for each chapter, the kind of Sunday School answers that show they haven’t really read the passage. After all, they don’t read!
But is it true that students “never read”. You may want to examine your child’s phone. Research tells us that almost every child has a cell phone, and most have a smart phone. They have the ability to access friends and media and some say that they are “constantly online”. The average teen receives 60 texts a day, which means they send 60 texts to reply. So about once every 15 minutes, texts are either coming or going. Some average higher, and remember, this is an average which includes some children who don’t have a phone. In addition, 95% of teens are online. Girls are more likely to be on visually-oriented social media, like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. They are constantly posting “selfies”, sharing information about themselves, and sharing “drama” which as you know, is a part of teen life. Boys are more likely to play video games, so while they do text and post, they love the challenge of conquering a game more. So what about your child? Maybe it would be a great project to see how they measuring up. How much time do they spend reading God’s word, on social media, and texting each day. The answer to that question may show you what is important to your child. Is their priority for their life and your priority for them, the same? Jesus talked about “abiding in Him”. I think a great way to do that is to spend time in the Word of God so that the Holy Spirit can renew our minds. Because of our old fallen natures we don’t think correctly. Imagine how difficult it is for teens to “let this mind be in you” when they never “read” God’s Word. You and your child are investing in eternity. Will Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram be how God talks to us or we talk to Him in eternity? Just saying!


Broken Commitments, Broken Promises, Broken Lives, Unbroken Love
August 26, 2015, 1:20 pm
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Are you familiar with the story of the woman taken in adultery? Bible students know that this was a plot by the Pharisees to discredit Jesus. The men who brought her to Jesus interrupted Him while He was teaching “all the people”. Pretending to want His opinion, they were actually trying to get Jesus to make a decision that they would turn against Him to make Him look bad in front of the people He was teaching. Today’s version of this a little different. A news story breaks about a Christian’s sin and almost immediately the story is posted on Facebook or some other type of social media, with comments about the person’s hypocrisy or how their parents sheltered them or how that could a true Christian do something like that. Of course we as Christians do sin because we have a nature that is bent to sin. We often are hypocritical because we preach absolute truths and principles that we struggle to keep because we are imperfect but we see that those truths are God’s. Parents seek to provide the best education in the safest atmosphere, but there is no such thing as a perfect environment because the entire creation is cursed. Godly adults train and teach children to do right but there is always the potential to do wrong. Any child has the potential to commit horrible sins, especially in secret. So a Christian sins and it is revealed. As a Christian, how should I respond. First, all sin is horrible. Jesus died a horrible death because of my sin. I want to hate sin more and more. Second, I am to pray for my brother or sister to be restored. At times I am tempted to criticized my brothers and sisters when I need to love them and when they fail, I need to be crushed. Third, my Savior’s reputation is damaged by my failures as well as the failures of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am to glorify Him and the public sin of His children at first appears to damage Him. But, keep this in mind. While we may rip the hypocritical Christian as a phony, my Father calls them His workmanship. Nothing separates them from His love. His grace is bigger than any sin or failure. What an amazing and awesome God!! His children’s failure don’t diminish Him at all! Remember the story of the adulterous woman? All the condemning Pharisees were revealed as having a problem with sin yet walked away from the One who could have taken care of their great need. The broken woman, guilty of a sin that was punishable by death, had her head lifted by Jesus. Her accusers were gone, revealed as sinners by the One who knew all things. Having this encounter with Jesus changed her life forever, as it always does. Thankfully, my sins are removed from me by my God who blotted them out with His blood, my righteousness is not mine but the imputed righteousness of Christ that God gave me and that makes me acceptable to Him, and I am sheltered in Him, who keeps me in the midst of the storms of life. Pray for those who fail. Pray for me!. We’re family!Jesus-and-the-Woman-Taken-in-Adultery

Homeschooling When Homeschooling Wasn’t Cool
July 30, 2015, 1:02 pm
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Following God’s command to make sure we, as parents, bring our kids up the right way!

Lessons from my Father's Hands


I will never forget our son, Ben calling me after he had led a group of students on a field trip. “Mom, we went to a museum and I kept telling the kids information that the museum didn’t have posted. Some of the kids asked how I knew all this stuff. After all these years it dawned on me, you and Dad never stopped teaching us.” As a family, we are accustomed to having people talking about all the “useless trivia information” that we know. The truth is that we do know some things that are not essential but our desire is to know what God tells us is important.
In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 we read, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and…

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I Thank God For You! (Philemon 4 to 7)
June 9, 2015, 2:17 am
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God wants me to focus on how He will impact others through me. Who can I thank God for?


Philemon 1:4-7
I Thank God For You!

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For whom do you thank God? I thought of this question, and my first thought was “who in my life really impacted me?” You know the answer to that question isn’t really as easy as you might think. The original question includes the thought of thanking God for the person, so it is apparent that the person made a positive impact on my life. Of course, I thank God for my parents. Both my mom and dad helped shape the type of person I am today. I had two school teachers that really impacted my life in a positive way, Miss Morgan and Mrs. Kilby. They were my first and second grade teachers (it may have been Mrs. Morgan and Miss Kilby. One was married and the other single and they were sisters.) They helped develop a love for learning that I still…

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