According to piles of research the majority of Americans have positive thoughts about Jesus but negative thoughts about churches. Evidently many churches have failed to define their role as God intended. Jesus tells us that he is the head and the church is his body. That means that the church is to be the serving hands, the loving heart, the ministering feet and the burden-bearing back of the Lord. However, too often churches have spent so much time infighting and ignoring the hurting masses that no one sees the mark of Jesus on them anymore. But it was Jesus himself who taught us to love one another and by this the world will know you are my disciples. This is Just-A-Minute.
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A classic riddle? Maybe not. But you do have to use a classic translation to solve it.
I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
Know what the answer is? You would if you had a clue you say? Check out Psalm 18:21-35 (KJV) and look for the word that best lines up as an answer for the riddle.
Now you can consider yourself classically trained.
Have a blessed day!
Might a proud father be forgiven sharing his daughter’s blog post, if said post has something of great value to say?
Originally posted on Musings of a TCK:
There are many reasons I love coming home. I love seeing my parents and friends, I love getting to eat my favorite foods, and I love seeing old places where I used to hang out. But I also love being reminded of things I have a tendency to forget while immersed in American culture.
The first thing I’ve been reminded of in the past few days I’ve been home is to never take things for granted. Brazilians live a much simpler lifestyle than Americans, yet they seem so much happier than a lot of Americans I know that have so much more than they do. They work hard for what they have and they take care of what they have.
The second things I’ve been reminded of is that every little victory is a big victory. Something that may seem like nothing is still worth celebrating. Every step you take…
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After forty plus years Doug Schmitt, 57, of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania finally got his wallet back. He had lost it when he was a freshman at Utah State University. It apparently was lost at a gas station in Logan, Utah, in the spring of 1967, when he stopped to fill up. The station’s owner stashed it in a drawer, presumably hoping the person would come back. Ted Nyman, of Logan, found it decades later while cleaning out his father-in-law’s estate. He tracked Schmitt down through the Internet, and mailed the wallet 2,158 miles across the country. The wallet still held $5 in cash, 8-cent stamps and a dry-cleaning receipt. “There are some good, honest people out there,” Schmitt said, “It makes me wonder if I still got some dry cleaning out there.” Nyman might have pocketed the $5 and forgotten the matter, but there is no substitute for bona fide integrity. This is Just-A-Minute.
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:7).
“Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5). (More …)
What Bible texts about the term “way” do you find especially meaningful? What truths or principles do you find from these texts?
I’m preparing a series of Bible studies for next year on the word. The title for the series will probably be either “The Ways of God” or “The Way of Christ.” I’ll be pulling passages from both Testaments.
So any input you have will be more than welcome.
A Manteca, California preacher sold the church building right out from under his congregation. Randall Radic, 53, had preached at the First Congregational Church for nearly a decade before he sold it that October day for $525,000. Apparently he faked the documents to sell the cities’ oldest church building because he had a longing for a new BMW. He also faked documents that gave him possession of his house, which was owned by the church, then used the property to take out loans, authorities said. Larceny is offensive no matter who commits it; but when a “so-called” man of God swindles his own congregation it is an outrage. He negotiated a deal to plead guilty of embezzlement and receive 18 months in prison. But a day is coming when the true Judge of all will accept no plea bargains. This is Just-A-Minute.
Please see on the GoSpeak site our holiday prayer for all our friends, fellow saints, and coworkers in this great effort.
We’re grateful to the TFR Fellows for their wonderful contributions to the knowledge of God.
GoSpeak is the ministry arm and bigger umbrella for all the Forthright efforts.
Let faith not shake from false reports,
We know the truth that never fails;
The facts about Jesus fill our mind,
And satisfy the search for meaning.
The rebellious refuse to bow the knee,
Imprisoned by their prized passions;
Their doctrines open the door to sin,
Inclusive grace more clever than God’s. (More …)
Archeologist Steven Collins from Albuquerque, New Mexico is convinced he has found the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah. These twin cities along with three smaller made up the five Cities of the Plain that were destroyed in the days of Abraham because they were so wicked. For decades scholars have thought that the remains of the cities lay under the waters of the Dead Sea. However, Collins became convinced that the ruins were in Jordanian territory about 50 miles north of the Sea. After acquiring permission to conduct the dig, early results appear to confirm his theory. What behavior was so abominable that God chose to terminate the entire population of these five cities? There were several aspects including worldliness and materialism, but the foremost wickedness that has come to be associated with the name of the city Sodom, is sodomy. This term isn’t heard often today since homosexuality has become an “alternate lifestyle” in modern culture. But regardless of how society sees such behavior today, God placed his stamp of condemnation upon it in the destruction of the cities of the plain. This is Just-A-Minute.
The Fall issue of “Sufficient Evidence,” a publication of the Warren Christian Apologetics Center in Vienna, West Virginia, was devoted to the latest brand of Calvinism.
An article by Caleb Colley pointed out, “Calvinism is also an inspiration for a trend in the broader philosophy of religion called ‘Reformed epistemology,’ according to which knowledge of God is not attained by reasoning to a logical conclusion but is rather fundamental to human knowing when the properly functioning mind operates under propitious circumstances.”
It is of this very interesting sentence that provoked some observations:
1. Such an idea could not be more subjective. In fact, the entire Calvinistic idea of epistemology in this case is subjectivism. Colley pointed out that this brand of Calvinism teaches knowledge of God comes from an almost innate source, since the adherents of this philosophy don’t believe faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).
2. This brand of Calvinism can’t possibly square itself with the Bible, especially with the Apostle Paul in Acts 17:21-32 and Romans 1:18ff because Paul taught the existence of God and the teachings of the Bible do not come to people innately, but by teaching. Otherwise, how could God command all men everywhere to repent?
3. This presuppositional Calvinism implies reason has nothing to do with knowing God or obeying him. This violates the law of rationality that says, “we must only draw such conclusions as are warranted by the evidence.” (Warren-Flew Debate, chart 17A). If presuppositional Calvinism is to be believed, then reason must be taken out of the way. The acceptance of evolution, for example, would be automatic since argumentation is obviously (to the Calvinists) not required in order to accept it. Presuppositional Calvinism, by its own admission, would set at nought the entire text of the teachings of Jesus, of the apostles and other writers since, to them, faith is not propositional and argument (or teaching) is irrelevant to believing God exists.
Please don’t misunderstand. Bro. Colley was not defending Calvinism. He was pointing out the fallacies of this brand of “Reformed Epistemology.” I heartily endorse his article and the publication as a defense of the truth.
A good friend posted a quote from G.K. Chesterton that really started me to think. Chesterton wrote, “Christianity has not been ‘tried and found wanting;’ it has been found difficult and not tried.”
Several years ago, someone who used to be a close friend invited me to attend the United Methodist Church. Got to admire that’s person’s pluck, inviting a Church of Christ preacher like that. But what that person said after the invitation really stuck in my mind. “I think you’ll find the Methodist Church to be much less restrictive than the Church of Christ,” the person said.
Well, you see, living the Christian life is not a matter of having life easier or less restrictive. I don’t believe that if anyone ever had an opportunity to speak to Christians who were persecuted by Rome and died in the arena if they wanted to become involved with something “less restrictive.” I think Christianity is, itself, restrictive because we need it like that.
Imagine a religion that requires or asks nothing or refuses to require devotion and dedication. That’s not religion, is it? If religion is supposed to make us better people, then it is going to have to require its adherents to obey its commands.
Chesterton was right that “Christianity… has been found difficult and not tried.” Because obedience to God’s commands is not easy, there will be many who will not want to try it. But, because many will not try it, many will be lost eternally.
Most of us know the really important things are not easy. Doing what the Bible says is not easy, but it is worth doing because only obeying God can make better, saved people.
In Albany, Georgia kids caught in the juvenile detention system have a chance to change their outlook on life by caring for and training homeless dogs. The program is called Project Hero. It is coordinated by Marty Harris, who says she’s seen a positive change in the young people’s lives: “A lot of them have not grown up with a nurturing aspect toward animals, so by helping them to understand how to work with animals and care for animals they learn to care for other human beings.” I hope this innovative effort will work. Young people are too valuable to waste. They are the future of America and the church. This is Just-A-Minute.
I know where you can read about an interesting story that involves a group of political activists guilty of conspiracy, crony-ism, false arrest, desertion, prosecutorial intimidation, assault, a paroled murderer, a scape-goat who was silenced with capital punishment and a thief who changed his ways.
Where can you read a story like this? In today’s newspaper? Nope. On the top Internet news site? Not there.
Try the last couple of chapters in each of the four gospels.
And make sure you read far enough into the story to see how it ends.
To me nothing feels better than 100% cotton. But now I read where environmental activists charge that growing cotton is an environmentally destructive industry because it uses more pesticides and fertilizers than any other crop harvested. They want farmers to return to organically grown cotton. One large retailer has joined their campaign with a five year commitment to push organically grown cotton goods. While I appreciate the efforts of those who want to save the world, I wish folks would be a bit more concerned to prepare for the next world. This is Just-A-Minute.
Can you imagine amputating your own arm? That is what Aspen Aaron Ralston did to free himself from a thousand pound boulder that had trapped him for five days in the remote mountainous Utah Canyonland National Park. With no water or other hope of survival, Ralston, 27, used a pocketknife to cut himself free, applied a makeshift tourniquet, rappelled to the bottom of Blue John Canyon and hiked out to meet rescuers. Sometimes life requires sacrifice. Spiritually, the same is true. Jesus said, if your hand causes you to sin, we should be willing to cut it off, if that is what it takes to enter heaven. This is Just-A-Minute.
Here are only three examples of how our daily prayer life can be interrupted; but notice how broad the daily scope can be.
We get too caught up in this life:
“When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”” (Luke 22:45-46)
“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others…I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9, 14)
Have any of these examples gotten the better of your prayer life? I know they have mine. Subtlety can be just as effective as open distraction, and there are times when we ignore the obvious. Things can’t be fixed without recognizing the problem.
We know there is a difference between a prayer that has been spoken and a prayer that has been prayed, and we know that unsaid prayers have no prayer – but what are we doing with this knowledge?
A hindrance does not have to be permanent, but to avoid such, the hindrance has to be removed.
The wisdom of God is still speaking to us, but are we wise enough to speak to him with wisdom?
We don’t often post editorials over on Brotherhood News. Nor do we often post them on controversial topics, at least, that I recall, nor as lengthy as the one that appears today. So this rare bird might just be worth your while.
The Lord’s church is blessed not to be a company, nor to have a hierarchy where men lord it over others, nor even to have means to settle an issue across the brotherhood, but I play with the idea of naming “culture” as the word of the year, as one dictionary publisher has just done.
The wisdom of God has not lashed us together in such a way that if a few go astray, all sink with them them. What does unite us is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who is our center and who permeates the whole out to the very edges. So my Forthright Magazine editorial goes, from yesterday.
Our times seem critical, but each age possesses its challenges. I long ago tired of presidential elections touted as being the most important ever, with more at risk than before. Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s a mere election tactic. Let us not fall for our own fearful thoughts that our age is worse and more critical than at any other time in history. Let us meet the progressives and counter as we may their influence, while we rejoice in the faithfulness of God toward his people in this and every age.
TWENTY QUESTIONS CONCERNING BAPTISM
Baptism is an old, familiar, and often discussed topic. It has long been a theological battleground and the subject of numerous religious debates. Nearly every church has an “official position” on baptism. What does the Bible say about baptism? By asking and answering the following questions, one can know the will of God regarding this important matter. (For those not familiar with the content of the cited Bible texts, I would kindly urge them to turn to those passages, read them, and let God’s word speak for itself.)
1. Is baptism a Bible subject? (Matthew 3:1-6). (More …)
“Darwinists say they’re under some sort of epistemological obligation to continue trying, because to invoke design would be to give up on science. Well, I say it’s time to redefine science. We should not be looking for only the best naturalistic explanation, but the best explanation, period. And intelligent design is the explanation that’s most in conformity with how the world works.”Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, quoted in Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for a Creator, p. 243
A good sister in Christ we know has recommended help to this needy family. The husband and breadwinner has a heart issue and can no longer work. He must rest completely for three months, no stress.
They are faithful Christians, says this sister, and she has known them for a long time, thinks highly of them. They belong to the Maple Hill congregation in Lebanon TN. The site says,
Please help this family not to stress about medical and travel expenses, as well as everyday living expenses. Allow them the time they need to focus on getting Nathan better. It is crucial that Nathan get the rest he needs so his heart can heal. If his heart doesn’t heal, they are looking at some very serious procedures in the near future. Our prayer is his situation will only progress, and he will not need any further medical procedures. With your help, we can make this family have the brightest Christmas ever. Please give what you can. Share with all of your friends. Also, pray for this family and the journey they are on for the next 3 months.
They have insurance, but must spend a boocoodle before it kicks in.
Wade Strahan, 56, was rescued in 2006 after spending a sub-zero night in an Alaskan trapper’s cabin and then hiking eight miles where he was found by a cross-country skier. Strahan’s Cessna had crashed into a remote lake. After swimming ashore, he hiked to the unheated cabin. It was so cold he was not even able to remove the frozen shoes from his feet. What did he do in the cabin that night? He prayed. In fact he prayed a lot. When you are flat on your back, the most natural place to look is up! God answers prayers! He was rescued the next day. In spite of severe frostbite he lost nothing but a fingernail. This is Just-A-Minute.
If you can figure out this Bible riddle then the rest of the week won’t be a problem:
You wear me every day but you never put me on. And I will change colors if you leave me out too long. What am I?
Think you know? Then share the answer.
Need a hint to take you in the right direction? Read Exodus 34:27-35. It won’t take very long to read, and the answer to the riddle is in there to boot!
Maintaining resilience in times of trial
Originally posted on Call for Fire Seminar:
Resilience gets us past our hurdles. Soldiers receive training on improving thueir mental and emotional resilience. Resilience helps Soldiers endure ghastly experiences far away from home. It also helps them survive when they return home. Faith is an integral part of resilience. The book of Hebrews was written to Christians whose resilience was fading. Persecution, personal struggles, and a temptation to leave Christianity to return to previous religious experiences had assaulted their resistance. They had forgotten the reason for their baptism. Some had stopped attending worship assemblies. The writer (the apostle Paul, or perhaps Apollos or Luke) had reminded them of the role of Jesus Christ in life: Savior, Mediator, Priest, and builder of the house of the faithful (See the first ten chapters of Hebrews). He challenges them to recall past endurance of suffering, to reclaim their confidence, to live by faith (Hebrews 10:32-38).
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The Believing Prayer site offers the Prayer Journal, where anyone can post at any time. It’s a fast and modern forum format.
People can log in through their Facebook or Twitter accounts, or sign up easily with an independent account. (More …)
Imagine you are driving along a city street and your car falls into an open manhole. That is happening in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thieves are making off with dozens of hefty manhole covers and sewer grates, leaving gaping holes scattered in streets across the city. I suppose this is highway robbery! Officials believe the high price of scrap metal is the motive behind the thefts and have been warning area scrap yards not to buy any manhole covers. Each cover weighs in at around 300 pounds, so it took some stout bandits to carry them off. Some attempt to justify such piracy as “finder’s keepers”, but this lunacy not only breaks God’s command: “thou shalt not steal” but is dangerous to others as well. This is Just-A-Minute.
In the darkest moments, when the Psalmist cries to God for help, his words of despair are permeated with a deeper belief that God is there and that God will answer. He believes, against all appearances, that God will hear him.
Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!
Deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep water!
Don’t let the current overpower me!
Don’t let the deep swallow me up!
Don’t let the Pit devour me!
Psa 69.14-15 NET
Confusion may reign, the hurt may throw him at the foot of death, circumstances may appear hopeless, but underneath it all lies a bedrock of faith in the benevolent purpose of God.
Many are the reasons why he possesses such a faith, but its essence derives from his knowledge of history, his own and his people’s. God is faithful. He holds to his promises. He has never failed his people.
Israel told the story of her creation and redemption time and again to her children. That story was preserved in Scripture.
Let the church tell, without shame nor revision, the inspired story of the faithfulness of God in Christ. It is this history, contained in the pages of Scripture, that will secure us to the Rock and feed our hope in the darkest hour.
Albert Schweitzer shared a life changing experience when he was about seven or eight years of age. He accepted a proposal to use a sling-shot of sorts to hit defenseless birds. He did so reluctantly, and had regret as he walked toward the aiming point. His experience was that which many little boys engage in that later in life they would like to forget. He participated because, he said, he did not want his friend to laugh at him if he “chickened out.”
Peer pressure is a powerful thing. Though as powerful as it is, it can be overcome. At such a young age, Schweitzer relates, he resolved to “emancipate myself from the fear of men” (“Reverence for Life,” p. 2).
• The “fear of men” is that which keeps a great many from following the Lord Jesus with a whole heart.
• The fear of men is that which encourages a great many to go along with the mob though there is little understanding about that which the mob stands for (or against).
• The fear of men has landed many in jail and prison.
• The fear of men has encouraged many young women to give in.
The list can continue as long as one can think of some reason why another continues down a path of regret.
It is a challenge to us individually to take inventory with regards to where we are at in relation to the “fear of men” (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5).
Or something like that. Yes, the Lord Jesus gave a command to rejoice. An imperative to be happy, Lk 10.20. That’s what we’ll study tomorrow at Taubaté in our series, “Commandments of Christ.”
An amazing thought, this command to rejoice, one that goes against a lot of psychobabble and man-made philosophy that teaches that emotions are uncontrollable. (Maybe this idea is the reason for modern society being in hot water.)
That’s one reason why we’re looking at this tomorrow, but another, larger one is that this command comes in the midst of the work of proclaiming the Good News. Now ain’t that a big thought!? Your biggest joy just might be in the middle of doing the great task of God, the mission of Christ, the preaching of the gospel, the salvation of souls.
But shhh! Don’t tell anybody the secret. We certainly wouldn’t want this to get out now, would we?
In England a man was given a traffic fine of £80. He wasn’t speeding, driving recklessly or under the influence. His crime was making an obscene gesture at a speed camera. Simon Thompson, 41, spotted the mobile camera as he drove home from work and raised his middle finger. Half an hour later two policemen knocked on his door and handed him a fixed penalty notice for making offensive gestures under the Public Order Act. Simon admitted: “It wasn’t my finest hour.” No, it wasn’t. Isn’t it tragic that modern society is beset with a propensity for obscenity and filth, both spoken and gestured? I’m not calling for Victorian correctness. But why can’t we pass through public places without being assaulted with shameless vulgarity? This is Just-A-Minute.
There is beyond the azure blue,
Deut. 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
A God concealed from human sight.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (More …)
In Bangkok, Thailand doctors performed emergency surgery on a man who was rushed to hospital writhing with stomach pain. They were stunned when more than 4 pounds of loose change spilled out of his stomach. Sanguan Pongsawat, 37, who lived with his mother, had evidently been swallowing the coins for a long time without her knowledge. The head doctor reports that he should be fine in a few days. Sanguan had no explanation for swallowing the loose change. When Paul wrote that the love of money is the root of all evil, I doubt he had this in mind (1 Tim 6:9). But the statement is no less true. This is Just-A-Minute.
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. (Proverbs 14:16, ESV). Paul wrote to the Corinthians that the wise know the schemes or plans of man’s adversary (Satan; 2 Cor. 2:11). It is not because the wise servant of the Lord was privileged to set in the counsel of those who plan evil, but because the Lord’s servant is able to “smell a rat” afar off. Once the odor gets closer the plans of those who are evil becomes more exposed. On the other hand, those who have given little to no attention to the Lord’s way become reckless, careless, and trapped. In their self-confidence they step into a hole not seen.
In Luke 2:25 we’re told about a man, by name of Simeon, who was waiting for the consolation of Israel.
In Luke 2:25ff we’re told that this consolation had arrived in the form of a young baby boy – it was Jesus.
Have you ever thought about this name (consolation) that was applied to Jesus? What does it mean to you?
How rich are you? You may think that this is a foolish question because you do not feel rich at all. In fact, most of us feel rather poor when we consider the status of our life materially. In all honesty I believe that most of us are richer in material things than we realize.
If the only riches that we have are material and physical, we are not rich at all. And, if we are striving to become rich in those areas, we are losers for sure. In 1Tm 6:6-12 teaches us about the danger or riches and the blessings of pursuing spiritual things. (More …)
A Vancouver, Washington father who allegedly tried to circumcise his 8-year-old son in the bathroom after reading selections from the Bible was been charged with first-degree assault of a child. Edwin Baxter, 33, faced at least 10 years in prison. Baxter told sheriff’s deputies he had been reading Genesis 17 and Exodus 4 — both passages refer to circumcision. He became concerned and called 911 when the boy appeared to be losing too much blood. The boy was taken to a medical center and received several stitches. While I admire anyone’s interest in doing things biblically, not every scripture was intended to be practiced today. It is not enough to “study to show yourself approved”; we must also “handle aright the Word of God.” This is Just-A-Minute.
The head honchos of Forthright Magazine are loathe to prefer one columnist over another. All the writers, old and new, men and women, do a tremendous job. Along with the Fellows here on TFR, you’ll be hard pressed to find better writers and finer content than you have available on the mag site.
Do jump over there and browse a bit. You’ll find something that speaks to you. Feel free to comment, like, share, and sign up to the site.
We’re grateful for all the contributors. This joint effort enriches us all. Be sure to say thanks to them as you have opportunity.
Symbols are powerful. They evoke deep emotions and cause strong reactions. Recently, two swastika symbols made the news.
Brazilian police chasing criminals in a helicopter saw a swastika symbol at the bottom of a private swimming pool. Then, a report says that Hallmark is pulling Christmas wrapping paper because someone complained, thinking they saw the Nazi symbol in the design. The last one is really a stretch, seemingly a sop to political correctness, which in itself is another piece of evidence for the power of symbols. (More …)
A Daytona Beach, Florida. man faced six months in jail for swinging an alligator at his girlfriend during an argument. David Havner, 41, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of an alligator. Sheriff’s officials said Havner kept the 3-foot gator in his bathtub. Nancy Monico, 39, told investigators that Havner beat her with his fists, then grabbed the gator and swung it at her. Havner then threw empty beer bottles at her and kicked her out of the house. I am not surprised the beer bottles were empty! More jail cells are filled and abuse is suffered and men made fools of as the result of empty beer bottles than any other single item. This is Just-A-Minute.
…and you are it: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
…and you are not it: “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24)
…and you are it: “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” (James 3:8-9)
…and you are it: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”” (James 4:6)
…and you are not it: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.” (James 4:8-9)
…and you are it: “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.” (James 5:1-3)
and you are not it: “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)
For many reasons people love to play with scripture as if it were a game, and it doesn’t only happen to the epistle’s of Paul. Unfortunately, they say to themselves, and even more so to others, “I like what this verse says because it comes from God, but this verse was only the writer’s opinion.” Such a game is played by the rules of the individual, but each individual who attempts to play this game needs to remember that scripture comes from God (2 Peter 1:19-21), and playing a game like eeny meeny miny moe does no good, because at the end of the day, spiritual truth is not determined by how we want the rhyme to end (2 Timothy 3:16-17).