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The Bible is the fountain of knowledge for most everything we say and ideas we express in today's world. Many folks would disagree with this statement. They would want to quote some great person in history or even some present day celebrity or politician that they admire. It's true that there are many heroic persons past and present who have contributed to our knowledge and well-being. However, a study of the Bible reveals that the thoughts and ideas have been around for a long time. Solomon says it all in Ecclesiastes 1: 9—“there is nothing new under the sun.”

So we'll be posting some comments on present day ideas and giving a Bible scripture to illustrate the connection.

We like to say when we've made a mistake or things did not work the way we intended: “Well, we are only human!” That idea makes us comfortable with the situation, and even excuses us from trying to solve the problem again. What exactly do we mean when we say,”We are only human!”? Is there someone or something we know about that doesn't make mistakes? Could it be some other creature like lions, tigers or bears, or maybe an elephant? No, we see them making mistakes as they get trapped, hunted and killed. We even say ,that dog barks funny or that cow is making a strange mooing sound, indicating that we think they may be not doing their thing just right.  The truth of the matter is that God is the only one who doesn't make mistakes. Where did that idea come from? It seems to be part of our inner knowledge, but The Bible has many examples indicating that God does not make mistakes or lies, but is true to his word. It begins with the story of creation and continues on throughout the rest of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, and Genesis1:31 states, “and God saw everything He had made, and behold, it was very good”.  That even includes us because the Bible goes on to say in Genesis1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” So we know where our knowledge of right and wrong comes from; God gave it to us; The Bible tells us so.

  Someone once said: “Troubles are opportunities to grow, to make us better, not bitter. Rightly used, we can learn from them not to repeat our own mistakes. Once freed from them we are better equipped to solve our other life's problems.”  We are never comfortable when we are in the midst of our problems, and it is very hard to accept that we are going through  them for our own good. It sometime make us think; “We don't want that cheese anymore, we just want out of the trap!” It is especially bad when we know that it is probably a bad decision on our part that has got us into the situation in the first place. However, there are many instances where life hands us trouble that is not our fault, and we have to struggle through these  difficult circumstances. The Bible provides us with some wise counsel on this matter. James 1:2-4 tells us “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” And it continues in verses 5-8; “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Let us hope for the attitude of the Psalmist in Psalm 27:13-14 : “I believe that I shall look on the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Let us pray for guidance and trust God as we face into life's difficulties.

 We sometime admonish others to “look before you leap” when they share with us a plan to  accomplish some new task. We really mean, “think about it.” Good advice; but it can be an expression of fear as we look back on some of our own efforts that did not work out well. And the thought may be right behind that: “you better  not try that again”. So we stay defeated ourselves and try to influence our friends to “be careful” as they try to pursue new and perhaps risky endeavors. We think we are being thoughtful and helpful, when maybe we are sowing doubt and fear instead. It can cause us and our friends to be like that double-minded man, with one foot on the shore and the other still in the boat, fearful to plant both feet on the land and work to better our lives.

  The Bible gives powerful advice to consider at this point: James 1:5-8 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways!” And Proverbs 3:5 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

  If, in our hearts and minds, we are obedient to God, we can say with the Psalmist : “Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” Psalms 28:6-7

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  In 1964 Bob Dylan recorded a song about the times then, called “The Times they are A-changin'”. It was true then and certainly true today. Every day we hear about some new idea, medical procedure, technical invention or some threat to our safety from some foreign power. The TV, newspapers and the internet makes sure that we hear about these things immediately. The Bible tells us that it is the Word of God and that God's Word never changes. In the New Testament we read of the event that changed the world forever. Galatians 4:4-5 reminds us “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Prophesies in the Old Testament spoke of this coming event, but many of the scholars of the time did not understand the message. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tells the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but at the time most did not understand the significance of the events that brought this change. The Jewish nation was looking for a king, someone who would return their nation to power and free them from foreign dominance. The pagans and gentiles, as the Jews called them, were worshiping false gods with no concern for the spiritual aspect of life. Jesus came teaching a philosophy of life that concentrated on the condition of our heart, our attitude toward our fellow man, and our relationship with God, the Father. His obedience to God's will led Him to be crucified and sacrificed on the cross for our sins. His teaching and the impact of His life, death and resurrection brought about the greatest change in the world. Yes, the world is changing now, but the word of God does not change and the power of Jesus' teaching continues today. Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Our task is to stop and think upon the gifts of this life. In James 1:16-17 we are admonished: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift  is from above, coming down from the Father of  lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” We must make a conscious decision to still our hearts and minds in this changing world and pause to thank God for Jesus and the abundant life that He has promised.

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