We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Psalm 32 and the Wanderer

Someone asked when this book will be available. This book titled The Wanderer of Africa, will be available by November and what a book it is! It will be a great read for Christmas since something significant happens in the story on Christmas day! [Word Is Out].

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

15 minutes a day

Setting aside just 15 minutes a day will enable you to read up to two dozen books in a year. Keep it up and you will have read 1,000 books in your lifetime. That’s the equivalent of going through college five times. – G. Gordan
American Library Assn. The poor man who has gained a taste for good books will in all likelihood become thoughtful: and when you have given the poor a habit of thinking you have conferred on them a much greater favor than by the gift of a large sum of money, since you have put them in possession of the principle of all legitimate prosperity. -Robert Hall
A man who buys a book is not just buying a few ounces of paper, glue and printer’s ink; he may be buying a whole new life. –Emerson

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reckless Faith

Hey, I read this and just want to thank you for living so courageously. Peter was reckless in earthly terms. He jumped onto the sea during a raging storm without a flotation device, into waves big enough to capsize his boat. However, if you think about it, it really wasn’t Peter’s earthly actions that were reckless; it was Peter’s spiritual faith. He had reckless faith: Without thinking, without distress over consequences, without anxiety over what might happen, and without concern for what his friends might think, Peter had faith. Peter had reckless faith. And we can too! Reckless faith means doing what God has called us to do, commanded us to do, and prompted us to do – because it brings Him glory. Those who witnessed Peter’s reckless faith didn’t ooh and aah over Peter. Instead, like Peter, they fixed their eyes on Jesus. “Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, truly you are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:33, NIV). There are a few times in my life when I’ve exhibited reckless faith, and found God blessed me immensely as a result. Unfortunately, there are many more times I’ve chosen to remain safely in my boat. It is so much easier to stay afloat in the safety of our comfort zone than to step out into stormy waters, putting all of our trust in Christ. Reckless faith requires a vibrant and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.   When we climb from the safety boat and exhibit that, we spur those still in their boats to fix their own eyes on Him, and worship the Son of God.

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dark Ages and Today

We are entering, according to Neil Postman, a new Dark Age–a time when people didn’t read. It was an age where manners and morals were at their lowest level. If one were to study the Dutch master painters for example you would see scenes of adults sitting around the table, eating with their hands, children with children’s bodies but adult-like faces, dirty, with an abused or empty look, and woman dressed immodestly. It was a day when both adults and children were savage like, often snotting on their sleeve or on the floor while eating. (I hope you aren’t reading this while you are eating!) It was a cruel, demoralizing, perverted time in human history—and we are not too far from it again. It is interesting that at as early as seven years of age children were treated like adults…the reason is that this was the age when children had mastered the vocabulary…both adults and children spoke the same language and as a result, children were allowed to enter the adult world. Today, with our entertainment revolution, children have once again been brought into the adult world–they speak the same language, they dress like adults. Can anything be done to reverse this trend? Yes, the same action that closed the Dark and Middle ages is needed today. It was the invention of the printing press that closed these Ages. When people started to read, beginning with the Scriptures, lives were dramatically changed. Churches grew, schools and universities shot up, businesses were created and the feudal system began to crumble, because mankind once again started to reflect the image of their Creator. Psalm 19 states that The Words, Law, or Rules of God revive the soul, makes wise the simple, enlightens the eyes, rejoices the heart, warns us, helps us discern our errors, and in keeping them, there is great reward. Mom’s and dad’s please put away the childish entertainment of the tv, the video games, or the fox and CNN channels, and begin reading stories of moral courage so that your children will have models to follow. Let’s light this age up a little.

Published in: on September 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Angry

Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right reasons, and in the right way – that is not easy. [Aristotle] “Be angry and sin not; do not let the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. &”

Published in: on September 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Education: 9 times out of 10

Education is not what a person is able to hold in his head, so much as it is what a person is able to find. I believe it was Daniel Webster who said that the truly educated man was not the one who had all knowledge in his head, but the one who knew where to look for information upon any subject upon which at any time he might want information. Each individual who wishes to succeed must get that kind of discipline. He must get such training that he will know where to go and get facts, rather than try to train himself to hold all facts in his head. In nine cases out of ten, the person who cultivates the habit of looking on the dark side of life is the little person; the miserable person is the one who is weak in mind, heart and purpose. On the other hand, the person who cultivates the habit of looking on the bright side of life, and who calls attention to the beautiful and encouraging things in life, in nine cases out of ten, is the strong individual, the one to whom the world goes for intelligent advice and support “What a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes.”

Published in: on September 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment