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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Faith In Action- Where Does Wisdom Come From?

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James 3:14-18

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


Read all of James Chapter 3 here

James teaches us that there are only two sources of wisdom. Wisdom can come from God, or man. Wisdom can come from above, or not. In other words, we can get our wisdom from God, or Satan. We could stop right there and the point would be made, but let’s continue and break it down some anyway.

James was not alone in his thoughts about the wisdom of man versus the wisdom of God. Paul had some to say about this in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2. In fact, those chapters are good reading for anyone placing great stock in the wisdom of the world. Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 1:20 that God considers the wisdom of the world to be foolish, and in 1 Corinthians 2:14 that man considers God’s wisdom to be foolish.

If we can take a quick side trip here, I have been amazed to see how the two writers in God’s Word sometimes said to conflict with one another(James and Paul), in actuality complement each other in astounding ways.

How do we get the wisdom of God? How do we get the wisdom of the world? Immersion is the answer. That word has been coming up a lot lately around every corner I turn, and it’s a good word. We get our wisdom from wherever we choose to immerse ourselves.

If we are immersed in television, movies, music and literature which is from the world, we will get our wisdom from the same place. If we are immersed in God’s Word, immersed in prayer, and immersed in fellowship with other believers, then that is also where our wisdom will come from.

 

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Graduation Day!!

Well, this is the last one. This is number four to graduate. Well, one graduated University, but I don’t get to count him twice. It’s the fourth High School Graduation. Now, the only children left to graduate are the grandkids.

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TRY TO REMEMBER

The past is the past, good or bad. The future for believers, however, is ALL good. Great thoughts here from Kathy. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.


A song from a sweet little musical, “The Fantasticks,”tells the story of a girl and boy who fall in love, but they are neighbors and their fathers have been involved in a feud for some time. A wall separates their homes. The fathers have secretly been pretending to feud in order to manipulate their children into falling in love – using reverse psychology, I guess. The song I most loved from this unspectacular musical is called “Try to Remember.” One of the verses is as follows:

Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That dreams were kept beside your pillow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That love was an ember about to billow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.

Read the rest of the post here: TRY TO REMEMBER

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Just a Thought

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Friends, we are no longer slaves to sin and the Law; so serve Jesus, not the law.

 

What the Heck IS a Revival, Anyway?

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As I pick up blogging where I sort of left off a few weeks back, I find myself not sure exactly where I feel led to take this thing. So, just bear with me while I make the trip. I really like the very straightforward devotional stuff, but also seem to have all this STUFF rambling around in my head that needs to get let out. I think I may start letting some of those things out, and see where they go.

A couple of weeks back at our church, we had, “Revival.” Yep, revival. Meaning we had this “thing,” where we meet for 5 weeknights in a row and listen to some guy from out of town hurl exhortation at us until he turns purple. Then, we go back to business as normal. That’s what it’s all about eh?

Of course, it is not! But, then what is it all about? I have about a billion thoughts in my head on it and want to just sort of toss some of them out over the next bit if readers don’t mind.

I do know that this year, we took a different approach to the whole thing because we(some of us, anyway) actually recognize that what we have done for literally decades has accomplished….a big fat nothing. We did some neat stuff, and I think we may actually see some change this time.

Meanwhile, I’d welcome thoughts from you out there on the topic. What have you seen? What does it mean to you? Is it needed? Is the idea even Biblical. It’s all fair game, so have at it if you wish.

 

 

The one good question to ask when deciding on a church

I know many out there are not currently in a church home. If you are not, and are looking around, here are some great thoughts from Lisa Robinson. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.


Occasionally, I come across an article stating reasons to either choose a church or make a decision to leave a church. The recommendations typically look something like this. Don’t leave for selfish reasons. Find a church that honors Christ, teaches the Bible and takes fellowship seriously. All that is well and good.

Over at Core Christianity, I thought this was a good list on 4 questions to ask when looking for a church;

What does the church believe about Scripture?

What is the church’s confession of faith?

Is the church man-centered or God-centered?

Is Christ faithfully preached each week?

But one thing I’ve discovered in my varied church experience and many years of being a Christian is that it’s not always that simple. You can have those standard elements present but there still be a hole. Just because the preacher uses the Bible doesn’t mean he’s being faithful to Scripture. Just because he quotes Bible verses doesn’t mean he’s preaching Christ. Just because people gather, doesn’t mean there is genuine love in the body. Just because there is evangelism doesn’t mean the church is being faithful to its whole task. Read the rest of the post hereThe one good question to ask when deciding on a church

My New Grill is Sick, and Must be Cured

Okay, it’s not really sick, but it still has to be cured. As in…prepared to be used to cook! Blogging is not the only thing a bit of time will let me do!

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