Setting Aside

Mark 7:9And He said to them, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Sometimes, we are much more diligent in observing man-made traditions than we are in observing the Word of God.

My Advice – Do not set aside God’s Word for anything, whether it is religious traditions or prevailing social mores. Anything that is inconsistent with the Word, is wrong, even if it is highly regarded or widely believed.

Never Pass Away

Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God’s word is not old fashioned nor does it go out of style. It does not get superseded or become obsolete. It does not lose its relevance or power. When science fails (heaven and earth pass away), His word will still stand.

My Advice – God’s word is being challenged, called into question and reinterpreted. Do not believe any of it. Remember what you learned as a child and hold true to it.

Destroyed by Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:5 – “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is a pity that we as Christians have so little knowledge about God’s Word, how it applies to us and our situations and how we can use it.

My Advice – Become knowledgeable in God’s Word by reading it, attending church and Sunday school and being part of a small group. This may sound like a lot to do, but the benefits of knowing His Word should not be underestimated.

Careful & Close Attention

Ezekiel 44:5 – “Look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We need to study God’s Word, not merely for general knowledge, but to hear what He may be saying to us, so that we can act on it to improve our lives and character.

My Advice – Do not just be a casual reader of God’s Word (look carefully). Consider how it might be speaking to you personally (listen closely) and then apply what you’ve learned (give attention).

Illuminated by the Word


2 Timothy 3:16, 17All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – Much of the deceptive philosophy can clearly discerned as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some contradicts what we have grown up believing. Yet many Continue reading “Illuminated by the Word”

Like A Burning Fire

Jeremiah 20:9 – But if I say, “I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,” His Word is in my heart like a burning fire. Shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We are moved by many things in life, but our primary inspiration should be the Word of God and His will for our lives and mankind. What a pity that we do not get as worked up about the things of God as we do some things of this world.

My Advice – You can use this as a barometer of your spiritual condition. If you are not on occasion moved and inspired by His Word, it is a good time to evaluate your relationship and ask God to “restore the joy of His salvation” in your life.

Whatever Happened to Right & Wrong?

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If It Isn’t Clear? – I go even further back than that. Ten years after The Great War, as we used to call it. Before we knew enough to number them. You miss that kind of action, sir? No, I miss that kind of clarity. (Wabash/Houseman and Higgins/Robertson – Three Days of the Condor)

If You Don’t Get Caught? – Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth? (Turner/Redford – Three Days of the Condor)

If It’s A Gray Area? – You are such a boy scout. You see everything in black and white. No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, right and wrong! (Ritter and Ryan/Ford – Clear and Present Danger)

If… – What are some other ways that we Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Right & Wrong?”