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Tame Tongue

When has your tongue gotten you into trouble? I imagine most, if not all of us, can remember one or two times this little member of the body has hurt, discouraged, lied, testified to or told a story that was not true. James made this a matter of discussion when writing to believers. He said, "The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches…The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself." People can tame animals…but no one can tame the tongue. "It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison." It can praise and also curse, boast and lie. (James 3:5-14) That is why Solomon in his proverbs said, "Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything." (Proverbs 13:3) Wise people hold their tongue (whether you are thinking of this as a mental act, or a physical one, which is not pretty to think abou…

Rolled Away

As children we used to sing a song that had accompanying hand motions. "Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away! Every burden of my heart rolled away. "Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away! Every burden of my heart rolled away. Every sin had to go, neath the crimson flow, Hallelujah! Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away! Every burden of my heart rolled away." We were in slavery to sin and that was rolled away. The picture of slavery was first used by the Lord while speaking to Joshua the new leader of Israel when He announced to him, "Today, I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt." (Joshua 5:9) Joseph had invited Israel to Egypt as guests of Pharaoh and himself but when memories of Joseph's deeds in Egypt had faded, the people of Israel became slaves working at the Pharaoh's pleasure. Then Moses returned and through ten terrible miracles obtained the release of these slaves from captivity. But they still could have died in the wilderness …

Dry Ground

How long does it take the ground to dry after a soaking rain where you live? Think about ground that has a river running over it or a sea resting above it. It is soaked to the nth degree! You could go down and get a bucket full, bring it to the surface, and pour it out in the boat and it would take a long time for it to dry out. Dry ground first saw the light of day when God during the third day of creation directed the waters beneath the sky to "flow together into one place." (Genesis 1:9) What was revealed was ground and soon after it would be dry ground. The second time the waters covered the land was the worldwide flood of Noah. The ark floated for 150 days (Genesis 8:3) before it rested on the Ararat Mountains but it took another 225 days for there to be dry ground. (8:14) Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and they wandered until they came to the Red Sea. The people were pressed up against the sea with Pharaoh's army behind them. God told Moses to "Pick …

Life

What is life? How can it be explained? We think we know because we are in the midst of it, but are we mistaken about our understanding of life? Jesus came from outside the earth and the universe. He became one with a body at the point of conception in Mary. He lived life for thirty-three years, being the eldest son, learning the trade of carpentry, gathering others to follow him, breathing his last breath out of that body, and even being resurrected with a new body. Should we accept his words on life? A man once called out to him saying "tell my brother to divide our father's estate with me." (Luke 12:13) Jesus response was that he was not made a judge to decide such things but what he also said struck the man in the heart, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." (12:14) He illustrated this truth by the story of the rich land owner whose land produced well, but his intent was not to share it but to hoard it. All tha…