Home, For The Grown-Ups

God made man, and woman. That is just about as basic as a study can get. And the next most basic step is, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh" (Gen. 2:21-25). Jesus adds, "What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder" (Matt. 19:6). The home is the most basic element in society.

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The Standard Of Right

There is a general failure on the part of people, today, to recognize the true standard of right. There is a tendency to deny that an absolute standard of right exists. Some folks seem to think that whatever society in general will tolerate is right. They have made the limit of society's toleration their standard of right, but theirs is a false standard. Some apparently think that whatever is lawful under the constitution of the nation is right. They consider whatever government officials or bureaus decree to be right, if the decree has been upheld by a ruling of the supreme court of the nation. This also is a false standard of right.

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Exaggerated Reports of Dead Churches

Mark Twain once sent a telegram stating that "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Occasionally I hear that a certain church is dead. Knowing that churches do die, this concerns me because I love God's people.

Sardis was a dead church with a general reputation of being alive (Rev. 3:1). This biblical example and my own experience teaches me that people's assessment of a situation may not be accurate. A church pronounced alive by certain people may in fact be dead. Conversely, a church pronounced dead by certain people may be alive and well - thank you.

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Living with Unanswered Questions

Most of us would likely agree with the idea that the older we get, the more we realize we don’t know. The vastness of the universe, the complexity of people, and the general recognition that we just don’t have all the answers leads us to realize the need to be humble. We don’t know everything. Now that doesn’t mean we cannot know anything. It only means that we need to recognize that we are not infinite and there are limitations to what we can know.  

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I Want To Get Away

Though the lunar cycle and science tell us there is still almost a month of spring left, we all know that Memorial Day is the recognized beginning of the Summer season. In days past it was a notice that school was out and the time for summertime activities had arrived. Now it is a welcome reminder that school will be over very soon. Certainly Memorial Day means much more than the beginning of summer. It is a time to look back and remember those who sacrificed their very lives for our freedom. On this designated day we, as a nation, should take some time to think about such sacrifices. But this is not the venue for expounding upon such things. The focus of this writer is on eternity, not our nation's past.

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