Friday, August 31, 2012

*Find What Works For You

Dr. Bob Jones Sr., founder of the University, was a great evangelist, as was his dear friend, Dr. John R. Rice; both died in the early 80’. Both men were godly, wielded great influence, and loved the Lord. At a conference in the 40’s at Winona Lake, Indiana, Dr. Rice preceded Dr. Bob in the order of speakers. Dr. John’s message was on prayer, about how we ought to spend much time alone with God, even at times giving whole nights to it.

Dr. Bob, the next speaker, complimented Dr. Rice’s message saying that was the way he had always wanted to pray, but being truthful to the people said, “I’ve always been a man on the go, traveling in evangelistic campaigns, and building a college. I pray while I’m shaving, then as I walk across the campus to speak in chapel, on the train headed for a conference, etc.” “But,” said Dr. Bob, “I have never entered the pulpit or tried to accomplish something for Jesus that I didn’t think I’d die if He didn’t bless and get the glory.”

What am I trying to say? Simply this, do things the way you’re most comfortable with. You’ll usually enjoy and accomplish much more in your spiritual life. God knows our situations as well as our limitations. He is not a tough taskmaster!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Job and His Children

That good and godly man, Job, had seven grown sons and three daughters. We are told “…he rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all.” The reason for this is that he feared that they might have sinned and cursed God “…in their hearts.”

I wonder—what part of our children’s lives are we the most concerned with? Is it that “outward form” that appears to man, or the “inward part” that only God sees?  That part that determines who and what a person really is.

My mentor, Dr. Joe Henry Hankins used to say to me, “Sonny boy, remember, get their hearts. When you get a man’s heart, you’ve got the whole man.” The wise old man knew, as Jesus taught, that the heart is where the real issues of life lie.

If the kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, and He turns it whithersoever He will. He can surely do it with our grown children!

Monday, August 27, 2012

*The Moravian Banner Cry

I do not know if you are familiar with the group called, “Moravians.” I find little has been written about this courageous band of believers. They took God literally when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” It is said of them that they sent out more missionaries in 20 years than the whole Church had in the previous 200 years.

These people sold themselves into life-long slavery so that they might win those who were themselves in bondage. They joined leper colonies, knowing the suffering that awaited them and their families. And what was this little remnant’s secret? Simple, it is recorded they had round-the-clock unbroken prayer for 100 years.

Their missionary banner cry originated from one of the two men to first sell themselves into life-long slavery. Both boys were barely out of their teens. As they pulled away from shore, a loved one from the dock cried out once again the repeated question, “Why are you going”? After a moment’s pause, one of the young men cried at the top of his voice, for all to hear, “May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of his suffering!” And may nothing ever be added to this!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

*Making Rough Edges Smooth

Job tells us, “The waters wear the stones.” God’s way of smoothing the stones is by using the water to make them collide with each other. It takes a long time to accomplish this. That is, to rub off those sharp corners, thereby making them smooth.

Have you ever heard the old adage, “He rubs me the wrong way?” If we only realized what God is doing in our lives, we wouldn’t make such foolish statements. He is actually taking a lot of time with us, allowing other stones to rub off our “rough edges.” This friction is necessary, this is God’s way. Ask Jacob about Laban.

You remember when David went to the brook; it was five “smooth” stones he chose to kill Goliath (the other four being for his brothers). Imagine in that prolonged process of preparation, when other stones were colliding constantly with it, smoothing off those rough edges, did that little stone ever dream it would be used to bring down a giant? Nor do we, my friend.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Greater Than Mountain Moving

“…and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”  To have faith to move mountains is a wonderful thing, but it is not the chief thing. Paul tells us one can move mountains and yet be void of the main ingredient in the Christian life, “Love.”

There used to be an old song entitled, “Love and Marriage.” One line in it says, “They go together like a horse and carriage.” Well, that is to be true of faith and love. Paul always couples these together. For example: “The fruit of the Spirit is, love… faith.” Again, “Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith.” And again, “…putting on the breastplate of faith and love.” And yet again, “Hearing of thy love and faith.”

It seems Christianity has always been “wowed” by the externals. But greater than a “great faith” that can move mountains, is a great internal love life. Before Jesus preformed that great miracle of faith in raising Lazarus from the dead, we read, “Behold, how he loved him.”

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.”

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not Just Any Mountain

“…say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast unto the sea…” I’m aware in our prayer life there are many things in which we need to let the lord make the choice. But the Bible also teaches that there are prayers that need to be specific. Our text is a good example. Jesus is plainly teaching specificity I prayer. It was not just any mountain, but “…this mountain.”

When the disciples asked Jesus, “teach us to pray,” He told them a story of a man in need, who asked a friend for a definite number of leaves of bread. Then He went on to say that if you ask for bread, fish, or an egg, He will not give you something opposite from that thing you asked for.

Let us not be afraid to ask God for particular things that we need in our lives and ministries. And, yes, He also gives those things we desire, at times. If Sears can deliver to you the exact item you ordered from their catalogue book, I am sure our God in Heaven can send us whatever we have ordered from His Book.

Do we not yet understand how important answered prayer is to God? Jesus said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Whosoever and the Mountain

“…whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed…he shall have whatsoever he saith.” I do not claim to understand anything about prayer. I just know it works. If you do not believe this, stop doing it, but it will be to your own detriment. There are many voices today attempting to explain away prayer. At the other end of the spectrum, we find those trying to excuse God for not answering prayer. These get hung-up, it seems, on the two extremes: sovereignty and free-will.

All God’s prayer promises are legitimate. The “whosoever” in salvation is not open for debate. Nor is it in our text. “Whosoever” and “whatsoever” are valid terms. The problem is never with God, but always with us. In salvation, He gives a “whosoever” invitation, but there are few who accept it. And so it is in prayer. It’s just as baffling to try to understand why there are those of us who will not claim what He offers us in prayer, as it is to understand those who will not accept His offer of salvation.

Let us then not forget where our difficulty in prayer derives from; it has to do with us, and not God. The desperate father who brought his devil possessed son to Jesus said, “If thou canst do anything…” Jesus’ answer to him was, “If thou canst believe all things are possible.”

“In prayer, show God His handwriting; He is tender of His Word.”
(Thomas Manton-Puritan)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Mountain Really Real

“…say unto this mountain, Be thou removed.” I previously wrote of the danger of being a strict literalist when reading the Bible. In this article, I want to caution against the spiritualization of a vast number of its texts. We cannot, whenever we feel the whim to do so, spiritualize scriptures, disregarding the context. Interestingly, at times we find both the literal and spiritual within one text. The above is a good example.

I personally believe Jesus wanted His disciples to take what He said about moving a mountain in a spiritual sense. The reason I lean this way is because of the fact, you do not find the disciples going around moving literal mountains or even attempting to. But we do see them moving a great many obstacles that were mountainous in their and others lives.

But, as I said, the text can still be taken literally, for literal mountains are moved in scripture. For example, we are told “…every mountain and island were moved out of there places.” And Zachariah tells us of a mountain cleaving in the middle. Paul certainly believed in literally removing mountains. And David says, “…and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

And what does all this teach us—the literal and the spiritual? Simply that if God can move physical mountains, it’s a very little chore to take care of the spiritual ones facing us today!

“If the plain text makes sense, seek no other sense.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Really Real Mountain?

“…this mountain.” We have a generation of Bible believers who pride themselves in taking the entire Bible literally. But one must be careful he or she does not go too far pursuing this ideal. The Jews of the Old Testament, and those of Jesus’ day, were strict literalists. Subsequently, they missed the truth God was trying to teach them on many occasions.

When discussing the New Birth with Nicodemus, this Jewish rabbi thought Jesus was referring to the physical, when it is plain He was speaking spiritually. And when Christ spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, His hearers took it literally, when the context shows He was presenting a spiritual truth. Again, speaking to the disciples, He warned them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and so they, being literalists, took it that way. They did not understand He spoke of their doctrine.

It is important to remember at all times that God is a Spirit, and that the Bible is a Spiritual Book. It is to be interpreted by a spiritual man or woman, by comparing spiritual things with spiritual. What a challenge to be Spirit-filled when coming to God’s Spiritual Book. If not, we are in danger of making certain scriptures literal and physical, when God is speaking in the spiritual sense. The carnal Christian, along with self-appointed scholars will invariably follow Jewish tradition of old. That is, taking literal many important passages of Scripture God intended to be understood as spiritual.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Disbelief and the Mountain

“…and shall not doubt in his heart.” It is clear from this scripture that anyone who has a doubtful heart need not think the mount of difficulties facing them is going anywhere. It will remain unmovable. If you have been saved any amount of time, you know once you step out by faith in any seemingly impossible situation, the temptation to doubt arises.

A dear, departed preacher friend, Dr. Tom Malone, used to tell an amusing story that illustrates my point. As a boy, he was challenged by his big brother to jump across an exceptionally wide creek bed. He said it was a good jump for a little fella with short legs. Beneath were jagged rocks with prickly bushes. Finally, he got up enough faith to jump. He took a long run and leaped. He said, right in midair, he heard a voice within him say, “Tom, you know you can’t jump across this creek.” “And,” said he, “I didn’t.”

Let us be leery of those thoughts that would invade our faith. They will always come as soon as we take a leap of faith. But pay no attention to them. Abraham is to be the example in our life of faith. You will remember he was placed in an impossible situation by the Lord. And having every reason, humanly speaking, to doubt, it is written, “...he consider not.” 

Do not allow anything or anyone to invade your faith today. When doubt sticks up its ugly head, ignore it!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Talking to a Mountain

“Say to this mountain, Be thou removed…” Jesus taught His disciples they were to be mountain-movers. I think it’s plain this was not to be taken literally (although there are cases where it actually happens). Nevertheless, there are other things in our lives just as unmovable as a mountain.

Zerubbable of the Old Testament is a good illustration of a mountain-mover. He realized the task that lay before him could not be done in his own strength, for the Lord had said unto him, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the lord of hosts.” And so, in the following verse we read, “Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbable thou shalt become a plain.”

Did you notice Jesus told us to speak to the mountain of our difficulties, and command it to be removed?” Is there something standing in your way today, keeping you from accomplishing God’s will, and living a fuller, richer, more victorious Christian life? Rather than passively accepting it, why not, on the authority of Jesus’ Word, command it to be removed, so that you can move on for God.”

Faith can make a mountain a molehill.

*The Will of God

In Colossians chapter one Paul prayed for those early believers that they would have, “…the knowledge of [God’s] will.” In chapter four, Epaphras prayed, “…that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” We are told we can “prove” the will of God, and that we should do it from the heart.

There is nothing so important in the Christian life as knowing and doing the will of God! We are told in Romans that it is “good…acceptable…and perfect.”

It is GOOD—therefore we can’t complain about it; we would be ingrates.

It is ACCEPTABLE—therefore we should not reject it; we’d be fools.

It is PERFECT—therefore we cannot improve on it; we would be ridiculous.

Let each of us this day embrace the will of God to our bosom, and say to our Maker above, “I delight to do thy will, O my God.”  Even if it means bearing a cross.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Created Christ

I guarantee I have already gained the attention of conservative Christians and theologians by the above title. No, I do not believe God created Christ the Eternal Son. But I do believe many of His children have created a Christ that is a figment of their imagination, one to their own making and liking.

 As Aaron fashioned the calf, so have many Christians formed their own Christ in their minds. Paul speaks of, “Another Jesus.” And Luke, in his gospel uses the tern, “The Lord’s Christ.” Even so, saints too, can personally invent in their fallible minds, a Christ not found in the infallible scriptures.

The Christ of the Bible is a balanced Christ. The true character of Jesus Christ is not like a trick two-headed coin. There is another side to Him. In our syrupy society, we love to quote, “Neither do I condemn thee.” But you will never hear the worldling finish the text, or the flip-side, if you please, “Go, and sin no more.”

 Beware, child of God that in this narcissistic age, God accuse you of what He faulted Israel with, “thou thoughtest that I was altogether [such an one] as thyself.” It is always good to keep in mind, “For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”   

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ten to Two

In the story of the twelve men Moses sent in to spy out the land of Canaan, we have a wonderful application to the people of God today. The spies were to go in and search out the land for forty days. Upon their return, they came with luscious fruit and a grand report. All twelve were in agreement that it was just like the Lord had said (as it always is). A land flowing with milk and honey.

But their agreement ended at that point. There was a division over whether or not they would be able to subdue it. The main concern seemed to be, there were giants in the land. It was ten against two, the two being Joshua and Caleb. There was a majority report by the “timid ten,” and the minority report by the “trusting two.”

 It went something like this:

 Ten: “We are not able...” (Num.13:31)
         Two: “We are well able…” (13:30)

 Ten: “It is a land that eateth up the inhabitants…” (13;32)
         Two: “They are bread for us…” (14:9)

 Ten: “The cities are walled and very great…” (13:8)
         Two: “Their defence is departed from them…” (14:9)

Ten: “We are as grasshoppers in their sight…” (13:33)
         Two: “Neither fear ye the people…” (14:9)

 Ten: “We be not able to go up against the people…” (31:21)
         Two: “Let us go up at once and possess it…”

 In every difficult situation in life we have a choice. We can look at the “giants,” or we can look to God!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Empty Churches

“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.”

In this story, Jesus lays down a principle, He wants the house full. Now, you can read anything you want into this narrative, but it will not change this one outstanding objective. We are not speaking of the “numbers racket,” but simply declaring, if the Gospel is good for ten, then it’s good for twenty, and so on.

In Nehemiah we find the question, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” No doubt one can find many reasons, but one is for sure, they must be brought, says Jesus. I pastored twenty years, and in that time we had very few walk-ins. They were brought-ins. Like a good restaurant, it is word of mouth that gets people in.

We have a Calvinistic teaching today of sitting on your hands and doing nothing. Neither Calvin nor those who understand his teaching correctly, adhere to such nonsense. They believed, like the wise woman of Tekoah told David, “[God] deviseth means, that his banished be not expelled from him.” Paul used “all” means.

My dear departed evangelist friend, Dr. John R. Rice used to say, “Have you ever noticed there seems to be more of God’s elect in those areas where there is a soul winner.” Now whether you like the term “soul winner” or not, that is not the issue. The fact is more attend church where the people are aggressively attempting to bring them in.

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Christ is All

Thomas Watson, a dear Puritan friend of mine (though we have never met, other than through his writings) has a sermon titled, Christ is All. Please allow me to pass along a few choice excerpts. I trust they will bless you as they did me.

1) He who has Christ can have no more, for Christ is all. Why fear I any need, if He is my all?

2) If Christ is all, then the creature is nothing at all. Why then fear any man? Should clay fear clay?

3) If Christ is all, then my evaluation of Him is to be above all. If there was a jewel which contained in it the worth of all other jewels, would I not prize it above all others?

Put what you will in the balance with Christ, He will infinitely outweigh it. Is life sweet? Christ is better. Are relations sweet? Christ is better. He who has Christ need no more. He who has the ocean needs not a cistern. The world has the fat of the earth, but we Christians have the dew of Heaven.

CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL

Hallelujah

Christ and Crutches

Our pastor once told a moving story, taken from an opera, I think. It was of a little crippled boy. The lad observed the great men of the earth give expensive gifts to the Christ child. As he watched, his heart broke within him, for he had nothing of value to present to Him. Suddenly it dawned on him, he had one thing, but it was something he cherished and clave to. For so long, he had totally depended upon it. It would be a great sacrifice to give up. Nevertheless, approaching the Christ child, he fell to his knees and presented to Him—his crutches. The story ends by the youngster being enabled to walk on his own.

Immediately, I thought to myself, what thing in my life do I hold precious, depending on it to hold me up? It is about time, don’t you think, some of us offer our “crutches” to Jesus? Wouldn’t it be wonderful as a Christian to rid ourselves of our crutches and walk without artificial helps?  An old divine once said, “It is interesting no cripples ever followed Jesus.” He applied this truth to spiritual cripples.

You’ll remember when John was in prison and had doubts, he sent two of his disciples to Jesus asking, “Art thou he that should come?” To which Jesus replied, along with other things, “I make the lame to walk.” And He is still doing it today, Praise His Name!  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

*The Fire of God

“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”

Just because some display “wild fire,” is no reason for us to have “no fire.” There have always been, like Aaron’s sons, those who offer “strange fire” before the Lord. But imitations are soon realized; they have no warmth. The old timers had a term for those who were aflame with a passion for God, “He’s on fire for God,” they would declare.

We are told in the scriptures to be, “fervent in spirit.” It says the disciples hearts, “burned within them.” Jeremiah tells us God’s Word was in him, “as a burning fire.” And the Holy Spirit is likened throughout the Holy Writ to fire. God help us to be like the burning bush, on fire, yet not consumed. May God grant me, if He tarries His coming, and I live to my nineties, to have the same fervency of spirit I had for Him the day he saved me!

In the early 1st Century, there was a Christian martyr named Ignatius. He said, “Let fire and the cross, let wild beasts, let all malice of the devil come upon me; only may I enjoy Jesus Christ.” He went on to say, “The fire that is within me, does not desire any water.”


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Playing God

It is not just the children who like to play-act; we adults enjoy preforming also. One of the characters we take pleasure in imitating is God. How we relish putting on God’s garb, then playing His part in other people’s lives. Oswald Chambers calls such a person a, “Amateur Providence.”

Peter is a good example of playing a “miniature God”. We all are familiar with the scene where Jesus told His disciples He was going to suffer and die, then raise again, this being God’s will for His life. And how did Peter respond to this truth? “Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.”

Here we learn a stark truth. Whenever we attempt to shield loved ones from the cross God has placed in their lives, Jesus says, “thou savourest not the things that are of God, but those that be of men.” To be blunt, our Lord tells us, doing so is to be satanically inspired. Let us not be spiritual thieves, robbing loved ones of “the fellowship of His sufferings.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Perseverance

We hear much, in some circles, about the “Preservation of the Saint.” But I find the same crowd is offended when one speaks of the saint persevering. Most certainly, the latter is not conditional for God keeping us, but it is a mark that we are His. You could say a Christian’s endurance is their insurance.

An interesting word study in the New Testament would be, “Continue,” as it relates to the Believer. For example, we are told of the early Church in Acts, “They continued steadfastly…” And Paul exhorted those living in the hard times of the last days to “Continue thou…”

I read something interesting about William Carey, “Father of Modern Missions.” He told a loved one before his death that if anyone wrote of him after his decease to tell them to simply attribute any success he might have had (humanly speaking), to the fact, “I can plod…I can persevere in any definite pursuit…to this I owe everything.” Then he added, “Anything beyond this credit will be too much.”

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”  
(C.H. Spurgeon)

Monday, August 6, 2012

An Astonishing Statement

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

There is not now or ever been, nor will there ever be, a doctor, psychiatrist, or religious guru who would dare make such an astonishing statement. But this unschooled, simple-living carpenter, from a small town, the son of a humble widow, did!

Whether rest is needed in body or soul, humanity’s Great Physician promises solace to all who are, for lack of a better phrase, just plain worn out from it all.

O weary saint, ask your dear Lord to minister to you. After all, that is why He came, “to minister.” Let us not be so proud or pseudo-spiritual, like Peter of old, that we refuse Him when He desires to wash our tired feet.

Hebrews teaches there is a threefold rest to the people of God; a past, present, and future rest. There is the rest we entered into at salvation. And we will enter into our eternal rest at death’s door (or at His coming). But there is a present rest for all who will enter in by faith.

I find more and more now, not only because of Spiritual weariness from the time in which we live, but because of my age and physical malady, I need more often, like John the beloved, to lay my head on His blessed bosom. What a restful place it is, listening to His heart say, “O, how I love you, my child.”    


Saturday, August 4, 2012

HAPPY YEAR OF JUBILEE

The “Year of Jubilee” was a special year for Israel. It occurred only once every fifty years. This coming week, August 9th, will also be a very special time for someone I love dearly, my firstborn son, Andrew. On the date mentioned he will celebrate his 50th Birthday.

I still remember the unspeakable happiness that filled my soul when the nurse told me I had a son. Or putting it scripturally, “[She] who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad. And again it says, “For joy that a man is born into the world.”

And what a man he has become! He is everything that a Christian father desires in his son. To start with, just to list a few of the  qualities he possesses: He is manly; a wonderful father and husband; a delightful grandfather; a true friend; a loving, compassionate pastor; a man of character and great integrity; and most important of all, he is godly to the core, loving his God with all his being.

The one thing for which I am most thankful to God is that which the Lord said to David, I believe it’s true of my son also.  “…for I have chosen him [to be] my son, and I will be his father.” Is it any wonder  Andrew’s life verse is, “But thou [art] he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother's belly.”

This Lord’s Day, my wife and I will travel from our home in San Andreas, CA to Scotts Valley. We will attend Cornerstone Bible Church and listen to one of the greatest preachers of this generation. And then, after the service, along with his faithful flock and family, celebrate his 50th year on God’s good earth.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am so thankful you know what it is like to be a Father and have a Son you love so much!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Poor Paul

I think most have heard the term, “Robbing Peter to pay Paul.” But in reality it is Paul who is being robbed. Modern theologians have made Paul a pauper. They have followed the ways of the world. As someone wrote my son: “We love Jesus; Paul? Not so much.” Paul never slighted our Lord’s teachings (1 Tim.6:3), but simply took them a step further. Nevertheless, you will not hear Paul quoted by the worldlings as authoritative on any of today’s issues.

This is in spite of the fact that Paul’s writings are specifically to this Church Age. All the Bible is for us, but not all of it is to or about us. Jesus and the twelve ministered to the Jews; Paul, to the Gentiles. Lift Paul’s Epistles from the Bible and you would be in complete darkness as to most of the great doctrines (Resurrection, Atonement, Justification, etc.), as well as how Christians should live today.

Someone has said, “Christianity is the only religion that teaches by letters.”  This being the case, every saint should be familiar with Paul’s Letters. You should not be long out of them.

The following is from my own personal Bible study. Notice the progression in Paul’s life and teachings (Prov. 4:18). Here are three examples of it: 1) Early in his ministry he seemed to believe in the immediate return of the Lord, while toward the end, the imminent return. 2) He cast out devils at the offset of his ministry, but at the last, I believe, taught individual saints how to instruct others to do it in their own personal lives (2 Tim. 2:24-26, notice v 26. 3) He healed at the commencement of his ministry, but toward the end, left sick saints unaided by him (2 Tim.4:20). He also travelled with Doctor Luke in many of his journeys.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Who Said What?

He said, she said, they said; but what do you say? Quoting others on a subject is commendable, but no more authoritative than your two cents worth; unless, of course, it is God who said it. We have some babbling bullies today that are so busy telling you what they think, that they’re deaf to other’s ideas.

Each time I read my Bible through, before beginning a new, I read the dedicatory in the 1611 A.V. There is a phrase in it that the translators use which illustrates the type of person I’m speaking of, even way back then. They wrote, “…we shall be maligned by selfconceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil…”

Some of us need to start listening better; while others among us need to cease being wooden Indians, and speak up. It should be a mutual admiration society. One of the philosophers said, “Every man knows something I do not, therefore every man is my teacher.” Now that’s a quote worth quoting!