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Who's a Fool?

                       Who’s a Fool?

                                        Psalm 14:1a
              The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

The Bible has so much to say about being a fool. The word fool can mean, senseless, without reason or intelligence. A fool is someone who disregards God’s Word and whose heart continually turns towards foolishness. Fools do not always learn their lessons as seen in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools continue to do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction.

A fool hates knowledge, enjoys wicked devices and will cause themselves trouble with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, mock sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible is very clear in warning individuals not to associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise you will become wise, but i…

What Are We Teaching at Home?

    What Are We Teaching at Home?

                                        Psalms 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Here the Lord is speaking as our instructor. He teaches His children to walk in the way of integrity, and directs daily conversation. We are not saved so that we may live life after our own lusts, but that we may be educated in holiness and trained in sanctification. Practical biblical teaching is the best instruction. Though we have never sat at the feet of Gamaliel, we can learn to follow Christ, the greatest teacher of all.

Homeschooling is a disciplined form of teaching academics, spiritual truths and godly wisdom to children. If this type of teaching is a desired way of educating, order, discipline and routine are necessary. Applying instruction in the truths of God’s Word is essential and a critical part of the learning process. The fundamental principles of this kind of schooling should be more th…

Guilt, What Do We Do With It?

       Guilt, What Do We Do With It?

                                        1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher and theologian, described the human conscience as the inner voice that either accuses or excuses us for our behavior. If we are to be wise in following our conscience, we must first make sure our conscience is guided by the Word of God. The conscience can be seared and become immune to God’s Word if we try to rationalize or deny our sin. We may even try to convince ourselves that some sinful behavior is really very logical according to today’s standards.

Self justification may work for a while but the Word of God tells us that His Law holds every human being accountable for their own sin (Romans 3:19).  People don’t understand that the debt owed to God for sin is so vast no one can ever repay it. If we can’t logically suppress our guilt or justify it away, wh…

A Hear of Bitterness

               A Heart of Bitterness

                                     Ruth 1:19-20
So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”

As Naomi enters the city of Bethlehem, with Ruth by her side, the people of the city begin to move about asking, “Is this Naomi?” Ten years had gone by since Naomi lived there and they didn’t know the overwhelming effect that bitterness had produced in her heart. To those standing near she bitterly replied, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means, “pleasant,” but call me Mara, meaning, “bitter,” for the LORD has brought me home to Bethlehem absolutely empty.

Satan wanted Naomi to focus on the negative, those areas of weakness where unforgiveness, anger, feelings of bitterness lived and would breed discouragement. She couldn’t think clearly whe…