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PLANTED ON A ROCK

July 30th, 2014 | By admin

By Tim Hall

With weather conditions for the middle of July so incredibly perfect, I just had to take a hike. Though I had spent the week away from home, I searched the Internet for a suitable hike. The one I chose did not disappoint, taking me into quiet and glorious woodlands.

Packing my camera on hikes has made me more observant; I’m always looking for an interesting photo. One of the interesting scenes that landed on my camera’s memory card was tree roots wrapped tightly around a large boulder. Many years ago a hemlock cone had taken root in the soil beside this boulder. Over time its roots grew up and over the rock. Today you’d be hard pressed to remove that rock from beneath the tree.

It was chance that led this tree to grow where it did. But if hemlocks had minds, it couldn’t have made a better choice in where to grow. Other trees may topple when strong winds blow, or when their rain-saturated footing gives way. By being planted on a rock, this tree’s odds of surviving strong winds and heavy rains are greatly increased.

Jesus noted this principle of having a strong foundation. In Matthew 7:24,25 he told this story to illustrate His point: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

In the following verses Jesus described a foolish builder, one who did not secure his house on solid footing. When the storms came, the house was quickly demolished.

Jesus’ point? “… whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them” – that is His point. Those who determine to build their lives on the teachings of Jesus may sleep securely when stormy weather comes. Their houses (lives) will stand!

According to the Bible, Jesus is God’s chosen cornerstone, the first stone laid for the foundation of any well-built structure. Peter said it this way: “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’” (1 Peter 2:7).

If I hike that same trail again 50 years from now, I’m guessing that hemlock will still be standing there, planted on a rock. Where will you and I be found years from now – even in eternity? It depends on whether or not we chose to be planted on the Rock.

Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.

Copyright, 2013, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson, Inc.).

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THOROUGH YELLING

July 28th, 2014 | By admin

By Paul Holland

 “You can’t yell at me like that!” Linus said to Lucy. “Oh?” questioned Lucy.

   “I’ll yell at you when I feel like it, where I feel like it,how I feel like it, why I feel like it and as often as I feel like it!” Lucy retorted and walks away.

   “Her yelling is very thorough,” Linus contemplates.

    Raising our voices is an easy response. It’s like hitting. If you hit me, it’s quick and easy to just hit back. That’s child’s play (or worse). Yelling is adult play (actually, worse). If you upset me, I’ll yell at you. What does yellingreally convey? I don’t have enough self-control to reason with you. I don’t think you have enough self-control to reason with me. I want to intimidate you so that you will cower and submit.

    Do you think Jesus ever yelled? He “cried out with a loud voice” when He was hanging on the cross (Matt. 27:46, 50). Besides that context, the only reference I have found to Jesus raising His voice is when He cried out to Lazarus “come forth!” (John 11:43). Of course, Lazarus was dead! Seriously, that occasion was more to showcase the miracle He was performing. It certainly was not due to anger or malice.

    Rather, in Matthew 12:19, Matthew (quoting Isaiah 42:1-3) says of Jesus: “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.”

    You and I should take the example of Jesus, and other New Testament teaching, to heart and work on self-control relative to the volume at which we speak. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ Jesus also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:31-32).


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