Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wise Behavior is Prudent!

Become a Prude - You Will be Glad You Did

Are You a Prude? Well, I Should Hope So!

Does bad language and graphic movie scenes cause you to cringe, turn your head away, turn off the television, and even tell people to go wash their mouth out with soap? Are you sick of people living like animals outside the bounds of marriage, and acting like they are doing nothing wrong? Are you sick of immoral and unethical business practices being excused or even condoned because of the profit such practices generate? Then you might be a prude!

If you are a prude, then thank the Lord. Being a prude is a very good thing. If you love the things of God, and seek to do His will above all else, then you very likely are a prude who engages in prudent behavior! Yipeen and good for you! gives this as the history of the word prude.
Word History: Being called a prude is rarely considered a compliment, but if we dig into the history of the word prude, we find that it has a noble past. The change for the worse took place in French. French prude first had a good sense, "wise woman," but apparently a woman could be too wise or, in the eyes of some, too observant of decorum and propriety. Thus prude took on the sense in French that was brought into English along with the word, first recorded in 1704. The French word prude was a shortened form of prude femme (earlier in Old French prode femme), a word modeled on earlier preudomme, "a man of experience and integrity." The second part of this word is, of course, homme, "man." Old French prod, meaning "wise, prudent," is from Vulgar Latin prōdis with the same sense. Prōdis in turn comes from Late Latin prōde, "advantageous," derived from the verb prōdesse, "to be good." Despite this history filled with usefulness, profit, wisdom, and integrity, prude has become a term of reproach.

In short, the word 'prude' is from ‘prudent’. The world prudent can be used like this.
It is prudent to study before a test.
It is prudent to spend cautiously.
It is prudent to eat a balanced diet and exercise.
It is prudent to invest wisely.
It is prudent to watch what you say because someone might be listening!

The word gains a negative meaning when you say something like:
It is not prudent to have babies before you get married. Never mind the problems with raising children that single parents have. Never mind the economic hardships that one parent usually causes a family. You cannot call this imprudent or you might hurt someone’s feelings.
It is not prudent to avoid religious training for children because this will make it much harder for them to come to an understanding of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
It is not prudent to accept immoral behavior as ok just because ‘that is the way the world is now’, or some other equally ridiculous reason.

Currently the Vice President of the United States has demonstrated his gutter mouth by using the f-word in public.
People are defending him, saying that it was just an adult word in an adult situation. Then they use the overworked phrase, ‘we have more important things to worry about’.
No we don’t. There is a huge difference between ‘adult language’ and ‘gutter language’.
The f-word is so overused that a true moron could use the word in its proper context. Yet, the VP of the USA can come up with nothing better to say than that?

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

A filthy mouth is a clue that the speaker has a filthy heart.
Immoral behavior gives us a clue that immorality is ruling the heart.

Business practices that put prophet above righteous behavior give us a clue that the business owner(s) love money more than they love God. They have gone after the error of Balaam, who encouraged the people in sin in order to gain money.

My mother in law says, ‘what’s in the well comes up in the bucket.’
What is in your heart is reflected in
what you say,
what you do in any situation,
how you treat others,
how accepting you are of immoral behavior – no matter how socially acceptable,
and everything that you do or say.

Prudish behavior is not the judgmental garbage that is portrayed in the media. To be a prude, or to be prudent, is to act wisely in all situations. That begins with being faithful to do the things Christ says to do; and, THAT begins with a cleaning the garbage out of your heart.

The prude and the vile person cannot coincide peacefully in a heart that is clean.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jesus is More than a Baby - He is God

More Than a Baby – God With Us!

Christmas is just page one of the Resurrection Story!  We should be so thankful that Jesus came at all, but especially in such a humble way that can relate to all people.  But that is just page one of the story.  And, unfortunately many people get hung up on reading page one and never go on to read the rest of the story!  The story of Jesus has a humble beginning, a growing up period , His work, His public and cruel death on the cross, AND THEN…… (trumpet sound)  His RESURRECTION!  THAT is the real story.  Don’t miss the real story by staying focused on a baby who, like any other baby, was only a baby a very short time.  He was already a ‘young child’ by the time the three kings got there! (Mathew 2:9 – regarding the wise men going to see the King – ‘When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.)

A Christmas song that could be sung every Worship service from Thanksgiving to Easter is ‘We Three Kings’.  This song gives a condensed version of the full story. 

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Born a king on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Frankincense to offer have I.
Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Myrrh is mine: it's bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Sounds through the earth and skies.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light

Monday, December 15, 2014

I Don't Know What to Do - But I Do Know God Doesn't Change

In Times of Turmoil the Christian Knows.....

We are living in religious, social, political, and probably personal turmoil.   Fortunately, Isaiah 26:3 gives us these comforting words; ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Here are some things that the Christian whose ‘mind is fixed’, who ‘stays the course’, or ‘who perseveres’  in  keeping their thoughts stayed on the Lord knows:
I know my redeemer liveth.  Job 19:25  

What would be the point of trusting in the ideology of a dead philosopher?  The Redeemer of the Christian lives eternally.  He has power of death for Himself and for those who believe in Him.
I know Jesus is the Christ.  John 4:42   

Christians need look no further for their salvation.
I know all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

How hard it is to see this with our eyes when facing turmoil.  Matthew Henry explains it this way. 
That is good for the saints which does their souls good. Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven.’ 

The good may not be that the event itself works out for good, although it often does.  There will always be good in events that draw us closer to the God of our Salvation.
I know that if our earthly house is dissolved, we have an eternal home with God.  

2 Corinthians 5:1
Based on God’s abilities, we have a secure future in heaven.  We will have health for eternity.  We can lay up treasures now for that bright future.

 I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  2 Timothy 1:12b
God Almighty who created all things is able to keep and sustain all things. 

 I know believers are sons of God.  When He appears we shall be like Him.  1 John 3:2
Christians have been adopted by the King of all kings. 

 We have passed from death to life because we love the brethren.  1 John 3:14   God gives His children love for the brethren.  Like God’s love, it is unconditional.  (This does not mean we approve of or accept immoral behavior.  It means we love the brethren regardless.  Of course, how much easier it is to love those who are of like mind and are in fellowship with God.)
In facing the turmoil or storms of life, first consider the things that you do know regarding the character of God and His care for His children.  Then obey Philippians 4:8 which says, ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This will help you to keep your thoughts and actions in harmony with each other. 

This will help you have perfect peace in your own heart.
Your life may encourage non-believers to reflect on how it is that you have peace in the turmoil of our times.