Friday, September 06, 2013

The Slacker

Proverbs 18:9

Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.

The slacker destroys productivity. Products, service, goals are sacrificed. He destroys morale, as others are influenced to have the same attitude or frustrated so that they become less productive. He destroys teamwork, as others become not only angry with him but with supervisors for not managing him well. He destroys his own future, his laziness becoming the obstacle that he cannot get around.
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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Jim Baggs' Mother

Jim Bagg’s mother passed away early this morning in her home in Maine. She had been in poor health due to diabetes, heart problems and the effects of a stroke over a year ago. They rejoice that his mother was a believer.

TCF Prayer Request

Please pray for Christian faculty, staff, and administration of all the universities as they begin a busy semester and as they interact with students. Pray for the dinner for this group on Friday that they would be encouraged and challenged as witnesses for the gospel on campuses. Pray also for students starting classes and finalizing their schedules in the next week or so.

Whispering Morsels

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Such is the danger of the whispering tongue. We are enticed by it. We like hearing secrets "confided" in us. We like being in the know, of being brought into the inner circle. But those words go into our "inner parts." We mull over them, and they begin to seep into our unconscious and eventually conscious thoughts. We become distrustful of the people we have heard about; we worry over the inside information we've been given. Others' reputations are tarnished in our minds. Complainers whisper their complaints, and before we know what is happening, we become complainers.
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Sunday Services 9/8/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “The Gospel According to Isaiah: Covenant Breakers” (Isaiah 1:31). Hymns: Holy, Holy, Holy!; Rejoice, the Lord Is King; My Hope Is in the Lord
Parish 1 may worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Todd Thomas, baritone
(6:30): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “That You May Believe… We have Seen His Glory” (John 1:1–18). Hymns: Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious; Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim; Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Snare to One's Soul

Proverbs 18:7

A fool's mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.

By his mouth the fool shows lack of wisdom and thus loses the respect of others. He irritates others with his thoughtless remarks; he offends; he makes himself a bore; he betrays confidences; twists the words of others; shows arrogance; stirs up trouble. And all the while is troubled that he does not get a fair hearing!
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Fighting Words

Proverbs 18:6

A fool's lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites a beating.

What a funny proverb and so true! The fool will even be warned: "You're asking for it. You'd better stop talking." But he won't stop. He must rant and rave; he keeps provoking, keeps sounding off until the listener either literally or figuratively gives him his beating.
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Monday, September 02, 2013

King Thomsen

Check out this great article on Tenth member David Thomsen, described as a king of Wikipedia editors.


Proverbs 18:5

It is not good to be partial to the wicked
or to deprive the righteous of justice.

Surely we all agree with this proverb, but then, how might we be guilty of such injustice? By placing ourselves before God and others. We will ignore political policies that hurt others but either help us or at least do not harm us. We will avert our eyes when confronted by injustice if what is required of us is sacrifice or inconvenience. When our world is just that - "our" world - then right and wrong get redefined to what makes us feel comfortable or uncomfortable. We are partial to the wicked when we ignore their wickedness. We deprive the righteous of justice when we fail to strive for justice.
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