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God's Plumb Line: Will I Be Faithful To God's Word?

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“Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, 'Amos, what do you see?' And I said, 'A plumb line.' Then the Lord said, Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam" (Amos 7:7-9) Ancient Israel (Samaria) and their kings did not keep God’s word (Joshua 24:4).

"Stay Hungry -- Stay Humble -- Stay Prayerful"

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As I read these two articles here and here, illustrating the ups and downs of the rich and famous, I immediately thought of the wise words of request from the Hebrew sage, Agur in Proverbs 30:7-9 NLT: "O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name."

The Temporary Aspects Of Pleasure

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As long as we live on this temporary globe called earth, pleasure (in whatever form) will always be temporary (Ecclesiastes 2 NET).  Not only pleasure, but life itself is a "fleeting" commodity here on earth (Ecclesiastes 3:19; 5:20; 6:12; 7:15; 9:9; 11:10).

"Search The Scriptures Daily"

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Sad to say, but there is another prediction of the world ending on September 23 by so-called "Christian" numerologist David Meade (see here). Mr. Meade takes Luke 21:25-26 completely out of context, thus making it a pretext for a proof text.

Spending Ourselves Into Oblivion Does Not End Well

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With over 20 Trillion dollars in US National Debt (see US Debt Clock), and knowing that we are looking at a very economically depressing future (see American Thinker article), what can we do to stem the tide of spending ourselves into oblivion?

17 Action Steps To Take During Tough Times

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Award winning author, Frank Sonnenberg (his online blog), has recently written this above titled article, listing the following 17 action steps to take during tough and hard times (I have added related articles and scriptures):

What Is The "Shape Of Our Heart"?

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In listening to English singer, song writer Sting, and his thought-provoking song, "Shape Of My Heart"...... my mind focused on a key word in the lyrics to the song --- that word being "mask" (here are several interpretations of the lyrics).

Take Thought!

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Jesus often spoke in parables (Psalm 78:2) (earthly stories with a heavenly or spiritual meaning). They are found in the treasure chest we call the Gospels. His goal in these parables was to cause us to think upon our own lives. Even though some of us may live to be one hundred years old, what is that compared to eternity? Yet young and old live their lives with no thought of their eternal destiny – either Heaven or Hell.

Born Out Of Wedlock And Homeless --- Why?

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After looking at this Inside Edition article (along with video), regarding the late comedian, Jerry Lewis' illegitimate homeless daughter, this writer thought, "How in the world could a man who emceed the yearly MDA Labor Day Telethon for over 40 years (see here), with an estate worth an estimated $50 million, not have any regard or a show of compassion for his born out of wedlock daughter, Susan, who today lives on the streets?"

"It's All For The Children"

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For the past 27 years that this writer has lived in El Paso, school bond issues by local school districts, have been passed time and time again under the guise of "it's all for the children." Now folks, if you really believe that, I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona that I'll sell you extremely cheap (tongue-in-cheek).

Taking The Path Of Least Resistance Does Not Turn Out Well

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Looking at the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30 NLT), we can fully understand what the above title is talking about, when we look at the one talent man. In looking at the one talent man, this writer would like to make the following four observations:

Christians Must Avoid The "No Care Zone"

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In past years, we've experienced "The Twilight Zone" and the "No Spin Zone." But in today's society, we are now experiencing the "No Care Zone." This zone is made up of people who no longer care about other people; who no longer care about themselves (sloppily dressed); who no longer care about morality; who no longer care about taking care of the infrastructure of our cities (trash everywhere); and the list goes on and on.

Plagiarism -- A Sign Of Moral Corruption

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As indicated in thisAmerican Thinker article by author Thomas Lifson, plagiarism (stealing the written words of others) is still alive and well (see article). Through the years, we have seen through their words and actions, that both Bill and Hillary Clinton represent the epitome of moral corruption (and yet, they have not been incarcerated for any crime - amazing, isn't it?).

Parental Teaching Of Modesty And Decorum

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After discussing biblical solutions to the world's problems this morning with my Christian friends at our favorite morning restaurant, this writer made two observations: (1) that mankind is similar to a bull in a china closet -- destroying everything in its path, without considering the consequences of its bullheaded mindset.

"Hell Has No Fury Like A Woman Scorned"

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The above idiom refers to the idea that there is no worse anger than that of a jilted woman (see origin). Also, see here and here. This writer disagrees with this idiom, simply because I've experience two women's anger in my lifetime who were not jilted, but who were just as mad at the world and as a result, took their anger out on me. Back in the early 1980's, I was taking my tattered Bible to have it rebound at a binding company in Lubbock, Texas.

Bars And Restaurants Full, Churches Empty

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During the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the bars and restaurants will be full, but the churches will be empty (figuratively speaking). Why is this so? Simply because the fleshly influence of the world (1 John 2:15-17) will hold greater sway than the spiritual influence exerted by God through His word, the Bible (Matthew 11:28-29; cf. Psalm 38:1-4).