It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – By Theodore Roosevelt

“Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;”
Psalm 146:3–6 (NASB95)

“There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness. There is a kind—oh how lofty are his eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance. There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.”
Proverbs 30:12–14 (NASB95)

…one must avoid the opposite mistake of saying that because God has communicated truly concerning science, all scientific study is wasted.  This is a false deduction.  To say that God communicates truly does not mean that God communicates exhaustively.

—Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Some Seeds Need Fire to Germinate

In nature, some seeds need fire in order to germinate.  The intense heat melts away their outer coating allowing the seeds to come out and take root.  My spiritual walk has often been much the same way.  Rather than hearing the things wiser men told me and applying them, my ears simply couldn’t hear for so very long.

But the Lord sought to finish the work He had begun in me (Philippians 1:6).  He is very patient and generous with me for sure.  Here is a story on the subject, to illuminate my meaning. Read more

Let your yes be yes, and your no, no

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
– Matthew 5:37

When Jesus spoke these words I believe He intended them to be in force for all time. When a man puts his name to the paper, saying that he will fulfill his end of a bargain to the best of his ability, that is binding. I believe it to be binding not only here on Earth, but should I willfully violate my word, then I will be held to account for my actions.

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