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December 3, 2015

This post is the one hundred fiftieth that I have produced. I have also included guest articles from time to time. In February  we will be beginning the third year of publication.  Some months ago I had  some health difficulties (and still have) and suspended my writing of this blog. My wife heartily kept insisting that I resume this endeavor, and at first I was reluctant. As I began to feel better, and with further encouragement from my wife, I did return to the computer and resumed  writing. It has been a blessing and the center of my daily work and contemplation. To some, writing such  articles might be tiresome, but I love this little undertaking each week. I have decided to continue this task.

Generally, I still see this endeavor as I envisioned it some years ago, however, some of my efforts have broadened my outlook. It is natural for one’s experiences to produce changes. I hope that changes I have made have produced fruit in the hearts of the readers all the while growing the kingdom. It was to be expected that the scriptures would yield stronger faith in Christians and strengthen their energy to serve the Lord. May it be so!

So let me state my working principles again.

Proper aims are necessary in all lifetime  efforts. My first aim is to preach the Bible and glorify God. That must be accomplished by teaching God’s word and applying his wonderful wisdom to the needs of men. Then I want to promote faith and good works in saints. God’s word will provide for equipping his servants. And I also seek to sharpen our sights on our heavenly home. One thing more: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” Matthew 6:33a

Truth is a must. Pontius Pilate demonstrated his skepticism when he said to Jesus, “What is truth?” John 18:38 Jesus had already answered this question. “Sanctify them in the truth; YOUR WORD IS TRUTH” John 17:17 The writer of Proverbs puts his finger right on the spot when he wrote“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23

Exhortation is needed by all Christians. Thus even short articles should contain some hortatory advice. As the old saying goes, “Into every life, a little rain must fall!”  Yes, we all need a boost every once in a while. We cannot bear our burdens only on our own shoulders.  “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” Hebrews 10:25 There are many instances of exhortation in the New Testament to meet our needs. ” Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11

Finally, every lesson should possess some practicality.  The Bible is not just about “pie in the sky”.  Nor is God’s word about “feel good religion”. God has always known that sin, trouble, and problems were huge elements of man’s life on  earth. His Son came to help men with their toils and burdens. Foretelling Jesus’ experiences in this world, Isaiah said he would be, “…a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…” Isaiah 53:3b From Genesis through Revelation the Bible is full of laws and guidelines. You can’t miss them! They were put there to help us through this world and prepare us for the next world. But you must read the Bible and mine its contents for your own needs. I suggest that you might begin by reading the extremely practical book of Proverbs. But there are examples and guidelines in all  sixty-six books of the Bible. Good hunting!

Randy Mashburn






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