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    How to Establish the Truth

    HOW can we ESTABLISH the TRUTH? 

    God has not left us to guess whether certain things are right or wrong.

    Three connected parts are necessary to establish the truth.

    1. OBJECTIVE – separate from any personal feelings, situations, or opinions
                 (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalms 18:30-31)
    2. UNIVERSAL – applies to all people in all places
                 (Psalms 103:19, Psalms 97:5)
    3. CONSTANT - does not change with time…
                (Isaiah 40:28, Ecclesiastes 3:14)

    The Source of Truth can be found in only in God!

    John 14:6

    There are basic elements of truth that can always be counted on no matter what I feel, no matter where I am, and no matter what my age!

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    Put down your phone


    Interesting chapter titles says it all...  What do you think?

    1 We Are Addicted to Distraction  . . . . . . 41

    2 We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood . . . . . . 55

    3 We Crave Immediate Approval . . . . . . .65

    4 We Lose Our Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

    5 We Feed on the Produced . . . . . . . . . . 91

    6 We Become Like What We “Like” . . . . .109

    7 We Get Lonely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 119

    8 We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices . . .131

    9 We Lose Meaning . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .145

    10 We Fear Missing Out . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

    11 We Become Harsh to One Another  . . . .163

    12 We Lose Our Place in Time . . . . . . . . . .177

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    Lent - Mardi Gras Tuesday - Ash Wednesday - Self Denial - Fish - Easter - Gospel Story

    LENT(Old English for Spring) is a 40-day period (before Easter, excluding Sundays) of fasting and repentance culminating in the celebration of Holy Week. LENT began by early Christians in an effort to identify with biblical 40 day periods of trial and fasting(Genesis 7:12, Exodus 34:28, Numbers 13:25, Numbers 14:34, 1 Samuel 17:16, 1 Kings 19:8, Luke 4:2, Acts 1:3)leading up to Easter. The Lenten season beacons us to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the abundant grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ's saving work on the cross.

    MARDI GRAS Pre-Lenten celebrations (Carnival, Festival)culminate with FAT TUESDAY(Mardi Gras in French or Shrove Tuesday)the day before Ash Wednesday. Since Christians have often chosen or been taught to fast from all sweet food during Lent, including milk, eggs, and meat, the traditional dinner on this night is pancakes to use up their milk and eggs and syrup so there won't be any of the tempting stuff around during Lent. Many have mutated this season as an excuse for indulgence before the fast. It is often looked on as one last “binge” before having to give something up for 40 days. These celebrations foster the unscriptural notion that you can do whatever you want on Fat Tuesday, as long as you show up in church on Ash Wednesday.

    ASH WEDNESDAYbegins the Lenten season and is six and a half weeks before Easter every year. Ash Wednesday isthe tradition (not a requirement)of putting ashes on the forehead in the form of a cross as a sign of humility and recognition of our own sin (the ashes usually come from the dried and burned palms from Palm Sunday the year before). "From dust you came, and to dust you shall return. Turn from your sin and receive the good news." By reminding ourselves of our need and willfully submitting to Christ's authority, we prepare our heart to celebrate Easter with a renewed sense of joy and amazement!

    Many equate LENT with SELF DENIALand give up something enjoyable (like meat or chocolate or movies)for the 40 days as a way of focusing more intently on the meaning of the season. While there is certainly nothing wrong with preparing for Easter through some form of self-denial or intentional good works, it is important to realize that these will not win us God's favor, earn special blessing, or increase His love for us. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is! If you plan to give up something, please make sure to use the margin created to grow in love and appreciation with Christ. Remember the Lenten season is about preparing the heart; so, if you plan to give up something, then make plans to REPLACE it with something that would turn your heart more toward Christ! Maybe take the challenge to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), memorize certain scriptures, or read the Purpose Driven Life daily devotional book during Lent. (free YouVersion Bible App for reading plans & FighterVerse App for scripture memory)

    FISH Catholic traditions often practice various acts of penitence and spiritual self-discipline during Lent. One of those disciplines is a fast that requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent. The rule is based on the authority of the Church, not on the authority of Scripture. The stated reason for Catholics not being allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent is to remind the faithful that Jesus died on a Friday. Jesus gave up His body (His flesh), and Catholics, in an effort to attain greater communion with Christ, refrain from consuming flesh.

    EASTER  Christians celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Christ on the third day after His crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the events upon which Christianity is based(1 Corinthians 15:3-4,14). The four Gospels make it clear that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the Jewish Passover (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-15; John 18:28,39; 19:14). The four Gospels also make it clear that Jesus was raised from the dead three days later, on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Whether we call it “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday,” what is important is the reason for our celebration, which is that Christ is alive, making it possible for us to have eternal life (Romans 6:4)!

    GOSPEL STORY[BAD NEWS]Since SIN is any thought, attitude, word, or action that falls short of God’s perfect, holy standard and deserves punishment, we are separated from the Source of LIFE and we ALL desperately need RESCUED! [GOOD NEWS]Love motivated Jesus Christ to step out of heaven and sacrificially give His innocent life on a bloody cross for the just punishment of our sin and also conquer sin’s penalty (death) by victoriously rising from the grave! [Romans 10:9-10][Ephesians 2:8-9]To reject this Gospel story is to condemn your self to death. To receive this Gospel story for your own is embracing LIFE!

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    Love and Respect

    Ephesians 5:33
    Let each one of you LOVE his wife as himself,
    and let the wife see that she RESPECTS her husband.

    The Language of Love & Respect
    Cracking the Communication Code with Your Mate
    Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    MEN: How to Spell LOVE to Your Wife? COUPLE

    Closeness: She wants you to be close.

    Openness: She wants you to open up to her.

    Understanding: Don’t try to fix her; just listen.

    Peacemaking: She wants you to say, “I’m sorry.”

    Loyalty: She needs to know you’re committed.

    Esteem: She wants you to honor and cherish her.

    MEN:  You don’t motivate your wife to become more respectful by acting in unloving ways.  [Tony Evans] The less a woman feels appreciated, needed, and valued as an equal with you, the less responsive she will be following your functional lead as head in your house. 

    LADIES: How to Spell RESPECT to Your Husband? CHAIRS

    Conquest: Appreciate his desire to work and achieve.

    Hierarchy: Appreciate his desire to protect and provide.

    Authority: Appreciate his desire to serve and to lead.

    Insight: Appreciate his desire to analyze and counsel.

    Relationship: Appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder friendship.

    Sexuality: Appreciate his desire for sexual intimacy.

    LADIES: You don’t motivate your husband to become more loving by complaining and criticizing to get what you want.  The less a man feels respected, the less motivated he will be to want to treat you well, love you, and be good to you.

    [got ?'s quote] God’s commands for husbands and wives are not conditional. Submission is not contingent upon love, and love is not contingent upon respect. Taking the first step in obedience, regardless of the actions of the other, goes a long way to breaking down the conflict and establishing new patterns of behavior.

    LADIES: What would you think of a man that is consumed with CHRIST and empowered to LOVE you and your family with the self-sacrificial love of Christ?

    MEN:  What would you think of a lady that is consumed with CHRIST and honors your position as husband with endless respect?

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May Proverb a Day

Read the chapter of Proverbs for the current date and post your thoughts here.  Proverbs 1:2," The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings."  Proverbs 1:7, "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge."

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1 Joshua Abel - Sun, May 1, 2011 @ 10:39 PM

This is "cornerstone"!

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction."

- Proverbs 1:7

Must make sure that we keep God front and center in our lives. Let God be God.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer."

- Psalm 19:7-14
2 Pastor - Mon, May 2, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

Eugene Peterson nails it... Proverbs 2:1-8"Good friend, take to heart what I'm telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;set your heart on a life of Understanding. That's right — if you make Insight your priority,and won't take no for an answer, Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;you'll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
And here's why: God gives out Wisdom free,is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones."
3 melissa reynolds - Mon, May 2, 2011 @ 8:22 PM

proverbs 2
hmmm... our own personal bodyguard!!! who WOULDN'T want that???
4 Rebecca - Mon, May 2, 2011 @ 9:43 PM

" 3 Cry out for insight,
      and ask for understanding.
 4 Search for them as you would for silver;
      seek them like hidden treasures."

I know when I lose something, like my keys, I look long and hard for them. If I seek God's wisdom, the benefits are 1000 times better than of finding something silly I lost. And the crazy part is, I do not deserve all the blessings of seeking His wisdom. He will protect me, shield from evil, give me common sense ( yeeea! Haha) and His wisdom will fill me with joy. God is awesome!
5 Joshua Abel - Mon, May 2, 2011 @ 9:44 PM

"turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—" ..."then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God."

- Proverbs 2:2,5

1) Listen to God, receive what he says into your brain

2) Take what you've receive in your brain, let it seep into your heart so that you can apply what you understand.

3) And the very first thing you will be able to "understand" if you seek it with all your heart is "the fear of the Lord" and thus have access to the knowledge of God.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."

- Psalm 111:10
6 Pastor - Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 7:32 AM

Proverbs 3... God's Word and teaching is the key to keeping our heart right. (v1) This breeds TRUST... which has its rewards(vrs5-6). vrs 7, Do not be wise in your own eyes (God values our humility with our submission in trust.)

Tithe & Offering promise... vr 9-10

Using common sense honors God.

Live in no fear when your confidence is in God. vrs25-26

Looking for Divine Appointments today... vrs 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
7 melissa reynolds - Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 8:33 PM

proberbs 3

verse 11-12
YIPES - this hits home! Remembering that discipline from Him is not always a bad thing is probably one if the hardest things to do - He disciplines those He loves.... I AM LOVED! :)
8 Joshua Abel - Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 11:45 PM

"In all your ways acknowledge Him,..."

- Proverbs 3:6


"yada`" (Qal) - to know

KNOW HIM! In ALL your ways!
9 Pastor - Wed, May 4, 2011 @ 8:32 AM

Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do."

...stay far away from questionable talk and conversations.

...rememeber the goal of Loving God / Loving others (Great Command) that we may Go into all the world and make disciples (Great Commission). Weed out the things in life that "sidetrack" us. If we are focused on the God's mission, we will not be so easily distracted. The heart must be constantly cultivated.
10 melissa reynolds - Wed, May 4, 2011 @ 8:59 PM

Proverbs 4:7
"Though it cost ALL YOU HAVE, get understanding..."
my translation??? EMPTY ME..... FILL ME WITH YOU

Proverbs 4:23
"above ALL else, guard your heart"
hardest job - but so VErY important
11 Rebecca - Wed, May 4, 2011 @ 10:35 PM

"Keep your eyes straight ahead;
   ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
   and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
   leave evil in the dust."

These Verses at the end of prov 4 spoke to me today after my great fall;). In light of work issues right now, I will keep my eyes straight ahead and focus on Him, seeking Him more than answers on my work future, and my road will be smooth.
12 Joshua Abel - Wed, May 4, 2011 @ 10:36 PM

"Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. "Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. "The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding."

Proverbs 4:5-7

Get wisdom. God is our very wisdom and since He's seen a few more things, and knows just a wee bit more than all of us, it might benefit to seek Him above all else.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”?

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

He's been there...done that. We'd do good to cling to Him (i.e. Wisdom)
13 Pastor - Thu, May 5, 2011 @ 9:15 AM

Sin of adultery physically and emotionally is a death trap. It entices with excitement, satisfaction, and passion, but delivers bondage, guilt, destruction, loneliness, and emptiness. The enemy knows the devistating impact it can have on the family and future generation, so is actively exploiting us at our weak points.

This is not just a marriage issue, but also can be applied to a personal relationship with God. The enemy wants to lure us away from our first love. The enemy uses idols disquised in many forms to get us to compromise our focus and commitment with Christ. This adultry has the same impact.

"For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord and He examines his paths." - vr21

Spiritual disciplines help grow and protect against ineffectiveness with your relationship with Christ.

Intentional investments in your marriage also have big returns. Think back when you were dating and remind your spouse of what attracted you to them. Serve them today with no strings attached... just because you love them. It's a picture of God's grace and it can make all the difference.

Time for a date... I was looking for a reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
14 Joshua Abel - Thu, May 5, 2011 @ 9:53 PM

Proverbs 5

The grass is never greener on the other side of the fence...and even if you think it is (which it's not), it's gonna be nothing but trouble for you if you have to mow it. If another lawn even thinks about putting a blade across the fence line, get out the Round Up and spray like a madman...if that don't work...use gasoline.

Water, nourish and grow that which God has given you. Remember what it was first like when you laid eyes on that "Scotts weed and feed" grown lawn, and do what you need to do to keep it that way.
15 Pastor - Fri, May 6, 2011 @ 8:31 AM

Prov 6... There is much wisdom in humbly being at peace with God and men.

Use your best efforts and resources focusing on God and His mission, then you will less likely be distracted by wasting time with too many good things or the many traps of this world.
16 Pastor - Sat, May 7, 2011 @ 1:53 PM

Prov 7... again on adultry and its destructive effects. Since the message has been repeated over several chapters, it must be a message that we need to absorb and put up defenses against.

We are vulnerable to attack and need intentional roadblocks placed in advance. For those who are married, here are some practical suggestions...
*Spend time daily with God
*Make it a priority to connect daily with your spouse.
*The only person of the opposite sex that you need to spend time alone with in person or online should be your spouse.
*Be accountable to others
*Don't fan the flames of curiosity through your choices of tv, movies, music, reading, and online surfing. Use filters and ratings to make wise choices.
*Realize where and when you are most vulnerable... the enemy does.
*Make intentional investments in your marraige relationship.
*Realize that others are watching your interactions and choices... especially if you have kids.
*If you are at the point of giving up on the relationship, get professional Christian counseling.
*Serve and treat your spouse like you want to be treated.
17 Joshua Abel - Sun, May 8, 2011 @ 9:39 PM

Proverbs 8:12-13 = my wife

"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate."

I've heard my wife called a "prude" before. And every time I smile. Ignorant of the things of this world, and strong in the Lord. I'm Joshua Abel...just call me Mr. Prude.
18 Joshua Abel - Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 11:04 PM

"Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning."

- Proverbs 9:7-9

To me this describes a person's "heart condition".

1) Correct someone who is just mocking you, who is wicked and is not out for understanding, wisdom, or truth but simplistic "contention"...you will be mocked/abused in one form or fashion.

2) If you "rebuke" the mockers (i.e. stand strong against them) they will hate you and probably consider you to be "holier than thou" and "judgmental".

3) But...if you rebuke, correct, instruct, or teach the WISE...it only ADDS to their person because their heart is right.

"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

-Psalm 139:23-24
19 Joshua Abel - Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 10:10 PM

"Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich."

- Proverbs 10:4

Worldliness versus Godliness

The world wants us to be haphazard, self-centered, and indulgent...not counting the cost of our actions and behaviors (negligence).

Godliness required diligence. Too many times I think we try to take short cuts and bypass the will of God by doing things ourselves without seeking Him out first.

Diligence requires time, focus, patience, reliance on God, and mostly a consistent commitment to God's principles & precepts. We must stop looking for what is expedient and start doing what is expected.
20 Sevren - Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 4:24 PM

I think you can wright a whole book about pro 10. To me it gives repetative detail of the differance between an evil person and a Godly person. Warning to those who fallow evil. And good news to those who follow God. There were a few words of laziness in there, and not just of physical work but of spiritual work as well.

I once told group that I sometimes take a break on reading the bible; relating it to working out that if you dont give your muscles time to rest so they will grow. This was realy stupid. And i pray that God covered there ears before i said such rediculous things. ("Pro 19: When words are many, isn is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.") We cant take a break on God, cause God dont take a break on us. I say now that if you dont feel like doing the right thing. DO IT ANYWAY. Cause thats one of the ways the enemy gets you; one inch at a time. SO DONT FALL FOR IT.
21 Joshua Abel - Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 9:24 PM

"When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes"

- Proverbs 11:7

I think this is the difference between God's people and world's people. When the worldly man dies, with all his lusts, desires for money, popularity, fame, etc... All of that stuff dies with it. Not a good idea to live for the here and now. Live for eternity!

""Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

- Matthew 6:19-20
22 Sevren - Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 3:49 PM

Pro 11:25 Whoever gives to others will get richer; those who help others will themselves be helped.

This is why reading the bible is so important. It gives you step by step instructions on how to be a Godly person. And fills your heart with goodness and wisdom.

To me this scripture tells me how to apply goodness in physical action.

In with the mind, through the heart, and out with the hands.
23 Rebecca - Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 10:41 PM

25 Worry weighs a person down;
      an encouraging word cheers a person up. Prov 12

This is most definitely true. I like this verse and reminder.
24 Joshua Abel - Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 11:54 PM

"A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved."

- Proverbs 12:3

Be a living sacrifice daily(Romans 12:1), walk humbly beside your God (Micah 6:8), set the Lord before you as your first priority because He does not change and will not move! (Psalm 16:8)

"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations."

- Psalm 33:11

""Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. "For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8
25 Sevren - Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 1:11 PM

Proverbs 12 hit me pretty hard. Even took me down memory lane. 12:16 & 12:23 discribes me to the foolest in my time of darkness. At one point I used to annouce my sinfule ways as if it was common sosial intertainment. (im still drunk) And in Pro 12:15, that was me, constantly trying to justify my on action with excuses and false wisdome. Without out Christ is a life fool of lies. I remember my answer to someone whos partner was cheating was to cheat on them back. I would even take the lords name in vain by using his word "eye for an eye". The sad thing is, is that this is how the world is for a person with out God. Completly lost with no sence of direction. What I need to work on the most is in Pro 11:12 & 11:32. I want to tell people what Ive learned with Christ and help them with their spirit. But first I must learn how to be silent and then know when to talk.
26 Joshua Abel - Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

"Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God's commands and grow rich."

- Proverbs 13:13 (The Message)

To us Christians who know the Word, received the Word. We better not ignore it. I struggle with this sometimes.

Pray for me!
27 Joshua Abel - Sun, May 15, 2011 @ 8:39 PM

"He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly."

- Proverbs 14:29 (NASB)

"Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity."

- Proverbs 14:29 (The Message)

I've had to work on this quite a bit over the years. A lot of people choose to be quick in forming decision, opinions and even judgments. We look at outward appearances like upbringing, physical appearance, their "record of living"...just basically deciding on what limited information we have.

I've had to stop myself when getting into arguments with Rebecca. I tend to already "know what she gonna say" so I interrupt her, and say it for her. And of COURSE I say it better.

Doesn't really matter what particular person I'm referring to (stranger, friend, or even my wife), when I am quick to make a decision and already program my thoughts and actions in my head, I am "stockpiling stupidity".

With the stranger or friend I allow one assumption to take me down a path of assumptions that in know way seeks out "understanding". Just seeks judgment.

With Rebecca, my assumptions or quickness to anger slow down or even stop any understanding because I refuse to slow down, not get angry, and LISTEN. I am CAPTAIN PROBLEM SOLVER! Sometimes the first few things out of her mouth really aren't even the problem...so take the Lord's advice. Be slow to anger! Listen! Don't buy stock in stupidity.

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