Beware of Gossip

636699511480249780-636615629448888954-GettyImages-690656936I heard a message the other day, preached by my mentor, Vasile Filat. It really touched my heart and I decided to translate it here in written form. The word that is translated into English as gossip, in the New Testament, is the Greek word “psithurismos“. It is derived from the verb “to whisper“. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word is “ragan“. In some English translations, it is translated as “whisperer“. It’s roots go back to the grumbling and murmuring that the children of Israel did when they were wandering in the wilderness. It means to talk bad about someone, especially when they are not there to defend themselves or the accusations that you make. It causes another person to form a negative opinion about the person you talk about. This is something that is appealing to our sin nature. Little children do this without being taught what it is or how to do it. It’s in us from birth. Continue reading

Strange women and Dumb men

I am preparing to teach a lesson this week on the dangers of sexual sin. As I was preparing, I was amazed to see how relevant this message is for the 21st Century even though it was originally written almost 3,000 years ago. Our culture is full of naive men and strange women (strange to the ways of God). Let’s take a look at this lesson and see how it compares to our modern society.

There are a couple of passages that I want us to read before we begin to discuss what we learn.

In order to understand this passage, I would like to break it up into 4 parts, 1) the commands 2) the adulteress 3) the results 4) God’s solution Continue reading

Let us learn “Common Sense” V

light_darkIn this article I would like to continue our look at common sense and specifically how it is manifested in people’s lives, either its presence or its absence. In the wise man Solomon’s tenth proverb we see the comparison/contrast method used in order to teach us the complete differences in those who do have common sense and those who do not have it. Solomon compares and contrasts the two by calling the one who has common sense a wise person while the one who lacks common sense is mentioned as a fool. I like how specific and concrete the Word of God is. God uses contrasts such as Continue reading

Let us learn “Common Sense” IV

taking-notes-in-classLet us look at the second proverb of the wise man Solomon, and see what we can learn about those who have common sense and those who do not have it. As we learn about common sense, maybe you will see some things, some areas of your life where you are lacking common sense or at least you need to make an improvement, then I would advise you to apply what you are learning as soon as you learn it and you will immediately begin to reap the rewards. This article will teach us about common sense in relationships with others, especially our teachers, which will give us great benefits and keep us safe on a day to day basis. Solomon goes on to say this,

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Let us learn “Common Sense” III

grad2As we continue our lessons on common sense, this time I would like to focus on a lack of common sense, what it looks like, how it is manifested, and what are the results of not having common sense. Of course, as always with the Word of God, there is hope for those who lack common sense or for those who are seeking to gain common sense. As I have said before, people know that problems exist and how to point them out but usually the solution in not given. It is great that Continue reading