Dust To Dust… Part II of II

What is the dust of the earth (or dirt) anyway? There is a whole scientific process that explains what it is and where it comes from which I don’t have the time or the intelligence to explore. But among the mishmash of dead leaves, dead roots, and dead bugs, it is mostly made up of particles of what was once a larger stone.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/irochka

And it serves as a fitting reminder of the consistency of who and what we are apart from the grace and mercy of God. “He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psa. 103:14). God knows that like the dust of the earth which was once part of a stone, we have the tendency to develop hearts of stone, and worse, we also have the tendency to throw stones!

Take, for example, the woman who was brought to Jesus by a group of Scribes and Pharisees who said that she was caught in the very act of adultery (John 8:1-12). Consider the fact that the accusation which was leveled against her must have been completely true, because not once did the woman deny it. I can imagine that they dragged her in and threw her to the ground near Jesus’ feet…

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Dust To Dust… Part I of II

Earth to Earth… ashes to ashes… dust to dust… Whether it was a life fully and beautifully lived or one lived in emptiness and shame, it is the common epilogue to every human story.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/madllen

Yet, this is not a message about death, but about life and one of the most important principles of living it. We must remember that to the God who first formed Adam from the dust of the earth, we are all just dust apart from God and His righteousness. When we remember this fact, it makes us less prone to condemn others. Yes, this is a word about how we judge, accuse, hold grudges against, refuse to forgive, how we hate, or despise one another. Truly, it breaks the heart of Jesus who sees all of our faults, covers and forgives them, yet has to watch us treat others like we never had faults of our own.

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Marinating A Beef

Beef… the great american staple that tastes so good grilled especially this time of year! That is the primary noun form of that lovely four-letter word. But a verb form of the word is to complain (e.g., “He is always beefing about something.”). It is the fuel that usually lights fires of anger within.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/Valentyn_Volkov

And we’ve all heard the phrase—“Be angry and sin not” (Eph. 4:26). For the most part, we all know what it means–Don’t do or say bad things when you are upset, right?

Yet there is another more subtle aspect of this biblical principle that often gets overlooked. And when it is not addressed, it can even do more damage than yelling or saying something regrettable.

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The Cure Or The CurSe?

One of the great lessons life teaches about Satan’s devices is that there are two types of problem solvers: There are those who seek to improve the quality of life for all people and for themselves, and there are those who only seek to improve their quality of life even at the expense of others. The former are to be commended for their earnest efforts, the latter should and will sooner or later be condemned for theirs.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/yanlev

Albert Einstein said, “A clever person solves a problem, a wise person avoids it.” And it is right within that narrow fissure between clever and wise that the serpent has slithered and bedded down.

The Bible even tells us that serpents are both clever and wise. For example, in Genesis 3:1 it says, “the serpent was more clever than any beast of the field,” while in Matthew 10:16 the saints are told to “be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves”. So whatever you do, don’t miss this…

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When GOD Says… “But You Don’t Hear ME Though!”

A common reason why far too many people see the Bible as an archaic and outdated book is because all they’ve really done is looked at it. The world has no shortage of people who have read and even studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation who yet are as Bible-illiterate as if they have never heard the word of God.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/atholpady

And it is a shame that people miss out on its inexhaustible treasures because they assume that they know enough about it. It is sad that they see the Bible as something that is merely to be read rather than experienced.

So for those of you out there who want to remain true to the Lord Jesus Christ in a world that is rapidly growing in its intolerance for the Bible, here are five things to remind yourself of concerning why people don’t recognize and revere the Bible as the word of God:

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Adding “In-Salt” To Injury

Do you have a friend or maybe even a spouse or other relative like Job had? I am not talking about his children who were killed by the onslaughts of Satan, nor am I talking about his good friend Elihu. I am referring to the three other friends who proceeded to further demoralize a suffering Job with their continual accusations.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/comzeal

I am alluding to a wife who even tried to get him to cast aside his own integrity by cursing the God who blessed them and just die. Sounds to me like she just didn’t want to be bothered with Job anymore…

I would have to say that if it were not for God’s word that reminded me that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, I would probably have cast a lot of people in my life aside and wished they’d died. Can you relate? Yet, realizing that God has been so merciful to me, I find it extremely hard to hold other people’s faults against them; I hope you can also relate to this.

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Honestly…

There is a very popular song by Sara Bareilles called “Brave”. You can hear it in the latest series of Windows notebook commercials—for example, the one where Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson is sitting in a Barber’s chair talking about his new Surface notebook.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/olly18

Bareilles co-wrote the song with Jack Antonoff as a [quote] “civil rights anthem in a time when there are no civil rights anthems” [April 26, U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved May 2, 2014]. It was written as a result of a friend’s struggle with coming out as a homosexual.

And while this is not a post about the homosexual agenda—which I, by the way, find no biblical support for and therefore do not support—it is to address something which sadly is becoming more prevalent among Christians today. It is the issue of saying whatever is on your mind for the wrong reasons.

First, let’s look at some of the lyrics…

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