A Plea for Our Boys

Drink deeply and consider the precious ones given us by God. We are responsible!

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A Plea for Our Boys

Amaris is taking World History this year, and showed me a quote in her history book which I kept thinking about as I was studying mercy for the previous post. Seneca was a Roman soldier, but even he was appalled at the depths his country had sunk to – to be entertained by killing.

“I chanced to stop in a midday show [of gladiators], expecting fun, wit, and some relaxation, when men’s eyes take respite from the slaughter of their fellow men. It was just the reverse. The preceding combats were merciful by comparison; now all the trifling is put aside and it is pure murder…” (Quoted in F.F. Bruce,
New Testament History, p.42) 

He goes on to describe the spectators’ enthusiasm for the sport, and demand for continuous action.

This bothered me. We attribute the fall of Rome to the immorality of their society, and point at their…

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Studying to Learn – Suggestion #4

Why are these study methods not generally taught? Everyone has a right to know how to search the scriptures to use them.

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Studying to Learn - 4

I’ve saved the best for the last. Several years ago, one sweet lady from another congregation shared with our family a lesson she had done on obedience. Beginning in Genesis, she’d read through the entire Bible, noting Scriptures that mentioned obedience or anything to do with it. She had very few comments typed out at all – just Scriptures. But the Scriptures speak for themselves so clearly!

1 Corinthians 2:11-16

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Who knows what God means by a verse better than God Himself? Who can explain what He means better than He can?

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely…

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An Empty Mansion

These lessons about our song writers are well researched. I hope you will be inspired to study more about the hymns we sing.




“In my Father’s house are many mansions….I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2)

INTRO.: A gospel song which centers upon the many mansions that Jesus is preparing in the Father’s house is “An Empty Mansion” (#198 in Hymns for Worship Revised, #392 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Beuna Ora Bryant (Mrs. J. B.) Karnes, who was born on Feb. 8, 1889, in Comanche County, TX, and in 1911, at the age of 22, met and married Jess O’Brian Karnes, who had also been born in 1889. A series of events led up to the production of this song. In 1928, Jess, who was a successful builder in Abilene, TX, lost his lumber yard to a disastrous fire and had no insurance to cover the loss. A few months afterwards, the Great Depression began and their life’s…

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Studying to Learn – Suggestion #3

More encouragement and help…

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Daddy’s word study method was how I studied for a  very long time, and is still how I study a topic when I need to learn about it in a hurry. Bible software and “cut and paste” make it a pretty quick way to find many verses about a particular subject. However, there are lots of verses that have to do with certain topics, which don’t use that particular word in the passage – humility, for example. Not every passage which shows humility uses the word “humility” directly. That’s one of the things that encourages me about most of Granddad’s lessons; he brings in so much understanding from verses which you would not be able to find just by doing a word study.

I’m sure Granddad’s ability to “compare spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:30) comes from many years of intense study and teaching. However, I discovered in the…

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Studying to Learn – Suggestion #2

Choosing comes early in life. Once the choice is made the person can move on from there to be who/what they know to be.

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When I was younger, Daddy taught a class for the young teens at Church on how to study, which probably benefited me more than any other class I’ve ever had. It was the thing that got me seriously studying on my own, and moved me past the “read-a-chapter-a-day” goal. His method really isn’t rocket science, but it broke Bible study into steps that gave us a place to start, and when he stood beside us and made us do it ourselves, we realized we could. It was encouraging.

  • First, he made us choose a topic such as “discipleship” or “mercy.”
  • Then, he showed us how to use a concordance to make a list of all the references where the word “disciple” or “mercy” is found.
  • Once we had the list of references, we looked up each one, and wrote down a simple summary beside the reference.
  • Then, Daddy helped us…

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