I like it that the KJV team had a king and a guillotine telling them their deadline. As much bias as there is in human nature, they didn't have the luxury of time to go too far off into subjective tangents, like the NIV and other translations.
"SELF" is a four-letter word that starts with "S". Nuff said.
I'm just an old geezer with high standards for everyone else.
The devil stokes bitterness with facts.
Interesting thing about trials: You never go back, you're never the same, and life will never be the same.
One of the most devastating side-effects of the heresy of evolution is the tendency for humanity to also think in terms of spiritual evolution. It's ridiculous enough that so many think mankind came from amoeba-like lifeforms, evolving to small creature lifeforms, to bigger creatures, to ape-like creatures, and so forth, to man. Worse, is that they think their spiritual being will continually evolve in enlightenment and power by its own innate developing abilities, and that, in fact, it is sufficient enough that they don't need any help from any Supreme Being, thank you. Indeed, this is a strong delusion.
There really is no such thing as "practice" in God's kingdom. What we call practice is an exercise of faith through a real situation that God allows. You never "practice" refining precious metals. You never "practice" growing. Even the idea of "practicing" faith signifies that you "live" faith, that you exercise faith in real time.
Except for Joseph telling his descendants to take his bones with them when they left Egypt, all of the "heroes of faith" in Hebrews 11, by faith went into action rather than said something.
No matter how hurt you have been, how lonely you are or how angry you get, there is never a reason to do the wrong thing or forsake consecration. Being good is not a substitute for being consecrated. Never having backslid or failed God miserably is no justification for anything less than total consecration. The rich young ruler who approached Jesus, and who had an impeccable and unblemished record of upright behavior, could not levy any of that against his unwillingness to completely sell out to God and to separation from materialism.
I plan never to retire ... only to transition.
Before using the "iron sharpens iron" principle on a friend, make sure they're not jelly and offend easily. If they bond to peanut butter, they're not iron. If they bond to clay, they're not iron. Sadly, the easily offended quit before they break into an awesome camaraderie with a friend. Go ye, and learn what this meaneth.
Woe of the fat man: When the gluttonous spirit hath gone out of a man, it walketh through dry buffets, seeking Krispy Kremes. Finding none, it saith, "I will return to my discouraged, ungry* stomach from whence I came out." And when he returneth, he findeth it colon-cleansed and garnished with leaf vegetables and edamame. Then he goeth and brings seven other piglets fatter than himself, and they enter in and enlarge there: and the last weight of that man is worse than the first. - Luke 11:24-26 DSV (Dietary Standard Version - or - David Sacker Version - you choose)
I have a theological issue with Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham: Because thou art green, and neither fried nor scrambled, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
If the most intelligent man in the world misses heaven, how stupid was that!?!
* In umble honor.