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To Fear God??

To Fear God??
About forty years ago I once heard an Irish -American pastor, Alan Meenan, say this: “Modern-day Americans are afraid of many things… but not of God. By contrast, our Puritan ancestors of the 17th century were not afraid of most things, but they were afraid of God.” I have never forgotten these words. Recently my wife and I were reading in Proverbs, a book of wisdom written by Solomon. Right at the beginning, Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” So in its very first chapter, the wisdom book of Proverbs says that true wisdom begins with the fear of God! Many modern people do not like this verse, and there are at least two reasons:
First, many modern people totally reject a God who is to be feared. Somehow they fear the effects of the force of gravity if they were to step off a cliff into a chasm, but they do not fear opposing or ignoring the God who created the universe. Secondly (and on the surface m…

Confusion About Deep Truths of God's Word

As I wrote this a week or so ago, I was hospitalized for observation after receiving an experimental and investigational anti-cancer therapy. They have good food at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital, and you can order off of a gourmet menu.

Before I get to the specifics of the menu there is something else I want to mention in order to lay some ground work for my subject. Like many of my readers I have had the privilege of traveling and even living in other countries where I did not know the language. Like some of you I have held a dictionary in one hand and looked up words and tried, with difficulty, to figure out menus or directions or tourist information. Sometimes when you look up a phrase word by word in the dictionary, it just does not make much sense.

Many of the patients at M.D. Anderson come from all over the world, and some of them speak very little English . I was thinking of them the other day when I was reading the MD Anderson menu. It was describing a particular hotdog and this…

Learning From Animals

Learning From Animals
My cousin Nancy is a dog lover. She takes in strays and is connected with a rescue center. You don’t want to know how many dogs she has in her house at any givenmoment. Today I was reading something written by CS Lewis which made me think of her. He is talking about how God became man in Jesus.
“Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved's face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.”C.S. Le…