One author concludes, 'Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.' This describes our spiritual walk as well.
Tamerlane, the 14th century conqueror, learned a valuable lesson from the initiative of a tiny ant, motivating him to turn defeat into victory.
Without well-defined plans, projects become quickly derailed. Both time and energy are wasted in the absence of carefully established goals.
Terrorism is commonplace today, yet we may be causing just as much destruction spiritually as the average terrorist through negligence and passivity.
Bill Onisick, holding a cluster of grapes which had prematurely dried because of a fungus infection, laments that this blight could have been stopped by proactive maintenance rather than reactive maintenance. In Proverbs 24, we read an allegorical portrayal of a vineyard gone to ruin by neglect and laziness. Poverty and …
Martin Collins asks those who are about to retire if they are sweating retirement because they are fearful of living on a fixed income or being forced to work just to make ends meet. The concept of retirement is of rather recent origin, coming about in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. Although many developed countries or …
We tend to put matters behind us once we are finished with them, but we cannot afford to do this with the lessons we learn from the Days of Unleavened Bread.
The three principles for acquiring prosperity (diligently working, wisely managing what one has earned, and meticulously saving) all militate against laziness.
The Bible does not condone a government-supplied welfare system, insisting rather that people who refuse to work shall not eat (II Thessalonians 3:10-15).
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on an aged bearded Middle-eastern imam's sermon on the laziness of his people, comparing them to the western European countries and the Israelis, contrasts this appraisal with the American media's portrayal, depicting Israel as a war-torn savage country. Actually Israel is a world class scene, having …
The Parable of the Talents is often confused with the Parable of the Pounds. These parables illustrate Christian responsibilities from different angles.
God expects a return on the investment He has placed in us. Doing nothing with our abilities is a grievous abuse of this trust.
We have a responsibility to analyze our health needs, continually adjusting and changing as we learn, faithfully maintaining the temple of God's Spirit.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon escalating energy prices, urges caution and self-control in spending and taking on debt. If the supply of oil should be drastically cut, all vital services would shut down, and our quality of life would deteriorate. In 1971, the U.S. reached the state of "peak oil" (when supply could no …
It is beyond question that Christians should be compassionate toward the needy. We are to lend a hand to those who have stumbled. But how far does this go?
Both food and information are readily available in the West. What is our approach to them? Our attitude toward and application of them makes all the difference.
An irrational fear of loss prevents the development of agape love — we fear that keeping God's commandments will cause us to lose something valuable.
Solomon provides these comparisons to indicate the choices we should make to live better lives in alignment with God, even in an 'nder the sun' world.
Martin Collins, reflecting on the writing of II Peter, a document composed in prison during a time of intense persecution and a time of false teachings which condoned a virulent sexual permissiveness and moral relativity, asserts that this epistle was used to bolster those individuals with flagging faith. Through God's grace we …
The modern church stands in danger of allowing salvation to slip away. Hebrews gives warnings to help us turn our lives around so we do not fall short.
We must weed out detrimental habits that choke our lives. If we want to produce quality fruit, we must weed the garden!
John Ritenbaugh, citing an article by Judge Napolitano, warns us that under the Patriot Act, an FBI Agent can serve a hand written warrant and threaten imprisonment if one speaks out, plainly or truthfully, about a political issue, demonstrating the absolute "thug-ishness" of the Federal government. While working for …
The Parable of the Talents teaches the need for diligence in using the gifts of God. God expects us to use our talents to His glory and in the service of others.
Richard Ritenbaugh observes that the noble trait of self-sufficiency, or the "can do" mentality, long associated with the American spirit, has sadly been eclipsed by a disgusting, rapidly emerging, spoiled brat, whiney, "gimme" welfare mentality. In a recent survey conducted by a Valencia College professor, …
Mankind has been given dominion or responsibility for the care of animal life, preserving and embellishing their environment, as God would take care of them.
Some scriptures seem to say that all one needs to do is ask God in prayer for whatever the heart desires, and He will grant it like a genie rubbed from his lamp.
John Ritenbaugh, stating that Ecclesiastes 3 expresses awesome possibilities for the future, also points out that Ecclesiastes 4 reminds us that there are harsh realities for those living under the sun, making compromise with the world inviting. Many of God's servants, including Elijah and Jeremiah, had their crises of faith, …
Not all waiting is actually waiting on God. We might convince ourselves that we are waiting on God, when He is really waiting for us to move forward.
Most of us have been brave on occasion, but perhaps other times we have been timid. What can we do to avoid being a coward when it matters most?
John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the metaphorical aspects of work and walking, suggests that these activities play a major role in overcoming and sanctification. We must have a higher regard for Christian works than our everyday job, realizing that work is a wholesome activity toward the production of something. The first picture …