It matters not a bit to what organization one belongs—office, team, or church—rumors and gossip always fly. Intentional or not, rumors produce results.
Sometimes we hear some juicy tidbit, and we have to pass it on! But what if it is not true? Consider these effects of gossip.
The Loch Ness monster can represent any knowledge: In the uncertainty, what is adamantly held by some to be true may be rejected by others as preposterous.
The apostle James says that the tongue can metaphorically start a dangerous fire. He warns that gossip, tale-bearing and being a busy-body is like murder.
The Bible lists busybodies with murderers and robbers. We must learn to operate in our appointed spheres of responsibility and not take the job of another.
The church has lost faith in God to work through His ministry. We must develop a balanced insight into the function of the helpers of our joy.
Charles Whitaker, reflecting on (conflicting tales of) the 'worthless' aspects of the hedge apple, whose ecological niche seems to be that of providing a home for recluse spiders, suggests that we need to learn to make decisions, distinguishing worthless information from useful information. In the course of our spiritual lives, …
Greed has caused panic buying and selling of pharmaceutical stocks and has spawned a booming vaccine industry coupled with shameless scientific fraud.
It is easy to fall into the traps of judgmentalism, gossip, and unforgiveness. We must overcome our natural reactions and use forbearance in our relationships.
David Maas cautions that as we approach the confusing, chaotic, and deceptive times in the near future, promised by our Elder in the Olivet Prophecy, we must learn to develop the critical self-reflexive skills practiced by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:3 and Proverbs 4:23. We need to use Berean self- reflexiveness to become …
Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that one must be a member of a language community to know the contexts defining the meaning of a word. The Greek word logos has been negatively loaded with unbiblical meanings from Gnosticism, theology, and philosophy. Its basic meaning is "word" or "saying," yet it is really more …
Abraham was willing to lay down his life to rescue his nephew Lot. His sacrifice shows us what kind of effort and sacrifice is needed to wage spiritual war.
When it looks like things are out of control, God is busily at work behind the scenes. If we replace anxiety with faith, God will grant us divine peace.
John Ritenbaugh, asking how we verify information on the Internet, points out that 'reliable' sources such as factcheck.org and Snopes are not entirely reliable. Word- of- mouth has the lowest level of reliability. The next least reliable source is an 'eye witness' account. All sources of information are faulty. When information …
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the spurious story of Nero's fiddling while Rome burned, compares the attitudes of our own citizenry, watching March madness, while the economic future of this country goes up in flames. The leadership of the Democrat party is willing to sacrifice their futures for Marxist, progressive big …
Because God sees the content of our hearts, nothing escapes His attention. He mercifully judges over a lifetime of behaviors, not just isolated incidents.
Who is the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18? This article takes an in-depth look at this prophecy, showing that its greatest fulfillment is in our Savior, Jesus Christ.