Though at times onerous, work is a good thing. Proverbs 12:24 has "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor." In Proverbs 13:4 we find, "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." Again, in Proverbs 19:15: "Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger." It is good to work even if sometimes it is hard. Laziness is a reprehensible waste of the blessings of God.

History, Religion, and The Present Struggle

History is a tricky business, particularly religious history. The present struggle between elements of the Islamic religion and the rest of the world is an important example. Most of the media folks who inform (and I use the term loosely) us about the conflict seem to have little understanding of the history of Islam and its interaction with the west. This is harmful stupidity. Ignorance of history invariably leads to disaster.

Mama Cindy

"Mama Cindy" was the name many of us used to describe sister Cinderella Bullington Reynolds, who went home last week. She and brother Royce Reynolds served the cause of Christ as missionaries to Africa (and other places) for many years. The work they began in Yendi in the northern region of Ghana in West Africa continues with many baptisms and new congregations established.

Defeating Ignorance

Human beings come to know things through their senses. The things we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch leave impressions in our minds which we process into knowledge. The information that we gain through reading (whether it is printed material or from a screen) comes into our minds through our senses. There is then a sense in which we are all sponges, soaking up the raw materials of knowledge all our waking hours.

Turning From God

If you have been paying attention to the news lately you have noticed that the culture war is expressing itself mightily in the United States Senate. The liberals there want to block some of President Bush's appointments to the Federal bench. They deem some of his nominees too conservative. The primary problem seems to be that these nominees are openly religious. The left in this country is afraid that something will happen to their beloved right to abort unborn children should a judge with principles informed by Judeo-Christian heritage ascend to the Supreme Court. It looks like the President is about determined to see that just that happens and I hope he is successful.