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Living in The Parenthesis

By Scott Pauley | January 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

A parenthesis is a peculiar thing. Parentheses are used by writers to set apart information which they want you to know but do not feel is essential. The material in a parenthesis could be dropped without doing damage to the overall story but it does make a contribution. Not so with Scripture.  The Word of God is full of parenthetical statements. The Lord Jesus taught that every word of Scripture is given by God. In fact, he went so far as to say that even the “jot and tittle” (the smallest markings in Hebrew writing) would be fulfilled. (Please note that parenthetical statements do aid in understanding!) The Holy Ghost inspired not just the thoughts but the very words of…

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Ordinary Days

By Scott Pauley | January 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24 Men are remembered for their outstanding days, but they are made during their ordinary ones. William Carey, known as the father of modern missions, said if he were remembered as a plodder he would be described justly. Life is full of “ordinary” days, days where nothing historic happens. Yet we must realize that God is always at work. Bible teachers major on certain events in Paul’s life, but think of all the unrecorded days – days of quiet faithfulness. Every day is a gift from a loving God. Any day could be our last. This day is an opportunity to minister to others…

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Integrity

By Scott Pauley | January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”  Job 31:6 Integrity is not a product of environment or natural ability.  Imagine an orphan boy who struggled academically.  He was socially awkward and uncoordinated.  When he spoke it was in a high-pitched voice.  Yet he became a man renowned for his integrity.  It is reported that once in the middle of the night he went to a student that he had offended to ask for forgiveness.  He is known as Stonewall Jackson. What would you expect of a young man whose mother became an adulteress and his father died insane?  He was small for his age, sickly.  All of his life he was accident-prone and…

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A Good Name

By Scott Pauley | January 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”  Proverbs 22:1 I have always been grateful for our family name.  My dad and mom have lived lives of integrity and have given my sister and me a wonderful heritage.  The longer I live the more I understand the words of Proverbs 20:7, “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”  Young people often enjoy blessings not because of their own choices but because of the integrity of those who have gone before them. Increase is a poor substitute for integrity.  John D. Rockefeller said, “I have made many millions but they have brought me no…

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Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

By Scott Pauley | January 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

As a boy I remember people saying that in school there were three indispensable subjects: reading, writing, and arithmetic. I am sure that the history and science teachers took issue with this, but it is true that these three subjects form the foundation upon which all other learning builds. Again and again we return to first principles. Recently I have been reminded of the attention that must be given to each of these subjects throughout life. There is never a place to stop growing. First, we must work diligently at reading. Books are vehicles for thought. Working with students for so many years I am convinced that the life verse of most young people is Ecclesiastes 12:12, “…of making many…

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