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The Same Things

By Scott Pauley | March 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

The ancient city of Athens was famous for its schools and emphasis on philosophy.  When the Apostle Paul  arrived there he simply preached the same gospel message that he preached every where.  This was very unusual because we are told that “all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).  America has become the new Athens.  Everyone is looking for something new. Truth is never new.  Truth is timeless – it is eternal.  Men do not need a new thing.  They need to hear the same things again.  Paul’s entire ministry was built upon a few simple truths.  When writing to the church in…

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The Power of the Tongue

By Scott Pauley | February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Proverbs 18:21 This world has known the power of liberty, the power of industry, the power of energy, and the power of the printed page.  But there is a power that exceeds them all – the power of the tongue. The power of good and the power of evil come through our words.  Scripture speaks of death first because it is what comes naturally.  On our own, without God, only death is produced.  It takes the supernatural work of grace to put life into our tongues. Weighing less than two ounces, the tongue is one of the smallest members of…

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Stay Out of the Snare

By Scott Pauley | January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”  Proverbs 29:25 Over forty million people in the United States live in what they consider to be a state of constant fear.  One million of them live in such fear that they will not leave their homes.  Doctors have now named fears such as “ablutohobia” – the fear of bathing, “cacophobia” – the fear of ugliness, “cibophobia” – the fear of food (I have never had this fear!), and “dentophobia” – the fear of dentists.  Ours has become a culture of fear and those who feed on it. God never intended for man to live this way.  The first fear was introduced…

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A Mark of Greatness

By Scott Pauley | January 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Great men are not always wise.” Job 32:9 Greatness is difficult to define.  One thing is sure:  men view greatness much differently than the Lord does.  Some men are considered great because of intellectual power, others because of financial resources or business acumen.  But such men are not always wise. A careful study of history will reveal that men who are much respected and often quoted were men with a teachable heart.  They did not have all of the answers.  They did not think themselves self-sufficient.  They were constantly learning. Samuel became one of God’s mighty prophets.  He would be used of God to anoint the first two kings of Israel.  People would listen when he spoke.  Yet the secret…

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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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