Enjoying the Journey

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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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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