Cities Without Walls

“A man without self-control     is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 The writer of Proverbs can be blunt. He makes the cold observation that people can often be like a city that has no walls. The city he alluded to was completely defenseless, vulnerable and wide open to a maraudingContinue reading “Cities Without Walls”

To Be, Rather Than Seem to Be

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened,Continue reading “To Be, Rather Than Seem to Be”

Understanding Self-Destruction

“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”   Proverbs 8:35-36 “There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.”  Dorothea Brande  * “When the beginnings of self-destruction enter theContinue reading “Understanding Self-Destruction”

Dismayed by My Own Fallenness

“As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—     not even one. 11 No one is truly wise;     no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away;     all have become useless. No one does good,     not a single one.” Romans 3:10-12 Scripture never, ever flatters the human ego.  It acts on us directly, “dividing the spirit fromContinue reading “Dismayed by My Own Fallenness”