"And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle..." 1st Thessalonians 5:14
A sign at the entrance of a store says, "No Parking, Any Time." Beside that sign is another one that says, "Do Not Idle Engines When Parking Here." A police friend pointed it out to me saying, "It sure would make writing a parking ticket interesting."
When it comes to idleness, the Bible is crystal clear. Paul wrote to Timothy saying that idleness becomes a habit that leads to gossip and being a busybody (1st Timothy 5:13). When writing about the Virtuous Woman, Solomon said, "She does not eat the bread of idleness," (Proverbs 31:27).
I memorized Matthew 12:36 at an early age (I'm not sure why), but it needs to be heeded, not just memorized: "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account in the day of judgment." I think it is safe to say that applies to social media also. Idle words are empty, thoughtless, and often hurtful words that contribute nothing to the cause of good. If we want to have an example of idle words; they are the ones that Jesus did not speak. We can ask before we speak: "Would Jesus say (or write) this?"
Idle notions come from a lazy approach to thinking. Repeating what we have heard, or making a judgment, without any real effort to know the truth. When the people of God were being warned about falling away from Him, Ezekiel 16:49 said, "Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy."
Now that's something to think about.
Grace and Peace, Rev Ray
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August 27th in the Fellowship Hall. Watch your church bulletin for sign up information!!!!
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Camp Bays Mountain will have an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, August 27
from 9:00am until noon, and on Sunday, August 28 from 4:00 until 6:00.
This is not a fund raising event but an opportunity for you to tour the
new property, see the potential of what will be accomplished, meet
our Board members, see where the cabins and other buildings will be built
and learn about next summer's dream for camp. From exit 3 on I-26, go west
on Reservoir Road for just over a mile and turn right onto Hood Road
at Depews Chapel UMC. Look for the camp sign at 500 Hood Road. For more
information call 423-398-6272 or www.CampBaysMountain.com