Month: January 2010

Don’t Fly Away

enter site (Part Four of a four-part series.) Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment… If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post; for conciliation pacifies great offenses. Ecclesiastes 10:1a,4 Contempt for authority! Just another fly in the ointment. Stand by the water cooler this week  and I am sure you will hear plenty of grumbling and complaining about the person in charge. He is too harsh, too narrow-minded, too unrealistic in his expectations, too out of touch with reality…ad nauseum. Grumbling about authority – whether it is our national leaders, coaches, teachers, or bosses –...

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Fly Right — A Devotional

Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment… Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, and he shows everyone that he is a fool. Ecclesiastes 10:1a,3 Here’s another fly Solomon found in the ointment: the hypocrisy of a fool. The foolish person wants to seem self-sufficient, like he’s got it all figured out. He won’t ask for directions. He doesn’t need any one’s advice. He won’t seek input, even in the big decisions of life. In his mind, he convinces himself that he looks pretty smooth. He doesn’t know how transparent he is. He doesn’t know how...

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Shoo Fly, Shoo! – A Devotional

Dead flies can make even perfume stink. In the same way, a little foolishness can spoil wisdom. The heart of the wise leads to right, but the heart of a fool leads to wrong. Ecclesiastes 10:1,2 In a recent post, I talked about how a little bit of foolishness can unravel a lifetime of wisdom. This current post is part two in a four-part series on that subject. Like dead flies in perfume, a little folly may alter and putrefy an otherwise honorable testimony. This is Solomon’s thesis, But he does not stop there. He goes on to identify...

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Mark McGwire and Harry Reid: To Forgive or Not to Forgive…

It is not whether you sin or use; it’s how you play the game. Sinners and users, winners and losers. Whom do we forgive…and who will never be forgiven? Two of the biggest news stories of the last couple of days involve a powerful Capitol Hill politician and a retired Major League Baseball star. One is forgiven. The other can forget it. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid used racially insensitive language a couple years ago when he said Obama had a good chance to win the presidential election because he was a “light-skinned African-American,” with “no Negro dialect, unless...

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Devotional: Flies in the Ointment

Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor. ~Ecclesiastes 10:1 [NKJV] Imagine presenting your lover with the gift of the latest, most exquisite perfume on the market. Imagine the look of anticipation as she tears the wrapping paper away to reveal the ornate bottle of precious ointment. Imagine as she squirts a bit of the precious liquid onto her neck, expecting the sweet, scintillating aroma to waft on the air. Imagine, instead, the horrid stench of death, the foul odor...

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