Put Some Air In It

My toolbox – In my toolbox I have this nice little tire plugging kit. It is one of the most important tools I have. In the kit is a tool that pulls the nail out of the tire. It has a tool to clean the edges. And it has a tool to insert the new […]

My toolbox – In my toolbox I have this nice little tire plugging kit. It is one of the most important tools I have. In the kit is a tool that pulls the nail out of the tire. It has a tool to clean the edges. And it has a tool to insert the new tire plug. I have had this kit for years and have rarely had opportunity to use it. This past week I had two opportunities to perfect my skills at plugging tires.
Scott’s truck – Sitting under the awning at Church at the most inopportune time possible sits Scott’s truck with a tire as flat as a pancake. He wishes that he would have stopped and put some air in it. But just putting air in it would not have fixed the problem. There was this little piece of metal with a sharp point on the end that we call a nail sticking in the tire. This little inordinate object not more than a half inch long and weighing just a few ounces has brought a four thousand pound vehicle to a halt.
Jana’s van – Sitting in the garage with a leaning corner, I knew something was wrong with the van. I knew that just putting some air in it would not work. I pulled the tire and found this same little pointed culprit delaying our family from a night out to eat.
The nail – Just a few ounces in weight, measuring less than an inch in length, costing less than a penny to make, brought down a vehicle. This little pointed object brought down a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, measuring sixteen feet in length, and costing thousands of dollars.
The tongue – A little sharp pointed object that can bring down the largest of Church bodies. An object that is almost impossible to tame and control. An object that can bring so much harm in a very little time.

I Peter 3:10

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

Provided

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21 ESV) Those words spoken by Job need to be pondered by all of us. We came into this world with nothing...

Some Wisdom for the Day

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Prov. 29:2 ESV) One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (Prov. 29:23 ESV) Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath....

In Him

In Christ we have every spiritual blessing heaven has to offer. It was God’s choice even before he created the world to choose those who are in Christ to be his chosen people. In Christ we are considered holy and blameless before God. In Christ we are adopted as God’s...

It Is Written

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Out With the Old, In With the New

A common slogan as we bring to an end the current year and look with anticipation to the coming new year. A slogan good for the passing of a year that is ending, but not good for everything. There is no “new” word of God. There is the word of God. That word is still...

Some Things Change, Some Don’t

We headed South to spend a couple of days with our vacationing grandchildren and their parents. On the way, our GPS kept giving me directions toward our destination. It kept saying, “Go toward Mobile”. It kept pronouncing it “Mo-bull” instead of “Mo-bill”. I wondered...

What’s Your Custom?

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Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

Treasure of Truth

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Choose God in Every Decision

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