1. Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    13 Mar, 2018
    Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   Proverbs 3:5  "Believe in yourself." "Follow your heart." "You've had what you needed inside you all along." These are phrases we hear a good bit these days.   They sound positive and uplifting. But are they good, sound advice? I would say a big, fat "NO!" to that question.  Not because I'm trying to be contrary, but because I believe in the Scriptures more than I believe in myself. And the Scriptures
  2. Critiquing Our Criticism
    12 Mar, 2018
    Critiquing Our Criticism
    For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, "He has a demon."  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, "Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:33 -34 Hi.  My name is Stuart Mizelle.  And I'm a recovering criticism addict. Just this weekend, I was browsing Facebook for a few minutes and lo and behold, I saw some posts that were wrong.  From deep within me I felt the overwhelming urge to jump
  3. Wolves and Sheep, Serpents and Doves
    02 Mar, 2018
    Wolves and Sheep, Serpents and Doves
    Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.  Matthew 10:16  Jesus had a way with words.   Some of his statements are memorable because of the striking imagery they provoke. Think, for example, of the following  . . .   It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24) Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matt. 4:19) Do not give dogs what
  4. The Good Ole Days?
    16 Feb, 2018
    The Good Ole Days?
    Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.  Ecclesiastes 7:10  With yet another school shooting in the news this week, the inevitable "The world is getting worse and worse" comments start to flow.   It seems most of us tend to pine for the "good ole days" when "things weren't as bad as they are today." But is it wise to do so? It seems the author of Ecclesiastes doesn't think so.  After all, he says that it is not from wisdom when we
  5. What is True Wisdom?
    18 Dec, 2017
    What is True Wisdom?
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  Proverbs 9:10 I was listening to some songs this morning while I was driving, and I was struck by some of the lyrics of these tunes.   And not in a good way, mind you. One of the lines I heard was, "Question everything." Really?  Question EVERYTHING?  What about myself?  Should I question myself?  What about your statement to question everything?  Should I question that too?   Seems like a
  6. Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    16 Oct, 2017
    Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God