Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 ESV
When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
A Public Response
Psalm 116, a lament of grief and sorrow, takes a positive turn with the composer deciding how he will respond to the Lord's deliverance (116:12). He promised to tell the story of God's rescue.
Keeping Your Word
March 11, 1942, was a dark, desperate day at Corregidor. The Pacific theater of war was threatening and bleak. One island after another had been buffeted into submission. The enemy was now marching into the Philippines as confident and methodical as the star band in the Rose Bowl...
Message: Why does God allow This? (Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:20)
In Ecclesiastes 4 and 5, the ancient Searcher of Israel answers a question all of us have asked at one time or another. Whenever a tragic circumstance occurs, or a terrible injustice is revealed, somebody is sure to remark, "You say your God is a God of love, but how could a...
22. The Value of a Vow (Leviticus 27)
Introduction As you know, this past week was election time. One of the headlines in the paper this week caught my attention. It said something like this, Clements will keep vows. The gist of the article was that governor-elect Clements will keep his campaign promises. We all know...
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16. Yes or No Is Enough (Matthew 5:33-37)
Introduction181 Matthew 5:33-37, the passage we are considering, is about oaths and vows. It may seem a little anticlimactic after all the discussion in 5:21-32 about murder, adultery, eye-plucking and hand-lopping.
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
The hunger of your life that cannot be satisfied by anything in this world is the constant beckoning of God to remember that you were made for him.
Is All Really Vanity? Finding Meaning in Ecclesiastes
Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. How do Christians fit such a seemingly bleak statement (and book) into the message of Scripture?
The Seven Laws of the Harvest
Preface I can still remember my grandmother warning me about my choices in life. In her attempt to see that her grandson would behave himself, she used to say, Dont forget, Hampton, you always reap what you sow always. And of course, she was right. But when most of us think of t...
Psalm 1: Two Ways of Life -- A Psalm of Wisdom
General Introduction to the Psalms The Psalms have a wonderful capacity to capture the reality of our human experience. They express the emotions, personal feelings, attitudes, gratitude, and interests of the average individual. One reason people love the Psalms is that we can ea...