Echoes From the Campfire

It was a custom that no man coming into your camp went away hungry, be he friend, stranger, or peaceful enemy.  You could fight after you ate, if that was your mission.”
              –Bobby Cavazos  (The Cowboy From the Wild Horse Desert)

       “But he must be hospitable (loving and a friend to believers, especially to strangers and foreigners); [he must be] a lover of goodness [of good people and good things], sober-minded (sensible, discreet), upright and fair-minded, a devout man and religiously correct, temperate and keeping himself in hand.”
              –Titus 1:8  (AMPC)
Believe it or not, time got away from the ol’ retired person.  It was a busy day.  That is not to make an excuse, even if you do not accept it, but because of that I’m borrowing from a book that I have used many times.  I purchased the book back in 1972 when I lived in Panama City, Florida.  It is by Lois A. Cheney, GOD IS NO FOOL.

    Before the battle a soldier said, “I am afraid.”  In that battle he performed beyond himself.
    Before a certain, important sermon a minister said, “I am afraid.”  In that sermon he preached far better than he was able.
    Before an overwhelming challenge Moses said, “I am afraid.”  From the challenge came the future of God’s people.

    It’s old-fashioned to have fear.

    We don’t have to fear God any more,
                           –grin and wink–
    The ole guy just rolled over and died.

    We don’t have to fear sin any more,
                           –grin and wink–
    We just label the response and alter the stimulus.

    We don’t have to fear hell any more,
                           –grin and wink–
    It’s just a medieval myth.

    We don’t have to fear anything any more,
                           –grin and wink–
    We can use it, dissolve it, or absorb it.

    Man-giants, it would seem
    Knew when to fear.

    Oh where
    Are the Christian giants?
                           –grin and wink–
Ponder those thoughts and along with them, ponder the two following Scriptures.

    Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”
              –Ecclesiastes 11:13 (NIV)

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
              –Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

Hmmm, where are those who “fear the Lord?”  Maybe it would be a good word study–just a thought.