Echoes from the Campfire – Summer Edition

“Worryin’ about it ain’t gonna change nothin’ or stop nothin’ or fix nothin’.”      –David R. Lewis (Deer Run Trail)

“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”      –Matthew 6:27 (NASB)

Some of you might remember the Kingston Trio. They had a song about a “worried man.” There were words that went this way, “It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.” Jesus said that worrying does not help us. In fact, worrying is an affront to Him, are we not to trust Him for everything?
However, let me point out that concern and worry are not the same thing. Anyone with any sense watching the convention going on now should be very concerned for this country. On the other hand governments rest in the sovereign will of God. That is not to say we should sit back and say what will be, will be. That is fatalism, not faith.
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“The world is on fire!” are the words of the Milwaukee Sheriff. If people do not see that as a reality then they are truly blind. Paul tells us that things will continually worsen. “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13, NASB)
Look at what is happening and yet there are those who take a nonchalant glance; almost a ho-hum attitude toward the affairs of the world unless it fits in with their agendas. And what was it that was said by our elite, top-notch foreign affairs expert, “AC and refrigeration are more dangerous that terrorists.” Didn’t fit his agenda, push it aside.
Preachers and others in the church do the same thing. Preach harmony, prosperity, and forget to bring in the idea that God is also wrathful and does get angry. I don’t think things are going to get much better, maybe a calmness or a relaxation for a short period, but evil is more and more rampant and it will get worse. John writes, “For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” (Revelation 12:12, NASB) Right now he moves throughout the air, but one day he will be cast completely to earth and on that day chaos and havoc will break out the likes of the world has never seen.
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I’ve been reading recently Proverbs 14 for my morning devotions. Let me throw a couple of verses at you, and you need to ponder them in light of the situation in our country and the world.
vs 5, “…a false witness pours out lies.”
vs 7, “Stay away from a foolish man….”
vs 8, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their way, but the folly of fools is deception.”
vs 9, “Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.”
Perhaps the only thing worse than a fool is someone who fellowships with them and listens to their words.
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“The blue-jay doesn’t scream without reason.”
“Cobwebs across a hole mean nothing inside.”
“On a long-established New Mexico dry cleaners: ’38 years on the same spot.'”

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