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Iron Sharpens Iron

The Church is the last bastion of real accountability.  In this culture, the crimes of old have simply become poor choices in modern society. Children that used to be characterized as naughty and fidgety are products of any number of syndromes in today’s world. We act today as if it is politically incorrect to speak the truth about behaviors and sin.

In the current Christian community, we need to encourage our friends and families to be different.  We need to call sin—sin.  We need to be transparent and humble—seeking to conform our lives to the image of Christ.  It is so much easier to live like Christ if we have others to come along side and keep us accountable. We need not fear it, but instead, embrace it.  As we do, we can feel the prayer and encouragement grow among the community. The church will rise as the strongest and most stable segment of the culture and as it does, people will be drawn to Christ.  Then Revival can begin.

God Bless You

Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;     then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,     but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;     hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,     it will be taken as a curse.

15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping     of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind     or grasping oil with the hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,     so one person sharpens another.

18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,     and whoever protects their master will be honored.

19 As water reflects the face,     so one’s life reflects the heart.

20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied,     and neither are human eyes.

21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,     but people are tested by their praise.

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,     grinding them like grain with a pestle,     you will not remove their folly from them.

23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,     give careful attention to your herds; 24 for riches do not endure forever,     and a crown is not secure for all generations. 25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears     and the grass from the hills is gathered in, 26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,     and the goats with the price of a field. 27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family     and to nourish your female servants.