Eating The Sour Grapes

Eating The Sour Grapes

Jeremiah 31:29-30

In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

When I read these verses two words came into my head.  We’ll talk about that a little later in this piece.

In ancient times it was thought that the sins of the father, or the “eating of the sour grapes” as referred to in these verses, were paid for by their children and their succeeding generations.  When the Israelites we’re conquered and carried off to Babylon the children were paying for the sins of their fathers.  But many of those children were also eating the sour grapes.  Much like their fathers, the children continued the idolatry and worshiping of false gods.  They continued the abominations practiced by their parents. Continue reading

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

Romans 10:10

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

I read this verse and wrote it down.  I know it meant something to me but I wasn’t quite clear on how to explain it.

I struggled with the second half, “and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

The reason for my confused feelings towards this second half was “with the mouth” or talk.

Talk is cheap. Continue reading

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

Romans 10:10

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

I read this verse and wrote it down.  I know it meant something to me but I wasn’t quite clear on how to explain it.

I struggled with the second half, “and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

The reason for my confused feelings towards this second half was “with the mouth” or talk.

Talk is cheap. Continue reading

The Consequences Of Our Actions

The Consequences Of Our Actions

Suffering the consequences of our actions, I believe that is one of the laws of nature.

We are taught this when we are children.  Eat your supper or no TV, or more like eat your supper or there will be no Xbox or internet.

Anyone raised by even half caring parents knows there were consequences to what you did.  Make a bad decision about homework, staying out late, back talk a teacher or parent and you paid the price.

It’s what kept us in line until we learned acceptable and respectful behavior. Continue reading