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Verses 31-32: “and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.” Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.””

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” – Sherlock Holmes, Chapter 6, p.111, The Sign of the Four (got this from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes).

As Sherlock Holmes so wryly explained, when you take off all other factors of something (prejudices, societal designations, stigmas, labels, opinions, etc.), the only thing left is the truth. That is just what Agrippa and Festus conclude once they bring Paul’s presentation to an end by standing up and leaving the room. After some side discussion with Festus, Agrippa gives Festus his opinion (which Festus had asked for). The verdict: not guilty. No other decision could be reached; they said it plainly: “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.” Agrippa further states ironically, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Remember, Paul had his travel plans arranged already…not by Festus, who you might say was the conductor in this case…but by the Lord, the One who is taking Paul on the Holy Express to witness in Rome. As the narrator of the animated cartoon The Hobbit once sang, “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”

More to come!

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Proverbs 19:5-9

verse 5, 9: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.”

In current news, the trial of Barry Bonds, the reigning home run king in Major League Baseball, got underway this week. Although the controversy surrounding this trial has its origins in the steroids scandal that engulfed a lot of pro baseball players, the charge in this case is something more basic: perjury. According to Merriam-Webster.com, perjury is defined as ” the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath : false swearing”
(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perjury). Today, it is a very serious charge; it was also a serious charge in Solomon’s day as well. Notice that the warning is almost identical in 2 separate verses; that usually means “listen up!” If something is important enough to repeat, then it bears our attention!

Judges and courts were extremely serious in dealing with liars; God is no less serious as well. When I was growing up, I could get in trouble for a lot of things….but my father always told me, “don’t you ever lie to me.” Lying just makes any situation almost doubly worse. Besides….God knows the truth, whether you admit it or not.

Something to think about.

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Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,”

We have 3 words to consider in this part of the armor of God verses.

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “gird” has 4 definitions, but it can be best summed up as “to prepare (oneself) for action”. “Loins” mean “the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips”. “Truth” has several meanings, but I chose this one: “sincerity in action, character, and utterance”; the words fidelity, constancy, fact, and actuality are also used.

Interestingly enough, when I sought to find the definition of “loins”, there was a cross-reference definition to “gird”. The two are connected in the phrase “gird your loins”.

The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible states that “gird” (and its forms of girt, girded, girdeth, and girdedst) occurs about 66 times in the Bible. “Loins” occurs 63 times, and “truth” occurs 237 times (along with truth’s).

I went to our company gym last week to work out, and normally I pack my gym bag the night before. For whatever reason, after I showered and got dressed, I discovered I didn’t pack my belt. So until my wife brought it to me at lunch, I went about my daily work without a belt on. Now despite the fact that no one noticed, I felt like I wasn’t properly dressed. I grew up understanding that, if you put on a pair of pants with belt loops, you better put on a belt to go through them loops, else you ain’t properly dressed!

We need to have that same attitude when preparing daily for our Christian walk. You need to have the belt of truth on before you go out into the world. You need to be prepared for action, because the Christian walk isn’t always a stroll in the park. It can be a gauntlet, especially if you aren’t ready for ambushes by the devil!

Something to think about. Have a blessed day!

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verse 39: “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.”

We recently did a children’s musical in our church entitled “King of the Jungle”. In it, a beleaugered work-stressed dad chaperoning his son on a tour of the King’s Animal Kingdom discovers that the Lord of creation can be the King of your heart. In the musical, two monkeys happen to be following the tram and wise-cracking about comments the tour guide and kids are making. One of their comments talks about when one of the kids comments that “my dad says we all come from the monkeys”. The monkeys reply to each other, “Ha! They should be so lucky! Yeah, who came up with that ridiculous story?”

I have a footnote in my Bible from a previous sermon on this passage that states “The truth wins over evolution”. Make no mistake, no matter what is taught in school these days, God created man in His image…and our Creator doesn’t look like a monkey!

Have a blessed day!

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