Pastor’s Letter – May 6, 2020 – Ready to Hear?

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Ecclesiastes 5:1

Dear Church and Friends,

We talk too much. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger, that’s what Solomon says. I think deep down we all know he’s right. The use of words is an important topic for Solomon. He teaches about the right use of the tongue in Proverbs as well as Ecclesiastes. Jesus teaches about the use of words and James tells us about the unruly evil between our teeth.

Solomon gives us wonderful advice in verses 6 and 7. He tells us to, in the words of my mother, “watch your mouth.” (I continue to be amazed how her wisdom agrees with the Bible.) But Solomon adds “fear thou God.” So, control of the mouth + fearing God = a healthy life (flesh and soul).

I found this chapter a great addition to my prayer time. I began praying through the chapter but didn’t get very far before the Spirit of God convicted me of all my vain, foolish words. I encourage you to do the same. Pray the words of the chapter and clean up those things that you’ve said which were an offense to God and to your neighbor.

You will find the outline for Ecclesiastes 5 here; download it or view it for free. It is suitable for your prayer closet and your Bible study. Enjoy!

Sermon: Who Invited a Rooster?

Prayer Requests: Remember Jeanne Bond today. She is facing long consultations with two different doctors, tests and then a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 114: How shall the living appear before the judgment seat of Christ?

Answer: Such as then remain alive, shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye which shall be to them instead of death.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

All my best.

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

Ecclesiastes 5:7

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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