Friday, October 30, 2009

Jesus as our Sacrifice

We had a visiting preacher come through our church a while back. Awesome preacher, but honestly cant remember what he preached about although I'm sure it was good. I do however remember well a little nugget he just briefly talked about before he started his message.

He said that in the Old Testament the person who brought sacrificial offerings to be burned before the Lord were not scrutinized or inspected, the actual animal was. The animal had to be clean, without blemish, young, spotless. The person who actually presented the offering to the Lord only need have faith and obedience. Brings tears to my eyes just writing that!! Makes me so thankful! Jesus Christ is our sacrifice. All we have to do is believe and obey!!

1Peter 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Free Audio Bible

I know I may be the only one who is just now finding this great resource but in case Im not I thought I would share that you can listen to the Bible online for free! 6 different versions including the ESV and KJV....

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Twitter... What is the point?From what I understand it is just little blurbs through out the day... like...mine would read something like....

Eating a salad now
Bickered with husband
Changed babys diaper
Doing math with my son
Folded 2 loads of laundry

Riveting, I know.

Who cares? Is twitter just an outlet for anyone with a computer and an ego? Seriously, would someone please explain to me the purpose of Twitter and am I the only one who doesnt care that you are grooming your toenails and then off to choir practice?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Facebook Myspace

Does Facebook edify?

Lawful yes, expedient ...probably not. I know there may be some good there but few can use these tools with moderation and selflessness. Myspace is about just that *MY* space, it ain't about you or your space. Facebook is a way for anyone with a computer and an ego to feel important. I know,I know *its a great way to get connected and to reunite with old friends* but these social networks can also be addictive and promote some serious selfishness.

I also think these networks break down walls of discretion, I know I dont want my husband connecting with girlfriends from his past and vice versa. I also know that if I connect with Sue she may be friends with that cute guy from Math class and who isnt going to check out ol' Toms profile? Do we really want to revisit the past? God doesnt want husbands and wives looking up old flames....but I know it happens.

1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Zenni Optical

Just wanted to share this great resource I found online....I have ordered about 12 pairs of glasses from Zenni Optical...most of them 8.00 a pair..Yes, that is including the frames and prescription lenses. Shipping is a flat 5 dollars no matter if you buy 1 pair or 20. I have been very very impressed with the quality and price of these glasses. I have friends who pay 150.00 with insurance for the same thing!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Garden Gloating

First fruits from our garden. Our whole family has worked every day tilling, watering, weeding and planting. We have got 100s of tomatoes ripening. Green beans...Yummy! I can hardly eat a store bought tomato they are so flavorless. Homegrown is the way to go!! My kids are so proud to see the fruit of their efforts. They have enjoyed giving some of our bounty away to friends. Everybody LOVES fresh homegrown fruits and veggies. There is so much to learn from gardening. The law of the harvest for reap what you sow. Diligence pays. There is no rest outside of hard work. It brings you back to the important things in life -- connecting with the earth (can I say that and still maintain my conservative Christian status?)and celebrating God's creation.

More on Modesty

Just checking off the uniform box fails to cultivate relationship with God. May feel good to our flesh but He is just simply not impressed. Modesty should be a natural outflowing of a heart that is bowed before God.

Modesty is not only for our own protection but more importantly it is to protect others. We are to love others like Christ loved them and therefore we refuse to tempt them with too much flesh. Christ never tempted His church, Christ never tempted the world. Remember who tempts? The devil, and when we tempt one another we are being the devil personified. I don’t know why God made men so *visual* but He did, so in order to show love and respect for men we should dress modestly.

Every one of our standards should be based on love for God and man. Not one of our standards is enough to win Him. Human efforts are an offense to the cross. Why did He shed His blood if our own righteousness can save us?I don't even like the term *Holiness Standard*. I think it somehow gives the connotation that having some sort of standard makes us holy and truly NOTHING can make us holy except for God. I know what it means, I just think it gives the wrong message. Like we could ever earn His favor.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Modesty #1

Modesty doesn’t win Gods favor. If modesty alone impressed God then Muslims in burkas would no doubt be Gods favorites.

Galations 5:19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions,divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Notice the first 3 works of the flesh are Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Sensuality.. Clearly flesh has a problem with these issues and for a woman to tempt a man with a short skirt and a tight shirt is a grave sin. Generally speaking most of these 3 sins start with a woman who is not properly covered up, a woman who is not shamefaced. This passage of scripture also talks about how Sensuality is a sin, I have certainly seen some very sensuous hairstyles. Big, windblown bedroom looking that is sensual.

Matt 5:28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Notice the *with her* in this scripture. She is not innocent but is part of the adultery when she puts herself in a place that causes a man to lust after her.

Prov 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Family Time in Decline

My husband forwarded me this article.....

Whether it's around the dinner table or sitting in front of the TV, U.S. families say they are spending less time together. The decline in family time coincides with a rise in Internet use, and the boom of social networks—though a new report stops just short of assigning blame.
The center is reporting that 28 percent of Americans it interviewed last year said they have been spending less time with members of their households. Only 11 percent said that in 2006.

Sad, but true that we are spending more and more time on Facebook and Ebay and less time engaged with our children and families. Bowling Alone is a very convicting book about how our connections with one another have plummeted in the last 50 years and Ambient Intimacy has taken the place of real life relationships.

With the inventions of television, Internet, and air conditioning who needs to leave the house to feel connected, comfortable and entertained? We are selfish and not willing to truly invest in others.

Monday, June 22, 2009


This is a response to a couple of comments left under this post...

I totally agree that it is the readers responsibility to discern whether our Christian resources promote *liberty in Christ or legalism*. However I do feel like some of these leaders who are indeed Christian Ministries also have a grave responsibility to use their influence to promote His agenda, not their own.

Matt 23:4 They tie up burdens that are heavy and unbearable and lay them on people's shoulders.....

The Bible particularly the NT is a book full of wisdom and principals with a wholelotta room to meet us right where we are at. It provides grace and allowances, I am amazed at how condescending some of these men and women come across. So many have little time for anything less than perfection....Christ came because He knew we AREN'T perfect. If we had it all figured out He could of bypassed that awful Cross.

Jesus was meek,lowly and very very humble. How can we put heavier burdens on one another than Jesus Himself put upon us? I really believe the root of this move towards legalism in the Homeschool community is feels good to live and look a certain portray the perfect family.

There is a common theme amongst these HS gurus of rules and regulations with little talk of grace, love and faith. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they placed so much weight on externals and outward performance and neglected mercy and justice.

Matt have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness.

Disclaimer...I have literally 100s of books about homeschool and these posts are a bit of confession, conviction and really just trying to think through what is important. I have a tendency to gravitate towards rules based *programs* because they are easy and feel good...what has helped me and I think would help alot of women who get caught up in these programs is consulting with and then listening to a stable husband. They are here for our protection because we are more easily deceived. I have seen this *protection* work many times in my own home and it may be the only reason we are not Amish....*wink*

Friday, June 19, 2009

Budgets Dont Work

My husband and I went through Dave Ramseys FPU twice and have read many many books on finance,savings ect..I am wondering how many people truly really consistently stay on a budget?
NONE of my friends do ...ok there is one but she is so organized and perfect no one likes her, shes just not much fun because she is too busy carefully calculating life to actually live life, and besides that she has an air of superiority because she is so disciplined.

Perhaps budgets are over rated. SAVING....that is key. Maybe this is how our money should go...God first (tithes offering)then SAVING then bills. If we save before we do anything else and cut out debt we can actually retire on something more than frozen pizza. SAVE SAVE SAVE and don't incur debt!!

Budgets are never adhered to. They are made and then disregarded. A loose plan is imperative but a strict budget breeds guilt and a sense of *I can never do this!!*Kinda like living for God..... a bunch of strict rules seem to produce the opposite of the intended effect because failure always sets us up for discouragement and budgets always seem to fail.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Its easy to turn our family ambitions into a religion. We are so serious about family and the convictions God has given us concerning the family we elevate our burden for a Godly family above God Himself.

Martha was so busy serving Jesus she missed out on...well...Jesus Himself.

Peter was so self determined with zeal and religion that Jesus called him Satan,rebuked him and withdrew His grace so that Peter would know that fleshly efforts don't work.

Eve was seeking knowledge about God when she sinned...seemed noble enough didn't it?

Paul said he considered all of his religious efforts and attainments to be dung.

Seeking knowledge outside of reationship with God is idolatry, I have been guilty.

Isaiah 47:10.......your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,and you said in your heart,“I am, and there is no one besides me.”

Monday, June 15, 2009

The How Tos

There are no shortcuts to God. No amount of reading books can save our children.

Vision Forum, Bill Gothard, No Greater Joy,Steve and Terri Maxwell of Titus 2,Denny Kenaston, and 100s of others ....many of these ministries are full of valuable resources but I see a common thread among them. Black and White formulas that don't give alot of wiggle room for all the dynamics that go into each separate human. God himself didn't include check boxes at the end of each of His chapters like some of these guys. I know the study helps and check boxes are not evil but there seems to be an all or nothing mentality connected to these guys. I guess it takes a strong visionary to put forth resources worthy of our consideration, it just seems that some of these visionarys lack grace and mercy.Man made formulas often produce works of the flesh because who needs relationship and prayer if we can just refer back to chapter 3?

Philippians 3:8 I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ....

These methods often produce legalism and serious guilt because who really measures up to these ideas? OK, so say we do in fact measure up, how many people do you know measure up but manage to keep it humble? If we do somehow fit the bill then that produces a feeling of superiority. So either we've got it or we don't. SO many legalist are being produced by these ministries.Running around policing each other ....tsk tsk shaking our heads....Well if you would of just applied chapter 6 paragraph 2 your son wouldn't of rebelled... when in fact son needed the exact opposite of anything put forth by these ministries. Dear son needed grace and love, which is rarely talked about in these instruction manuals.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Happy Man

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)

Voddie Baucham pointed out that the KJV and the ESV are different here in this verse. The ESV really gives us a whole new perspective. I have always thought read and heard that this scripture implies that a man with alot of children is happy, but the ESV says blessed is the man “who fills his quiver", which seems to implicate that a man who is seeking and allowing children is blessed. A man who believes children are truly a reward is blessed, rather than just a man who has a full quiver, which seems more in character with the Lord as He is always much more concerned with our hearts than He is our performance.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Children and Socialization Part 2

Dumping our kids in an atmosphere of all sorts of ungodly behavior is not worth the risk. I don’t completely restrain them from the world rather I go with them into the world. I don’t drop them off at the worlds doorstep and hope they won’t be burned. That’s foolish.

Remember when God first drew us? Lots of love and patience went into those formative days months and years. God nurtured us, wooed, loved and held us close until finally He knew we were ready for some harsh reality….a trial, a storm, and then a valley. Of course He went with us and carried us through. There are times He seemed to withdraw His presence but that was part of the training. This is all carefully calculated by the Lord. He knows how to establish our roots and make us eat strong meat.He prepares us for times of battle and victory. He doesn’t save us one week and put us o the mission field the next, neither should we expect our children to be missionaries before its time. We slowly cultivate our precious children just like the Lord works so patiently with us. David killed a lion and a bear before he faced Goliath.

We have a pool and a 2 year old. I don't throw him in, and expect his great swimming ability to be an encouragement to others! I hold him close and acclimate him to the water a little at a time, then when he is ready I will put floaties on him and allow him to float around while I watch. One day he will be ready to swim along side me sans floaties. Eventually I will let him get in the pool while I watch through the window making sure I can trust his ability…. until finally I am 100% sure he can handle swimming on his own,...... then perhaps he can show others how to swim.
"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." Proverbs 23:26

Why do gardeners start seedlings out on the window sill? Because the atmosphere has to be just right in order for the little plant to develop strong roots that will withstand the harsh elements of the world. What is the goal of every good gardener? Fruit! That is my goal too. I want my children to bear precious fruit for many generations to come therefore I cultivate,stake,prune and nourish them very carefully.

I am well aware that the day will come when my children will reach an age of maturity and leave home. I plan on this and do expose them to the world, even the ugly side of it. No we don't hang out at the bar, but the mall is not much better and we go to the mall. I don't have to dump my children at the public school in order to train them in how to react and handle the world, they see the depravity of this world at Walmart.

But your kids will never know how to handle the world if they aren't in it!!

This may be a shocker to some of you but we get to experience the ugly sinful side of the world right in the enjoyment of our own home. Front row seats. We don’t need public school to teach us how to lust and be greedy. We are human. Fallen humans. Of course there are indeed some faces of sin and shame that my children will never experience but that's ok they get the idea just by being human.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child....

All the sheltering in the world will not negate the fact that we are fallen and in need of grace. Desperately. He alone can and will save my children. My best efforts are not enough. My training program has flaws but His promises are fool-proof.

The promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Children and Socialization Part 1

Perhaps people who are so very concerned about children needing socialization have fallen for a worldly philosophy that says it is important to immerse our children in the world in order to allow them to develop properly. Hogwash!

I have never put my children in a nursery or daycare. They never went to pre-k. They have never played with the neighbors kids. My children have never developed an appetite for a lot of friends so it’s no big deal. They don’t even really know they are missing out on hearing about sex from the neighborhood boys. They don’t get wedgies in the bathroom at school. No one steals their lunch money. They don’t watch TV at the neighbors house. They've never seen a sitcom, that almost without exception always includes a homo as the hero. They have no idea how deprived they really are. Please don’t tell them.

Well how can your children be salt and light if you never allow them to socialize?

I definitely want my children to be salt and light and I believe they are. Just the fact that we are separate and do carefully orchestrate our socialization is a witness. My children actually influence others because they are not immersed in the world. The Dr, Dentist relatives, even church friends can be *witnessed to* just by us living a separated life, that in itself is a witness to the importance of Jesus Christ and His grace. Who does the Dentist notice, watch and take note of? The average Hannah Montana girl or my wholesome Godly daughter with a modest dress and meek spirit? Who speaks louder?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

President Obama Bows to Muslim King Abdullah

Does this look like Mr. Obama is bowing to you?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cheap Replacements

  • Fast food and frozen dinners have replaced family time around the dinner table.
  • Motorized baby swings have replaced the rocking chair.
  • Plastic bottles of formula have replaced mothers milk.
  • Baby carriers have replaced moms arms.
  • The blessing of children has been replaced with a lie that children are a burden.
  • Public schools have replaced parents teaching their children Christian principals at home.
  • Televisions have replaced family devotions and fellowship.
  • Siblings playing together has been replaced by individuals playing video games.
  • Child training has been replaced by the building up of our children's self esteem.
  • Moms have been replaced with Daycare Workers making 6.00 an hour.
  • Full Quivers are replaced by 1.8 children who are a hindrance.
  • Family as priority has been replaced by money, careers and fancy lifestyles.
  • Dads authority in the home has been replaced with a domineering wife.
  • Organized sporting events have replaced building things and tinkering outside with dad.
  • The Prosperity Gospel has replaced repentance and sharing in the fellowship of His sufferings.

Friday, June 5, 2009


James 5:16Therefore,confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
I recently heard a tape of a testimony service from a youth camp where many of the young people stood up and confessed sins. I was shocked at the honesty and even wondered if it was too open. After thinking about these things I can think of nothing bad or unbiblical about sharing our hearts, even the darker aspects.

Confession is a Biblical command, it isn't optional. I am convinced that God wants us to relate not only to Him but each other. It is impossible to have deep meaningful relationships with our brothers and sisters without opening our hearts. God wants us to go beyond dishonest superficial shallow relationship. He wants us to be Him in flesh, to extend His mercy. To seek His counsel and love among His own people. We have the ability to love,extend mercy and even restore each other, not only the ability but the responsibility.

John 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.

I really think confession is a missing component in our walks today, particularly in some more conservative churches, where much is expected in the way of performance.

Truly we can all extend mercy because to some degree we have all dealt with the same sins.
Confession is good for the soul. Truly it is liberating both to the one who confesses but also to the one who listens. Both walk away feeling like *I am not alone* and it holds one accountable when you know they know...

Gods desire is that the world would recognize us by our love for one another, it is impossible to truly love each other if we are always hiding from each other. Nothing binds a friendship like sharing our hearts. Nothing extracts pride and inserts humility like allowing others to know you have real problems.

Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other..John 13:35

Of course we have to use discretion, confessing sin is a bit risky but that is why it produces such enormous fruit, like everything in His Kingdom, true Christian joy and liberty always comes with sacrifice and stepping out in faith.

Jesus was willing to be put to an open shame, His willingness to be humbled and die brought about life. When we allow ourselves to be open we are setting ourselves up for enormous victory.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mental Illness

I have written about mental illness and psychiatric drugs before.I think that God often uses times of Mental Illness in the lives of some Christians to love,correct and teach.

  • Job wanted to die and begged God to take his life.
  • Saul was vexed by Mental Illness and tried to ward it off with soothing music instead of repentance.

  • David had times of severe mental suffering, day and night Gods heavy hand was upon him.

  • Nebuchadnezzar, (Daniel 4) was struck with mental illness as a time of chastisement for his pride, he was so out of it he ate grass, quit bathing and let his fingernails grow out like birds talons, when he came to he worshipped with a whole new perspective on God.

  • Deut. 28:27-29,34 mentions "madness" as a divine chastisement

  • Paul said "Without were fightings, within were fears"

I think that there are way too many pills being pushed today. Particularly to *Christians* who need to stop and consider if these struggles are not the hand of God trying to save us and teach us. Nothing withdraws pride like a good mental breakdown. God knows how to extract those self efforts and insert compassion and absolute utter dependence on Him alone.

Perhaps depression is not a time to take pills and reflect on ourselves and our childhood like the pop psychologist would have us believe. Maybe God is trying to cause us to cry out to Him, to learn compassion for others who suffer. To share in the fellowship of His sufferings. Suffering can be such an effective tool in Gods hand if we allow it.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Pastor pointed out an interesting little observation a couple weeks ago while preaching out of Romans... People who are conservative often look at liberals and judge them. People that are liberal often look at the conservatives and despise them. JUDGE/DESPISE I have found this to be true, as I have been on both sides of the coin and felt precisely those 2 emotions.

Unfortunately, I think there is way too much of this going on within the church. If the church across town tends toward liberalism we judge them so very harshly while they look at us conservatives and despise our strict standards. The Bible clearly tells us not to do this because God Himself has welcomed both..... Are we holier than God?

Romans 14:3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him...

One more quick observation, the one that is *liberal* is actually considered the stronger of the two, while the *conservative* is considered the weaker brother who lacks faith. These scriptures can really strip away alot of pride cant they?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

10 Reasons I Teach My Children At Home

1. Luke 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
2. Socialization, sorry just going to be be frank here. I don't want my children to socialize with other children, outside of controlled,orchestrated times of fellowship with like minded families.
3. I'm greedy. I love my children and don't want to miss one second with them.
4. I want my children to have a Biblical worldview.
5. Um....they are my children, my responsibility. They are not wards of the state. Easy enough?
6. We learn about values,morals,Christ,character,serving others,volunteering...(Learning about many of these things are illegal in PS. )
7. I want my children to learn how to guide a home/family, this is best done at home with the family.
8. Public School teachers are some of the most underpaid/overworked/most likely candidates for burnout on the planet.
9. This right here.
10. This is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ...Teachers play a vital role in the development of children. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world and can affect their later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives.Teachers play an important role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children during their formative years. The education that teachers impart plays a key role in determining the future prospects of their students. Whether in preschools or high schools or in private or public schools, teachers provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible adults. I agree with this description of the role a teacher plays and that is why I think the teacher should be me!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Would Jesus have a worship team? Hmmm….David arranged and choreographed some fantastic music…..but he also engaged the Spirit of God just by sitting on the side of a hill singing to God in the midst of smelly sheep.

What kind of worship does God appreciate?

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Honestly it bothers me that my family's identity is so closely tied to the way we look and the choices we make in living a separated life. I don't want modesty, homeshooling and conservative values to be what people notice about my family. If people see my conservative life and are attracted to that then they are attracted to the WRONG thing. Jesus saves, not a lifestyle. I would like people to see Jesus. I know this sounds corny but I would like to exude the Love of Christ. I would like to extend grace,mercy,comfort and love to those I meet, but I'm afraid people walk away thinking we are just strangely peculiar.

I think people, including professing *Christians* are either threatened,offended or confused by a family who is radically separate. I hate that, I wish people would see past the uniform. When we meet new people I feel like I have to spend half my time trying to make them feel know, "please believe me, *I'm human*" that type of thing!! These difficulties in relationships are not worth compromising God given convictions though....just a frustrating part of being a Christian I guess.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Peer Pressure

I am the only person in my family who doesn't have a college degree. In my immediate family there are 2 Lawyers and 2 Doctors, so I wrestle with feeling like I have an audience of skeptical spectators in my homeschooling and homemaking efforts. I suppose they are skeptical because I take literal the scripture that says young women are to .....marry,bear children and guide the house...1Timothy 5:14

God help me to remember that homeschooling is not a circus, and help me to resist the urge to try to impress my relatives and outsiders with academic achievements. My kids are not monkeys and they don't do tricks. My goal is not that they would excel in math and money, rather I am praying my children learn to love and serve. I want to teach with patience like Jesus taught, always remembering that I am training for eternity and I am looking to mold hearts not just minds.

Do you wrestle with feeling like your family is a freak show?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How Did Jesus Teach?

He kept everything very simple, simple for those that were listening and believing that is. Jesus' teaching appealed to the heart not the ego. He wasn't teaching His followers so that they could make alot of money, in fact He told several of His followers to give up those worldly ambitions. He wanted to convert hearts not just *puff up minds*.

He used lots of picture stories that all ages could understand. Jesus taught using parables, they always conveyed a moral lesson. Rich in symbolism and full of wisdom. Jesus used parables alot.

Jesus taught as He went form town to town. He taught by the seashore, under trees, as He was walking down the road.One time He even dropped to His knees and wrote with His finger in the dirt.Jesus knew that opportunities to teach abound in daily life.

He used things that were at hand and commonly used at that time...salt,bread,sheep, coins, seeds. (He didnt spend a ton on curriculum).He was patient with His followers and very practical.

Jesus met His *pupils* right where they were at. He taught all ages at the same time. He was a great teacher but never mentioned that education itself was important, rather He was always focused on the heart. His teachings appealed to the heart. He taught principals that instill wisdom and character. He taught us to love and serve. He taught that justice and mercy were much more important than rules and outward appearances.

.....Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 1 Cor 8:1