Sex, Adultry, and the Good Wife

07/28/2013 by Sojotales

The subject of yesterday’s post (Are We Good Samaritans or Satan’s Tools?) was about a woman in need. On the other hand there are women who actively cause distress. The Bible talks about the kind of woman who causes distress and the type of woman who is her antithesis. The first is not just a gossip or a backbiter (though the Bible address those types of women as well) she is a willing adulteress; actively searching for unwary men. Her counterpoint is the virtuous woman, the treasure, the Good wife. So what is the difference between these two types of women?
The Bible is pretty clear in the words that are used to describe an adultress. Continue reading

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Are We Good Samaritans or Satan’s Tools?

Mural on a Building in Mascoutah

Mascoutah Murals

Mural of indian & settler on the side of a building in Mascoutah

Mascoutah Murals

Statue of a Rearing Horse

Rearing Horse Statue in Mascoutah

07/27/13 by Sojotales
A beautiful day and the open road greeted my wife and I as we swung our legs over the motorcycle and went exploring. We didn’t have any specific destination in mind, but wound up seeing some beautiful countryside as we rode through Mascoutah and on towards Okawville. Before today we’d only been to Mascoutah to eat at the RoemerTopf German restaurant (which serves some wonderful varieties of schnitzel!) The town is small, but clean and well maintained; along the main road it even had a couple of artistic murals and some statues. A rearing horse was the first thing that caught our attention as we drove down the main street. The ride itself was the least of the blessings that God poured out on us as we continued down the road. We saw beautiful fields of corn rippling in the blowing wind, and children playing in the mud beside the river as we rode along.
We pulled into a gas station in Okawville to fill up the motorcycle’s tank. While I was pumping the gas I was witness to a blatant display of haughty disinterest followed in turn by the actions of an elderly gentleman who made me think of the story of the Good Samaritan.
A lady who was obviously from out of town pulled up in front of the service station looking for directions. She seemed frantic and lost; like she was in a hurry to get somewhere and was late. Continue reading

Matthew 5:39, 1 Peter 5:6-10 Turning the other Cheek and Letting Go.

07/26/13 by Sojotales

During a situation that happened at work a few weeks ago my feelings were hurt pretty badly. I tried to cover it up and pretend that it didn’t bother me, but it was eating me up inside; especially since I saw the potential for the same thing happening again in the near future. The worry and anxiety about going through that type of situation yet again was disturbing my sense of peace. It bothered me so much that my stomach had begun to hurt over the last few weeks. This situation just seemed to get worse and worse the more I thought about it. Yesterday though was different; I got an answer I wasn’t expecting when I prayed about it. As soon as I’d stopped praying the words “turn the other cheek” came to mind.

    But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39 KJV

I realized that I wasn’t being a forgiving Christian, Continue reading

Build Your Kingdom Here — Rend Collective Experiment


07/23/13 by Sojotales

This song has been running though my brain and pulling at my heart for the past couple of weeks. The first time I heard it I’d turned on the radio a little over halfway through it and only heard the end of the song. Something about the words that I heard that afternoon just seemed to reach inside my chest, grab hold of my soul and pull. When the song finished that longing pulled on me so hard that I ached to hear it again. The thoughts that this song evoked in me were all focused on Christ and his return; how glorious that day shall be. Those feelings welled up in me and everything else that came out of the radio after that just seemed to be white noise. I was focused on Christ, His kingdom, and what His return would mean for mankind. Continue reading

Fear, Depression, and feeling Alone 1 Kings 18:17 – 19:18

07/22/13 by Sojotales

This morning I read a blog post by secretangelps911 entitled Fear no more part 3 of fear Isaiah 41:10 NKJV which started me thinking about fear, depression and feeling alone. One of the Bible stories that I find most inspirational in dealing with my own depression is the story of Elijah being fed by an angel. The events that led up to that moment are pretty amazing. Continue reading

Matt 10:28-32 & Psalm 91 Birds in the air

07/19/13 by Sojotales

This morning as I drove to work a flock of birds wheeled and turned through the blue sky overhead. The Brownian motion of the flock flowed effortlessly through the current of the air. Watching them fly from east to west above the road in front of me brought an amazing thought to mind, “God who created these small fragile creatures has used them to create this wonderful scene.” That thought in turn led me to think of the verses in Matthew 10:28-32 that speaks of sparrows. Continue reading

Psalm 120:5 and Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

07/13/13 by Sojotales

PSALM 120:5

I was wondering what to title this Blog and the word Sojourner kept coming to mind. One of the Bible study groups that I attended while I lived in Tennessee was called Sojourners or Sojos for short. The class was led by an amazing missionary couple who described the class name as the way we as Christians travel through life. We are all Sojourning (traveling, wandering) through life towards our ultimate goal of going to live with Jesus. The name and description struck a chord with me when I first heard it and it still does. As I was praying about this blog the name Sojourner kept coming to mind, but I debated with God about the name; vacillating between trusting that God wanted these stories called Sojourner’s tales, or whether my fleshly self just liked the name due to the fond memories that I had with an amazing Sunday school group. Now I know for without a doubt that the title Sojourner’s tales is His will. Continue reading