Wednesday, December 05, 2007

It's not what goes in, it's what comes out.

Oh, I don't think anyone will read this blog, it's been so long. But, just in case there are lurkers still out goes.

I picked up a CD Audio Drama called The Word of Promise the other day. It's the NKJV New Testament read, word-for-word, but put to orchestra music and sound effects. The readers are famous actors and such. For example, Jim Caviezel reads the part of Jesus and Terence Stamp is the voice of God and the Holy Spirit. Fantastic work!

As I was listening yesterday on the way home from work, Jesus was talking about how it's not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles him, but what comes out of his mouth. What goes into the mouth is food that passes through. But, what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart.

My first thought is, "Thank God, it's not food that defiles a man. Eat hardy boys!" Huh... No, not the Hardy Boys, sicko. Eat food without worrying about religious regulations of different kinds, etc. Eat for enjoyment.

Then, I think that if it's the stuff in our hearts that causes us to spew out poison and be defiled, we need to exam ourselves a little bit closer and ask God to give us pure hearts. Are we struggling with anger and hate? Are we thinking about good things?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! The Audio Drama is a great gift for anyone. Especially someone who has a lot of commute time during the week! :)


Jason said...

Merry (almost) Christmas!

JimmyBob said...

Merry Christmas to you too! And congratulations on your wedding date. We may just coordinate our vacation time next summer with your wedding and make it.

sandytrif said...

I agree with you that a lot of the time what is deep in our heart comes out. I only can pray as John Piper quoted from someone-may I bleed bible. Hope you can make it to the wedding-it would be nice to see you.
PS. Merry Christmas.

JimmyBob said...

Well, I just planned out all of of 2008 and I'm going to put my request in for vacation now. If I get what I want, we'll be on vacation in NJ, PA, and ME in time for Jason's wedding. I'll keep you all posted.