30 September, 2012 § Leave a comment
Generally speaking there are three guidelines for the gentleman concerning his conduct and speech and they all start with the letter “t”. Diagrammatically, truth is the common trait that overlaps in each instance but each has its own lesson to teach as well. A gentleman is tactful, tasteful, and timely.
Tact, these days, is a trait lacking in the speech and writings of both young and old men. Merriam-Webster.com defines tact as 1. sensitive mental or aesthetic perception and 2.a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense. The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:18 exhorts his readers, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men”. Paul is encouraging the church at Rome to display tact. In essence, tact is the truth told in such a way as keeps the peace. It is the soft answer that turns away wrath in Proverbs 15:1. The tactful gentleman, (indeed, without tact I would not call any man a true gentleman) disregards his immediate feelings and answers with what he knows is the truth, for God‘s sake, and in love for the sake of his fellow-man.
Keep your eyes peeled for “Timing,” part 2 of the Gentlemen & Scholars series.
7 June, 2012 § Leave a comment
I am a God fearing Christian who believes that some day soon Jesus Christ the Messiah is going to come back and judge the earth in righteousness. The world will be destroyed in fire and brimstone and a new Heaven and a new Earth will be formed. I also believe that as a human being I bear the responsibility along with the rest of mankind to tend God’s other creations as we have been commanded to in Genesis 1:26
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (NIV)
Ruling over the other creations involves doing everything in our power to make sure that they are in an environment in which they can thrive and continue to glorify God. I believe that a wholesome balance of earnest expectation and responsibility are in order for the life of the professing Christian. On one hand, we must sincerely expect Jesus to return at any moment, and on the other we must be found in active obedience to His Word.
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-Daniel L. Bacon
20 April, 2012 § 3 Comments
When I stand before God in the end, I want to have waited everyday expectantly and joyfully for His second coming.
Not as some who will have been entangled with fret over the rulers of this earth and the threat of inconvenience on the future generations.
The legacy that I want to leave my children and their children after them is that I waited for the daffodils and was delighted when they bloomed.
“This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
8 April, 2012 § 6 Comments
Somewhere along the way the human race has equated realizing the truth of the world around us with evolving into higher beings. We expect that we should be able to do more than the generations before us, so we do and can not understand why we’re totally exhausted all of the time, but instead of doing less, we take a 5 hour energy. We expect that we should be able to contain more knowledge than generations before so we idolize the renaissance man and the scientific revolution and set those men as the standard, and when we fail we lower the bar and the bachelor’s degree becomes the new high school diploma, while the Master’s degree becomes the new bachelors.
In the meantime, we continue to discover new ways to make our lives more convenient and pat ourselves on the back.