Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide


March 2

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."  Proverbs 25:26




"... repentance is the only plumber able to remove the clog and release afresh the SOURCE ..."






What does your Christian life portray before the wicked?  More importantly, what does it produce?  Do we appear "as" troubled and corrupt before the eyes of an evil world CHRIST has left us to reach?  Do we leave those who cross our path quenched, or parched and embittered ...  "they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah."  If honest in advertising, would the marquee outside your house of worship have to read: First Church of Marah

"And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees;"  In this our day, so desperate for revival, is it any wonder the wicked shun the church in search of Elim?  If truth had fallen to the street in Isaiah's day ... could it be said of ours that the "righteous man" has met like demise?  But wait, doesn't the Bible say that: "a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:"  Could we be however, in the eighth round at Laodicea, where we are neither Marah nor Elim; just lukewarm and nauseous?  The secret of the fountain and the spring is its hidden source.  As believers, that source is JESUS CHRIST, for it was HE WHO stated: "... the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."  David proclaimed: "For with THEE is the fountain of life:"; "... all my springs are in THEE."  Solomon added: "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, ..."

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"  This is a very germane question from James, for we have stymied the spring with sin, and our lives, meant to serve as a reflecting pool for others, have become stagnant and murky.  If you find yourself in such a state, be reminded that repentance is the only plumber able to remove the clog and release afresh the SOURCE of all Christian spring water. 

"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;"

For Love of Country
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
(Hero of two wars)
"With all my devotion to the union and the feelings of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children , my home."

(from a letter to his sister over his dilemma at the outset of the Civil War)

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