Short Read: Sorting Through the Noise

This morning I had a great read from the blog, “Those Who Sin Differently” (

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Here is a portion of what I highlighted today from this particular blog post.

He writes:

Real truth doesn’t need us to pick and choose what is correct; instead, the truth is already the truth. However, it is important that we be able to sort out what is true and what is not.

Like several jigsaw puzzles mixed in the same box, we need a clear picture of what is true so that we can tell which pieces are the right ones for us to apply to life.

All of the other pieces may fit together and make pictures from other puzzles, but those are not the ones that God created us to work on.

We must divide the truth from lies, and find the truth among the noise around us.

we need to use the truth of God’s Word appropriately.

When the circumstances call for a paintbrush, the truth shouldn’t be used like sandpaper. When truth should be used to repair, we can harm others if we use it like a sledgehammer.

Truth is already here. We must handle it carefully, keeping it pure and untainted. However, we don’t just make it up.

The truth exists, even before we figure it out.

A math problem in school might take a while to work out, but its answer existed before we calculated it.

Some truth takes investigation, study, and research, but God gives us all of the truth that we need for our lives.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB

The King James Version has the phrase, “rightly dividing the word of truth.” at the end of this verse, which is the phrase that my pastor friend used.

Between the two translations, there seem to be a couple of important points implied here.

The things that are true in this world are competing with countless voices that are wrong.

After all, where there is one right answer, there can be a million wrong answers.

Only with a strong grasp on the truth, taken from a reliable source (like the Bible), can we even tell the difference.

In order to succeed at this, though, we must take hold of the truth that is available to us: reading the Bible, asking for God’s help in understanding it, listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and studying the words of those who faithfully teach its message.

More than that, though, we must use it wisely, applying the right truth for each situation.

This was such a good read this morning, reminding me where to go for true & accurate guidance.

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Go with God, beetle

Those Who Sin Differently

I admit to not reading everything that is sent to me.  I skim through certain e-mail notes at work (sometimes, at my own peril!).  I browse through a newspaper page in no particular order (except for the comics).  I rarely read through an entire web page, especially if it contains notes off to the side.

In one sense, this is the cost of living in an information-saturated world.  There’s just no way for any of us to absorb everything that we could be reading, watching, or listening to – at least, not in one lifetime.

In another sense, though, skimming – to sort out the important content from the unimportant content – is simply part of trying to make good use of my time.  When I don’t have the luxury of taking everything in, I must figure out what is useful (or interesting), and what is just noise.  Some days…

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