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Of Truth and God’s Word: an essay in the style of Francis Bacon

March 21, 2014

by Freddy Luna

submitted 2012

            He that believes there is guidance for life aside from God’s Word, will surely find himself in darkness. For what is darkness but absence of light? Light being the truth from God’s own mouth. There is no other truth which can guide with the proper light Divine (Man-Thinking)because there is but one truth. There can only ever be one total truth which casts its bright light and blots out all other falsities in the shadows. How can there be multiple? For this fact alone would make each “truth” null and void. Nay, there is only that which flows from God himself and it is our job to know, study and act on His truth.

Knowing is but two steps away from doing. And is not doing the ideal destiny for any idea?  If one only reads the Word for the benefit of reading then there is no substance or fulfillment. Take a hungry man, for example.  If the hungry man is given the proper food and the proper tools for eating the  food, then why would he simply just stare at the food?  Will his mind and eyes force the food into his mouth, down his throat and into his stomach?  This is how man acts with God’s truth. We read it and suppose it will enter our hearts and fill us.  What foolishness!

Then, there is studying the Word, which is a step closer to action yet still a step away from the transformation!  One who takes God’s truth and studies it with good intent will not be satisfied with solely the knowledge of the Word.  And neither will the Creator be satisfied since His Word is not yet making an impact.  What if a parent were to command a child to clean his room and found no results at the end of the day? Even if the child’s defense is that he made careful study and strategy on how to best clean a room, there is still no action until he enters the room and cleans.  The child could even go to university and get a PhD. in the study of cleaning rooms; it would make no difference in the room’s state of order! Study is a step closer to action, but still a step away.

Finally, there is the full and complete process of action.  And action is the goal of every truth.  For what is the point of truth if it does not provoke doing?  When one moves to following through with God’s commands, all things change because the purpose of these orders are actually being fulfilled.  At last the man’s stomach can be filled and the boy’s room cleaned!  And once these things are complete, there is satisfaction and growth.  Growth especially is the chief interest of God in every believer’s life.  And what does satisfaction produce?  Simply well-being and the desire to stay full of truth by God’s Word, thus repeating the cycle.

To know the Word is well-intended, to study is wise and to do is perfection. Of course, no man can ever be perfect. Instead, God’s perfection can take hold of all men. That is, the glory and grace of God can motivate, encourage and satisfy anyone through the truth of God’s Word. This guidance is clearly presented but the choice to accept it and act on it is most certainly up to the individual.  And since God’s truth is the only light in the ever-present darkness, isn’t it worth applying?

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Of Travel: An Essay in the style of Francis Bacon

March 21, 2014

by Janie Frank

travel3Travel is very important in an individual’s growth as it has a very broad range of effects on a person. It teaches one about the world, creates an appreciation for natural beauty, and heightens one’s feelings of curiosity.

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A Reflection: New Year–New Plan

February 24, 2012

Wow! What changes a year brings,  it’s remarkable! You know, it’s funny. To some, a year is simply time in itself–twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days, all lived in fast forward.  But to me, these last twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days have been truly life-changing.     This time last year, I was a junior in high school who was focused on my family, my friends, and, to be honest, like every other teenage girl, getting a date to my Junior Banquet. While all of those things are fine and great, this past year has really forced me to focus on other things, like being serious and realistic about my future. I have found that the decisions I was making then are far different from the ones I am making now. (more…)

A Time to Reflect

February 24, 2012

by Rachel Kunker

            If you blink too fast, you’ll realize life goes by faster than time.  Looking back on the life I’ve led, I never anticipated my current time to actually approach. If someone had told me I was going to be readying myself for graduation or moving on to college, I would’ve simply nodded and thought to myself they didn’t understand how far off those times were for me. (more…)

A Senior Reflection

February 24, 2012

by Audrey Humphrey

The first half of my senior year has come to an end. While the year so far has gone by very fast, the days earlier in the year seemed to move extremely slow.  I experienced my first “lasts” of my high school career: my last high school retreat and last winter concert. Even though I knew they were the last times I would be participating in those activities, in my heart they truly didn’t feel like the last, and I now understand sooner or later the feelings will come crashing in. (more…)

Letter to My Daughter (2040)

February 24, 2012

by Julia Clark

“In my daughter’s eyes I can see the future, a reflection of who I am and what will be. Though she’ll grow and someday leave, maybe raise a family. When I’m gone I hope you see how happy she made me, for I’ll be there in my daughter’s eyes.”

-Martina McBride

What a joy it has been all of these years to watch you grow and mature into the woman you are today. From the moment you came into this world, I made a promise to myself that I would raise you right and instill wisdom into every fiber of your being in hopes of your future success. But now, as you are about to enter the next stage of your life, I feel that I have not yet completed my job until I have given you a few more pieces of advice. As you often do, I pray that you listen to what I tell you and take it to heart, just as I did many years ago when my mother spoke these words to me. (more…)

Time to Reflect

February 24, 2012

by Taylor DeMarco

Now that my senior year is about half way complete, it’s a good time to reflect on how much has changed in the past five months. I am still happy with the classes that I have chosen, and also very excited for the new classes of the second semester.

My stress has drastically gone down since I was excepted into college, which also has given me more motivation to excel in the few remaining months of high school life. Ironically, being accepted into college obviously also comes with its own fears of depending on myself for the first time, and the responsibility that comes with it. (more…)