Blair Parke

Blair Parke is a freelance writer for and editor for Xulon Press. A graduate of Stetson University with a Bachelor's in Communications, Blair previously worked as a writer/editor for several local magazines in the Central Florida area, including Celebration Independent and Lake Magazine in Leesburg, Florida and currently freelances for the Southwest Orlando Bulletin.

How Can We Be Angry, but Not Sin?

Anger can come up in any situation in life. Sometimes we see it as passionate anger to make a change for the better, or bad anger that can cause harm to yourself and/or others.

Yet, in Ephesians 4:26, the apostle Paul talks about the importance of anger that doesn’t turn into sin, advising the church of Ephesus to “‘Be angry, and do not sin.’ Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” A similar idea is also shared in Psalm 4:4, stating that we should be angry, but should not sin in the process.

Anger is something that will always be in us because we are made in the image of God, and He has His moments of anger. However, what this verse is conveying is that we shouldn’t let that anger turn into actions that are sinful. We should instead find ways that calm that anger or put it toward something beneficial for all, including ourselves.

As we read more about this verse in the book of Ephesians, we will see what Paul was advising the church, and subsequently us, to do when our blood boils because of the hurts and pains of this world.

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Jesus’ Powerful Warning: “A House Divided Cannot Stand”

You might see the phrase adorning houses that have differing sports teams or political views: “A house divided.” Though it is mainly shown to be humorous about the conflicting opinions within the household, the origins of this phrase are very sound and biblical.

The words of Jesus are what sparked the sentiment. It is stated in Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” It is also expressed in Mark 3:25: “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

While it is said in playful humor for certain situations nowadays, when Jesus stated these words, He was describing the division within the house of the Lord that would eventually lead to His sacrifice on the cross.

But what does it mean that “a house divided cannot stand”? In the eyes of Jesus, it is something we all can contribute to, knowingly or unknowingly, but we can also stop it before it is too late.

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5 Marks of a Sluggard from Proverbs (and What We Can Do about It)

In our world today, everything is go-go-go. There are deadlines to meet, plans to coordinate, and everything (and everybody) needs to be at the ready when we need them.

But sometimes the ease of having everything at our fingertips can make us comfortable in not putting effort into certain actions. Remember when we had to go to the library to find out information, or had to walk to places because you didn’t have a car, or even had only the means of the Bible itself to study and develop our relationship with God?

In the book of Proverbs, the term “sluggard” is mentioned regularly in the text, defined by Merriam-Webster as a “habitually lazy person.” Proverbs’ writer King Solomon was seeking to motivate those reading to avoid this behavior, as it could be detrimental to not only their lives, but also in what God had planned for them.

The following article will explore the term sluggard, as it is described in Proverbs, as well as ways you can see if you, or someone you know, needs to evaluate how much time you are spending on the couch watching Netflix or scrolling through your phone.

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Who Is Mephibosheth and What Does His Life Teach Us about Unexpected Blessings?

The story of Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is one to be remembered for how King David honored a man he called a friend, even after his death, by caring for the needs of his disabled son. It’s also a reminder that when you least expect a blessing or miracle in life, that is when God ushers one in for you!

5 Things about Mordecai We Can All Relate To

He was Esther's adoptive father, mentor, confidante, cheerleader, and fellow leader to stand for the rights of their Jewish community. The life of Mordecai might seem secondary in the extraordinary story of Esther in the Bible, but Mordecai was more than just her uncle who welcomed her as his own daughter.

What Did Jeremiah Mean by 'There Is Balm in Gilead'?

In the book of Jeremiah, there was one balm in particular mentioned, the balm of Gilead, of which the prophet Jeremiah asked God why He hadn’t supplied this treasured balm to help in the healing of his people and their ways. As we learn more about the balm of Gilead and the multiple ways it is discussed in the Bible, we will start to realize that the balm is also a metaphor for the only one who can save us from a disastrous fate, Jesus Christ.

5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

What does it look like to love our neighbors as ourselves? As we dig more into Scripture, we will see that a neighbor is not just your friendly next-door neighbor but everyone around you.

Does the Bible Say 'This Too Shall Pass'?

Let’s get to the heart of the matter: this exact phrase isn’t stated in the Bible. There are several verses that are very close to the wording, but the exact phrase of “this too shall pass” cannot be found in the pages of God’s Word.

Is Cursing Really That Big of a Sin?

We all will justify our words when it comes to cursing, cussing, speaking profanity, letting zingers go, whatever it is you call the use of words when we are angry, sad, trying to be funny, or just speaking in regular conversation.

However, what seems like inconsequential words are actually sins, creating gateways for further, more dangerous sins to be committed. From Jesus to the apostles to Moses, cursing is conveyed in the Scriptures as a big deal to God and an indicator of a carnal-minded person.

But how big of a sin is cursing?

Why Do Some People Claim That Christmas Is a Pagan Holiday?

Christmas isn’t about what we get under the tree but who Jesus is in our lives and what his birth meant for us centuries after his resurrection. It’s the yearly reminder that he sacrificed his life so that we could be reunited with our heavenly Father, where the excitement of Christmas can be felt eternally.

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