Root of Bitterness Begins with the Small Things

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10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

~ Zec 4:10

Do people make mountains out of molehills?  Can small things make someone fall away from the faith?  From many of the comments of the critics of the Church of God, I would answer most emphatically, “Yes!”  So much of the vitriol is driven not by large abuses or excesses of leadership but rather small slights and relatively insignificant events that show the immaturity of a person who just cannot move on.  Ironically, they will bitterly protest that they are not bitter.

I published on Yahoo! Voices the story “The Hymnals: A Journey into the Root of Bitterness“.  Of course, it is fiction … or is it?


  1. There seems to be a problem with the Yahoo link. I sent a message to Yahoo about it.

  2. Sl Ross on Facebook

    Looking forward to reading it, John. I got just a main Yahoo page the first time I clicked. Will try again tomorrow.

  3. John D Carmack on Facebook

    Yeah, it’s strange. I’ve never had this happen before, but then again, I’ve had a lot of strange things happen to me lately. 😉

  4. Sl Ross on Facebook

    I hear that, John! I think we all are sharing that experience… 🙂

  5. Hi John,

    I can’t get it to load anything other than the Yahoo Voices homepage as well. I tried a couple different browsers (chrome, explorer and my mobile) but still nothing.

    Can’t wait to read as well.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Interesting. It definitely works on my iPhone, but even the mobile link on a desktop/laptop redirects to the front page. You know, it was a lot easier before Associated Content was bought out by Yahoo.