Give Your Best

Give Your Best

Malachi 1:13-14

But you say, ‘What a weariness this is”, and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD.  Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

I’m just about all the way through the Old Testament on this go round with the Bible.

This verse spoke to me beyond the literal interpretation.

Animal sacrifices are obviously an antiquated idea.

They existed in Biblical times to drive home the seriousness of sin.  Through these sacrifices you atoned or paid for your sin.

The price was steep.  You sacrificed your best. You sacrificed your unblemished, your males who could produce quality off spring, the males that could grow your flock and enrich your wealth.

You give your best to God because God comes first.  By not giving your best you anger God and hurt yourself. Continue reading

All Things Are Yours

All Things Are Yours

Corinthians 3:18-23

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

I thought this was a nice follow up to my previous post “Biblical Teamwork”.

Romans 12:3-9 was the first reference that I had found in the Bible to teamwork, it was Paul’s first reference to synergy. I’m sure when I do my next read through of the Bible I’ll be looking for earlier and more subtle references but for now it’s the first time it clicked for me. Continue reading

My Writing Habits III, Holes And Spaces

My Writing Habits III, Holes And Spaces

This is the final piece in my short series of posts about my writing habits or better yet the loss of my writing habits.  The previous two posts were originally drafted back in September of 2016 shortly after I had made the move from Pennsylvania to Florida.  This piece I drafted, edited and posted today.

How far have I come along with my new writing habits?  Well, not as much as I would like, that’s for sure.

Looking back at my composition books and reviewing the dates that I have been writing, I can see just how much my writing has slowed down.  At one point over the past six months I went an entire month without writing a single new post.

Prior to my move in September of 2016 it would take me a little under three months to fill up all 200 pages of my composition book.  And I would have the front and back crammed with notes of new ideas.

The last composition book that I filled with posts took me eight months.  Reviewing my current book, it looks like I am back to writing something at least once a week.  I use to write something at least every working day, 5 days a week.

Honestly, right now, I have to force myself to write. Continue reading

My Writing Habits II

My Writing Habits II

Here’s another in a short series of post about my writing habits and how they have been affected by my life changes.  I wrote these pieces about eight months ago.  This post was originally added to my composition book on September 21, 2016.

I have sold just about everything I owned and picked up the rest and moved 900 miles south to warm and sunny Florida.

Me, who is so entrenched in twenty five years of habits and routines, who finds such comfort in habits and routines, has taken them and tossed them aside.

It can be very disconcerting.

I don’t feel lost.  I don’t feel anxious.  I just feel like I am taking some time away from the habits and routines knowing that new ones will take their place.

But I am concerned about my writing habits. Continue reading

My Writing Habits

My Writing Habits

I thought I would post a couple of pieces I have written in regards to the changes that happened in my life over the past year and how it has affected my writing habits.  These are some posts that I put off dealing with because at the time I thought I was dwelling too much on my writing habits and the fact that I have lost them.

Today’s post goes back to September 16, 2016, a little less than two weeks after moving from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Well it’s been another week since I have sat down with my composition book and written anything.

The move has taken its toll, both mentally and physically.  My habits have been blown out the window and now I must begin to work on re-establishing them.

Prior to me making this move I was in the habit of writing during my lunch hour at the office.  Not that I am working from home that habit is gone. Continue reading

Images Of Silicon, Copper And Plastic

Images Of Silicon, Copper And Plastic

Hosea 4:12

My people inquire of a piece of wood and their walking staff gives them oracles.  For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore.

As usual I must say here is something written thousands of years ago and it’s as true today as it was when it was written.

My people inquire of a piece of wood…..

Just substitute electronics for wood and you will understand what Hosea was talking about. Continue reading

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Luke 12:14-15

But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary:  “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”

Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.

Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry.  What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.

They say life isn’t fair.  How comes they get to be rich and I don’t?  I want someone to set that right for me.

So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment. Continue reading