An Appalling And Horrible Thing

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

Here are some quick thoughts on a Bible verse that caught my attention.

The verse is Jeremiah 5:30-31:

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule at their direction.  My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

When I read those two verses something inside my head told me to remember them.

When I read it my thoughts do not go to the ancient temples and courts of Israel.  My thoughts go to the modern temples and courts of Washington DC.

I thought how once again I have come across ancient Biblical prophesies that are applicable today. Continue reading

Neither Jew Nor Greek

Neither Jew Nor Greek

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

I liked this verse and I wrote it down as a subject for a post.  So today I thought it was time to write my post about this verse.

First I thought I would review some commentaries from Biblical scholars to get another point of view on this verse, even though I already had my gut take on it.

All the commentaries had basically the same theme.  It was, we are all equal with the caveat, as long as we are “Christians”.  They were saying no matter what race or sex or social status, as long as you accept Christ as your savior you’re OK.

Now that was not my gut reaction to this verse. Continue reading

Saint Paul’s Nomination

Saint Paul’s Nomination

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.  Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

I have written about Saint Paul’s understanding of team work, synergy and the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here is another example of that understanding.

It show us how he understands the importance of team work. Continue reading

The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

If you read some of my previous posts such as, Hokum for Profit and So Much Hokum, you will know how I feel about today’s so called “psychics”.

During my current read of the Bible I came across these verses.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.

Now the first part of verse 10, “anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering”, that’s something we all can agree on, it’s not OK to sacrifice your kids.

What I wanted to write about today was the second half of verse 10 and verses 11 through 12: Continue reading

Good And Evil – Deal With It

Good And Evil – Deal With It

I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.

It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.

I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today.  Continue reading

Finding Your Promised Land

Finding Your Promised Land

Deuteronomy 12:5-7

But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.

Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land.  Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.

The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose… Continue reading

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.

At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”

Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.

Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.

I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”

I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading