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

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

Candy Cried

Candy Cried

“Of Mice and Men” is one of my favorite movies, the original 1939 version not the remakes.

Both “Of Mice and Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath” are in my top ten list of movies.  I have watched both of these movies numerous times but oddly enough I never read the books.   So over this past summer while I was on a long weekend vacation at the beach I finally sat down and read “Of Mice and Men”.

There is one part in this story where I thought John Steinbeck had captured the dreams of every common working man. Continue reading

Paul Knows About Paying Dues

Paul Knows About Paying Dues

Romans 5:3-5

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

This is a verse to read when you are going through some tough times.  I wrote it down on a piece of paper many years ago.  I wrote it down during a time when the frustration and stress of my job was literally starting to kill me.

I had a piece of notebook paper where I copied inspirational and comforting verses from the Bible.  I kept this piece of paper in my front pocket and carried it with me throughout the day.  I would take it out of my pocket and read the verses, especially when the stress levels were rising.  Reading them would calm me down just a bit.

I carried this piece of paper for over a year.

It was folded and unfolded so many times from reading it and adding new verses to it that the folds in the paper had started to come apart.

Then one day my cherished piece of paper was gone. Continue reading