First Share Of The Crops

First Share Of The Crops

2 Timothy 2:6-7

It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have first share of the crops.  Think over what I say for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

I have written about why government is so adamant about separation of church and state and how they have perverted the original intentions of this concept.

I fully agree with the edict of our founding fathers that there should not be an established official religion of the state.  No one belief should be the law of the land.

But the ruling political class has seen the danger that religion, especially the Judeo-Christian values, pose to their power. Continue reading

The Father Of Music

The Father Of Music

Genesis 4:21

His brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipes.

It’s funny how you can look at something every day and not notice some significant details.  It’s funny how you can drive by the same location on your way to work, look at the same scenery and then one day see something that you never saw before.  It was always there but you were so busy thinking about your upcoming day or distracted by something more prominent.  You never noticed that piece of interest on an otherwise familiar landscape.

I have read the book of Genesis a number of times and never really took notice to or thought about the verse cited above.  But this time I did and decided to write it down.

I never realized that Jubal was considered the first musician. Continue reading

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

Matthew 18:3

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day.  My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.

I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on.  I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.

I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations.  Next up on the dial were the kid channels.  As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading

Reaping The Balance

Reaping The Balance

Psalm 18:25-26

With the merciful you show yourself merciful;

with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;

with the purified you show yourself pure;

and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

Reading through the Psalms of King David, songs written by David to praise God, I always find a number of verses enjoyable to read.  This was one of them.

Here David is expressing a concept that is worded many different ways in the Bible.  It is the same concept expressed in a number of other religions and philosophies.

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “You reap what you sow.” Continue reading

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

You Can’t Talk Your Way Into Heaven

Romans 10:10

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

I read this verse and wrote it down.  I know it meant something to me but I wasn’t quite clear on how to explain it.

I struggled with the second half, “and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

The reason for my confused feelings towards this second half was “with the mouth” or talk.

Talk is cheap. Continue reading