Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
I read this story and was intrigued by the twenty first verse that talks about the Athenians and foreigners who “would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new”.
I assume the writer is trying to convey to the reader that these were opened minded people and willing to listen to anything they hadn’t heard before. This was fertile ground for Paul to spread his words.
Paul tries to enlighten them and what he says about God is how I felt for years. Continue reading
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences. I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak. For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.
James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue. Continue reading
1 Kings 4:25
And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.
When I read this it reminded me of my post “Candy Cried” which referenced the scene in “Of Mice and Men” where all the misfits were gathered in one place and talking about their collective passion. All they wanted was a little piece of land to call their own. A place in life to work and reap their rewards, a place to be left alone. Continue reading
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
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
This is just a short piece for Thanksgiving.
Perhaps every day should be a day of thanksgiving. Every day you open your eyes and draw a breath is another day of a gift we were given. Every day you can wake up and have a thought and a feeling is more precious than any other thing on earth.
Yet we set aside one day a year to appreciate all that we have every day. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
In the Second Book of Kings, Chapter 5, there is the story of Naaman and Elisha.
Elisha was the understudy of the prophet Elijah and when Elijah slept with his fathers, Elisha became the man of God, the prophet. Naaman was the commander of the army for the king of Syria and he was held in high regard by his king.
At that time the Syrian army had been making raids into Israel (see how long this stuff had been going on in the Middle East) and one of the captives was a little girl who ended up working for Naaman.
Naaman is described in the Bible as a valiant man, but he was a leper. The girl from Israel knew of the prophet Elisha and told Naaman’s wife about him. The little girl told her that Elisha could cure her husband. Continue reading