The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

Romans 1:21-23

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things..

In verse 17 Paul writes:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

The righteous shall live by faith.  So very hard to do. Continue reading

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.

How powerful are these words from Psalms?

I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny.  There is no denying the power of these words.

Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.

When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.

This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse.  Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life.  He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading

Special Mediocracy

Special Mediocracy

Luke 17:7-10

Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’

This is a lesson for many of us today.

So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.

Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.

No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.

This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives.  We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading

The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

Romans 1:21-23

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things..

In verse 17 Paul writes:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

The righteous shall live by faith.  So very hard to do. Continue reading

Do Not Be Deceived – Peer Pressure

Do Not Be Deceived – Peer Pressure

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

I have written about Paul as a team builder.  I guess you could say Paul spent his time going around putting together a team of believers.  In this verse Paul is addressing something we all experience throughout our life, peer pressure.

Peer pressure is tremendous when we are young and in school.

We develop our social circles and want to be accepted.  We want to be a part of something.

Maybe we conform to fit in with the “normal” kids, or maybe we rebel or gravitate to the “weird” and “strange”.

But no matter which way we go we end up accepting the moral standards of the crowd we choose. Continue reading

Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”

I like the message in this verse.

People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted?  Why hasn’t God taken care of me?  How could God let this happen to me?

They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”

The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”.  It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. 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