Three thoughts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of King Solomon.
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
Solomon certainly understood the importance of having a wife, a partner, someone whom you love, to share the experiences of your toil. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 14:6-8
Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
When reading these verses I couldn’t help but think of the correlation between what Paul has written and music.
In verse 6 Paul is telling the followers of Christ that he will not and should not speak words to simply hear himself speak. For what use are words if they do not communicate? What use are they if they have no meaning or knowledge to share? They’re just noise.
Paul likens this to music. He uses the sounds of instruments to demonstrate his point. Continue reading
Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21. This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.
Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon. Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian. For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused. He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.
Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
These verses deal with two thoughts . Paul is writing about the balance of God, the balance of the universe, and how this balance shows us the insignificance of man’s worldly power when compared to the universe. Continue reading
It’s Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day was one of the last, if not the last fairy tale to die in my younger days.
Long after Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy had been exposed as frauds, I still clung to Groundhog Day.
My main beliefs about Groundhog Day really weren’t passed down to me by my parents or my grandparents although they never did anything to deter my belief in the myth.
It was my own naïve, country boy view of the world that I never shared with anyone until I was much older. When I still believed in the myth of Groundhog Day and his weather prognostication abilities no one really talked about it so I just thought everyone believed as I did. Then when I realized just how wrong I was about it I may have been too embarrassed to tell anyone. But as you get older you just don’t care what others think. Continue reading
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
When I was younger I use to seek the approval of others as validation of my skills and talents. I used this approval as validation of myself and what I was doing.
We all want to be liked by others.
We are social creatures and need to be part of the pack, the herd, the pride.
Our social order is based on the approval and validation of others. Those most accepted, those obtaining the glory from others are the ones who move up the chain. Continue reading
(I wrote this post four years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to all.)
This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.
Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.
I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.
I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year. The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.
I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about. It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.
But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive. I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food. (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck) Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.
I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading