An Appalling And Horrible Thing

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

Here are some quick thoughts on a Bible verse that caught my attention.

The verse is Jeremiah 5:30-31:

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule at their direction.  My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

When I read those two verses something inside my head told me to remember them.

When I read it my thoughts do not go to the ancient temples and courts of Israel.  My thoughts go to the modern temples and courts of Washington DC.

I thought how once again I have come across ancient Biblical prophesies that are applicable today. Continue reading

The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

If you read some of my previous posts such as, Hokum for Profit and So Much Hokum, you will know how I feel about today’s so called “psychics”.

During my current read of the Bible I came across these verses.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.

Now the first part of verse 10, “anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering”, that’s something we all can agree on, it’s not OK to sacrifice your kids.

What I wanted to write about today was the second half of verse 10 and verses 11 through 12: Continue reading

Good And Evil – Deal With It

Good And Evil – Deal With It

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

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

James 1:13-15

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

What is James talking about in these verses?  He is talking about personal responsibility.

He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing.  We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings.  We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices.  And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading

Blood On The Watchman

Blood On The Watchman

Ezekiel 33:1-6

The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

God is telling Ezekiel he is the watchman for Israel and if he follows through by warning them of their impending doom then he will have no blood on his hands.  But if he fails to warn them he is just as guilty as those that God is going to destroy.

To me this also speaks about our personal responsibilities. Continue reading

The Meekness Of Wisdom

The Meekness Of Wisdom

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.   But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James, who is believed to be the half brother of Christ, wrote these words over 1900 years ago.

I find these words to ring true today, and I thought I would share how true they are for those who profess to serve us each day in the political world.  The point I wanted to make with these prophetic words is to those who delude themselves into believing that our “representatives” and “leaders”, no matter which side, are there for some altruistic desire to make this world a better place for you and me.

That belief, that sentiment, is pure bullshit! Continue reading

That Is Why I Blog

That Is Why I Blog

A number of my posts begin with a Bible verse or verses.  I didn’t start out blogging with the intent of writing about what I have been learning each time I read through the Bible but I find it interesting and I’ve discovered a new passion about it.

For most of my posts I write my first draft by hand in my journals, which are the standard college composition books you find at the grocery store.

When I’m writing about a Bible verse I write it out by hand even though I could just make a note to copy and paste the verse when it’s time to make the post digital.  Writing it out by hand serves two purposes. Continue reading