Holes and Spaces

Holes and Spaces

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

The Calling

The Calling

1 Corinthians 7:17

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

The Bible verses I cite are taken from the English Standard Version.  In the ESV, titles are given to different sections.  The section which verse 17 begins is titled; “Live As You Are Called”.

I really like that title, and I think that could be the mantra for every one of us.  It’s like a mission statement for each individual.  Paul is telling us that we are all unique individuals and each one of us has our own talents, quirks, ways of thinking and no one way is the only right way; except the way of love and righteousness. Continue reading

Tear Your Heart

Tear Your Heart

Joel 2:13

and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.

“….and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

That was the line that caught my attention, so I made a note to write about it.  I was familiar with the word render, which means in the verb form: “to provide or give”, but rend, was throwing me a bit of a curve.  I thought it had to do with tearing since, “rend your heart” was followed by “and not your garments”.  I took the time to look up the definition just to be sure.  And that is what it means, to tear into two or more pieces. Continue reading

The Great Light

The Great Light

Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shone.

Biblical scholars’ commentaries on this verse say that Isaiah is referring to the defeat of the Assyrian army and that the great light mention may be referring to the coming of Christ.

I thought differently when I read this verse and decided to write about it. Continue reading

What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(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

Set The Mind

Set The Mind

Romans 5:5-8

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. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

I have written before about these ideas that Paul, Christ and the prophets have been preaching for thousands of years.  It is a common theme throughout religion, for religious beliefs are in the spirit, not in the flesh, the world. Continue reading

One True Law

One True Law

Romans 13:8-9

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

In these two verses Paul sums up the very essence of love and our path back to the innocence of the Garden of Eden.

After God freed the Hebrews from the bondage of Egypt, God gave them ten simple laws that their entire society could be built upon.  Nothing else was required.  Follow these rules and all will be well. Continue reading