Simply What’s Right In Your Heart

Simply What’s Right In Your Heart

Romans 2:13

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

The above verse is from Paul’s letter to the Romans and another piece that confirms my faith in the simplicity of Christ and God.

The law is what you know in your heart is right.  What is right, the right thing to do, is placed in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Where The Vultures Gather

Where The Vultures Gather

Luke 17:37

And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

I like what Christ is saying to his disciples, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Now if you go back and read verses twenty through thirty seven in Chapter 17 of the Book of Luke, you will see that the obvious reference for verse thirty seven is about when and where will the Kingdom of God come to man, when will the rapture take place.

Christ addresses both his disciples and the Pharisees to be aware of the false prophets, those who say as in verse 23 “And they will say to you, ‘Look, there’ or ‘look, here’.  Do not go out or follow them.”

But Christ also tells them to be aware.  The rapture will come at any time, like it did for the world with Noah, or like it did for the inhabitants of Sodom.

So where will it come?

The disciples ask that question and Christ answers, where you find sin, the rotting smell of death due to sin, that is where the vultures will congregate.

I looked at this verse from a bit of a different angle.

“Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Maybe what Christ was saying is that the sin, the sin in man, when we fail and commit sin, be prepared for that sin to attract more sin.

Your sin will not only externally attract more sin as the evil in your heart draws in others, but internally it will attract more sin.

It’s the pack affect.

Two dogs or wolfs are fighting for dominance of the pack.  The pack watches and when one losses, they all pounce on the now vulnerable loser.

I have seen this in the office environment.  Two workers who wish to establish their dominance over the office pack battle for days, months, even years and most of the pack remains neutral.  Then one of the combatants has had enough and leaves.  The rest of the workers pounce and side with the apparent victor and deride the now departed loser.

And so it is with sin.

The evil that can easily come into our hearts battles with what we know is right.  If we don’t stay disciplined and don’t make a conscious effort every day to maintain and strengthen our relationship with God, then sin slips through and this encourages more sin to swoop in like vultures to the smell of death.

Christ was saying be ever vigilant.  Watch over your heart and watch over your relationship with God for their lies the kingdom of God.

If you allow sin and it’s odor of death to take its place in your heart the vultures will come and devour your heart.

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Woe To You Lawyers

Woe To You Lawyers

Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke.  It’s just one verse.

Luke 11:46

And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

How Do You Measure?

How Do You Measure?

Mark 4:24

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”

I like this verse.

I wrote it down and then read some commentary by theological scholars.

Now as I was reading their commentaries my first thought was “Gee, they should call these guys Biblical lawyers or theological engineers.”

Why? Continue reading

All Things Are Yours

All Things Are Yours

Corinthians 3:18-23

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

I thought this was a nice follow up to my previous post “Biblical Teamwork”.

Romans 12:3-9 was the first reference that I had found in the Bible to teamwork, it was Paul’s first reference to synergy. I’m sure when I do my next read through of the Bible I’ll be looking for earlier and more subtle references but for now it’s the first time it clicked for me. Continue reading

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Luke 12:14-15

But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary:  “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”

Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.

Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry.  What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.

They say life isn’t fair.  How comes they get to be rich and I don’t?  I want someone to set that right for me.

So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment. Continue reading