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
In another post I wrote about Matthew 6:1-18 and how I was struck by the simplicity of Christ’s teachings, how all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount boil down to keeping it simple. Life is simply your relationship with God.
It is a simple philosophy but don’t confuse simple with easy.
Realizing your relationship with God is an ever vigilant lifetime endeavor. It’s tough and takes work and self discipline. Not because God made it hard, but because we make it hard with all our worries, cares and sins.
Get it right and everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, which you will always have to deal with, will fall into place. 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
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
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
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
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
I read these verses and I immediately thought of one thing, politics.
Paul is talking about those who wish to take control of the new Church of Christ, but really he is talking about any of those who wish to take power and control of others. I guess this was Paul dealing with politics within the early Church. Continue reading