Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
I read this story and was intrigued by the twenty first verse that talks about the Athenians and foreigners who “would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new”.
I assume the writer is trying to convey to the reader that these were opened minded people and willing to listen to anything they hadn’t heard before. This was fertile ground for Paul to spread his words.
Paul tries to enlighten them and what he says about God is how I felt for years. Continue reading
And the Lord said, because these people draw near with their mouth
And honor me with their lips
While their hearts are far from me
And their fear of me is a commandment taught by men
When I read these lines I wrote down the book, chapter and verse. At the time I wasn’t quite sure why I wanted to remember this verse I just knew I did.
The more I read it I came to the conclusion that I wanted to remember this one because it prophesizes my disillusion with the organizations that call themselves a church.
This verse is Isaiah telling the people of God’s disdain, for they are just going through the motions. They have God on their lips but not in their hearts. Continue reading
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
Just a thought that came to me one day on my way to work. I don’t know why it did but as trivial as it seems the idea fell into place.
I was thinking about some upcoming road trips to our new home in Florida and having to drive the major US highways.
On my way to work I drive stretches of back country roads and I thought how nice it might be to have a couple of days to make a drive to Florida on some secondary highways. I thought it would be interesting to actually see the east coast of America, especially south of Washington DC into Florida.
This got me to thinking about all the trips my wife and I have taken over the years. Continue reading
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
I read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans and my first thought was this is a very early example of Stephen Covey’s Habit number six, Synergize, or the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
It’s one of the first references in the Bible that I noticed about teamwork. Continue reading
They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’ For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
Yet another piece of Bible prophesies that lives today.
I think about all the scoffers and non believers who down play God and my religion as some mythological comic book super hero type scam. I think of those who will tell you there is no God, no Supreme Being, force or entity. Those who will tell you it’s all just a sequence of haphazard events as you go through life, so don’t worry you have nothing to answer to on a moral level. Continue reading
Over the Christmas holiday in 2014 I had a very memorable experience. I had an epiphany or maybe it was more like a personal affirmation.
For some reason in 2014 I really didn’t have too much holiday spirit if there even is such a thing.
My grandson was nine and the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus had started to dwindle for him. This was the first Christmas where he was spending Christmas Eve with his dad’s family and not with us.
That’s really not a big deal but Christmas Eve has always been the traditional night in my family and my wife’s family for exchanging our Christmas gifts.
When I was younger it used to be a time when all the family members got together for some good food and good times. Over the years the brothers and sisters have moved away, parents and grandparents have passed.
So that situation coupled with some family drama had the makings for a rather boring if not somewhat sad Christmas. Continue reading