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

The Road To A Good Life

The Road To A Good Life

Deuteronomy 8:5-10

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

What got my attention was verse 5:

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.

Verses 6 through 10 goes on to elaborate the reason for this “discipline”.

Anyone who has raised a child can relate to these verse, just as I did. 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

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

It is a New Year and like most people I make a New Year’s resolution.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the time of ancient Babylon and the Roman Empire.  It has continued through the ages.

I have never been a big celebrator of the New Year.  Through most of my younger days I was always working.

Anyone who has ever played in a working band, full or part time, knows that New Year’s Eve is your biggest night of the year.  You usually get paid twice your normal rate if not more, sometimes much more.

So from teenager and into my late twenties I was always working New Years Eve. Continue reading

I Have To Make It Happen

I Have To Make It Happen

This piece came to me when I was trying to do my daily journal entry and had a bit of a mental block.

Today I am struggling for an idea.  Could it be after doing this almost every week day since March (2014) and having filled well over 500 pages that I am running out of ideas?

I have ideas jotted down on sticky notes that I post inside my journal.  I just reviewed them and not one idea really excited me.

I am trying to maintain that line between being disciplined to write every day and writing becoming a chore that is no fun and something I start to avoid.

I need to get myself back in tune with writing down thoughts that would make interesting posts.  But these thoughts and subjects have to be honest not something contrived.

When I write poems or lyrics I have to make that happen.  Writing and creating just doesn’t drop out of the sky. Continue reading