Righteous are you, O Lord,
when I complain to you;
yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
the beasts and the birds are swept away,
because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”
The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”. Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea. I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
That saying dates back to 1175. It dates all the way back to the twelfth century and yet it will always be true.
It never ceases to amaze me how you can tell people and show them what they are doing isn’t the best course of action, yet just like children they refuse to listen or believe what you are saying. They refuse your advice until they walk off the cliff and hit the ground hard.
We all ignore prudent and helpful advice throughout our lives. Sometimes we may not believe the person giving the advice knows what they are talking about.
We have all had bad experiences because we relied on bad advice. Continue reading
2 Chronicles 10:6-10
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us’; thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.
King Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon, and even though Solomon was one of the wisest men in history, he too was flawed and corrupted by wealth, power and outside influences. Solomon took wives from foreign lands. These wives brought their false gods with them. Soon Solomon had forsaken the commandments of God and begun worshiping the foreign gods at the request of his wives.
Solomon began to heavily tax his people to furnish his life style of luxury much like today’s leaders. Rehoboam was appointed king after Solomon’s death, and the people of Israel asked Rehoboam for some relief from the heavy burdens which Solomon place upon them. Continue reading
I wanted to write about a thought I had the other day.
I was very happy and satisfied with my life situation and feeling vey content. I was thinking about how good I felt after making my big life changes.
But I also remember thinking how after making such momentous life changes as moving from my house of twenty five years and not having to go to the office after twenty seven years, it still didn’t compare to another large change that happened in my life.
What I was remembering and what I can still vividly recall after forty two years was the way I felt the day I graduated high school. Continue reading
Do I believe in God?
Yes, very much so.
Do I believe God speaks to me?
I believe that God speaks to all of us every day.
We just don’t listen. Continue reading
I wrote this piece back when I was rehearsing with a band that never made it off the ground. After three months of weekly rehearsals, only having two sets of material and no gigs I decided to do something else.
Currently I’m not actively seeking a band but will certainly listen to any offers that may present themselves. If you read some of my previous posts you know that I’ve moved into home recording and I am looking to collaborate with some fellow musicians that I have worked with in the past.
Anyway here’s what I wrote. Continue reading
After joining one of the more prominent business type social networks, I came across a number of members who list their occupation as “Life Coach”.
At first when I came across this occupation I really did think it was a joke, some tongue in cheek thing. But as I saw more and more members listing themselves as a “Life Coach” I figured it was legit. It made me wonder what is a “Life Coach”?
I thought it had to be something more than what it sounds like so I looked it up.
Here is the definition that I found: a person who consuls and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges.
Ok so now I’m going to write out my reaction, I’m not going to abbreviate it. What the fuck!
Really, you now put someone on retainer to help you with your life and the decisions you make? Continue reading